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04 SEPTEMBER 2016

10Mhz Frequency Standard Distribution Project

Several months ago we purchased a FE-5680A Rubidium Frequency Standard from eBay, part number P/N 217400-30352-1. We planned to use the frequency standard as a reference for our frequency counter, spectrum analyser and our...

29 AUGUST 2016

Camera Carry Grip Handle

Last week I decided to upgrade my old Canon 5D Mk1 to a new camera as I wanted a higher resolution and better autofocus system for wildlife and landscapes. I had been waiting for the new Canon 5D Mk IV which was officially...

31 JULY 2016

Oculus Rift first impressions and VR sickness

Last friday I ordered an oculus rift from www.oculus.com/ and the large heavy box arrived on Monday afternoon. This is my first experience using a VR headset in over 20 years and the last time was at Sega World...

19 JULY 2016

Summer 2016 Workshop Update

Sorry for the lack of new blog posts in the last couple of months but we have been very busy with the slate roof on our home being replaced and the work involved with refurbishing the roof and associated outside lead...

17 JUNE 2016

Google Analytics server side ecommerce tracking V2

Following a previous post for Google Analytics server side ecommerce tracking , I have now written a new and improved version of the C# functions to send ecommerce order data to Google Analytics server-side using Google’s...

23 APRIL 2016

CIF Relflow oven forced air cooling fan addon

When building our Raspberry Pi expansion boards we use lead free solder paste and a C.I.F FT02 batch reflow oven to cook the boards. The C.I.F promotional videos show the oven being used on a workbench without any...

16 APRIL 2016

5uH LISN Tester Project

We needed to be able to test some of our circuits for EMI issues via the power lines and after some research we found a product called TBOH01 5UH Line Impedance Stabilisation Network LISN from Tekbox (http://www.tekbox.net/test-equipment/tboh01-5uh-line-impedance-stabilisation-network-lisn-cispr25)...

14 MARCH 2016

Raspberry Pi 3 UART Boot Overlay Part Two

Updated on 19th March 2016 for new Raspbian Jessie release changes. Following on from the previous post about the Raspberry Pi 3 UART overlay workaround there is now a new solution to enable the serial console and...

07 MARCH 2016

Raspberry Pi 3 UART Overlay Workaround

Update: 19th March 2016 There is now a new Raspbian Jessie release dated 2016-03-18 which no longer works with this UART workaround. There is a new post at http://www.briandorey.com/post/Raspberry-Pi-3-UART-Boot-Overlay-Part-Two...

21 FEBRUARY 2016

Garmin Edge 810 and GoPro Hero 3 GPS Interference

I often record my bike rides on my GoPro Hero 3+ to use on our local tourism website Virtual Swanage (www.virtual-swanage.co.uk) and use the GPS data from my Garmin Edge 810 bike computer to make downloadable routes for...

19 JANUARY 2016

Google Search Unusual Traffic Captcha

Whilst working on updates to one of our websites I found  strange issue when searching with google for terms related to ASP.Net assembly names and methods and many searches would result in a captcha page appearing...

13 JANUARY 2016

Gas Meter Hall Effect Sensor

In a previous blog post we wrote about our new mains energy monitoring system which reads the values from our electric and gas meters and stores them in an online database.  The gas reading was done using a reed...

01 JANUARY 2016

ESP8266 Mains Energy Monitor

In November of last year we finished work on our Raspberry Pi based solar data logger, a part of our ongoing smart home project that we have been working on for several years now.  The solar logger monitors all of...

01 JANUARY 2016

Virtual Swanage 20 years old

20 years of Virtual Swanage promoting our town and local area at www.virtual-swanage.co.uk In 1996 we first launched our local tourist information website for our home town of Swanage. The first version of the website...

24 DECEMBER 2015

New Look Blog

I have now launched a new version of the blog which has a new design and a completely new back end management system which we have designed and written ourselves. Andrew has helped me with the front end design, graphics...

12 DECEMBER 2015

Nest and Solar Logger Update

It has now been a week since we installed the Nest 3rd Gen Learning Thermostat and we have been able to try the auto learning and heating / hot water schedules the thermostat offers. First impressions of the thermostat...

04 DECEMBER 2015

Nest Learning Thermostat 3rd Gen Hot Water Installation

Today the new 3rd Gen Nest Learning Thermostat with hot water control arrived which we had ordered last month when the new UK model with hot water control was announced. We needed the Nest Thermostat with the hot water...

03 DECEMBER 2015

Starting your own ecommerce business

When we launched our ecommerce shop AB Electronics UK selling the Raspberry Pi expansion boards which myself and my brother Andrew have designed and hand built we thought that we knew all the potential issues and pitfalls...

30 NOVEMBER 2015

Raspberry Pi Solar Data Logger Version 2

Three years ago we designed a solar data logger based on a Raspberry Pi which monitored the solar heating and PV system in the house as well as measuring the amount of energy we were using.  This system has served...

14 NOVEMBER 2015

Google Analytics server side ecommerce tracking

Update 17th June 2016: There is a new version of this code on http://www.briandorey.com/post/Google-Analytics-server-side-ecommerce-tracking-V2 A recurring issue we have on several of the ecommerce websites we...

11 NOVEMBER 2015

Mastervolt Soladin 600 Optical Interface Noise Fail

Since we solved the RF interference problems http://www.briandorey.com/post/mastervolt-soladin-rf-filtering with our Mastervolt Soladin 600 mains inverter we had planned to use the data port to link to our Raspberry...


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