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05 SEPTEMBER 2019

New C.I.F FT 03 Batch reflow oven

Following from the C.I.F CF02 reflow oven heater module upgrade post in February our C.I.F reflow oven, which has had several rebuilds over the past six years, started to fail when reflowing our boards and so we decided...

10 AUGUST 2019

Echo Dot 3rd Gen Digging Deeper

Following from the Echo Dot 3rd Gen Smart speaker Teardown post we have been exploring how the Echo Dot works and if it is possible to connect it to a computer to replace the firmware or install third party applications. The...

29 JULY 2019

Sony MDS-JE440 Minidisc loading belt replacement

I found a Sony MDS-JE440 Minidisc player in a local antique / second hand / retro  goods shop in town called Eklektika/ and Mark who owns the shop told me that the player was faulty with a dead display and broken drive...

21 JULY 2019

Echo Dot 3rd Gen Smart speaker Teardown

In the summer prime sale at Amazon we purchased a third generation Amazon Echo Dot which is a small voice-controlled speaker using Amazon’s Alexa voice command service. Part Two of this post is on Echo Dot 3rd Gen...

16 JULY 2019

Broadband problems with REIN interference

Bit of a long-winded post but maybe interesting for anyone with broadband speed problems. Over the past year we have experienced increasing problems with our broadband connection either randomly cutting out and resetting,...

16 JULY 2019

SMA 50-ohm terminator dummy loads

We needed some reverse polarity SMA Plug terminators to blank off the unused Wi-Fi connectors on our broadband router and also on our desktop computers as we previously had the antennas installed and these sometimes got...

05 JULY 2019

Ford sync 3 interference white noise from speakers

My 2016 Ford Focus has an intermittent problem with the Sync 3 sound system. Sometimes when starting the car the sound system will emit a very loud static / white noise sound from the center speaker and turning the volume...

19 JUNE 2019

CNC Mill new Fixed Z Axis Upgrade

We have replaced the old adjustable Z axis on our DIY CNC milling machine with a new fixed vertical pillar Z axis, replaced the old stepper motor and ballscrew bearings with better quality versions and added e-chain for...

02 JUNE 2019

CNC Mill Driver and Motor Controller Upgrades

  Our Axminster SIEG Super X1 Micro Mill has had many upgrades since we purchased it over 10 years ago but it has always stood on the same MDF table in the loft which had limited storage for the milling and lathe...

12 FEBRUARY 2019

CIF CF02 reflow oven heater module upgrade

Following the replacement of the control system in our reflow oven in December 2016 we encountered a problem last week where one of the glass heating elements failed and the ceramic end of the element fell apart causing...

15 OCTOBER 2018

Be quiet silent loop water cooler fail

With the very hot weather in the United Kingdom this summer we decided to try to improve the cooling on our computers by replacing our air cooled heatsinks with a sealed loop water cooler system. At the end of July we...

29 SEPTEMBER 2018

GoPro Hero 7 Black first ride videos

When the new GoPro Hero 7 models were announced I decided it was time to upgrade my old GoPro Hero 3 model to a new version so I can use it on my bike rides for making videos for our Virtual Swanage website and the cycling...

30 MAY 2018

Solar Hot Water to 1-Wire Interface

After the removal of our Raspberry Pi based home data logger and the installation of the Mosquitto MQTT and Home Assistant Data Logging system in March this year we have not been able to monitor the solar hot water pump...

28 APRIL 2018

Bitmap to Byte array for e-ink display

Over the past few months Andrew has been working on a new circuit for a custom home alarm system to replace our current hardwired commercial alarm. For the display panel on the new alarm we are going to be using a...

04 APRIL 2018

Twenty Years of being Self Employed

I don't normally write personal posts about myself but with 2018 being the 20th anniversary of starting my own business Apexweb, I thought I would write about the ups and downs of the past twenty years of being self...

14 MARCH 2018

Mosquitto MQTT and Home Assistant Data Logging

We have removed the Raspberry Pi based data logger from our home and moved the logging hardware and new software to the Gigabit Internet Gateway Network PC which we installed in December 2017. The old Raspberry Pi...


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