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GoPro Hero 7 Black first ride videos

29 SEPTEMBER 2018

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...

Solar Hot Water to 1-Wire Interface

30 MAY 2018

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...

Bitmap to Byte array for e-ink display

28 APRIL 2018

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...

Twenty Years of being Self Employed

04 APRIL 2018

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...

Mosquitto MQTT and Home Assistant Data Logging

14 MARCH 2018

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...

Gigabit Internet Gateway Network PC

16 DECEMBER 2017

Following from our home network upgrade in August 2017 we have been trying to find a way to add global adblocking for the computers, tablets and phones connected to our network and to run additional software. We had...

Pick and Place Software Version 2-2 Update

06 NOVEMBER 2017

Another software update to the Pick and Place Controller Software for the DIY pick and place machine. Since the UI redesign earlier this year I have now changed the vision system to use AForge.NET to read from the USB...

tp-link LB130 Smart Wi-Fi LED Bulb Python Control

30 AUGUST 2017

A few weeks ago, we purchased a tp-link LB130 smart bulb to use with the Home Assistant software we had been trying on the Raspberry Pi. The support for the bulb in the Home Assistant software was limited and so Andrew...

Milling Machine Ballscrew End Float Fix

28 AUGUST 2017

We converted our Axminster SIEG Super X1 micro mill to use ballscrews back in 2010 and every few months of use we have had to adjust the bearings to eliminate any backlash on the X and Y axis drives. The original drive...

Home Network Upgrade

22 AUGUST 2017

The home network installation for our computers was first setup using 10BASE2 coax connections when we only had 2 computers and one was connected to the internet via a modem. Since then we have upgraded to using first...

Setting up Home Assistant on Raspbian Jessie Lite with I2C

10 AUGUST 2017

Home Assistant is an open-source home automation platform running on Python 3 which can run on the Raspberry Pi to interface and control may of the internet of things (IOT) devices available from different manufacturers. I...

Pick and Place Software 2017

21 JUNE 2017

Since writing the ModernUI Pick and Place Controller Software for the DIY pick and place machine in 2014 we have been planning to update the software and add some new features to improve productivity when using the Pick...

Raspberry Pi Zero Handheld Barcode Scanner Part 3

02 JUNE 2017

This is the third and final part of a three-part series on designing and building a barcode scanner using a Raspberry Pi Zero W. Raspberry Pi Zero Handheld Barcode Scanner Part 1 Raspberry Pi Zero Handheld Barcode Scanner...

Testing 18650 Li-ion Batteries

11 MAY 2017

We recently designed a barcode scanner to use with our online store.  To power the scanner, we decided to use 18650 size lithium ion batteries as they are high capacity for their weight and cheap to buy.  This...

Building a Linux server with an Asus Tinker Board

28 APRIL 2017

For several years, we have been using a Raspberry Pi as a small Linux server for monitoring our solar heating system and power usage throughout the house.  While the Raspberry Pi has been perfectly suitable for the...

Raspberry Pi Zero Handheld Barcode Scanner Part 2

23 APRIL 2017

This is the second part in an ongoing project to build a wireless barcode scanner based on the Raspberry Pi Zero. View part one here: Raspberry Pi Zero Handheld Barcode Scanner Part 1 and part three here: Raspberry...


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Brian Dorey

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