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09 NOVEMBER 2019

Website Usability and Updating Email Addresses

I decided to write this post after spending several hours trying to change the login email address I use on over 50 websites and services to use a different address. I am planning to stop using an old Google @gmail.com...

24 OCTOBER 2019

Difficulties trying to promote local businesses

In 1996 we started a local tourism website called Virtual Swanage which over time grew to have over two thousand pages of local photos, events, business listings, local attractions and much more. I posted about the twenty...

09 OCTOBER 2019

Google Analytics vs Server logs and SmarterStats

At the start of September we setup the free trial version of Smarterstats for our Virtual Swanage website to compare the visitor statistics against Google Analytics which we have been using for several years to view visitor...

13 JUNE 2019

Google reCAPTCHA v3 C# demo

reCAPTCHA v3 from Google helps you detect abusive traffic on your website without any user interaction compared to reCAPTCHA v2 which requires users to either tick a confirmation box or spend time to select images to prove...

19 AUGUST 2018

Moving to Summernote WYSIWYG editor on our CMS sys

Our Atlas CMS system, which we have developed and used for many years as the content management system for our websites and ecommerce shops, first used a WYSIWYG editor called FCKEditor which was released in 2003 and then...

17 AUGUST 2018

Using YouTube RSS feed to a DataTable c#

I have added a new page to the blog which lists my latest uploads on my YouTube channel. I found that YouTube has a rss feed for channels which can be used in a RSS reader.  The format of the RSS urls is http://www.youtube.com/feeds/videos.xml?channel_id=UC3rrX8tBXk8eGutDTAHdXDQ...

29 JULY 2018

Lower Case URLs and C# Code Updates

Over the past 2 months there has been a heatwave in the United Kingdom and so we haven’t been doing many electronics or new projects due to the high temperatures in the loft workshop. We have been spending time working...

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...

10 FEBRUARY 2018

Nest Thermostat and Smoke API with DotNet

This code example shows how you can use C# in either a Windows application or asp.net website to retrieve data from the Nest API to show information for your Nest Thermostat or Nest Smoke Alarms. Before starting to write...

30 AUGUST 2017

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

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...

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