I’m back… And I have a big broom!

I know, I’ve been away for a while. Perhaps a bit longer than I should have. However I couldn’t leave it any longer… The sight of 800+ (mostly spam) comments awaiting moderation was driving me mad. What I find interesting though, is in amongst these spammy comments was a couple of little jewels. I found some thank you messages from people telling me that they found the content on here useful. Seeing that made me smile, and perhaps, if people are reading, then I’ll keep writing! I may disable the posting of links into comments… If anybody is still reading,…
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DIY Electronics and Home Automation – Part 2 – Building your Lab

This is the second video in my series on DIY Electronics and Home Automation. I am looking at what you’ll need for your lab and how you go about setting it up. This multi part series of videos looks at building a DIY home automation system and some basic electronics. In this video, I introduce the tools, equipment and components you will need for your lab. Tools, Equipment and Components: From Maplin: Triple Output PSU From eBay: Wire Screwdrivers Solder Pump Soldering Hands Iron Stand Heat Resistant Mats Test Leads Blue LEDs From Rapid: Red, Green and Yellow LEDs IC…
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DIY Electronics and Home Automation – Part 1 – Introduction

Besides computer stuff, one of my hobbies is playing around with electronics. Having not done anything for a couple of years I decided that it’s time to get back into the subject. As I work my way through what I want to do, I am making a video series to share it with everyone. The video below is the introduction to the series. If you wish to view a larger copy of it, you can do so by clicking through to YouTube.

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Taking a tough line with Spam Comments

It’s been a few weeks since I really had chance to work on anything for the website. Which is not to say that I have given up with it, just that I have been somewhat busy with other bits and pieces in my life. What I haven’t been able to avoid though is the sight of how messy the comments sections now looks. I don’t like the old way of publishing on the web where I talk at you and you choose to read or not without ever getting a chance to feed back. So I have always designed my…
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Three Minutes… To describe why you hate Southeastern Trains

Three minutes, as in the period of time. It sounds like something you’d be expected to write about in school after annoying the teacher. I mean, what is there to write about the topic of three minutes? What if we then multiply those three minutes by five, as in the number of days in a working week. We now have a number of 15. Fifteen minutes is enough to actually do something useful… Or not, but it is enough time to do something. It is also the amount of time on average that Southeastern, the train company I find myself…
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October: What a month!

Well, that was quite a month. Today is a rather wet and cold haloween night and this is the first post I’ve had a chance to put together this month. Admittedly a lot as happened, both for me and in the wider world. For the first two weeks of the month I was in Taiwan celebrating my wedding with my wife’s family which was hectic to say the least. I also had an interesting driving lesson, learning to navigate the mass of scooters zipping around Taipei like a game of Asteroids! On the plus side though, my wife is now…
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BT Infinity on Cisco Router: Read This First!

BT Infinity – BT’s implementation of Fibre-To-The-Cabinet (FTTC) is great, especially when you compare it to standard broadband. Sadly the same cannot be said for their provided router (the HomeHub) which is useless, and happens to use your bandwidth to provide a publicly accessible hotspot for any pleb to come along and use. This guide will talk you through setting up a Cisco router to take the place of the HomeHub and teach you how to avoid some of the pitfalls that may otherwise blight your installation. First of all, you need to understand the hardware you have and what…
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What the latest Java exploits teach us about security

I contributed earlier to a disucssion on an article in The Register (Link) on dealing with malware caused as a result of security vulnerabilities in Java. The article discusses how to go about cleaning up the various pieces of Malware downloaded and requires the use of multiple security tools covered in 12 steps. As I and others suggested at this point, given an infection of this magnitude, going for a clean-up should be the last resort. Virus removals are my least favourite computer repair job since it can be virtually impossible to totally rid a system of a virus, and…
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RIP Neil Armstrong

I was sad to read this morning that Neil Armstrong has passed away at the age of 82. It has however been suggested that he would not be amused by all this attention being lavished on him since he considered himself a “nerdy engineer” doing a job for his country. His family said “Neil Armstrong was also a reluctant American hero who always believed he was just doing his job.” He was more than that though, he was an inspiration to millions and for that reason alone he deserves all the praise and admiration he has received.

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