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First Arduino tests

After turning on a few LEDs, making them glow at different brightness, it was time for something a little different. I hooked up a Nintendo Wii nunchuck controller I can now turn on LEDs with the push buttons, use the joystick or hand movements to alter the brightness of another pair or LEDs depending on […]

Arduino – Open Source hardware

After reading a couple of articles in Linux Format on the Arduino board I have decided to buy my own and have a play! Hopefully I should receive it in the next week or so. In the meantime, check it out at the Arduino HomePage and UK supplier at The boards are basically a […]

Motorbike – preparations for MOT

I finally decided to have a look at my motorbike after the MOT expired in January. After stripping out the rear wheel, swingarm, chain and brake caliper I’ve found it needs a good clean and re-grease. The brake caliper has a seized piston and the lock-washer from the front sprocket nut had somehow disappeared and […]

New ticket barriers for London Paddington

These are being installed across platforms 10 to 14, leaving only platforms 6 to 9 without barriers. 6 and 7 are the Heathrow connect service so they don’t matter. my usual evening train leaves from 8 so no barriers there. however my morning train arrives on 10 so I expect huge queues to get through […]

FON – Community Wifi for free

I’d been looking at FON for a while now and decided to initially register as an Alien to see what its all about, then decided to take the plunge and order my own La Fonera, their own router, based on OpenWRT software. The basic idea is that you install the route, register it and it […]