Outdoor Motion Activated LED Light
Mar10

Outdoor Motion Activated LED Light

Following on from my recent wearable project, I was asked to build an outdoor motion activated LED light for the front door. I had briefly read about PIR sensors a few weeks ago, and I was keen to give it a go. Originally I was going to use some, or perhaps all, of my left over NeoPixel strip, as it has a weatherproof sheath, but I decided that it just wasn’t quite right for the project. Instead I settled on an Adafruit 16 LED...

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The Story of the Torch
Feb26

The Story of the Torch

Back in 2008, I owned a brilliant torch. It was a blue anodised aluminium torch with 19 bright white LEDs set in its face. It was a brilliant torch. I kept it in the car because that is one of the places where a torch is most useful, well, at least for me. But in 2008 it was stolen when my car was broken into – no doubt they used it to break into other people’s cars. It was the only thing that was stolen, but despite the damage...

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Facebook Locked Me Out
Nov29

Facebook Locked Me Out

On the 28th of November 2013, Facebook locked me out of my own account. They gave no warning, they gave no satisfactory reason; they just locked me out. Upon logging in, I am presented with this:             Apropos of nothing, Facebook has had the audacity to tell me, not ask me, to tell me that I am not who I say I am. Furthermore, they refuse to tell me what it was that made this happen; was it a link...

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Server Side Overhaul
Nov11

Server Side Overhaul

Things might look a bit weird and out of place. I’m transferring to new servers, and when you use WordPress, it is a tedious process.     Headline image by jACK TWO

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The University of Common Sense – Part 1
Oct04

The University of Common Sense – Part 1

As part of my community service university degree, I find myself being directed to create a blog! Unnamed university thinks that this is a good and reasonable use of my time and money – yes, social media is a big deal, and yes knowing how to use technology is also a big deal, but I find myself wondering how something quite so basic worms its way into the second year of a degree level course. Many of the people in this room were born...

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PiMac G4 – Update 1
Jul04

PiMac G4 – Update 1

A quick update on the PiMac G4 project. Today, finally, sees the arrival of the the final parts for the project, in this case it was the 1K resistors. Yesterday, however, saw the arrival of the final piece of a another project of mine, a personal one, that I must complete first. I’ve been doing that project for over a year now, and it is finally in its last stage. Even if it wasn’t in its last stage, that project has to...

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PiMac G4
Jun25

PiMac G4

I’ve been quiet for a few days, and that is because I’ve been in procurement mode, in fact, I tried to buy 11 broken iMac G4s, but was outbid literally one second after my bid went in. Still, they weren’t the make-or-break of this new project, it just would have been nice to have a lot of spare parts, and the potential to make several more if it all goes well. And it is at this point that I realise that I...

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Hot Serving of Pi – P4
Jun18

Hot Serving of Pi – P4

Step 3: Samba & miniDLNA [Introduction] [Step 1] [Step 2] This is the last step in the process of making a cheap media server. We’re going to install and configure Samba and miniDLNA. Samba allows us to see files on the server from any machine on the network, and miniDLNA allows uPnP receiving devices, like the PS3, to easily access all the files on the server without any kind of hack or customisation. First things first,...

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A Hot Serving Of Pi – P3
Jun18

A Hot Serving Of Pi – P3

Step 2: Mounting Drives [Introduction] [Step 1] Before we install Samba, it is a good idea to make sure that the USB drives you want to plug-in are actually mounting in a useable way. Before we even get that far, though, we first need to make sure that the drives are formatted correctly. Being a Mac user, all my hard drives and USB sticks are formatted in HFS+ (or, Mac OS Extended (Journaled)). This is fine for me, as up until I...

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A Hot Serving of Pi – P2
Jun17

A Hot Serving of Pi – P2

Step 1: Assigning Static IP Address [Read the introduction] I DONE IT!!. . . *ahem*. . . I mean, ‘I have completed my assignment’. It was much easier than I was expecting, that’s not to say that I didn’t have problems (damn you permissions! Will you forever be the bane of my life?!) As it turns out I didn’t need to jailbreak my AppleTV which is useful, as the current version of seas0npass only provides a...

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Is The Pi Right For My Kids?
Jun16

Is The Pi Right For My Kids?

Image credit: Gijsbert Peijs That’s a good question, and one that you shouldn’t read too much into; that is to say, I don’t have any kids. Considering the costs of tech these days, and the constant proliferation; update after speed-bump after expansion after paywall, it is reasonable to see people looking for cheaper alternatives. The Raspberry Pi is a great example, it can do many of the same things your typical Mac...

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A Hot Serving of Pi – P1
Jun14

A Hot Serving of Pi – P1

After having taken an unexpectedly long Python . . . sabbatical, I’ve decided to put Python down for a few more days and instead work on an actual Raspberry Pi project. Something relatively simple, as I am still starting out. A media server that will serve stuff from my Humax box, and other media drives, to my AppleTV. You might think “Dan, if the stuff is on your Humax box, why port it wirelessly to an AppleTV when the...

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