Skippy's Random Ramblings

The Random Thoughts of a Geek in Manchester

I am so amazingly hipster!

I haven’t been to an MSS in ages, and I was cold at my parents, As some one who doesn’t feel the cold very often, I don’t always (like now) have not got a jumper available, so out came my… Continue reading →

Greebo waiting for a @northernassist train…

Greebo has to commute from New Mills Newtown to the city to get mice as she has scared all the local ones away.

Sunflowers and Butterflies

I am working on making a time laps camera for this; I have already put Rasbian on an SD card 🙂

SD Card and Headless on a Raspberry Pi

A while ago I made some videos of writing a Raspbian to a SD card for use with a Raspberry Pi, I am on a mac, which makes my life much easer as there is now an awesome tool called… Continue reading →

Sunflowers and Butterflies 

The butterflies are here from @insectlore!

I recently ordered a butterfly garden with 5 live caterpillars kit from Insect Lore, and it arrived today at work (because having stuff sent to work means I don’t need to be at home when they deliver). I opened it… Continue reading →

Sunflowers

For Easter MiniBoyGeek was given some Sunflowers (Helianthus Annuus) to grow 🙂 Tas and MiniBoyGeek planted them. Each of the three pots has a different variety of sunflowers: A. Giganteus B. Teddy Bear C. Evening Sun

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Eden Project

While we were playing guess where, MiniBoyGeek, Tas and I went to the Eden Project in Cornwall

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Following on from my post last night… this is the same place in the day!

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Coate Water Railway with @MiniBoyGeek 

Today MiniBoyGeek, Tas, and little lion went for a dog walk down to Coate Water, in Swindon. Being it was a Sunday with nice weather North Wilts Model Engineering Society were running trains at the Coate Water Miniature Railway. This… Continue reading →

Sonoff smart wifi switch

Bob found these ESP8266 based Wi-Fi Relays from china, the “Sonoff – WiFi Wireless Smart Switch For MQTT COAP Smart Home” and being that he is is kind of a geek he bought some, now in typical China fashion the difference… Continue reading →

Revisiting the HLK-PM01

A while ago I looked at the HLK-PM01, and amazingly it turned into a very well read post… (do not even touch the cheaper crap!) with a lot of people asking how to make it work properly. I also got… Continue reading →

IR filter from a CCTV camera

A LONG time ago I disassembled a Cheep Chinese Camera, I may have accidental blown it up by over volting it (apparently 12V DC was the wrong voltage). since then it has been sat in my desk in parts, for… Continue reading →

Books 35 to 36 Finally

Looking back over Books I have read, 1, 2-6, 7-10, 13-18, 19-22, 23-27, 28-34 I have spotted that I can’t count as I seem to have missed books 11 and 12! drat. Book 11 – Anna Milbourne’s “Peep Inside Animal… Continue reading →

Panasonic KX-TES824 PBX Phone System

At CASS Industries we moved it from our old site to our new site, over a year ago, yes this post has been sat ‘in draft’ almost that long! While we were moving it across, we added the additional KX-T30865 Door… Continue reading →

What does 89p get you? Autopsy of a Chinese phone charger

Every so often we see on line storeys of fake chargers burning down houses, and electric shocks. Normally these chargers are refereed to as ‘Apple’ or ‘iPhone’ chargers, however that is just because the small triangle chargers (in a variety… Continue reading →

Steampunk in Swindon

Tas, MiniBoyGeek and I had a quick walk round the Steam Punk Spectacular at the Swindon Steam Museum (will have to do Photos of that some other time). Podpad Studios were there with some of their cool steampunk stuff, and… Continue reading →

DH-SD29204T-GN 2MP camera

This is the quickest I have got a camera onto my desk and working, This camera is a ‘Dahua DH-SD29204T-GN 2Mp Network Mini IP Speed Dome 4x optical zoom PTZ ip camera built-in MIC SD29204T-GN’ I can’t see it on… Continue reading →

Some one else reading @MiniBoyGeek a book

Tas has been reading to MiniBoyGeek tonight. The photo is taken with her reading “Where’s My Cow” by Terry Pratchett. Like Sam Vimes, Tas is good at doing the noises!

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