Skippy's Random Ramblings

The Random Thoughts of a Geek in Manchester

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RFID blocking wallets

Recently there have been people claiming that they can steal money from your pocket (up to £30) by skimming your credit or debit card info using a EPOS (Electronic Point of Sale) or PED (Pin Entry Device). It said thieves… Continue reading →

Hantek 6022BE USB Oscilloscope

I picked up a Hantek 6022BE USB Oscilloscope as sometimes its useful to have something more than just a multimeter for seeing what a circuit is doing. While the specification makes it more of a toy than a real instrument,… Continue reading →

Books 18 to 22, from Dinosaurs to Butterflies!

Tas and I are listing to the Harry Potter Audiobooks at home, and I have had The Tales of Beedle the Bard at my parents for a while, and had not got round to reading it as of this. I… Continue reading →

SMD Soldering at a Hackspace

The soldering of SMD devices is something that no normal person would want to do by hand for fun, I can’t even believe that normal people would do it anyway (it is a cruel and unusual punishment). Hackspace Manchester has… Continue reading →

Git stuff and 52 Weeks of Code

Sometimes I feel that my geek credentials are lacking given the lack of code I write, yes I make cool things occasionally, I work as an EMC Engineer for a small Stockport Company, I am a Director of Squashed Fly… Continue reading →

Updates to my site

A quick change of themes, I was getting less and less happy with bhost, that is not to say its a bad theme, just I wasn’t happy with how it looked, I am now using baskerville. One of the things… Continue reading →

Books 13 to Book 18 some with @MiniBoyGeek, one on a train

Some more books, Book 13 I read on the train too and from work, I have got some more free Kindle books to read soon, and some other books to re-read and hopefully finish, but first: Book 13 – Titanic:… Continue reading →

Book 12 – Mallard and another one with @miniboygeek

Book 11 – Giles Andreae’s “Giraffes Can’t Dance“ Book 12 – Don Hale’s “Mallard: How the Blue Streak Broke the World Steam Speed Record” (book crossing ID 609-14374962) On 3rd July 1938 A4 LNER Pacific ‘Mallard’ achieved the world speed… Continue reading →

Using a CH340 with OSX (@osxpl2303)

A lot of Chinese Arduinos come with the ch340 as the replacement for the FTDI or other serial bridge. I have nothing against the CH340 / CH340G however it is a PITA (BREAD – Pain In The Arse) to use… Continue reading →

OS X Gerber Viewer

I found MCN Gerber Viewer, at this site, it is an OS X application for viewing and printing Gerber files, the zip of the app is Mirrored here. I have been working on PCBs more frequently, and along with Eagle… Continue reading →

Store nothing with Sentora

Theresa May seems to have got her way, and the Snoopers Charter has passed into UK law. Squashed Fly hosts among others websites, both the Freedom Press and Freedom  News sites, and as part of that I don’t like clear… Continue reading →

How to program the ATtiny85 using an Arduino Uno

Normaly I would use a cheap chineese clone, but I had an official Arduino Uno available, The process should be the same no matter which you use. Now given that an Chineese clone of the Uno is about £3 you… Continue reading →

Getting YouTube into iTunes

Youtube is great, most of the time, where it fails is if you have a poor or no internet connection, recently I found podsync.net, an online tool that you feed a YouTube url to and it gives you a RSS… Continue reading →

Bristol Mini Maker Faire 2016

Today like last year I went to Bristol for the mini maker Faire (unlike Manchester and Liverpool Makefest this one still pays the silly amount of money to use the make branding). Unlike last year @Bristol charged at the door… Continue reading →

Small business groupware

As previously mentioned work (CASS Industries Ltd.) needed a new groupware solution after Microsoft pulled the plug on both Small Business Server, and Outlook.com. Our groupware requirements are mostly a shared calender, archived mail, and contact list. we use IMAP… Continue reading →

VMWare ESXi on a hp Proliant Gen 8 MicroServer

At CASS Industries we were using Microsoft’s free Hotmail / Outlook connector for our group ware solution, howecver Micro$oft pulled that plug on us when they made changes to Outlook.com. As a solution we picked up a HP ProLiant MicroServer… Continue reading →

Node Red and Fish Dish

I downloaded Random Nerd’s Build a Home Automation System for $100 and started testing it out, A while ago I aquired a Fish Dish (not sure where from), It’s a small PCB that fits on the GPIO header of the… Continue reading →

Sentora and Flask

Every so often I want to try something new… and with Tas learning python and flask, it looks like time to try and work out how to host flask projects on njoror. Installing Flask on my machine is done by sudo… Continue reading →

Water Otter

With winter coming to an end (we hope) and the hot water on our boat coming from two sources; the fire and the engine, it was looking like the kettle was going to be the only way to make hot… Continue reading →

restart MySQL if it dies

Because MySQL is sometimes a crazy pain in the arse, and will kill itself every once in awhile without warning, and apparently without any meaningful reason, (I only know it has happened when I get a SMS from my uptime… Continue reading →

Plus addressing on Sentora

TL;DR – It doesn’t work yet 🙁 I am trying to move my mcgaw.eu to my new server, however, I have been adding things after the local part deliminated with a +, for a while now, while this works out the… Continue reading →

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