Skippy's Random Ramblings

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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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

Cheep Chinese Camera

I picked up this 50H10L (HI3518E_50H10L_S39) based cheap POE CCTV style camera as a test for replacing the cameras we use at work to view EUTs (Equipment Under Test). the cameras we normally use are wired CCTV cameras. The (professionally done)… Continue reading →

The Particle Electron – First Impressions

A while ago I backed the kickstarter campaign for Particle (formerly Spark)’s Electron board, a IOT (internet of things) with a built in 3G modem (2G are available) with global data coverage, recently they shipped, Setup was as easy as… Continue reading →

Cheep Chinese ‘duino – OS X 10.11 El Capitan

This is an update from a previous post, since there have been some changes to getting them to work under OSX. I found these Arduino Uno clones (link) on Ali Express for £2.16 each with free shipping from china, I… Continue reading →

5V AC/DC Converter Switch Power Supply Module 3W 700mA Industrial Voltage Regulators

Following on from playing with the Hi-link HLK-PM01 I got this generic even cheaper board from Ben Dooks, after carefully wiring it up, I shoved it on the Kikusui TOS 8650 Withstand Voltage Tester: This shows the cheap chinese powersupply breaking just below… Continue reading →

Quick look at the HLK-PM01

The Hi-Link HLK PM01 is a 100-230 Vac to 5 Vdc 600 mA converter, Bob gave me one a while ago and asked me what my thoughts were on it, The Manufacturers details are not quite what I would like as a data… Continue reading →

Bristol MiniMakerFaire 2015

Testing IoT Boat Part One

More than a few years ago, I bought myself a Remote Control boat, a Kyosho Wave Master: The WaveMaster is a semi scale model of an F-1 tunnel hull racing boat. Tunnel hulls work by trapping a cushion of air… Continue reading →

Laser MDF from @kitronik for K9 has arrived!

  

Auto deploying WordPress on Symbiosis

If you have ever had to set up, manage, migrate or otherwise look after more than about three WordPress installs you will know it gets more than a little bit dull to look after them manually. Thank you to the… Continue reading →

Telegram vs IRC

Internet Relay Chat (IRC) used to be my preferred group messaging app thing, I have IRC running on Vor, using ZNC  to bounce IRC to Weechat (in Screen on Vor), Palaver on my iPhone and iPad, and Textual on my… Continue reading →

My first ROV

I finished my first ROV build today: LEGO City kit 60091 Now to get on with building one properly 🙂

How to set up and run with Bytemark’s Symbiosis Part 2

Following on from Part 1, we now have three of the Norse Goddesses up and running (If you hadn’t guessed what my naming convention is by now…) The site we are going to use for this bit of the up… Continue reading →

LinkIt ONE, vs Cheap Chinese Duino, Vs Official Arduino Uno

Following on from trying to program the LinkIt ONE on Mac, and Windows, I went looking for further information, I managed to find some information on the IDE GitHub page, I will compare how easy it is to program each… Continue reading →

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