Skippy's Random Ramblings

The Random Thoughts of a Geek in Manchester



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 →

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 →

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 →

Bolts and other fixings in Fusion 360

I have been playing about with Fusion 360, one of thrings you will need to include before very long is a fixing, even if you can 3D print everything in your design at some point you will want to stick… Continue Reading →

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 →

Look what @MiniBoyGeek made me at @CreateItCheadle! 

MiniBoyGeek and Tas went to Create It in Cheadle / Stockport and made me a new mug for work! Tamarisk made this short video showing all sides:

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 Our groupware requirements are mostly a shared calender, archived mail, and contact list. we use IMAP… 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 →

Quick look at the HLK-PM01

There is a Follow-up post to this one here. 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… Continue Reading →

OctoPrint and an Ultimaker 2

A while ago work bought an Ultimaker 2 to produce cool things at work, A Raspberry Pi B+, and Pi Cam were also acquired for it with a view to using OctoPi (a copy of OctoPrint developed for the R-Pi)…. Continue Reading →

How electrically noisy are Servo motors Pt 2?

Following on from How electrically noisy are Servo motors – Pt1 where I subjected a Tower Pro MG996R and a Tower Pro Microserver 9g to the ERAD (Emissions Radiated) test. I am now going to do the ECON (Emissions Conducted)… Continue Reading →

How electrically noisy are Servo motors?

At work my day job is as an EMC test Engineer, on of the Tests we do as part of EMC compliance testing is a Radiated Emissions scan between 30 MHz and 1 GHz. There are two sets of emissions… Continue Reading →

Trolling at work

I have been working at CASS Industries for a while, one of my co-workers changed the logon music on a computer I use at work to the theme tune for 1980s Austrialian childrens TV show “Skippy The Bush Kangaroo”. He… Continue Reading →

Universal Job Match

The government has recently started running a “Digital by default” online system. They take online security very seriously… Your username is assigned to you, your password is at least 8 charictors long. you can’t have special characters. your email adddress… Continue Reading →

On Continues Cruising and JSA

my contract with FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) has not been renewed, so for fun I am now without a job, one of the things however I am allowed to do in the UK while applying for work… Continue Reading →

Hacky Birtday

On Saturday 23rd FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology [NOT Federation Against Copyright Theft]) are having their buildings 10th Birthday party; Join FACT in celebrating 10 years since the FACT building opened on Wood Street in Liverpool with a… Continue Reading →

Dundas Basin Elsan Point

The Elsan disposal point at Dundas Basin on the Kennet & Avon Canal was taken out of service back in November 2011 and has remained broken since; British Waterways plan to have a temporary elsan point operational some time in April, with full repairs coming on-line in August… Continue Reading →

Task 72 – Learn to Program

On my Day Zero List is the desire to learn to program; one of the things that people have been playing with in their down time here at Pennant Traning Systems is Project Euler: What is Project Euler? Project Euler… Continue Reading →

First Week at Work

For the past week I have been working at Pennant Training Systems Limited, which is in Staverton Technology Park, near Gloucester. The job is an intresting one 🙂 However it’s very unlikely there will be any posts like the East… Continue Reading →

Train and Cost

Tomorrow I start a new job in Staverton (near Staverton Airport) its a small village between Cheltenham and Gloucester Swindon to Staverton by Car takes 56 minutes and is 37.1 miles (according to google) and according to This journey would… Continue Reading →

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