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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 →

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 →

Working with MediaTek’s LinkIt™ ONE IoT development board under Windows

Following on from the Mac instructions, I have also set up MediaTek’s LinkIt™ ONE on a Window Machine, Setup Download the MediaTek LinkIt SDK for Arduino Windows. Unzip the downloaded zip, right click on the installer “mediatek_linkit_sdk_(for_arduino)-1.1.05.exe” and “Run as… Continue reading →

Working with MediaTek’s LinkIt™ ONE IoT development board

A few weekends ago, HACMan, Tas and I were at MakerFaire New Castle. One of the exhibitors there was MediaTek, showing off their range of LinkIt Wearables / IoT (Tnternet of Things) development boards. I have managed to snag myself… Continue reading →

Updates to the Family Tree

It looks like MyHeritage now has a “Mac Version” of their software (this should reduce my dad’s number of computers down to one). Historicity they recommended all kinds of horrible things (running virtual machines etc.), but there application could not… Continue reading →

Using a nice console with ‘Duinos

The Arduino IDE serial console sucks! (the entire Arduino IDE kind of sucks, but one fix at a time). I first tried to use the native Minicom package, the most up to date one I found was version 2.2 (compiled… Continue reading →

Low cost ‘Duino

I found these Arduino Uno clones (link) on Ali Express for £2.16 each with free shipping from china, I can’t even get Diavolino for that little (Also a Diavolino needs a RS232 / FTDI or something as well). These clones… Continue reading →

Building a Diavolino

On Saturday I picked up an Evil Mad Scientists Arduino clone, The Diavolino, from MadLab‘s little shop “Invent-ory” to use with my RS485 stuff. the Diavolino requires assembly yourself (official instructions). The FTDI I bought was this one: RHX PL2303 USB… Continue reading →

Offline WordPress editors

Most of the sites I work on are biased on the open source project WordPress, examples include Biscuit Mag, Freedom Press, Freedom News, and My Professional site; some sites like Just Vigilantes, and Does UKIP Hate You? are not. One of… Continue reading →

Cosplay with jake

Down at hackspace today jake and I had a go at taking the eMac to bits. Jake is a bit of a cos play geek 🙂 This is the old eMac that is being turned into the helmet for his… Continue reading →

Why WhatsApp needs a Desktop Client (updated for Viber)

I used to use MSN, Yahoo, and a number of different accounts with Pidgin as my way of talking to people in a post Bolt world, The Problem was that Bolt died a death; replaced by the shocking My Space,… Continue reading →

The Saga of Artisteer 4 for Mac

After my Previous post about Artesteer 4 for mac, there has been two sets of movement, that of the people on the support forum, and the glacial lack of movement of the Official Artisteer team. Artisteer are still listing as… Continue reading →

Artisteer for Mac Review, and Why no Version 4?

A fair while ago I picked up Artisteer for Mac, it looked like a useful tool: Artisteer is the first and only Web design automation product that instantly creates fantastic looking, unique website templates and blog themes. Design awesome blogs… Continue reading →

Wireless on a boat

Despite living in a marina, right next to the wireless box arial, We have very little signal (red arrow on the side of the building 60 foot away). Looking at the router, it looks like it is a TP Link… Continue reading →

Excerpts and why they fail

I read blogs, and news sites, either on my Mac, or my iPhone; but on both of these devices I use an RSS reader (linked to my Google Reader account), on my Mac I using Reeder and here (this post… Continue reading →

Playing with 3D printers

Today I am sat with Nathaniel, working out how to get parts for my Tantillusup and running, I have downloaded the Mac pre compiled copy of kliment /Printrun, from koti.kapsi.fi/~kliment/printrun/, (also needed Slicer for Mac). With both of these installed,… Continue reading →

Family Tree

My dad has been working on the McGaw family tree for a few years now; over that time the machine he has been using has changed from a Dell Optimax running Windows XP, to a Macbook, running Windows Tiny7, due… Continue reading →

Why eBooks changed my reading habit.

I read Delkaetre’s post on why she doesn’t have an ebook reader yet; I do have a Kindle, which I use in place of my book shelf most of the time. Her reasons for not liking an ebook reader include being able… Continue reading →

The Cost of Colo Hosting

This post is part of a series about building a mac mini server. I sent an email to a number of colo hosting company’s to find out how much they would charge me to host Lofn, there are a few I haven’t included on the… Continue reading →

Book 8: Using OS X Lion Server at Home: A Step by Step Guide

We Got Served’s “Using OS X Lion Server at Home: A Step by Step Guide” by Terry Walsh is a good introduction to OS X Lion Server, I read this one after reading Using Mac OS X Lion Server: Managing Mac… Continue reading →

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