Skippy's Random Ramblings

The Random Thoughts of a Geek in Manchester



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 →

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 →

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 →

Last day of @makerfaire_uk #makerfaire

Photos from Day two of the UK Maker Faire in Newcastle-upon-Tyne’s Life Centre for Life 2015:

First day of @makerfaire_uk #makerfaire

Photos from Day one of the UK Maker Faire in Newcastle-upon-Tyne’s Life Centre for Life 2015:

Arduino Temperature logger thing

At work we had need for a multiple temperature logging device. Using one of my cheap Chinese Arduino Uno clones, some DS18B20 one wire Waterproof Temperature Transducers (like these ones), a cheap Ethernet / SD card shield (like this), and… Continue Reading →

Weather Station – Stevenson Screen

A Stevenson screen is an outdoor enclosure to shield meteorological instruments against precipitation and direct heat radiation (sometimes called a radiation screen) from outside sources, while still allowing air to circulate freely around them. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) agreed… Continue Reading →

Setting up WiFi on a Raspberry Pi

What Do I Need? Raspberry Pi unit with Raspbian installed Ethernet connection to R-Pi USB Wi-Fi Stick In addition to the above items, you will need to check the configuration of the Wi-Fi network you plan to connect to, you… Continue Reading →

Installing Raspbian on a R-Pi

I have used a number of Raspberry Pi’s for things, and despite there being more than one linux distribution available for the R-Pi I have not tried anything other than the Debian based Raspbian “wheezy”, These instructions are written assuming… Continue Reading →

Getting Node and Motion Jpeg onto a R-Pi

As part of my R-Pi K-9 I want to have a web browser interface, (also because I want to build an ROV) I don’t have a beaglebone black. Using a web browser as my interface will allow me to use… Continue Reading →

Playing with the Teensy

As some of you know I may be a bit of a geek, one of the tools I use is the Teensy, it is very smiler in use and specification to an Arduino while not being a pure clone unlike… 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 →

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, (also needed Slicer for Mac). With both of these installed,… Continue Reading →

Automatic Panoramic Head – Part 2: Move the Camera

Following on from Part One, I have come across a number of ways of changing the focus ring via a servo, and if I was to use a Telephoto (Zoom) Lense on an SLR (Single Lens Reflex) Camera The Focal… Continue Reading →

My 3D printer

I have got the first parts of my Tantillus 3D printer, I got the outside parts lazered by Sham Glam (1st post). Here is the unboxing photos, these were taken at Swindon Hack Space, at the Swindon Museum of Computing: Just… Continue Reading →

Book 6: 21 Projects Guaranteed to Keep Your Kids Occupied This Weekend

Instructables “21 Projects Guaranteed to Keep Your Kids Occupied This Weekend” is a free Kindle book, that I picked up to have a read of; there are some cool projects in it that would be worth a look at doing… Continue Reading →

Home Made Keyboards – Part 2: More Ideas

[toc]I have been looking around the internet for more ideas on Chording keyboards; and have come across more examples that I can use to refine my plan: The AgendA The AgendA is a British-designed organiser from the mid-80s. Its most striking feature… Continue Reading →

Automatic Panoramic Head – Part 1: Press the button

According to Wikipedia: An intervalometer is a device which counts intervals of time. (Other names include interval meter and interval timer). Such devices commonly are used to signal, in accurate time intervals, the operation of some other device. For instance, an intervalometer might activate something… Continue Reading →

Home Made Keyboards – Part 1: Project Overview

A while ago I cam across the Stenograph system, and thought about making myself a Steno Keyboard or something smiler, looking into I found this: There are two types of keyboard used in the UK for STTRs (Speech to Text Reporter), the… Continue Reading →

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