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Solar Power on Boats

A while ago I looked at Solar Panels (Photo Voltaic) and did some research, (including reading a very hippy book [Electrosmog[note  electromagnetic “smog” is caused by mobile phones and the masts needed to power them, as well as microwaves, computers and electrical equipment…. Continue reading →

View our boat

Following on from Springer for Sale b0atg1rl and I will be down at nbArianrhod on Friday and Monday. If you want to come by Frouds Bridge marina and say hi. Please contact us via SoYouWannaBuyABoat.

An update

It’s been a fair while since I last wrote an update to my blog; back then b0atg1rl and I were looking for a boat; since then we have bought ourselves a 58ft Semi-Trad called nbSteven (the name will be changed when… Continue reading →

Hippy’s cause trouble

Some of you may think I have some hippy tendancys; being that I live on a boat, and that I plan to be as off grid as I can, bma and I have over a number of years had a smiler talk;… Continue reading →

Solar Panel Research

I am wondering how much energy we use from nbArianrhod’s batteries (3 x 110Ah) per day; I know this number will change over the course of a year; and that most of our peek energy requirements come from gas rather… Continue reading →

Book 5: The Axe Book

I assume that b0atg1rl has at some time has acquired a Gränsfors Bruks hatchet or axe, as on nbArianrhod I found a copy of “The Axe Book” which is an introduction to the history and product line of Gränsfors Bruks,… Continue reading →

Solar Panels

A long while ago I met up with Amy, and James from nbLuckyDuck, and one of the things that was intresting is that for a large part of the year they are off-grid with using a 136W flexable solar panel so very… 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 →

02 and the nanny state

I finally got an answer back from O2 regarding the blocking of my website; it would appear that they have unilaterally decided that //skippy.org.uk and //skippy.org.uk are Parental Controlled… The Website status checker [note http://urlchecker.o2.co.uk/urlcheck.aspx] when you type in //skippy.org.uk gives you this screen: Which to be… Continue reading →

O2 have blocked my 365

  My Project 365 site seems to have been blocked from being accessed over 3G by O2, I have written about my feelings on O2’s content blocking before, most people I assume have already got pissed off with it and bitten the bullet since and ‘verified’ themselves since… Continue reading →

Tool Review – Dremel Gas Soldering Iron

I first used my Dremel soldering iron (Dremel Hobby VersaTip 6 in 1 Heat Tool) when I was fixing my Ignition, I have subsequently used it for soldering a load of corroded wires together to try and get Steph to… Continue reading →

Tethering without O2′s consent — Tether has been Pulled from the iTunes Store

— This is no longer possible to set up due to the iPhone Tether App being pulled — One of those things I love about my Mobile Phone Contract is my unlimited data, way back at the beginning of time for… Continue reading →

Book 33 – Do It Yourself 12 Volt Solar Power: A Do It Yourself Guide (Simple Living)

Mike Daniek’s “Do It Yourself 12 Volt Solar Power” is a good book about 12 Volt off the grid systems; Its the same style of book as Building a Low Impact Roundhouse however despite both books being quite Hippiesh the 12 volt book… Continue reading →

Book 24 – Building a Low Impact Roundhouse

Tony Wrench’s “Building a Low Impact Roundhouse” is a book that I picked up while I was at university; this was a re-read to refresh my memory about the subject; Tony‘s ecohome in West Wales is completely off the grid… Continue reading →

Mobile wifi Internet

A while ago I wrote about my experiences with unlocking a Three Data Modem; recently I picked up a Edimax 3G-6210n GPRS USB Modem to Wi-Fi (and wired) router, I plan to use this at Medieval Siege Society events, and while away… Continue reading →

Off the Grid

  Some people know how I feel about large scale wind farms; and Photovoltaic Cells; for use in the UK (hint it’s a good way of requiring more Gas Turbines to be built). However when living off the Off The… Continue reading →

Unlocking a Datacard from Three

A fair while ago I bought a Three.co.uk Huawei E160G data card on Pay as you go. This would have been over a year ago, and since I am o2 customer and have the simplicity £20 contract, with unlimited internet.So… Continue reading →

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