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 →

HD IP CCTV camera

This job has been sat on my desk at work for about 7 months, looking at Amazon it may be one of these (available in black too). After my luck with the last camera, I was hoping to get into… 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:


Normally tea is very much banned from the EMC shed

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 →

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 →

Skilling up

Last time I was without employment (back before CCFE) I managed to get an SL2 form from the Job Centre, and I used it to get my CSCS card (Construction Skills Certification Scheme), and my 17th Edition (BS7671 IEE Wiring… Continue Reading →

Jobless Skippy, is less Jobless

Today I went for a job interview with Pennant Training Systems; I felt the interview went very well, what I was not prepared for was for less than two hours after the interview finishing being called by the agency and being… Continue Reading →

Jobless Skippy is Sans Job

Things sort of went quite badly last weekend; and I did something silly on Monday evening, on Tuesday Morning I went to my GP and talked to him, He gave me a prescription for Citalopram and looked into setting up a… Continue Reading →

Book 27 – Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Plain & Simple

Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Plain & Simple is a work book. One of the fun things I have been involved with is the long running Alfresco vrs Microsoft SharePoint Fiasco, Recently we have finally decided on using MicroSoft SharePoint Foundations rather… Continue Reading →


MASCOT is one of those weird things we have at work; (Italian: MAniplatore Servo COntrollato Transistosissato / English: Transistorised Servo Controlled Manipulator). its the in vessel remote controlled robotic arm for JET, there are two, one that I Photographed, that… Continue Reading →

MAST tour

Last week Peter took a group of people for a look round MAST (Mega Ampere Spherical Tokamak), MAST like JET (JET Tourus Hall Photos) is a Nuclear Fusion Reactor, unlike JET however MAST is a Spherical Tokamak, making it smaller;… Continue Reading →

JET Torus Hall

During the last JET Shutdown, Mark Woollard mounted a digital camera inside the JET Torus Hall to record the working activities of the Shutdown. Over the course of the Shutdown the camera captured about 32,000 still images. These Images have… Continue Reading →

CCFE Flywheels; Revisited.

At work today, we had a work tour of the flywheels; that I have previously mentioned; The Flywheel Generator Converter (FGC) works in a similar manner to the alternator in a car, the rotating part of the Generator carries the… Continue Reading →

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