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Why I am building a new robot

I have been playing around and building my rover Kevin for several years now. This has been a really fun on and off project as its big enough to sit on and drive around and that's partly the problem,...

An internet connected home with no internet

The other day my ISP (Plusnet) suffered a nationwide outage that took my internet connection down for about an hour, after realising there was nothing I could do to fix it I sat down with a book which...

Facebook data "breach"

Facebook has been in the news a lot recently along with Cambridge Analytica for a rather interesting story about voter manipulation and targeted advertising. Accessing your own data It's an interest...

Metro bank, a thin veneer of modern over another old bank

I remember reading about Metro bank a few years ago when they started opening branches and I was genuinely quite excited, finally something new to start shaking up a very boring industry. I was worki...

The power of a good API

As I have found out this week the alur of a good API can make up for a multitude of sins. At work I have been looking at methods for posting documents programmatically, that is sending a PDF to an AP...

Alexa vs Google Home

After living with Alexa and a Google Home device for a while my conclusion is that Google Home is a chore to communicate with while Alexa is a joy. Talking to Alexa feels natural, it feels more like...

Ball Bearing Machines

I have a thing for interesting machines, especially the type where there is a lot going on and you can get lost following things through and working out how everything functions. Cool machines One m...

100% Secure!

I signed up with a new bank recently called Tide, its one of the new challenger banks but unlike the Monzo its focused at small businesses and offers business current accounts. The app and onboarding...

2m LED Display - Boxing Up

It's been a few months since I have worked on the LED display/tower/thing so I have decided to try and get the physical construction finished. I had left the rear of the enclosure open with the elect...

Blenheim Palace Christmas Lights

Last year I built a lighting system for one of the exhibits for the Christmas at Kew Gardens event, this worked really well but it was also designed as a more generic controller for generating a light...