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We Need To Talk About Kevin

Back in 2013 I started building a robotics platform or Kevin as I christened it. This was a really fun thing to work on but the motors eventually started to fall apart so I abandoned the project a yea...

Workshop Projects - DIY Table Saw

Last year I decided to try and build a table saw, I had never used a table saw before but it always seemed like one of the most useful workshop tools to have. As a starting point I used one of Matthia...

DIY Workshop Air Filter

One of the annoying things about my workshop is the dust, it gets everywhere. You can tidy up but before long everything gets a nice coating of wood dust which starts get annoying. A year or so back I...

Workshop Projects - DIY Strip Sander

The core thing that interests me through the various things that I do is making, it could be a website an electronics project or even a table it doesn't really matter. I find the act of achieving some...

Managing Environment Files

One of the usefull things Laravel has done is introducing me to environment files, this is a concept that seems obvious now and was probably obvious years ago when working with other languages or even...

Laravel Session Problems

I have recently spent a few hours trying to diagnose and fix a rather annoying problem with session persistence using cookies in Laravel, it's an interesting problem so I am recording it here because...

Offline Support - Service Workers

Mobile web app For my home automation project I needed a way to control devices and view their status, given that everything was running through a Laravel web server the obvious solution was a web ap...

Home Automation - Controlling Devices

One of the most important, if not the most important part of a home automation system is being able to actually control devices. This may be turning on heater or a light or perhaps even opening a wind...

Home Automation - Collecting Data

As part of my home automation system I need to collect data about the environment, I have been doing this for sometime with a system I had previously built around the NRF24L01 wireless device. I was u...

Home Automation - My Nest Thermostat

I have loved the idea of the Nest thermostat for some time but living in a rented home means I can't make use of a product like this, not having central heating also presents a problem! A couple of w...