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Internet of Things - Serial to Ethernet Adapter

I have been working on a number of projects recently which would all require an internet connection either for fetching data or uploading data, in other words the Internet of Things! One of the easie...

Laravel Forge - first impressions

On Monday Taylor Otwell launched Laravel Forge, Forge is a service which manages hosting services such as Amazon EC2 and Rackspace servers. I have played around with Amazon's services and considered...

Tennis Balls and LED's - Increasing user engagement

Recently I have been doing some freelance web development work for a local search marketing company called Propellernet, they are a great local company which really value their staff. One of the thing...

Build Brighton - I am a trustee!

A couple of weeks ago the members of Build Brighton the local hackspace voted for a new set of trustees. I put my name forward after a poor turnout of candidates prompted the existing team to reach ou...

Shenzhen Electronic Markets

Its been 3 weeks since I got back from China and I wanted to write a quick post about my my trip. I started off in Hong Kong where I spent 3 days exploring parts of the city and taking in as much as I...

Home Automation - Is anyone home?

I have been interested in the idea of home automation for some time, I think most of us like the idea of things turning on or off as needed so that everything is ready when we want. The closest I have...

Heading East

At the end of March I will be heading to China, specifically Hong Kong and Shenzhen for a little over a week. A few months ago I came to the decision that this year I would go to Shenzhen to checkout...

Laser Engraver / Cutter build log - part 1

After a week of experimenting I have made some decisions with my laser engraver but I still have a lot left to decide. I am going to publish regular video updates for this project, the first of which...

Laser Engraver - Project Idea

Last week I stumbled across the MicroSlice on kickstarter, this is a mini laser engraver and cutter made from laser cut wood, salvaged dvd drive parts and some electronics. It looks really cool but it...

Narrative Clip, Life Logging and Quantified Self

For a number of years I have been interested in the idea of the quantified self movement and collecting data about myself and my life, ideally with the aim of using it to make improvements but to be t...