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Privacy & ID Cards

Earlier in the week I went to London to apply for a UK Identity Card. I have wanted one for over a year but it was only at the beginning of the month that they opened them up to the whole population r...

The cost of a sign

How much would you spend on a sign or a series of signs covering a university campus? A couple of thousand? How about £700,000? [caption id="attachment_366" align="alignright" width="200" caption="La...

Personal Tracking Device

After posting that a personal tracking device wasn't feasible because of power consumptions issues it got me thinking, is it? I haven't worked this out yet so as I write this I genuinely don't know i...

Car GPS System

My latest project is a GPS system for my car, thats so last you I hear you all saying, but wait its not a navigation system but a replacement for the speedometer and a tracking system. I use a regula...

Changes

Lately I have taken on a couple of freelance jobs, one electronic which involved designing and building a non contact counting system for exercise judging, the other project is web based, for this I h...

Video Recording

I have finally found the solution to my camera dilemma, the Canon EOS 500D. [caption id="attachment112" align="alignright" width="187" caption="Kodak Zi6 Pocket Video Camera"][/caption] For a while n...

Database Replication

For the past few months I have been working on a multisite IT project, part of it involves keeping various databases synchronized between different sites. A single master database needs to be pushed o...

The iPod Touch

Last week I received an iPod touch, this is going to form part of my latest project so the University paid for it and I get to use it for a couple of months before the project goes live. I have never...

KISS Media Player + Smoke = Problem

On Friday I was watching a DVD and all of a sudden the image froze and the player became unresponsive, I tried restarting the player but the system got stuck on the boot up process, it was at this poi...

Canon EOS 5D MkII

[caption id="attachment_86" align="alignleft" width="200" caption="Canon EOS 5D MkII"]    [/caption]   Canon recently announced the upcoming release of there new digital SLR, the 5D Mark 2. This soun...