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Aug 17, 2010
Category:Arduino Electronics 

My mate kindly donated his old broken TomTom Go 300 from which I was hoping to steal the GPS chip and antenna for use in my Arduino projects. I opened it up and found the GPS unit, it was labeled Cirocomm G100/300 580...

Jun 8, 2010

My new water cooled computer?!

May 27, 2010
Category:Bash How To 
May 2, 2010

Here are some more videos from the good old crazy days when the public was there purely for our entertainment.

May 2, 2010

Here are some videos from the good old crazy days when the supermarket was there purely for our entertainment. Don't try this at home... visit your local supermarket!

Mar 3, 2010
Category:Bash Linux 

Here is a cron line to download my ip address from and then upload it via ssh to a file on a server every hour!

Dec 16, 2009

After installing Digikam on Ubuntu, I had no video thumbnails or ability to play video.

Aug 31, 2009
Category:Programming Symfony 

A few days ago I started using Symfony. I chose to use Propel as the ORM. The ORM generates the PHP classes and database structure from your schema.

Aug 29, 2009
Category:Bash Linux 
Aug 25, 2009

This seems to be the way to download and deploy symfony, and I'm sure I'm going to want to do it again so I took notes, here they are: ;)

Aug 20, 2009
May 26, 2009
Category:Bash Linux Ubuntu 

This bash command will remove the left over config files from old packages that were removed with "apt-get remove".

Mar 29, 2009
Category:Arduino Electronics 

After my semi successful prototype of my remote control car speedometer project using a reed switch, I'm back with version 2, this time using a hall effect sensor.

Mar 23, 2009
Category:Arduino Electronics 

I love my Arduino development board and have done some interesting experiments with it, and now I am at the stage of wanting to make some of my circuits a bit more independent and permanent...

Mar 9, 2009
Category:Arduino Electronics 

I've recently acquired a laser pen, and of course, instantly dismantled it! I bypassed the push button and soldered on a couple of wines replacing the batteries, allowing it to be powered and controlled by the Arduino.

Mar 7, 2009
Category:Arduino Electronics 

As mentioned in an earlier post, I suggested the motor driver IC would be preferable over four transistors and lots of wire due to it's small and neat package! However I have just realised something that may sway me in the other direction...

Mar 6, 2009
Category:HTML Programming 

I work a lot with user submitted data, and it usually comes in the form of a Microsoft Word document, either as a .doc or copied and pasted from Word into forms or emails.

Feb 26, 2009
Category:Arduino Electronics 

My motor driver IC (L293D) arrived the other day, and before I put it to real use I thought I would just have a quick go at driving two motors at once...

Feb 23, 2009

A couple of months ago I had a bit of an accident when cycling home from the pub, I thought it would be clever to cycle straight over a roundabout. Unfortunately my face was abruptly stopped by the pavement. Here are the results...
Warning: Don't like blood? Don't look ;)

Feb 23, 2009

My mates mouse stopped working the other day, so I thought I would have a go at fixing it, assuming it was probably a damaged cable as is usually the case. After checking the continuity of the cable we decided this wasn't the problem. So I had the mouse apart and started poking around looking for bad connections or damaged components, and discovered something pretty weird.

Feb 17, 2009
Category:Arduino Electronics 

The next thing I wanted to try doing with my Aruino was driving some motors. I have got loads of old CD/DVD drives that I don't use any more and thought this would be an ideal source of motors.

Feb 9, 2009
Category:Arduino Electronics 

For my next project, and this is one I have been wanting to do for while, I will be makeing a speedometer for my remote control car.

Feb 5, 2009
Category:Arduino Electronics 

So, I have not long had my Arduino development board, my first project was to try and get it to log data to an SD card. This will be essential for a few future projects I have in mind. The internal EEPROM is only 512bytes, so not particularly useful for logging large amounts of data.

Feb 1, 2009

In anticipation of my Arduino development board arriving, I decided I will definitely need a decent power supply. I have loads of old adapters laying around from phones, routers and other old devices, but these are usually quite low voltage and current. I wanted something with a bit more juice, something with some nice high voltages that could really pack a load!

Nov 23, 2008
Category:How To PHP Programming 

Simple function to explode a string into an associative array. Works in the same way as the normal explode but takes an extra argument which is an array of keys to use for the returned associative array.