Stop the Sale of Liverpool’s Digital Infrastructure!

Stop the Sale of Liverpool's Digital Infrastructure!
Please help us to stop Liverpool City Council from destroying our Digital jobs and wrecking our futures down the line, by selling the publicly owned 172km Fibre network that encircles Liverpool. Instead, we want to use this valuable asset to welcome many internet companies, creating an “open network” that will result in enhanced competition, lower ...

NHS Cyber Attack: Blame the Managers not the Hackers

NHS Cyber Attack: Blame the Managers not the Hackers
So…it all started when I advised about an NHS Cyber Attack back in 2013, (which was ignored) and despite many warnings and proposed plans, this advice was brushed aside, favouring conformance over performance and good governance. Instead, the careful management of I.T risks has turned into a catalog of errors, full of obfuscations, smokescreens and ...

Powering a Raspberry Pi with a Hydrogen Reactor

Powering a Raspberry Pi with a Hydrogen Reactor
Powering a Raspberry Pi with a Hydrogen Reactor I’m always building projects that require some sort of device(s) to be powered, unfortunately, not all of the locations that I need to install such devices actually have good reliable power. Having designed a number of solar and battery systems to power various bit of kit, I ...

RIP: Internet: It Was Fun While it Lasted…Investigatory Powers Act 2016

RIP: Internet: It Was Fun While it Lasted...Investigatory Powers Act 2016
Looks like the UK Parliament have quietly approved the Investigatory Powers Act 2016, without even a whimper… Edward Snowden tweeted: So, just in case you did not know, here is a list of authorities allowed to access Internet connection records without a warrant! Metropolitan police force City of London police force Police forces maintained under section 2 ...

Internet of Things Dedicated LAN on IX Liverpool

Internet of Things Dedicated LAN on IX Liverpool
After some R&D “sea” trials, IX Liverpool has a separate peering LAN for the Internet of Things (IOT). As far as we know, there isn’t any other Internet Exchange in the world which has its own dedicated IOT LAN, so this is definitely something of a first.. Liverpool has a rich mix of IoT hackers, ...

How to Install Electrics into a Log Cabin 5

How to Install Electrics into a Log Cabin
I was recently asked how to install Electrics into a Log Cabin as part of a project and thought I would share the knowledge and experiences with you in case you are thinking of doing the same. The log cabin in question was a Forest Alderley Log Cabin 34Mm 4 X 3M purchased from Amazon ...

Making: Building a Smart Mailbox

Making: Building a Smart Mailbox
Building a Smart Mailbox – The Problem So…I have a mailbox outside my house which is mounted on the gatepost which receives mail from the postman.  My problem is that I never know when mail is actually waiting, sometimes the postman is early, sometimes he is late, as it, of course, depends on how much ...

Stores PA Systems being attacked by pranksters and hackers

Stores PA Systems being attacked by pranksters and hackers
Back in 2009 at an IET Conference, I warned of the potential risks of shop’s PA systems and Intercoms being vulnerable to being hacked.  I also noted that a a large DIY store chain in the UK uses its phone system to access the PA system, and staff from any phone can simply dial an ...

Review of the ImmerSun: Is Self Consumption the Future? 1

Review of the ImmerSun: Is Self Consumption the Future?
How the ImmerSun Works When you have some sort of renewable energy like solar panels within your home or business, there will be times that you won’t use all of the electricity is produces.  The ImmerSun “diverts” this energy into useful appliances within your home, be it your immersion heater, wall heaters etc.  As these devices ...

Making: Building a Connected Display

Making: Building a Connected Display
Having built a number of cool things with @TelecomsCloud API, this time I wanted to build something a little different.  I wanted to build a display unit that was both portable but very functional and could double up for use within our office while able to take to Trade shows, demo it in my various ...