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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

PlaneFinder – Becoming an ADS-B receiver station

PlaneFinder - Becoming an ADS-B receiver station
I have been working with PlaneFinder (PinkFroot), who operate the PlaneFinder app and website, and are now one of their ADS-B ground receiver stations. Having installed the equipment and the antenna on the roof,  it runs the MLAT/Plane Finder client and tracks aircraft from upto 200nm away, uploading them into the PlaneFinder database. What is ADS-B? ADS-B ...

World Community Grid – Donating Cycles – Are you?

World Community Grid - Donating Cycles - Are you?
For years now my various business have given a lot back to the community, through charity donations, events and pro-bona work etc, but one area that we’ve been doing the longest is Community Grid Computing. When I ran our data centre under Crosby Communications (year 2000), we donated excess computing cycles to different community projects ...

Flight Radar24 – Becoming an ADS-B receiver station

Flight Radar24 - Becoming an ADS-B receiver station
Just installed an ADS-B receiver from FlightRadar24.com by becoming one of their ADS-B and MLAT receiving stations.  I will be updating this post with information on how it goes in the future. but for now, its looking good, uploading data (which combines sources using ADS-B, MLAT and FAA) to their servers every few seconds, from a small ...