Category Archives: Research

ASP.Net with Docker on Mac

I tried a ton of different ASP.NET on Linux / Docker / Mac tutorials, none of which worked for one reason or another. Then I fixed it. The closest I got was Deploy ASP.NET 5 Apps to Docker on Linux, … Continue reading

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The WordPress iPad app

Next up in my tour of iPad blog clients: the official WordPress app. Categories – check. Tagging – check. Uncomfortably accurate geotagging – check (though thankfully only at the resolution of “Andrew’s street” and not “sat in the lounge”). Ugly … Continue reading

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The cost of keeping your cool

As the UK basks in record temperatures (“Scorched Britain”, “Havoc on hottest day for a DECADE”, “ travel disruptions and health fears as temperatures soar”, “Record-Baker”, “Heatwave UK”), I’ve been running the air conditioner at home rather more frequently in a … Continue reading

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Super markets

I’ve been using our local Lidl recently, because their policy of regularly baking throughout the day means I can pick up fresh croissants and pains au chocolat whenever I go, whereas the local Tesco, Sainsburys, and Waitrose have usually run … Continue reading

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Netflix versus Blu-Ray

Which is better … streaming content or buying shiny plastic discs? It’s surely an unfair comparison because the constraints of a service like Netflix (delivering uninterrupted video over a range of network qualities) are very different to delivering content on physical … Continue reading

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Home Automation: buttons on the desktop

I want a button on my Mac’s desktop to turn on or turn off the lights I have controlled by the Raspberry Pi. Here’s what I’ve got so far. First, I wrote a script on the Pi to turn the … Continue reading

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Home Automation: Turn it on again

In Pi three ways I wrote: what happens when you combine an RF transmitter, smart sockets with RF receivers, and a Raspberry Pi? I’m still finding out what can be done, but this is what I’ve discovered so far. This … Continue reading

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Mobile modem

I was trying to get a handle on how much mobile data download speeds have improved over the years, so I did some digging through my archives. (The only thing I like more than a mail archive that spans decades … Continue reading

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Pi three ways

My name’s Andrew and I have a Raspberry Pi addiction. I’ve played with a lot of IT kit over the years, and set up a number of servers for a variety of reasons. File servers, media servers, web servers; from … Continue reading

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Sony Smart Watch 2

I’ve been playing around with a Sony SmartWatch 2. Herein some thoughts on wearable devices and smart watches. There’s been several iterations of the smart watch idea. The Verge smartwatch roundup covers the state of play; The Independent has an … Continue reading

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