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Designing and building a digital kitchen timer

In this project I plan to design and build a kitchen timer. We don’t have one in our kitchen and it feels like the perfect project for a hot August weekend. I’m writing this blog post while I’m building the device, hopefully this will make it more interesting as I’m sure I’ll come up against some problems and this will…

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9 Months with Arch Linux + i3wm

[Following on from: https://www.olinorwell.com/will-linux-ever-replace-windows/] I’ve now been using Arch Linux instead of Windows 10 for 9 months straight on my computer. Here are some of my thoughts. I will never go back to using Windows as my main operating system. I am now 100% converted to this platform and the idea of switching back genuinely never enters my head. I…

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Fear The Walking Dead Outshines Older Brother

The triumphant revival of Fear The Walking Dead continued this weekend with another well balanced zombie-fest. The largely derided spin-off of The Walking Dead has redeemed itself to such an extent that most fans would reluctantly agree that it is now the more interesting of the two shows. While The Walking Dead has become a living cartoon with larger than…

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How To Build A Live WiFi Web Connected Digital Scoreboard

Arduino Live Wifi Web Scoreboard In this tutorial I am going to explain how I created a digital scoreboard with LEDs, a large dot-matrix display and numerical 8-digit totals. The device uses a WiFi chip to connect to the Internet to get status values such as totals and live counts, plus statuses such as on/off for the LEDs. The device…

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Dear Walking Dead Fans – Negan Killed Eugene, Here’s Why

So yes, we have a cliff-hanger. That hated TV plot device used for over a century to get viewers to return to a series after a natural break. As a fan of the show I was gutted but the fact I’m writing this blog post shows how effective they are at creating talking points. [Spoiler Alert – if you have…

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What Happens When You’re Too Busy To Market Your App or Game

tl;dr – The faint rustling of leaves… In summer 2015 I released an app, in summer 2015 I didn’t bother to market my app. This is the story of what happened next… Super Soccer Sim is a simulation of football leagues, presented in the style of the popular ‘Soccer Saturday’ sports show on British TV. If that sounds interesting to you,…

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