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Thoughts on Coronavirus


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It was approaching midnight on December 31st 2019 when I said to my wife – “Isn’t it interesting how everyone talks at New Year about the year ahead, their plans, their expectations, their predictions. Yet every year something happens that comes completely out of the blue.” Five months later I was sat talking to my wife about that very conversation.…

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Designing and building a digital kitchen timer


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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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How to build a USB gear stick / H-shifter


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This guide will walk you through building a USB gear stick / shifter that will work with any PC racing game. I have deliberately stuck to building the simplest possible version of the device in the hope that those out there wanting to build one can do so in the shortest time possible. (a YouTube video of the finished product…

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2019 – A Year In Review


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Personal stuff In December I celebrated a second wedding with my wife in the Chicago suburbs. We were actually married in December 2018 but back then had a small family only wedding here in Spain. Everything went 99% perfectly and given a suitable time machine I wouldn’t attempt a second go. I was surprised with how much I really enjoyed…

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9 Months with Arch Linux + i3wm


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[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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Will Linux Ever Replace Windows?


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One of my hopes for 2019 is that I can actually write and publish some blog posts. Rather than just thinking of them then draft writing half of them. To do this will need me to give up on trying to write perfect blog posts. That’s the quickest way to own a blog that features one new post a year.…

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Why We Must Fight Mediocrity At Every Turn


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Last night my fiancé and I decided to watch a horror movie. It had to be a decently rated horror movie from the last 15 years that neither of us had watched. Now there are a lot of very poorly rated horror movies out there, in fact Netflix is full of them. After plenty of scrolling and passing a lot…

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Fear The Walking Dead Outshines Older Brother


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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


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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


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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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