Member Since: December 2, 2010

Country: United Kingdom



Hacker and SysAdmin

Spoken Languages

English, Hex and Binary.

Programming Languages

Arduino and Processing all the way! Now also Wiring (Lest we forget…) HTML, PHP, JavaScript, Java, C (and most of the bags on the side of it), bash, blah blah…


Known for rendering other people’s tech unusable, although that’s a matter of opinion.


What about them?


Breaking, Reworking, Fixing after breaking, modding, Arduino and LINUX!!!


DIY, Arduino, Linux, Hacking, Modding, Breaking, Dismantling without putting back together, Patching, Trial and error, exploding, burning…




What do you take me for?? (No, that isn’t a book.)

  • News - Enginursday: Exploring th… | about a month ago

    It looks like there isn’t much point in coding on this board with arduino - much better to use an SD card & write code in C that can make full use of the board’s IO & speed (Given that some people are claiming this is about 200 times SLOWER than an AVR based arduino)

  • News - According to Pete: August… | about 9 months ago

    I’d use GPS and Barometric to cross reference and get a more accurate altitude. I’d use a IMU for vario as it’s a small measurement and very finnicky, and GPS would have a fair bit of uncertainty, noise and lag unless you’re diving or climbing at around 5 feet/second or more (as a guess). Also, if you’ve got an IMU then you can easily include an artificial horizon, which isn’t a common instrument in a glider but would give you accurate bank angle readings. Having GPS is important for accurate time calculations, i.e. IAS and variometer’s feet per second.

  • News - Chernobyl and Back | last year

    In that third last picture - are they gas masks on the ground? It’s quite a chilling image.

  • Product DEV-11007 | last year

    If you have a 3.3v that is the system voltage - a digital input at 3.3v will read high, and of course 0v will read low. The I2c and all of it’s output is at 3.3v - and if you have sensors that run at 3.3v (a lot of delicate ones do!) then you can plug them straight in, and they’ll be fine. On the other hand, the 5v version runs at 5v, so for it HIGH means 5v, not 3.3v. So if you plug your 3.3v sensors straight into a 5v arduino, you’re likely to toast them and make the magic blue smoke come out. The advantages of the 3.3v are that it uses less power and can talk directly to 3.3v sensors, and the advantage of the 5v is it has a faster clock frequency, an can talk straight to a 5v sensor.

    I hope that helps…!

  • News - Engineer Thursday - An In… | last year

    This is pretty awesome for people trying to develop Arduino code in places where GUIs might not be too practical (like on a server, or Raspberry Pi)

  • News - Engineer Thursday - An In… | last year

    There’s nothing like the kick you get out of firing up an ancient computer and almost feeling it’s operating system ticking over.

  • News - Engineer Thursday - An In… | last year

    If we’re going to be pedantic, it’s GNU/Linux, not that anyone cares :p

  • Product DEV-11712 | about a year ago

    I assume the funny gold trace on the top and bottom are for RF shielding or something? (Isn’t that a requirement in Canada?)

  • Product DEV-11712 | about a year ago

    Whaaaaaaaa? I was expecting it to be £60 or something!!! I’m definitely getting one of these!

  • Product BOB-11525 | about a year ago

    Race conditions, here we come! ;-P

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Books to get
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Awesome GTA Controller
Cos' keyboards are too mainstream
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Parts for hacking onto my PongSat PCB
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Subset of main RFDS list for prototyping.
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