Hard Drive troubles and tips

A friend of mine came to me with the following issue. Her computer was slow and they took it to PC World. ¬†All the technicians did was to reinstall Windows from the¬†Recovery partition. No change in performance… Then my friend realised she was missing some important documents!… I told her to stop using it immediately […]

Wireless bell

We have a Friedland wireless bell. It’s the one of the Libra+ series. It’s a great bell (D913), but the battery life on the doorbell (D930) is poor. The push button uses a CR2032 coin battery, which provides 3V, but it only lasts for a month. Changing battery every month is far from ideal and […]

Broken IKEA Expedit case fixed

I was given an old IKEA Expedit case, flat packed, that was missing screws and dowels. One of the edges was broken, while the piece was being dismantled.   I thought I could use it as storage/temp work bench until I had the time to build something more permanent. Fixing the broken piece was easy. […]

No Hacking?! Why not?

While on a business trip in Virginia, I saw this number plate: hmm…  I accept Richard Stallman’s definition ofhacking: “Playfully doing something difficult, whether useful or not, that is hacking.” With this in mind, I’d ask the owner of this car: “why not?”

Web server on demmand

import sys, BaseHTTPServer from SimpleHTTPServer import SimpleHTTPRequestHandler   HandlerClass=SimpleHTTPRequestHandler ServerClass=BaseHTTPServer.HTTPServer   protocol = "HTTP/1.0" host = "192.168.0.185" port = 8888 server_address = (host, port) HandlerClass.protocol_version = protocol httpd = ServerClass(server_address, HandlerClass)   sa = httpd.socket.getsockname() print "Serving HTTP on", sa[0], "port", sa[1], "…" httpd.serve_forever() The above example serves all pages/files in the current directory, as […]

Meet ESP-8266

And when we thought things couldn’t get smaller… Here is an amazing little board with plenty of i/o, wifi, micro-usb and on board antenna. Almost same size as an SD card and can be programmed with the Arduino IDE we all know and love. Wow! There is one thing this board needs. A new name. […]