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Computing

Hosting a Calibre Library with Linux, COPS & Google Drive

Introduction Free your Ebook collection!!! Are you tired of being locked in to commercial Ebook software such as Apple iTunes (shudder), Google Books or Amazon Kindle? Would you like to take complete control of your Ebook collection and host it yourself, giving you the ability to serve whatever Ebooks you want at any time and […]

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KiCAD

Installing daily build of KiCAD [Ubuntu]

I noticed, recently, that KiCAD footprint libraries now carry the .pretty extension, and that these files cannot be read by the latest stable release of KiCAD.  In order to make use of these libraries it is necessary to install a recent build of KiCAD, which has undergone a significant overhaul of its footprint library support. […]

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Blog Ramblings

The Correct Pronunciation of “Geocache”

I’ve often been told that I pronounce the word “geocache” incorrectly.  Everyone else I have come into contact with pronounces it ‘geo-cash’.  The same pronunciation is used for the word cache on its own; everyone else seems to pronounce it ‘cash’. Personally, I pronounce the word “cache” as ‘cay-shh‘.  And that’s because I’m right and all […]

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Is Ebay worth it?

Recently I decided to sell my Xbox 360 console on Ebay.  I never use it, so it just sits there gathering dust and taking up precious space.  Meanwhile, its resale value is constantly dwindling.  In a few years a used Xbox 360 console will probably be equivalent to junk, such is the state of our […]

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Fault DIagnosis

JVC TH-S5 Diagnosis and Repair

Symptoms I’ve owned the JVC TH-S5 home theatre system for many years.  It could be as much as 8 or 9 years.  In all that time it’s been a reliable machine, although to be fair it’s also had quite an easy life; I don’t watch much TV (what self-respecting Engineer and tinkerer has time for […]

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Electronics Electronics Blog Electronics Tutorials KiCAD

Resolving duplicate part name problems in KiCAD

The Problem In KiCAD, a problem occurs when you try to create a new schematic symbol for a custom library and you happen to give it the same name as another part that exists in a different library. For example, let’s say you decide to create a part called “MAX3232”, and there happens to be […]

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MTB & Walking

An exploratory ride through St.Martins Woodland, Laugharne

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35km Mountain Bike Trip to Margam Park

I completed a 35km mountain bike ride from Port Talbot, up to Bryn Reservoir, then into Margam Country Park and then back to Port Talbot again.  It was fun!  

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Computer Mods

Amiga 1200D Indivision-AGA MKII Installation

Introduction This post is a step-by-step tutorial for installation of the IndivisionAGA MKII hardware into an Amiga 1200 Desktop machine.  The target Amiga already has a FastATA fitted and there are some extra (easy) steps that will be necessary in order to allow these two peripherals to be fitted together in the machine at the […]

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Computer Mods Computing Electronics Electronics Blog

Hardware Hacking the IOMEGA StorCenter ix2-200

Introduction The StorCenter ix2-200 is a RAID network drive supplied by iomega.  I have used the 2TB version for about two years now to keep secure (backed up) copies of my precious data.  Any data I write to the device is mirrored on its paired 2TB drive inside the unit, so one drive can fail […]

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Computing

Rescued CDTV from the crusher

A good find… It’s a chore to find yourself lugging junk down to the tip.  But every now and then you happen across a diamond in the rough! Today was my day to score as I spotted a Commodore CDTV unit lurking in a dark corner of the electrical disposal area.  She was looking poorly […]

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Happy Pi Approximation Day 22/7!

Happy Pi Approximation Day 2013! If you don’t know what the heck I’m talking about, then allow me to explain.  In mathematics, science & engineering, π is regularly used in descriptions of circular motion.  This includes electrical waveforms and A.C. theory.  Today is the 22/7, and mathematicians commonly use the fraction 22/7 as an approximation of π. […]

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Events Land Rover

Louise

Some photos of Louise, my Land Rover, that are too good not to post but are lacking enough content for a post on their own.

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Blog Ramblings

Super Moon Sunday

Those of us who are fortunate enough to have been born in a developed country are blessed with learning opportunities that no society on Earth has ever enjoyed before.  The information age has made it possible for rational human beings all over the developed world to discover and learn about any subject of their choosing. […]

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Computing Computing Blog

Amiga 500 eaten alive!

I’m having some fun messing around with a few of my old retro computers at the moment and, inspired by EEV Blog’s recent teardown and successful boot of a 25 year old Amiga 500 I decided to get my old girl down from the attic and give her a go. Unfortunately my attempts were rather […]