Real soon now…

from a while back (2015!): My 3D printer (RepRap Prusa Mendel i2) is still in bits – but space is being made and I expect to start on it very soon.

much later (now); the Mendel i2 was not very reliable, it may become something else! I am now using a Duinotech TL4036 mini printer to make parts for a Prusa i3 clone which is nearly ready!

Another Year gone…

My main site, has just undergone a change which one would think be straightforward. I want to avoid copying the side menus and links into every page,; once upon a time, this could be done with ServerSideIncludes in Apache2, but it meant extra apache config and renaming all the affected pages to .shtml. After much to-ing and fro-ing, I found that JQuery can do this relatively easily. I broke out the code that I wanted to appear in every page and put it into a html page of its own, then added a JQuery script to the page’s <head> and a suitable <div> befor the main content in the <body> of the page. If you look at the page-source in your browser, you will see how it was done. My main concern was keeping all the CSS3 markup intact..


And now, The CleO is here!

fresh from FTDI’s indiegogo project, my CleO arrived last week, but I had to wait until last Friday for the necessary software to be available from the CleOstuff website .

Now it is going, here is a demo using the NerO card as the Arduino-style processor.  The stopwatch is one of the software items that comes with the CleO Arduino libraries. A neat demo of the touch screen. The rear view shoes the NerO fitted with long pin sockets that plug into the CleO device. I need to read up one the CleO commands and arguments to do something interesting with it!

FTDI have set up a CleO forum to get users together and exchange info and queries for Fred Dart and FTDI.


The IoT hat for Rasberry Pi Zero with Bluetooth and WiFi builtin!

I have backed another interesting Kickstarter project from RedBear labs – The IoT hat for Raspberry Pi Zero (etc) –  It will be good for keeping Pi Zero based devices nice and small and connected…


The picture is from the Kickstarter site and shows how small an addon card can be for a Pi Zero; since there are free (11?) GPIO pins, another hat could be added to do more stuff!

Plus the RedBear folk are looking at selling these devices for USD10 or thereabouts!!

A new (old) Arduino-like card – the Nero

I have just backed a kickstarter project for FTDI’s Nero Arduino uno like card, .  FTDI Chip is using Kickstarter to fund an open source reference design for an Arduino UNO compatible board. The NerO is based on the company’s FT231X USB UART, and delivers 5V at 1A without overheating. (from Electronics

In the past, I used the FTDI devices without any problems, and it is good to see an Arduino compatible with decent current sourcing!



It’s all still working

Well, we are now at the end of January 2015, and the iiNet connection is working ok. The Zyxel didn’t pan out (never connected properly to the adsl line) and was returned for a refund.

Just waiting on a new Planar board for a T61 I bought on eBay; flaky nVidia GPU (known problem, apparently).

Aaaannnd, we’re back!

About 1540K+1 last Wednesday,  iiNet fixed the routing problem, and mirabile dictu we are back on the interwebz!

A manager there rang me later to apologise for the delays and said that this had pointed out some deficiencies in internal communication which are being addressed further up the chain of command… They also gave us a credit for the time waited.

Now to get the Zyxel tower working to relieve the strain on our elderly D-Link box.