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by Joules
Wed Jan 11, 2012 10:15 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: We've hit the big red button - manufacture has started.
Replies: 119
Views: 19842

Re: We've hit the big red button - manufacture has started.

Pi and Pub nights... Genius, we need to organise these across the country as soon as the Pi"s are baked and delivered.
by Joules
Wed Jan 11, 2012 7:26 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: ICT to be scrapped
Replies: 23
Views: 4354

Re: ICT to be scrapped

A bit worrying that the government are hinting at snuggling up to Microsoft and Google for the new curriculum. Has a smell of more of the same, than developing home grown solutions. Hopefully what happens here will rock that boat.
by Joules
Tue Jan 10, 2012 9:04 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: We've hit the big red button - manufacture has started.
Replies: 119
Views: 19842

Re: We've hit the big red button - manufacture has started.

Are they here yet...

Are they here yet...

Are they here yet...

Are they here yet...

Joules, back to being about 8yrs old
by Joules
Mon Jan 09, 2012 3:06 am
Forum: HATs and other add-ons
Topic: Gertboard
Replies: 258
Views: 101478

Re: Gertboard

You do know the pcb is double sided and that some tracks have interconnects to the opposite side. Other than that a few end where surface mount components go. I haven"t seen any random tracks???

Then again !!! The short tracks could be usefull for prototyping busses.
by Joules
Sun Jan 08, 2012 8:19 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: I had a dream......
Replies: 12
Views: 2496

Re: I had a dream......

Yes I must say Kylie has that effect on me too...

"I should be so mucky, mucky, mucky mucky"
by Joules
Sun Jan 08, 2012 6:00 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: I had a dream......
Replies: 12
Views: 2496

Re: I had a dream......

Whatever you eat last thing at night..... STOP IT...
by Joules
Fri Jan 06, 2012 4:56 pm
Forum: HATs and other add-ons
Topic: simple 16 signal GPIO I2C board
Replies: 31
Views: 17500

Re: simple 16 signal GPIO I2C board

Needs more juice…..

and a crust
by Joules
Fri Jan 06, 2012 11:31 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Anyone else still got a Dragon?
Replies: 34
Views: 8521

Re: Anyone else still got a Dragon?

You beat me too it..... I don"t think locking her in my mum"s attic would have worked.
by Joules
Fri Jan 06, 2012 6:56 am
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Rasberry Pi Baking Clubs?
Replies: 6
Views: 1736

Re: Rasberry Pi Baking Clubs?

<t>I quite like this idea, a lot of schools just don"t have the upto date IT experience for their students. It would be great to get some interaction with the wider community. Hacker Space should get more support in the UK to encourage wider development of IT skills and support for small business an...
by Joules
Mon Jan 02, 2012 5:26 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: PC's are boring
Replies: 83
Views: 15265

Re: PC's are boring

Raspberry Pop Tart....
by Joules
Sun Jan 01, 2012 2:45 pm
Forum: Automation, sensing and robotics
Topic: Smart Home Energy Monitor
Replies: 34
Views: 62432

Re: Smart Home Energy Monitor

Thanks Bakul,

we already use hall effect sensors and Arduinos for DC and low power monitoring, but it's all a very messy setup I use and not very integrated.
by Joules
Sun Jan 01, 2012 2:36 pm
Forum: Automation, sensing and robotics
Topic: Smart Home Energy Monitor
Replies: 34
Views: 62432

Re: Smart Home Energy Monitor

<t>Yep,<br/> <br/> we are avoiding the whole fits fiasco, but thats another story....  We have been building our system over several years, the current setup has been in use 3yrs.<br/> <br/> We are not independent of the grid, I monitor it via the National Grid website to watch trends and demand as ...
by Joules
Sun Jan 01, 2012 1:18 pm
Forum: Automation, sensing and robotics
Topic: Smart Home Energy Monitor
Replies: 34
Views: 62432

Re: Smart Home Energy Monitor

<t>Thanks Bradburts,<br/> Unfortunately the Owl is no use for measuring DC current and too slow for transient changes as you mentioned. I could monitor the inverter mains out, but we have multiple inverters for load management. Much better to have inverters matched to loading and make our system fau...
by Joules
Sun Jan 01, 2012 12:40 pm
Forum: Automation, sensing and robotics
Topic: Smart Home Energy Monitor
Replies: 34
Views: 62432

Re: Smart Home Energy Monitor

<t>The Owl isn"t used for load switching, it just gives you a rough guide to overall house electric consumption. That was why I said other tasks use other equipment to monitor and manage other aspects of my project.<br/> <br/> The Owl is a cheap simple solution in a windows environment, but it"s xml...
by Joules
Sun Jan 01, 2012 12:54 am
Forum: Automation, sensing and robotics
Topic: Smart Home Energy Monitor
Replies: 34
Views: 62432

Re: Smart Home Energy Monitor

<t>3 CT channels, but I think you can have multiple transmitters, not sure as I don't have more than one, but the software from Owl allows me to setup multiple units.  The big problem with the Owl unit is the way they encode the data transmissions.  I haven't really found a concise guide to decoding...
by Joules
Sun Jan 01, 2012 12:49 am
Forum: Other projects
Topic: Any beekeepers out there?
Replies: 36
Views: 11280

Re: Any beekeepers out there?

Found this whilst hunting for some other information.

http://openenergymonitor.org/e.....n/node/102
by Joules
Sat Dec 31, 2011 9:39 pm
Forum: Automation, sensing and robotics
Topic: Smart Home Energy Monitor
Replies: 34
Views: 62432

Re: Smart Home Energy Monitor

<t>I have a laptop that is tied up with an Owl energy monitor (run from our solar array).  The Raspi would probably be a much better option for such a job rather than tying up my expensive (in relation) laptop and reduce power consumption on my battery bank.  The monitor should be networked so you c...
by Joules
Sat Dec 31, 2011 8:27 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: PC's are boring
Replies: 83
Views: 15265

Re: PC's are boring

Me too bro, a whole orchard of them.
by Joules
Fri Dec 30, 2011 1:33 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: BASIC - more harmful than useful?
Replies: 899
Views: 136063

Re: BASIC - more harmful than useful?

<t>For me, my nephew thinks his uncle is a computer Wizard, and shows interest in whatever I do.  I can tell you I am no Wizard, but I can spark his interest in programming by showing him confidently something I learnt and knew when I was his age.  Then I can send him on his way to modern languages ...
by Joules
Fri Dec 30, 2011 1:10 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: PC's are boring
Replies: 83
Views: 15265

Re: PC's are boring

<t>But isn't the point of boring PC's the very success of them.  We no longer tinker like we did because they have at long last become tools.  We rarely think about the machine as we interact more closely with the software and the communication revolution that has been born of them.  I do worry a li...
by Joules
Thu Dec 29, 2011 11:09 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: What was your first computer?
Replies: 408
Views: 149300

Re: What was your first computer?

and poor support from Computer Services on a Friday afternoon, as they drank the Queens Head dry.
by Joules
Thu Dec 29, 2011 10:08 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: What was your first computer?
Replies: 408
Views: 149300

Re: What was your first computer?

That would have been Heriot House then SCEP, LOL you were a few years before my time at the Poly, but I knew the machine as I worked on it.
by Joules
Thu Dec 29, 2011 12:30 pm
Forum: Other projects
Topic: emco compact 5 cnc controller
Replies: 2
Views: 2247

Re: emco compact 5 cnc controller

<r>I have experience with EMC2 on step direction stepper boards. My own use is in CNC routers, but did a setup for a friends Boxford mini CNC lathe.<br/> <br/> Here"s a couple of links you may have already found.<br/> <br/> <URL url="http://www.lerneaenhydra.net/m...../compact5/">http://www.lerneaen...
by Joules
Wed Dec 28, 2011 8:52 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: What was your first computer?
Replies: 408
Views: 149300

Re: What was your first computer?

I think that was the Jupiter Ace. I had an Oric Atmos and it was basic and assembler (6502)
by Joules
Wed Dec 28, 2011 7:54 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Which language would you choose to teach programming on the RPi?
Replies: 47
Views: 10444

Re: Which language would you choose to teach programming on the RPi?

I"ll play devils advocate and say Basic. It"s what I shall teach my nephew to program in for starters, assuming it is available for the Raspi.

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