• Custom Keyboard Rabbit Hole

    Like many people, I had seen wild crazy looking mechanical keyboards, and had been both fascinated and confused by them. How could you get by with so few keys? What does each key actually do? They looked like some kind of wild alien input device, but, at the same time, must work well otherwise the […]

  • RC2014 SD Bootloader Update

    Just a quick update to about the SD Bootloader I designed a few posts ago.  Well, the PCBs have arrived and last week I took a soldering iron to one of them and gave it a quick test One side of the board is effectively an Arduino, so without plugging it in to the RC2014, I […]

  • Retro Challenge – Closing Thoughts

    Wow! What an awesome month July has been.  The whole Retro Challenge thing has been great, and despite moments of stress or despair, I have thoroughly enjoyed taking part and seeing what everyone else has been up to.  Before I sum up my project, I should make a few honourable mentions. Retro Challenge – A […]

  • First steps with a Raspberry Pi

    I missed out on the chance to order a Raspberry Pi on launch day by a few minutes. No worries though, I could wait. After all, I didn’t know what I wanted one for anyway (although I knew I wanted one). A couple of months later, in April I was able to ‘register an interest’ […]

  • £1 Logic Probe

    A decent multimeter is great, but there’s times when you just want to have a quick check to see what signals are high, low or neither. A logic probe is ideal for this, but the cheap ones are about £15+, so I decided to build my own. For less than a quid!

  • Monsal Trail Unicycle Ride

    Last weekend 8 of us (John, Gary, Kate, James, Andy, Another Gary, Mark and myself) set off from Hassop Station and headed north on the newly opened Monsal Trail.  This is a 7½ mile cycle and walking path in the Peak District that used to form part of the Midland Railway route from the Midlands to Manchester. […]

  • The Blog That Cannot Fail

    There are so many blogs around that start off with an enthusiastic first post telling the reader how they will regularly write articles about this, that or the other, and are followed up by an article or two.  And then nothing for months.  Then either more nothing or a ‘sorry I’ve been lazy’ post  and then nothing. […]

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