16×64 LED Tiles

Posted Posted in Hobbying

I've just been given access to a Jumbotron's worth of LED Tiles. They are all 16×64 and stack nicely to form a large format LED Screen. I'll be working to reduce these down to their component part size and use them individually with other projects. Each panel is about 50cm wide by 12.5cm high – […]

Using Kodi for Office Dashboards

Posted Posted in Kodi

Around a year ago my team started making decent use of Grafana – we had just created an integration API and needed to monitor it to ensure things were running smoothly. Simple beginnings. The idea was to get these web-based graphs and metrics in-front of our IT team so issues were anticipated ideally or at least understood […]

Droning on….

Posted Posted in Hobbying

After years of telling myself not to, I bought an ArduCopter based Hexacopter. Specifically a HMF S550 Kit. It’s been an interesting build, much frustration, lots of reading and learning and then plucking up enough confidence to actually try the theory out in a field. ArduCopter is an OpenSource Auto-Pilot. I’m using a PixHawk with […]

Soldering with poor eye-sight

Posted Posted in Hobbying

My sight is pretty rubbish, it’s been that way all my life. It doesn’t cause me too many issues, the DVLA weren’t interested when I learnt to drive, apart from looking a tad cross-eyed when i’m tired or straining to bring something tiny into focus – I get along just fine. I have a few […]

Gremlins in the system

Posted Posted in Home Automation

The notion of a gremlin in the system, a bug or intermittent failure of a system to perform it’s usual function, can be one of the most annoying aspects of modern technology. Depending on how much technology you surround yourself with the impact can be unnoticeable or life changing. Your alarm clock failing to go […]

Getting burgled sucks

Posted Posted in Home Automation, Home Security

Over the summer my ground floor flat was broken into – and a load of tech stolen 🙁 I found out from a charming phone call from my local bobby – “i’m in your flat, i presume your front door wasn’t in pieces when you left for work this morning?” FUCK! No, no it wasn’t…. […]

He’s dead Jim

Posted Posted in Kodi, News

The repo died over the weekend – and im having the usual fun and games getting it back online. I have a few days off this week so hopefully should have it back up and running shortly. I just saw that yet another fork of Kodi is emerging, this time it’s trouble over at OpenElec […]