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Paulie M
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Using the DNS Management service that Microsoft provide for free as part of Office 365 is really convenient. It automatically manages all DNS records related to the 365 services and makes setup a breeze. But, there is a problem with it. If you want to…

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After so long since it was it was in mainstream use I am still doing regular work for customers with SCO Openserver, gradually they are all coming off the platform, but while it is still in use it’s nice to have the best possible experience. A lot of the…

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Some time ago I produced an add-in to Outlook that enabled the calling of contacts directly from Outlook using Gradwell Call API. The app worked pretty well but I have recently redeveloped it into a standalone application and I think it works much better…

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Andy Proctor has turned his container delivery truck into an IoT device, with the help of a Raspberry Pi.

Read our blog post at www.raspberrypi.org/idata-truck-an-internet-of-things-lorry/.

#IoT #internetofthings #trucking

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You would have thought, that adding a USB 3.0 PCI Express Card to provide USB 3.0 capability to a Dell Poweredge Server would be easy, and it turns out that it is quite easy really, but there is a lot of confusion about the subject. No internal power…

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Fun and impressive project
Object avoidance robot
Had a fun evening making a basic object avoidance robot.  
Using an Arduino Nano (compatible) and a HC-SR04 ultra-sonic distance sensor.
Buried in there somewhere is an L298N dual h-bridge to control the motors.

I played with the ultra sonic sensor over 2 years ago (http://winkleink.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/arduino-hc-sr04-ultrasonic-distance.html) and haven't used it since.
The motor deck/robot was only 6 months ago the last time I did anything with it  (http://winkleink.blogspot.co.uk/2014/02/arduino-compatible-robot-for-15.html). That time I had it wired up to a Pro Mini. If you're comfortable with using a serial adapter to program a breadboard friendly Arduino type device these are great and really cheap.  From Hong Kong they are less than £2.00.  Important is to make sure your USB/Serial programmer has the DTR line as this is needed to reset the Arduino so it can go into programming mode.  Regular Reset needs some effort to get it to work so just easier to get a USB to UART with DTR exposed.

If you look carefully at the picture you'll see the Nano is over hanging the breadboard. This is because the breadboard is only 170 tie and there wasn't enough ties left for the ultra sonic sensor.  Not a big deal as obviously none of the pins not in the breadboard are needed.

I'm doing this to prepare for a computer club I'm running in the New Year at my kids school and this time this deck/Arduino will be the focus. (http://winkleink.blogspot.co.uk/2014/11/preparing-for-2015-after-school.html)

Good fun. Now I need to code it to be controlled by an Infra-red remote.  Then do a line line following version as well.  The kids over 10 weeks will do all 3 projects and depending on how they get on there are a few more that I've thought up based on this configuration.

Wires a bit mad, but all connected OK.
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Captured this video of Roger Federer performing a peRFect backhand yesterday using the slo-mo feature of my iPhone 6.

I couldn't figure out a way of exporting the video in high-def while maintaining the slo-mo though.

Used about 5gb of storage on my iPhone yesterday, thank god I went for the 128gb model!

+Roger Federer Fans #federer #goat +peRFect Tennis 

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Great to finally meet Roger Federer, he was amazing in practice and quite playful really. Hitting with incredible force and accuracy.

+Roger Federer Fans 
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Camera on iPhone 6 is really pretty amazing, took this photo while I was out with the family yesterday.Detail level is quite stunning.

#iphone   #iphone6  
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Migrating from SBS 2003 to Windows Server 2012 r2 Essentials hosted on Azure #cloud @azure

I’ve been considering the idea of migrating customer systems from on-premise Windows Server 2003 SBS to Windows Server 2012 r2 Essentials hosted on Azure for a while now. For one reason or another I’ve stuck to on-premises deployments, mainly due to lack…
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