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Steve Lake
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Raspberry Pi Zero Smart Energy Meter
The plan for this project is to take my ageing Smart Energy meter that I got given free about 10 years ago, connecting it up to the very low-cost Raspberry Pi via a serial to USB interface, then using some Python scripts to 'webify' it and send the data to ...

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Posting old stuff that I never finished - A "Weekly links" from sometime in 2014!
As part of an effort to post stuff that has been in draft for three years - here's this.. ย ย A "Weekly links" from sometime in 2014! ๐Ÿ˜œ๐Ÿ”—๐Ÿ”—๐Ÿ”—๐Ÿ”—๐Ÿ”—๐Ÿ”—๐Ÿ”—๐Ÿ”—๐Ÿ”— "Weekly" ย !?!! Anyway, moving swiftly along before anyone notices.. Some cool stuff I have found recentl...

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New theme
The old colour scheme was hurting my eyes. ย  Think I must be getting old.

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Raspberry Pi DVR - Streaming TV over the LAN
In our house we have a TV in an area where we don't have an aerial socket. ย We hardly ever watch live TV any more anyway as we have an Amazon Firestick - ย so it's not been that much of a problem. Occasionally, however, we want to watch something that's live...

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Ode to a pickle factory
The smells all have meaning, throughout the year, much more than any sounds that you'll hear. Mincemeat for Christmas, Pickles for spring... ย  and, I think, Mango Chutney And other spiced things. So here's to the factory that makes all that food. You are no...

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Re-purposing an old laptop
I just rediscovered a draft post from 2012 that I had forgotten about..ย  may as well post it now. --------- Old laptops are dirt cheap on eBay these days, and while they may not have touchscreens, quad-core processors or gigs and gigs of RAM, they can still...

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Oops - Time Flies when you're having fun..
It's been a while...ย  So it's been a little ย while since the last post... This, however, is a new start. ย  I'll leave all the old stuff because it's pretty good reference material still and most of the links still work. I hope to be doing more stuff to put ...

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This is so, so wrong.. ย  I want to try it, obviously. ย ย 
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"Transferring files to your MP3 player requires a Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7 operating system"
Oh, re-he-hear-ly?
ย โ€ช#โ€ŽTotalGeekOutโ€ฌ ย :-)ย 
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So today is Last Day for Windows XP. Microsoft aren't going to issue any updates for it from now on.. Most security firms (and myself) predict that malicious types on t'interwebs have viruses targeted for XP and ready to go, knowing that Microsoft will do nothing to stop them..
We've certainly seen a real ramp up of virus activity coming in emails over the last few weeks, with them coming out so quickly now that they're out before our email server's virus definitions update - and they update once an hour...
If you still have PCs that use it, you should probably consider updating to Windows 7 or linux, or getting a new PC.
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for reference:ย 
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-26884167
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