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Gareth Halfacree
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This month’s Hobby Tech column features my field report from the Maker Faire UK 2016 event, an interview with my good friend Daniel Bailey about his brilliant homebrew computers, and a review of the Genuino MKR1000 microcontroller. First, the event.…
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In this month’s Hobby Tech column I take a good long look at the BBC micro:bit, CubieTech’s latest Cubietruck Plus (Cubieboard 5) single-board computer, and a pack of Top Trumps-inspired playing cards based on vintage computers. Beginning with the…
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My regular Hobby Tech column celebrates its third year this month, and I’d like to think it does so in style. As well as a two-page review of the Raspberry Pi 3, the column details how to build a Raspberry Pi Zero-based energy usage graph into a cheap box…
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This month’s Linux User & Developer includes my review of the Arduino-produced and Intel-chip-toting Genuino 101 microcontroller and the final five-page news spread, with publisher Imagine shuffling things around and taking the news coverage in-house…
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It’s a special week for the Raspberry Pi Foundation: it’s celebrating its fourth birthday with the launch of the new Raspberry Pi 3. It’s a special day for me, too: the latest MagPi magazine boasts a total of thirteen pages of my content, including the…
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If you've ever shopped at Cool Components, beware: your email address, and possibly more, has been leaked.
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This month’s Linux User & Developer includes a review of the Cubietruck Plus – also known as the Cubieboard 5 – I previously reviewed in Custom PC Issue 154. CubieTech’s latest design, the Cubietruck Plus borrows the overall design from its predecessor…
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For my regular review in Linux User & Developer this month I had the great pleasure to spend time with the BBC’s first serious hardware project since it teamed up with Acorn in the 80s: the BBC micro:bit. Originally known as the Micro Bit, the micro:bit…
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My review for this month’s Linux User & Developer magazine is of a device I’ve been playing with for a while now: the Raspberry Pi 3, the first single-board computer from the Raspberry Pi Foundation to include a 64-bit CPU and integrated radio chip.…
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In this month’s Hobby Tech column I review the Proster VC99 multimeter, the Intel/Arduino Genuino 101 microcontroller development board, and discuss the challenges in developing meaningful benchmarks for testing devices where memory is measured in…
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In addition to my regular four-page news spread, this month’s Linux User & Developer features a review of a maker-oriented computer-on-module (COM): the LeMaker Guitar. The Guitar comes from the same company that brought us the Banana Pro, but while…
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In my latest Hobby Tech column for Custom PC, I take a look at the Pi Zero-specific pHAT family of add-on boards from local electronics wizards Pimoroni, review the Guitar computer-on-module from China’s LeMaker, and show readers how to enhance a…
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Freelance technology journalist
Employment
  • Freelance
    Journalist, present
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Bradford, UK
Previously
York, UK - Muscat, Oman - Bradford, UK
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Freelance journalist, writer, and breaker of all things electronic. The latter is usually accidental. Usually.
Introduction
Freelance writer, occasional journalist, erstwhile sysadmin, and perennial breaker of all things electronic.
Bragging rights
I eat too much, exercise too little and haven't died yet. Oh, and I've got a daughter.
Education
  • Lancaster University
  • York College of Further and Higher Education
  • Burnholme Community College
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Gender
Male
Birthday
April 8
Other names
Bob Halfacree