Tag: gadgets

July 7, 2011

I haven’t done that much on my Barbduino BBQ Controller project for about a month. No good reason, other than simply doing other stuff. After hesitating over how the device is going to connect to the outside world, I decided to abandon the idea of…

June 4, 2011

Earlier, I posted about my plans to build a digital controller for my Traeger pellet grill using the Arduino open source microcontroller board. I’m new to the Arduino (although not to programming), so my first step was to buy a simple Arduino experimenter’s kit and…

May 21, 2011

About the same time that I bought my Kindle, I noticed the Wii Guitar Hero Warriors of Rock full band kit was being sold by Amazon for a ridulously low price of 60 quid. I ordered a copy, on the principle that even if I…

May 11, 2011

Is anyone else (who reads this) playing with Arduino? It’s a kind of open source electronics kit. I’ve just ordered the StartFun Inventor’s Kit to get me going, which is a heap of varied components together with an Arduino Uno controller – an easily programmable…

April 14, 2011

I’ve been making good use of my Kindle since I got it, in particularly reading successive Dresden Files novels. I think Amazon should actually give this device away – it makes it so easy to buy another book. Anyway, in an earlier post, I was…

April 1, 2011

FM radio reception has always been a bit hit and miss in my area, which is why I have a couple of DAB radios around the house. However, my bedroom clock radio is still an old FM model (10 years!), and lately, I’ve found things…

March 29, 2011

Back in January, I wrote that I had been thinking of getting a Kindle, but had been put off by the relative prices of ebooks to paperbacks. A couple of things have happened since then to give me a new view on things. During my…

February 27, 2011

Duh

Wanting to copy some MP3 files to my HTC Desire, I have been frantically searching for the USB lead for it, which had to be there somewhere. Then I realised – it is the same lead that is dangling out of the power supply.

February 25, 2011

I mentioned in my previous post that as my HTC Desire is a work phone, I will not be using it for calls while I am in the States, due to roaming costs. Which is why I wanted to look at VOIP again. I have…

February 24, 2011

Today is my last day at work for a while. I have a busy weekend ahead of me, getting all my clothes and stuff together and packed, and doing my guitar practice; then on Tuesday next week, I fly out to San Francisco for a…

January 24, 2011

Earlier this month, I was asking Do I Really Need A Microwave. Having had my old one blow up just before Christmas, I wondered whether I need to replace it. I decided I did, and have bought this. Much smaller (and cheaper) than my previous…

January 15, 2011

For some time, I have been looking at the Kindle, and wondering if I would get on with it. Packing away my books last year, many of which I knew would never be re-read, made this even more relevent. A little while back, I actually…