Tuesday, 20 June 2017

I Didn't Say Which Christmas....

Well, Halloween, anyway....

Growing up there was a saying in our house.  Dad, when pushed for a deadline, would quip "By Christmas." If Christmas beat Dad to delivering the cubby house / painted kitchen / whatever he'd promised, he'd simply state "I didn't say which Christmas...."

At the time, that saying annoyed me.  These days, I hide behind it!

Thursday, 4 August 2016

Hacking my Hakko

Hakko 936 LED Mod

So I've come home once again, to find, yet again, that after tinkering with some new toys I've left my soldering iron on ALL DAY yet again...

And this time I'm taking care of business!  (I'll talk about the toys later).

Saturday, 11 June 2016

ESP8266-01 Programming Jig

 Getting Jiggy With it

So, about three years ago(!) I rigged up a controller for my roller doors, and my daughter mentioned that it would be cool if I could open them using my phone. 

My initial thoughts were to use a Bluetooth to serial adaptor and just use a keyboard app to send an open command.

And after getting delivery from eBay of a great HC06 module, I realised I was screwed by Apple.  

No my iPhone 4 wouldn't connect to the HC06 and I wasn't going to upgrade my phone to take advantage of Bluetooth Low Energy either.

So I went searching for a solution that would work, not just on my phone, but on any mobile device.  This is part of the story as to how I got there....

This will not do at all...

Thursday, 26 November 2015

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

A Simple Plan

Exploring New Stuff

A Simple Current Shunt Amplifier

A while ago, I took advantage of a free PCB offer to knock up a quick project, which is still 90% finished.  Or more correctly, not finished.

Monday, 27 July 2015

Alarm Fob Replacement

I Hate Being Ripped Off

My home alarm remote control had seen better days.  After more than six years of abuse, the case was finally cactus, as can be seen below.  My wife's fob was in better shape but it's days were also numbered.

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Circuit Maker - Open Beta

Circuit Maker Open Beta

On the 16th of May Altium released Beta 1.04 of Circuit Maker, and opened the beta testing to all.  

You bet I was keen to try it!