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New .UK domain name – daysoutdiary.uk

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

UK websites are now being found using the new .uk domain. This means that as well as the sites ending .co.uk and .org.uk etc. there will now be sites ending directly with .uk I have registered my first website which is daysoutdiary.uk. This is in addition to the original site address at daysoutdiary.co.uk. I think […]

Humble Bundle – DRM free games for Linux and Android and eBooks

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

I have bought many games and Ebooks through Humble Bundle. I don’t blog about them very often as the bundles are usually available for about a week and by the time I get around to writing the blog then that time is nearly over. I wanted to blog about this bundle though because it includes […]

Design and build a Raspberry Pi robot – draft document

Monday, March 24th, 2014

When I first showed my Raspberry Pi based “Ruby Robot” at the Raspberry Jam at Pycon UK, I promised a guide would be forthcoming. I’ve now finished the first draft of my guide to creating the robot. The guide does more than just take the reader through the steps to create a robot. It also […]

Young scientists – The Mentos fountain challenge

Friday, March 21st, 2014

This is Science and Engineering week – a celebration of science and engineering. When we visited the Big Bang Fair at the NEC we watched the Kaboom! Show and on the way out we were given a leaflet about the Mentos Fountain Challenge. This looked like an ideal experiment to try with my children. The […]

Day out at the Big Bang Science Fair

Sunday, March 16th, 2014

The Big Bang Science Fair is an annual event to promote the STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and maths) to children. It’s a way of encouraging young people to study STEM and consider a STEM related career in future. This years show was held at the NEC in Birmingham with smaller local events called “Big […]

How to make your own Raspberry Pies

Friday, March 14th, 2014

This is a Raspberry Pie recipe I created based on a Raspberry Curd bought from an an English Heritage gift shop. You can get the raspberry curd from most English Heritage gift shops (or from a local farm shop), or you can use raspberry jam available from any supermarket (seedless would probably be better). Ingredients […]

Scratch programming – Road safety

Sunday, March 9th, 2014

I’ve been looking to create a program with my eight year old daughter since running a Code Club at the end of last year. We’ve done some little bits in Scratch, but without a specific project I found my daughter became distracted. I also try and incorporate activities at home related to school projects they […]

Theme Hospital game for Linux – CorsixTH

Saturday, February 22nd, 2014

It’s not often I write about running games on Linux, although that is likely to change. It’s even less that I’d recommend a game where you need to buy the Windows version to play it on Linux. In this case it’s an open source version of a classic which works on Linux, but you need […]

What’s the youngest age to teach Scratch programming?

Sunday, February 9th, 2014

Recently I taught programming Scratch to some primary school teachers. One of the questions I was asked was about the youngest age that you could teach Scratch to. It’s a difficult question and as with all teaching it depends upon the ability of the child. I gave the answer that “Scratch is designed for children […]

Installing Ubuntu on a Dell Inspiron 17 laptop (7737) dual boot with Windows 8 / 8.1

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

This is a guide to install Ubuntu on a Windows 8 based laptop. Specifically this is how it can be installed on a new 17″ Dell laptop. This is installed on the Inspiron 17 – 7737, which is a touchscreen laptop in the Dell Multimedia and Entertainment range. The laptop has an Intel i5 based […]


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