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Review of Meccano Meccanoid G15KS educational personal robot

Saturday, September 5th, 2015

Introduction This is a review of the Meccanoid G15K personal robot from Meccano. It’s a programmable robot that’s about 4 feet tall (about the same size as a 6 year old child). The recommended minimum age is 10 which I believe is the age for making it; I’m hoping to use it to teach programming […]

HDMI Pi – Raspberry Pi screen – upgrade to Raspberry Pi 2 / B+

Monday, April 6th, 2015

I bought a HDMI Pi, Raspberry Pi screen through the kickstarter project. When the Kickstarter was run then there were only the model A and model B Raspberry Pi computers and the screen was designed for the model B. Although the B+ was released before the screens actually shipped for logistics reasons (and to reduce […]

Energenie infrared socket and Raspberry Pi infrared

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

I have already posted about the Energenie wireless remote control sockets. I’ve now had chance to look through one of their other products – which is an infrared remote control socket. This is a power saving socket allowing a TV and associated equipment to be fully powered off from the mains socket using the normal […]

Erratic mouse behaviour on Dell laptop with soft touchpad – Adjusting the trackpad in Ubuntu

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

I recently bought a Dell Inspiron 17 laptop, to primarily run Linux. This is a 17″ laptop with touchscreen and a Touchpad. The touchpad is a single rectangular area which appears to integrate the two “mouse” buttons with a line marked on top of the touchpad. This is sometimes called a clickpad as the entire […]

QI wireless charger – Universal charger includes the Google Nexus 4

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

I bought a Google Nexus 4 mobile phone. It is a high specification phone at a very good price, especially when purchased in full without a contract, compared with the long term costs of the in-contract price. The most frustrating thing about the Nexus was actually getting hold of one as due to low stock […]

Android 4 – Ice Cream Sandwich for Asus EeePad Transformer TF101 – ICS

Saturday, February 25th, 2012

I have already written a review of the Asus EeePad Tranformer tablets with Android which can installed with Android 3.2. It’s been a little frustrating waiting for the upgrade to the latest Android operating system 4.0 – known as Ice Cream Sandwich. It’s taken a little over two months to get the update, which isn’t […]

Extended review of Asus Transformer Eee Pad

Monday, January 30th, 2012

I have already written a initial review of the Asus Eee pad transformer TF101. The first review was written when I had just received it. I’ve now had time to put it through it’s paces and find it’s good and bad points. Android tablet Android is a Linux based operating system specifically designed for use […]

Openoffice.org / LibreOffice Draw template for Epson direct CD print (PX720WD)

Sunday, April 10th, 2011

Since writing my review of the Epson Stylus Multifunction Photo printer PX720WD I’ve been using it more. I’m still very happy with the printer, but there’s just one little thing that needs a bit of a fudge to work, which is CD printing. I’ve only tried this using OpenOffice.org 3 running on Ubuntu (at time […]

Review of the Amazon Kindle eBook reader

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

For those that haven’t heard of it yet the Amazon Kindle is an ebook reader. The Kindle can hold thousands of books in a device the size of an extra thin DVD case. It’s also lighter than many paperback books. It can also last for several weeks between charges so can be used whilst travelling. […]

Epson Multifunction printer – Epson Stylus Photo PX720WD on Ubuntu Linux

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

I recently purchased a new Epson Wireless Multi-function printer to replace my ageing Canon IP4200 printer. One of my primary criteria for the printer was that it needed to work with Linux, as we rarely use Windows at home. The 3 major manufacturers Canon, Epson and HP all provide some kind of Linux driver for […]


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