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micro:bit v2 – New version of the educational coding tool

Sunday, November 29th, 2020

The micro:bit version 2 is now available. This is a significant upgrade on the original micro:bit with a better processor, more memory, a speaker, microphone, touch sensitive area and more. What is a micro:bit The Micro:bit (or sometimes referred to as microbit) is a small electronic programming tool designed to teach coding to secondary school […]

Raspberry Pi Microscope with High Quality (HQ) camera

Monday, November 2nd, 2020

One of the great things about the Raspberry Pi is it’s versitility which allows it to be used in many different ways. The introduction of the high quality camera module has greatly increased the scope of what can be achieved in digital photography. This has been expanded further thanks to a professional quality lens now […]

NexDock 2 – Laptop style screen and keyboard for Raspberry Pi or mobile phones

Tuesday, January 7th, 2020

A few years ago I backed a Kickstarter project for the original NexDock for use with the Raspberry Pi. Last year they created an updated version called the NexDock 2. A new improved version. You can see my NexDock 2 unboxing and review video here, or read on for more information. What is a NexDock? […]

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 […]


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