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Unglue.it books – a new way of reading

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

I’ve written before about my dislike of DRM, especially on ebooks (The problem with DRM on ebooks). Another thing that is great is when you can get a book for free, but with the option to reward the author by giving a donation. This is what I’ve done with a series of books called The […]

Raspberry Pi club – Programming the GPIO – Traffic Light LEDs

Monday, June 9th, 2014

One of the things I’ve been doing as a STEM Ambassador is to help support a Raspberry Pi club at a local high school. At first the club was led by the sixth form students, with the teachers and myself helping out as required. This was working well at first, but with many of the […]

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 […]

Day out at Beamish open air museum

Monday, March 17th, 2014

I visited the Beamish open air museum with my son during the February half-term holiday, there were also special World War 2 events during the week. It was a sunny day which made a nice change, but as a result it was very popular at the museum. After we parked up we had to join […]

First Aid Manual 10th edition

Monday, March 10th, 2014

The First Aid Manual is the official guide from the UK leading first aid organisations: St John Ambulance, St Andrew’s First Aid and the British Red Cross and is widely considered as the definitive guide to first aid in the UK. The 10th edition released in 2014, which replaces the 9th edition which was first […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Review of the Raspberry Pi Fuze – Raspberry Pi based computer with Fuze basic

Monday, January 20th, 2014

As an adult I often try and imagine myself in my children’s shoes to try and think about how appropriate something would be for their age group. Usually I can get a reasonable idea of how well they will pick something up, but this review is one where my daughter has helped me to see what it is like to learn programming through a child’s eyes.

This is a review of the Fuze Raspberry Pi based computer.

Christmas craft with kids – Electronic project with the Raspberry Pi

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

In the past few years we’ve created a family craft project at Christmas. This has normally been a large Christmas picture. This year we have created a craft project using electronics and programming on the Raspberry Pi.


UK days out, children and holiday information is also available on the Days Out Diary web site
Linux, LPI and the Quiz / Test Program posts are also available on the Penguin Tutor website
First Aid Information, first aid games and first aid practice test / quiz entries are also available on the First Aid Quiz Web site