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Archive for March, 2010

Thomasland and Drayton Manor Park for toddlers

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

I took my 2 year old son on another trip to see Thomas the Tank engine at Thomas Land, Drayton Manor Park during the opening weekend for the start of the theme park season. It’s not been long since we last there as we went to the Christmas Magic at Thomasland during the Christmas holidays. […]

Books for Dummies – do I qualify?

Friday, March 19th, 2010

I read a lot of technical books and magazines. My personal library consists of over 110 technical books and continues to grow (I have written book reviews of a small number of these technical books). My books vary from those aimed at the complete beginner to advanced programming books with various levels in between, but […]

Guide to staying safe when creating electronic projects and DIY

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

I’m currently in the process of putting together an online guide to hobby electronics. One of the most important pages is one on electrical and diy safety and how to keep safe when creating electrical projects that may run from mains electricity or other high power sources. As well as covering the obvious risk of […]

Kingfisher FM – local radio for Redditch Worcestershire

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

Kingfisher FM is now broadcasting radio for Redditch and the local area. This is a 28 day RSL broadcast license in a bid towards a permanent broadcast license from Ofcom. Kingfisher FM is on 87.7 FM and on the Internet at I tried to find the radio station this morning after they started broadcasting, […]

Processing Version 1.1 released

Friday, March 12th, 2010

There is a new version of the Processing programming language released version 1.1. Processing is an easy to use programming language designed for creating visual programs designed for use in creating computer art. For non-artists as well, I think it’s an ideal language for anyone learning programming, or that wants a easy way to create […]

World Book Day 2010

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

Today is World Book Day. Many schools and nurseries throughout the UK are celebrating with book related events to promote reading amongst children. It’s not just schools that should do something special for World Book Day, but it’s something all parents can involve their children with. As a parent I believe that reading with my […]

Making a semi-permanent connection to the Arduino

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

I’ve been looking for a way to make a semi-permanent connection to the connector on the Arduino micro-controller. The onboard connectors are female PCB header connectors. These are ideal for prototyping as you can stick solid core wires into the connectors, but these are not so good for connecting to another PCBs or external devices. […]

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