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Archive for June, 2011

Open source electronics – project update Arduino computer controlled Disco-light controller

Friday, June 17th, 2011

It’s been some time since I’ve provided an update on my open source electronics project. It is started to come together as a usable system, although there is still some way to go before it’s finished. The project is an 8-way computer controlled Disco Light system, based around the Arduino controller and 12v PAR 16 […]

Charity fundraising – employees vs. volunteers

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

I’ve been looking to post on my blog about charities and volunteers for some time, but never got around to finding an interesting angle. Much of this is based on a draft that I started back in 2007, but never got around to posting. The reason I’m posting now is in relation to a story […]

First Aid Quiz – practice test now updated based on Revised 9th Edition first aid manual

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

The questions on the First Aid Quiz have now been updated based on the Revised 9th Edition First Aid Manual (published in 2011). This brings in the new resuscitation protocols based on the guidelines published by the UK Resuscitation Council during 2010. I’ve also taken the opportunity to update a few of the existing questions […]

Fisher-Price Thomas the Tank Engine TrackMaster (Motor Road and Rail) and Tomy Tomica World

Sunday, June 5th, 2011

Young children may have already enjoyed playing with the wooden train sets, but as they grow they come to expect a little more than a wooden block with wheels. The Thomas and Friends Trackmaster and/or Tomica trainsets bridge the gap between the wooden my first train sets and the full grown Hornby electronic train sets. […]

First Aid Manual – 9th Edition Revised – with new resuscitation protocols

Saturday, June 4th, 2011

There is a new edition of the First Aid Manual released during 2011. This is still titled as the 9th Edition, but is marked as revised and includes the latest updates to the resuscitation guidelines which were released in 2010. The First Aid Manual is the official guide from the UK leading first aid organisations: […]

Android and iPhone apps for NHS Direct

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

There is now a free NHS Direct application for Android and iPhone smartphones and Andriod Tablets / iPads. The app is available to download from the Android MarketPlace or Apple itunes I think this is a great idea, although the application doesn’t appear to be as good as it could be. I’ve installed it to […]


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