Battery Evenness Tester Attempt 2

I still want to see if my battery bank discharges and charges evenly. So with version 2 of the code and a replacement module (and a theory or two about why it didn’t work last time), it’s time for a second attempt.

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Automatic Grid Tie Switch Verision 3.0!

The latest version of my Arduino based automatic grid tie switch is now finished. This improved version includes a new screen which displays more information and now uses an Arduino Nano (clone). Further more I’ve created my own voltage divider to increase the voltmeter resolution. Continue Reading →

Just Text Giving

I’ve just seen an advert on tv for Vodafones Just Text Giving ( and after looking into it for a few minutes, I’m really impressed.

Some of my friends and work mates over the years have sent me links in emails to their just giving site when they have been running a marathon or abseiling down a building. I’ll be honest, I’m always in two minds about pledging. Not because I don’t think the activity they are undertaking is not worth a few quid, and not because the charities don’t need supporting, but rather because of
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My own twitpic

I thought I’d expand on my earlier post about twittering and talk a bit more about my twitpic replacement. I’ll probably talk about my short URL service at some point too. I’ve only recently started tweeting. I’m still not sure if I’ll be doing it for very long with only a handful of followers, but I’ve started never the less.

After following a few of the bigger twitter names (@rickygervais, @Lord_Sugar and of cause @stephenfry) I noticed they would often upload a picture to attach to their tweets. They mainly used services such as lockerz, twitter own image host (in partnership with PhotoBucket) and Twitpic. But when I looked into it, a lot of these image hosting services took the copyright of the image when you uploaded it. Or at least granted themselves rights to sell the image. Those that don’t do it now, may well do it tomorrow, because many of these companies change their T&Cs with little or no warning. Continue Reading →

DNS Issues

My name server host has been down this afternoon.  I was trying a small unknown company who had four servers around the world, but were based in Russia.  I’ve come back to good old blighty, in the mean time.