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Embedded Tdd Series

23 May, 2022

I recently posted about my little environmental sensor that I built. I have been reading a lot about Test Driven Development (TDD) and wondered if it was worth re-writing the software following this methodology.

Last Lecture

13 May, 2022

Today I am attending the last university lecture of my degree. It’s been five years since I began my degree. What felt like an huge risk quickly became my new normal.

A Change Of Heart

23 April, 2022

Recently I’ve been preparing for job interviews and one of the things that I thought about was which operating system would I be expected to work with. At first I assumed it would be Windows but then I thought that it might not be.

Three Months In

03 April, 2022

It’s been three months since I decided to commit to a single distro for a year. openSUSE Leap 15.3 has become my dependable friend during the final months of my degree.

Stressful Times

21 March, 2022

This is the first post for a few weeks now. A lot has been happening with uni and now job hunting. I’ve sat exams and moved onto the last three modules before graduating.

I Need To Get Some Exercise

17 February, 2022

Through my twenties I was very active and used to train for triathlon events. During my late twenties/early thirties I used to cycle the ten miles to work each morning and cycle home again. My bike was my primary method of commuting as we only had one car and my wife would drive to work.

A Month On Opensuse

02 February, 2022

Having made a new year resolution to stay on the same linux distro for a year I thought I would reflect on how it’s going.

Goodbye Wordle

01 February, 2022

I read in the news this morning that the online word guessing game Wordle has been sold to the New York Times for a seven figure sum.

Using Mkdocs

27 January, 2022

I’ve got involved in a project at uni that aims to design and build an autonomous aircraft that can deliver payloads to target areas. It occurred to me the other day that myself and the other members of the team would benefit from some kind of knowledge base.

Migrating From Google To Nextcloud

22 January, 2022

I’ve been pondering about whether to move my online photo storage from google to a Nextcloud server. After I setup NoIP to open up my home server to the internet I finally made the jump.

Introducing Navybear

16 January, 2022

This is an introduction to one of my older projects which, unlike a lot of my projects, is actually useful.

Isolation Update

15 January, 2022

It has been four days since I started isolating with my 5yo daughter who tested positive for Covid on Tuesday 11th.

Stuck Indoors With Covid

14 January, 2022

It has finally happened. Covid has breached our defences. My 5yo daughter came home from school on Tuesday with a headache and a temperature.

New Year Resolution

04 January, 2022

Another new year is upon us and so are the obligatory life changes that are going to solve all our problems. I don’t announce any new year resolutions as I hardly ever stick to them, however, I have thought of something that could be appropriate.

My Humble Opinion On Desktop Linux

09 December, 2021

There has been quite a lot of discussion regarding the state of desktop Linux. The general gist is that Linux will not be widely adopted on the desktop for various reasons. I’ve been using Linux as my main OS for a couple of years now so I feel that my take on it might be useful.

High Speed Digital Design

26 November, 2021

It occurred to me just now that I haven’t anything about my uni work or electronics in general. One of the more interesting modules I’m doing is called “Microwave & High Speed Digital Design”.

My Latest Distro Hop

24 November, 2021

So a few weeks ago I started distro hopping again. I’m not sure what it is that I’m looking for exactly but I think I might have just found (or re-found) it.

Back To Uni

23 October, 2021

For the past two weeks I’ve been commuting between uni and home four days a week. it’s come as a bit of a shock after so much time off due to Covid. Although I’m not sure how much longer it’ll stay like this.

I Give Up With Sonos

09 October, 2021

I have finally given up with the Sonos speakers.

A Quick Distro Hop

26 September, 2021

My distro of choice is Arcolinux, a distro based on Arch Linux. My main computer is a laptop and recently I’ve been trying to setup the suspend on lid close function without much luck.

Share Music To A Sonos

21 September, 2021

Getting rid of our music streaming services left our two Sonos speakers almost useless until I found how to access my music collection stored on my home server.

Emacs Update

03 September, 2021

Having used Emacs for just over a week now I thought I’d reflect on how it’s going.

My First Impressions Of Emacs

26 August, 2021

I’ve been a Linux user now for over a year and the first text editor I used was Vim. It was a little tricky to use at first but it didn’t take long to get used to the commands.

Book Buying Spree

24 August, 2021

For the last couple of days I’ve been looking on Amazon for 2nd hand computer books. So far I’ve ordered 7!

Chirpstack Server Update

16 August, 2021

Last time I posted I talked about the setting up of a LoRaWAN Chirpstack server. At the end I wondered if it would be possible to run it all on a single Raspberry Pi.

Setting Up A Chirpstack Server

07 August, 2021

I recently got involved with LoRaWAN networks as a side project for university. During my short time looking at the technology it has become clear that there is a lot more to it than I first thought.

Why You Should Not Use Arduino

31 July, 2021

Like a lot a people who are getting into electronics I got started with an Arduino. It wasn’t long after I started with the Arduino Uno that I went down the rabbit hole.

Hello Jekyll

25 July, 2021

So after a few hours of reading, coding and tweaking I now generate this site using Jekyll.

A Bedtime Repair

25 July, 2021

My daughter has a small sound machine that plays white noise/crackling camp fires etc. It has been playing up recently and originally I thought it was the power connector but this evening it completely stopped.

Maybe Jekyll Is A Good Idea

24 July, 2021

So I started this blog a couple of weeks ago now and I decided I wanted to avoid a CMS such as Wordpress.

Post Instagram Fomo

22 July, 2021

Having finally deleted my Facebook, and hence my Instagram account, I have not missed them; until a few days ago.

Unlocking Woes

16 July, 2021

Here in the UK, all Covid 19 restrictions are being lifted on Monday 19th July. For some this is a day of celebration. For others it is a day to be feared.

First Post

15 July, 2021

As the title says, this is the first blog post. The blog design is still a work in progress but a little introduction wouldn’t go amiss.