Regular visitors will notice some changes to the site today.
Over the last few months the number of spam comments have dramatically increased. Whilst Akismet keeps most of this away, I thought it about time I made some changes to the database and servers.
So welcome to the new look blog! I’m starting with a clean wordpress install, and then re-importing some of the old content – mainly the more technical articles. This will take me a few days, so sorry if something you are looking for isn’t available immediately.
One of the things I set out to do was monitor (and then affect) the amount of energy I use. To help me to do that I’ve started using EmonCMS, this is part of a larger project Open Energy Monitor. Continue reading
I’ve just been reading the latest blog by Rory Cellan-Jones (the BBC’s Technology correspondent, in which he talks about Microsoft (Xbox One) and Sony’s (Playstation 4) attempts to give us “the all-purpose device that will give us all the entertainment we need” – one box to rule them all indeed. But I think he’s missed one crucial issue; the problem lies in the massive choice we have… Continue reading
In my previous site, I talked about watching a talk by Steven Goodwin at Barcamp Berkshire. He’s been into Home Automation for quite a while now, and his system is based around a X10 for network. X10 has been around for a while (since 1975 apparently) and despite its critics it still remains one of the dominant protocols used today. But as I knew from doing a little reading, it’s far from the only contender. Continue reading