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What's your Robot name?

I'm usually rubbish at amusing inventive word-play - ask me to come up with a pub quiz name and I'm utterly stumped. This one was easy for me, though I wasn't asked to think of one, the thought just randomly came up in my   more »



How to remove bicycle tyre marks from painted walls

How to remove bicycle tyre marks from painted wallsThis is probably the bain of a lot of cyclist's lives, well the ones that keep their bikes indoors anyhow, despite how careful you are it is just a matter of time before you inadvertantly catch a tyre on the wall as you wheel your bike around. No probs you would think, bit of Cif and the mark'd come right off. No such luck here, for some   more »



Install apache php7 mySQL and phpmyadmin on Raspbian Stretch on a RaspberryPi

Install apache php7 mySQL and phpmyadmin on Raspbian Stretch on a RaspberryPiI've been eagerly awaiting the fourth version of the RaspberryPi for a while, but when it passed the point where I had expected it to be released I googled it only to find that the next incarnation may be a while. Darn it, I have to get anothe RaspberryPi3. So the time has come to commission it and I find the lastest version of Raspian called   more »



How to clean the lid and nozzle of your Camelbak Podium bottle

How to clean the lid and nozzle of your Camelbak Podium bottleMy first encounters with Camelbak Podium bidons were not great, I borrowed a bottle from Ali for use on quick ride but but I was soon struggling with it! What I hadn't experienced before in my two decades of cycling was an increase in nozzle length, every time I wen't for a sip I ended up punching myself in the face - I'd have to   more »



How to enable and change the Remote IR GPIO pin in OSMC

How to enable and change the Remote IR GPIO pin in OSMCSo you want to rig up your Raspberry Pi OSMC to be controlled by your favourite remote control, easy peasy - it is just a matter of plugging the IR receiver diode in and swith GPIO on in the settings. Dont like the standard pins 17 or 18, no problem - you can change them at teh same time, just follow these instructions. Go to 'My OSMC, Select   more »



Split and extract the first 1000 (N) rows from a text-csv-data file in Windows

One of the major annoyances for me working with very large datasets you get from someone else is that you often don't know the format the file is coming in, not a problem really just take a peak in Notepad++ or Excel and you are away. But quite often these files are millions of rows in length and it is just not possible to work it out. So   more »



My new scale for measuring oldness

My new scale for measuring oldnessWell I suppose it was inevitable, when you suddenly realise you are getting older by the things you catch yourself doing/saying thinking getting more frequent. The latest thing I've noticed is that my propensity to fart in public has increased exponentially! It used to be the case that I'd internalise the pain of holding in a ripper for   more »

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A datedif function for excel that calculates correctly

This is one of those little quirks in excel that's annoyed me for a while, there must be some method in their madness but I've yet to come across anybody that thinks it is logically the way forward; so I've written one for you to use. The way the in-built function works is that it reports back the answer as how many months apart are   more »



Raspberry Pi 3 HDMI overscan settings and how to correct them

Raspberry Pi 3 HDMI overscan settings and how to correct themIf you've ever plugged a Raspberry Pi into a tv you've probably come across this issue - the displayed image either doesn't fill the screen or over-runs it. The usual bit of googling reveals that all you have to do is tweak a couple of overscan settings and you are good to go. It sounds easy but three Raspberry Pis in and I've only   more »



Create custom Excel function using an array/range input

My new adage of "You only know what you know how to google" - Martin Childs, 2016 stood true for this little puzzler, the answer wasn't apparent from simply googling it! All I wanted was to do something to a range input in a custom Excel function, easy you'd think - not in this case. I toiled for a bit of time before conceding that   more »



SSL on a RaspberryPi - does it slow your site down?

SSL on a RaspberryPi - does it slow your site down?First up I'm sorry about bathering on about this SSH thing but I to be honest I'm padding out the blog posts a little bit as there's one article I've written that I'm just not sure I want to publish, It's nothing bad, just not in keeping with the tone of this site so I've racked it up at the end of the post ready to go   more »



Remove Real VNC from RaspberryPi Pixel and install TightVNC

Remove Real VNC from RaspberryPi Pixel and install TightVNCI came across my old shortcut on my windows machine to vnc onto the Pi which prompted me to have a go connecting to my new RaspberryPi3. I duly fired it up only to receive an error message along the lines of 'No configured security type is supported'. After a bit of research it turns out that RealVNC has upped their security protocols and   more »



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