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Author: james

  • DIY Solar – is it worth it?

    DIY Solar – is it worth it?

    Can I put a solar panel on the roof of my shed and use it to power my server farm, or will I just waste all my money?

  • Federated Madness

    Federated Madness

    You know this Mastodon thing everyone’s going apeshit over? Well it runs on a technology called ActivityPub which is something everything needs to support. It implements social media style following and so on using a protocol that anyone can use. So, as is my way I’ve been playing. I already run a Mastodon instance that you should follow me on, but now I also have a Pixelfed instance running.

  • Gamedev, music, art and being creative

    I am not a creative person, and I’d quite like to change this. There’s a bunch of creative skills I’ve never put the effort into improving and I think I might have some ways to overcome this. Let’s have a look… When I say I’m not creative, what I mean is coming up with ideas […]

  • Hacking IoT Smart Plugs

    Hacking IoT Smart Plugs

    Let’s make the Internet of Things a bit more useful, and less like The Internet of Turd by hacking some smart plugs so they no longer phone home to China.

  • Chat GPT pretending to be a BBC Micro

    I have a go at making ChatGPT pretend to be a BBC Micro. It goes … not entirely wrong!

  • BBC BASIC in RiscOS on a Raspberry Pi is really cool

    BBC BASIC in RiscOS on a Raspberry Pi is really cool

    Your Raspberry Pi can do more than emulate games consoles or be a really slow Linux desktop. Come into the alternate mirror universe where Raspberry Pis run more than Linux.

  • Samsung SDP-860 Document Camera Thing

    Samsung SDP-860 Document Camera Thing

    I go eBay shopping and buy something that might be useful in future videos.

  • How to disable Chrome’s ssl and hsts warnings

    tldr; type in ‘thisisunsafe’ into the browser window to switch the warning off. Use with care.

  • When did Linux get so complicated?

    Today on “weird crap that seems undocumented on the Internet” we have DNS that doesn’t want to resolve and DHCP that is acting weird. My home DNS server decided it didn’t want to resolve things any more, and it took far too long to figure out why. It was all working fine, then it wasn’t. […]

  • Hacking Smart Home Devices – Literally

    This week I have literally been hacking smart home devices. With a Dremel and a knife… To see why you’ll have to wait for a video coming out sometime this month or next month depending on the post. The short version is I want these to run Tasmota instead of the Tuya firmware they come […]