Cheap DIY Photography Lightbox

I photograph the odd collectable for gadski.com – and my flat is the worst possible place for it. It’s dimly lit, at best. To solve this, I’ve put together a cheap (less than 5 pounds) photography lightbox. The construction is simple: Ingredients 2x 2.5L Coke bottles (or the largest...

My First Laravel Package – laravel-session-ignore

I’ve published my first Laravel package. It’s simple, but useful. My Laravel databases have been getting far too large, a result of 1) Long session lifetimes and 2) Sessions being created periodically by various bots and uptime monitors. This middleware solves this by allowing you to specify a list...

MacOS Cheat Sheet for Windows Users

I’ve had a few users moving from Windows to Mac in the last few months and put together a quick single-page cheat sheet showing where to find everything. It’s a bit rough at the moment, improvements will be made based on user feedback, but it should be enough to...

New Product! GADSKI.COM

I’ve made a site for sharing your collectables with other collectors – check it out at: https://gadski.com/ It’s come together pretty well and I already have a list of suggestions and improvements to get to work on so go check it out!...

1949 PYE Type 39 J/H Radio – Restored!

Follow up from https://bmorton.com/posts/pye49/ The Pye radio lives again! I’m pretty happy with how this turned out. It was in worse shape than I’d anticipated – the varnish was pretty far gone and the paint was chipped. The wood had swelled from water damage at some point. A bit...

Bluetooth Roberts Rambler

Here’s an old Roberts Rambler which was too far gone to restore to original condition (water damage, battery leak). The damaged speaker has been replaced with one from a car, and a bluetooth module added to make a cool bluetooth set for summer. The bluetooth module is wired to...

My Compaq Presario 433

Check out my “new” MS-DOS workhorse – the Presario 433. I picked it up alongside an old Acorn machine (yet to be fixed). It’s been scrubbed with a toothbrush, and matching speakers added. Looks sharp. Probably most importantly – I’ve found a replacement floppy drive which fits the unit...

Olivetti D33 1991 386 Retro PC Laptop Tour and Repair

I fixed up a 30 year old Olivetti D33 Laptop AKA the Triumph Adler Walkstation. The best bits are all on video, or scroll down for a gallery and links to other resources for this (barely) laptop. The most important bit was the pinout for the PSU DB-9 connector....

Raspberry Pi & Python Powered Tank

I built a Python and Raspberry Pi powered toy tank! Link to the full LinuxScrew.com article below. Part one covers replacing the internals with some custom hardware to make it move....

The Chariot (Illuminated Billboard on a Bike)

This folding conveyance cost me 30 pounds and a tube ride to the West End and back. It was rusty. I scrubbed the chrome with aluminium foil to lift off the rust, oiled everything and replaced the handlebars / seat. An illuminated sign made from a wash basket and...

A Londoner’s Guide to Online Security (And Travel Etiquette)

Here’s a short guide on some basic online security practices. It’s not comprehensive, but it’s a good start on keeping your personal data safe and working to prevent security issues on your devices. Consider hiring tech support to help keep you up to date on security best practices and...

1949 PYE Type 39 J/H Radio

I’ve dragged this 20 kilo radio home on the tube, so now I have to fix it. Currently it’s in pieces and dusted, the next step is to re-finish the wood and get it tuned and put back together. Further ahead I’ve got plans for a bluetooth module that...

lastphp Database Summary / Activity tool

lastphp is a simple tool for getting summaries of database columns from different databases and displaying them on a webpage. It’s intended use is to view the current user count / last post time across a number of online services via their SQL databases. This makes it easy to...

ADELAIDEMADE.COM and SWMADE.COM

Buying locally is difficult when retail stores are closed due to lockdowns, so I’ve put together some online guides to buying locally, online. The sites below list local retailers and businesses with an online presence, and allow you to search their all of their websites and catalogues from one...