Month: February 2021

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...

My Latest Product! QRPorter.com

I live on the top floor of a building with a broken intercom and I was tired of missing the postman. qrporter.com was developed to solve this issue, issuing instant printable smart doorbells as QR codes that visitors can scan with their phones. My phone then rings, and I...

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...

Weird Junk Find – Keylock Mac

If the CIA had had this in the first Mission Impossible film, they wouldn’t have had their files stolen. A physical lock which you insert into your Classic Macintosh’s disk drive, this is the weirdest Swedish invention I’ve seen this week. Of course I purchased it immediately for my...

Electrolytic Rust Removal

I have a shed full of rusty stuff to knock the rust off of, and no time to do it. There’s tutorials on electrolytic rust removal all over the internet, so I’ll spare the details and just show off my design. The barrel is about 25 litres, so I...

blicense – nodejs-license-file + express + stripe

I’m slowly getting around to making some of my projects available for purchase directly and needed a way to charge customers for them, and provide a licence key on successful payment. blicense is my solution for that, and I’m making it available for free. See the full details at...

Abandoned DIY Mac Palmtop Project

I annoyingly had to abandon this project which started as a prototype for a classic macOS palmtop. I’d been after a palmtop with a usuable keyboard for a while (Something like the Poqet PC from the early 90s), but wasn’t having any luck. This was my attempt at creating...

Radio From a WW2 Avro Lancaster Bomber

I’ve got my hands on the radio set from an Avro Lancaster Bomber, used by the British in World War 2. Here it is, it’s been fitted with a power cord and antenna, but I want to go over it and check all of the capacitors etc before plugging...

Repairing a Macintosh Classic II

I picked up a Macintosh Classic II for 35 quid – a steal, and a good weekend project to get it fixed up and running. As expected – nothing but vertical white bars displayed on the screen. Additionally, no startup chime, and the screen was dim – barely visible....

Brad’s Lab Helper

I’m making available a constantly in-progress excel toolkit which was created for, and is used by, a UK university department to assist with processing the large amounts of data output by their spectrometry machines. This toolkit is updated periodically as additional needs arise. If you have found this page...

More Custom Reports in KoalaBrain Using Excel and VBA

Following my previous article on creating custom reports for KoalaBrain EPOS in Excel using VBA script, a client requested some additional reports. I’m including them here as additional examples of what can be done with KoalaBrain VBA reporting. This report pulls sale details for any uncategorized sale rows, and...

Creating Custom Reports in KoalaBrain using Excel and VBA

I created KoalaBrain in part due to a client with unique reporting requirements. Many business and finance types are proficient with Microsoft Excel, and scripting it in Visual Basic for Application, so it made sense to base custom reports around this. VBA Reports in KoalaBrain dumps sales and payment...

A Super Simple Perspex Raspberry Pi Case/Stand

I recently needed to add a case to a Raspberri Pi/5″ LCD combo so that it could sit countertop in a customers business. No suitable case could be found online, and I don’t have access to a 3d printer, or any tools beyond a sharp knife for that matter....

My Latest Product – The Coin Starter Kit

The Coin Starter Kit is a promotional booklet, targeted at collectable and coin dealers to help them get younger people interested in the hobby of collecting, to secure future customers and traders. I hadn’t done any pre-press work (or writing) in a long time, and felt like making a...