National Citizenship Service Dragons Den

Posted on November 12, 2017

Today I volunteers as a dragon for the National Citizenship Service, this is a scheme that sees young people take part in a wide range of projects including fundraising to run their own projects.  Part of this was a dragons den pitch where they pitched their proposal to a panel of local businesses who would then decide how a small pot of funding was allocated. We saw a range of ideas proposed ranging from a library reading group to a ...

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Running Raspberry Pi Pixel as a virtual machine

Posted on July 7, 2017

Pixel is a version of  the operating system that runs on the Raspberry Pi that has been configured to run on Windows and Mac, in this blog post I'm going to explain how you can run it on your computer as a virtual machine. This means you will keep your current operating system, but be able to run pixel as though it was any other computer program. To get started you will need to install VirtualBox, if you haven't already done so you can find ...

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Installing VirtualBox

Posted on July 7, 2017

VirtualBox is a peice of software that allows you to create virtual computers within your own real computer, this is useful if for example you want to run Windows software on a Mac, or in our case to create a virtual Raspberry Pi. To get started you need to download Virtual box from Oracles website, you'll find packages for windows, Mac, and Linux here. Once downloaded start the installation and work through the steps below. ...

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5 places to get free stock photos

Posted on December 27, 2016

Finding good sources of stick images is difficult, and as a result many small businesses resort to Google image searches which means that frequently they end up using images unlawfully and can end up facing big legal bills. At the moment my go to places for stock images are as follows. Pexels My current favourite is pexels.com offering a large selection of images under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license which means anyone can use them ...

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The future is already here,  it's just not evenly distributed.

Posted on September 19, 2015

What we need to learn from #thefappening

Posted on September 1, 2014

Today 100's of private images of celebrities have been leaked online, and by leaked I mean stolen, these are images that the owners never believed would see the light of day but today they are all over the internet. A lot of people are pointing fingers at Apple as it is believed that this is where the images have come from, This repository on the code sharing Github show some code that it is alleged could brute force apples find my iphone ...

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Coder Dojo

Posted on May 12, 2014

I had my first experience of coder dojo on Sunday, I attended Coder Dojo Manchester as a mentor to help the children who attend this free volunteer led coding club. This month was the start of the Rube Goldberg project where for the next 3 months we will be attempting to make the worlds biggest Rube Goldberg machine incorporating Raspberry Pi's. Arduino's, Minecraft, Python and all kinds of physical objects. This month was apparently one of ...

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Short link test

Posted on April 20, 2014

Just testing my short link generator, if its working you should see a p0wel.ly link in the bottom right of this post.

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going against your moral compass will eat at your soul. Money can only buy things that you could then attempt to fill that hole Highwaywarm : IRC

Posted on November 13, 2013

30 days with a dumb phone

Posted on November 7, 2013

For a while now Ive been growing increasingly convinced that the smart phone that rules my life, is in fact ruining it. I think like the gillette mach 3 with its umpteen blades its a technological step forward for the sake of it. Everything that my smartphone does I have other devices that do a better job, yet still I tie myself up on contracts to have the latest and greatest smart phone and leave my other gadgets gathering dust. Lets look at ...

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