Category: General Randomness

Cheese fridge repairs

My cheese fridge was partially destroyed at the start of July. A car crashed into a power pole carrying both a 22kv distribution line and the 230v line for our house. They . touched . briefly It turns out a

Posted in Cheese Fridge, Electronics, General Randomness, Projects

Setting up a CA SSL certificate in hMailServer

I’m a big fan of hMailServer, but the documentation for setting up SSL certificates and the certification chain is a bit lacking. The easiest way to check if hMailServer is setup correctly is to use OpenSSL. openssl.exe s_client -showcerts -connect

Posted in General Randomness, PC Tips, Tips

1,500,000,000 the Epochening

Don’t forget that at 2:40am, 14 July 2017 (UTC) the Linux epoch will hit 1,500,000,000 (1.5 Gigaseconds). Visit to watch the excitement! It hit 1,000,000,000 back in September 2001 and it won’t hit 2,000,000,000 until May 2033.

Posted in General Randomness, Linux Tips

Power meter optical pulse detection

I’ve always planned to monitor my electricity usage. I had previously (about a year ago!) ordered some power transformers from seeedstudio and a six channel ADC for simultaneous three phase current and voltage measurement but never got around to starting

Posted in Electronics, Embedded Systems, Power monitoring, Projects, Wino-Board

Wiring up the ESP8266

Before you can program the ESP8266, you need to wire it up. First things first, the ESP8266 uses a 2mm pin spacing so you can’t use a standard breadboard as these use a 0.1 inch spacing. It also uses 3.3V

Posted in Electronics, Embedded Systems, ESP8266, Projects

Introducing the ESP8266

About a year ago I put up some money for the Wino-Board kickstarter project, received my Wino-Boards and did nothing with them for 12 months. They are effectively a tiny Arduino board attached to the innards of an ESP8266 WiFi

Posted in Electronics, Embedded Systems, ESP8266, Projects, Wino-Board

EP Solar MPPT Tracer charge controller serial code

Following on from my previous post working out the EP Solar Tracer serial protocol, I’ve got code working on a Raspberry Pi. It’s even validating the CRC checksum.

Posted in Electronics, Embedded Systems, General Randomness, Solar power

EP Solar MPPT Tracer charge controller serial interface

I’m currently involved in a project to set up a solar powered wireless station and wanted to remotely monitor the battery charge process. I looked into a number of charge controllers to see if any of them could be connected

Posted in Electronics, Embedded Systems, General Randomness, Raspberry Pi, Solar power

dump1090 binary built for Raspberry Pi / Arm

If you’re after a binary of dump1090 for the Raspberry Pi without having to build it, here’s a compiled binary for you. I built it on Arch linux, but it also works on Raspbian, or likely any other Arm processor

Posted in ADS-B Aircraft tracking, Embedded Systems, General Randomness, Linux Tips, Raspberry Pi

Pulsecounter PCB’s have arrived

I posted recently about detecting power loss in an AVR and quickly writing values to EEPROM before power is lost completely and have since received the PCB’s I ordered from oshpark. This is the first time I have ever ordered

Posted in AVR, Electronics, General Randomness