Wow, almost six months since my last post! Yes, I’ve been busy.
I’ve recently started making cheese. Generally you start off making soft cheeses like Brie & Camembert. After a little while these cheeses no longer do it for you and you move onto the gateway cheeses such as Gouda. Before too long, you’re an addict and you need something harder – Yep, I’m talking Cheddar and Parmesan.
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Note: This fix is NOT due to a fault of the Petit Studio Raspberry Pi Camera extension kit, it’s due to the use of cheap HDMI leads.
I brought some Petit Studio Raspberry Pi HDMI camera extenders from Tindie. These boards passively convert the 15 pin ribbon cable into a convenient HDMI connector so the cable can be extended using HDMI cables. It doesn’t convert the signal to HDMI, it simply uses the HDMI cable as an extension. Sidenote: The $5 shipping only took 4 days to get to New Zealand from Japan!
I brought some cheap 3m HDMI cables from a supplier on TradeMe and thought I was all set.
It turns out not all HDMI cables are made the same. The cables I brought work perfectly between a PC and monitor, but not at all on the Tindie camera extender.
A quick Duck Duck Go (That’s so much harder to use as a verb than Google) and I found a fix – There are meant to be shields for each data pair but in cheaper cables these are not connected. It’s an easy fix, just use the metal shield of the HDMI plug as ground…..
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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 professionally made PCBs. I’ve made many using photo resist or toner transfer, but at US$5.00 per square inch for three boards (including worldwide postage) I decided to give it a go. It took a total of three weeks from placing the order to arriving in New Zealand.
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This is OshParks render of what the Top was meant to look like
Google have announced (Ironically via a non SSL website) that they will now take into account whether sites use secure, encrypted connections as a component of their ranking algorithm.
On this announcement I’ve switched my website to exclusively use SSL. It will now silently (but forcefully, like a Ninja) redirect you to the https version.