Archive for the ‘Computing’ Category

Back to it!

With one thing and another, my rechargeable battery tester project has taken a bit of a back seat since the parts arrived two weeks ago. I needed to spend some time tidying the garden now that the plants are starting to die back and then the computer decided not to behave. Everything tested out ok, […]

A 2.4GHz Spectrum Analyser

A week or two ago something was causing interference to my wifi signal so I lost my internet connection on the laptop, tablet and the iPhone for almost an hour. Although the WiFi Analyzer on the tablet showed nothing untoward, that App will only detect genuine WiFi signals. Unfortunately, there’s a myriad of other devices […]

SD Card / MP3 Playlist Sorter & Printer

If you use Windows Explorer to create an MP3 compilation on an SD Card or your MP3 player, you’ve probably noticed that the tracks don’t play in the same order as they appear in Explorer. This is because Explorer displays the files in alphabetical order whereas the MP3 player plays them in the order they […]

Printed Manuals

Getting a proper printed manual with new electronic equipment is very rare these days. Except for the usual “Quick Start” guide, if you want to know anything more advanced, you need to copy the manual from the supplied CD – or even have to download it from the manufacturer’s website – and view it on […]

Happy New Year!

For one reason and another, this is the first opportunity since the New Year I’ve had to spend some time at the computer to write up some odds and ends. Firstly, the “mystery” object hinted at in my last blog post is a Brake Lights Tester. A little gizmo to help check your vehicle’s brake […]

A Busy Year!

I’ve just been gathering together the collection of electronic projects I’ve built this year. I didn’t realize that I’d made so many! The question mark? A small mystery project that, hopefully, will be ready early in the New Year.

A Game for Christmas!

Just finished a simple Arduino-based multi-game and put the details up on my site… for anyone interested! All the games are really old-style 70’s type games – 15 puzzle, Minefield, Lunar Lander and Draughts (just). Full details on my main site here.

More Computer Woes!

I use a programming environment called ‘Delphi’. My version, Delphi 7, is rather old now but is still widely acclaimed to be the best version that was written. Much like Windows, it reached a peak after which there was only one way it could go. It was written in the days of Windows XP, so […]

Computer Woes

My first desktop computer’s operating system was called DOS 6.2. When you fired it up, once the computer had run though its own system checks (called the BIOS POST – Basic Input/output system, Power On Self-Test), you were shown a prompt on an otherwise black screen: DOS > To run a program, say a word […]