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Why not @TileApp for Christmas!, a handy Christmas Present for that gadget loving someone that is always losing stuff!

Friday, November 10th, 2017

if you have a smart phone, and keep losing your keys, wallet why not use TileApp, I’ve been using TileApp for a few years now, and now it’s time to reTile again, and here are my new Tiles (or tags) to hang on my keys, and by the power of bluetooth, and Crowd Source GPS, will hopefully be able to find my keys if I lose them.

It has saved me a number of times, when I’ve misplaced my wallet or keys, and I can check with my phone the last time it contacted the tile, and displays that location on a map.

Click this link to purchase a tile

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Why don’t vendors @sainsburys ?@BootsUK ?@tileapptest test their Websites anymore!!!

Tuesday, November 7th, 2017

<RANT ON>

What is happening with the world, companies not testing websites anymore, but still wanting us to purchase ONLINE, in the last week, I’ve been having issues with

1. Sainsburys

Changed their system from usernames to use email addresses, only my email address is already registered, so website crapped out!

2. BootsUK

Checking out, causes this….

Boots Website Error

3, Tile App

When you add a product to your basket, the price increases by 10 GBP for no reason!

How on earth, users with little computing experience deal with the likes of these diddly donks I’ll never know! But to answer diddly donks customer support questions because they seem incable of understanding what I’m telling them!

I’ve tried clearing my cookies, I’ve tried multiple browsers, e.g. Internet Explorer, Edge, Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Opera. I’ve cleared my cache, I’ve tried multiple computers, I’ve tried different ISPs, I’ve changed my under crackers, I’ve had a good breakfast, YOUR WEBSITE still doesn’t WORK!

and nobody seems to care!

Oh, Boots fixed my issue, they deleted my account, and asked me to create a new one!!!!!!

<RANT OFF>

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Fibre is coming, Fibre is coming…..

Friday, September 1st, 2017

Hopefully, by Christmas 2017, fibre will be available in “the shire”.

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Information from Roadworks.org has proved correct, and more work continues by BT Openreach contractors to now connect “the shire” to the local exchange.

Here are some photographs of the recent works, I’ve noticed that they have been smashing clay “pots” or pipes to get into the current telephone cables.

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Ultra fast FIBRE Broadband is 20m away from our house! It’s now in the “Shire!”

Thursday, July 6th, 2017

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I’m just going to have to correct the title of these previous posts, where I have used the term Superfast Broadband, because Superfast Broadband refers to the technology of what we call Fibre To The Cabinet (FTTC) in the street, and then the remaining broadband is supplied by a copper telephone line to the property. From the cabinet to the Exchange  your maximum download speed is approx 76MBps, but depending on the length of copper from your house to the cabinet in the street, will reduce your download speed, because of noise/crosstalk on the copper line.

Ultra fast FIBRE Broadband referred to as Fibre To The Premises/Property (FTTP) or Fibre To The Home (FTTH) is where the property is connected to the Exchange directly on FIBRE! Therefore the maximum speed is 1GBps, currently maximum packages are 330MBps download, and 50MBps upload.

It’s ULTRA FAST FIBRE broadband which is coming to the shire! Which at this current time only 3% of the population have FTTP, so if this is true, and we are due to get FTTP installations in the SHIRE!, I’m very happy!

On the 15th May 2017, I spotted that they had pulled the fibre through to the base of my telegraph pole.

My telegraph pole

My telegraph pole

Neighbours telegraph pole

Neighbours telegraph pole

A few weeks ago, (19 June) I noticed two crayon markings next to two BT manhole covers, a week later (26 June) the pavement outside my house has been dug up, and a new telephone duct has been laid between two BT manhole covers.

Information obtained from Roadworks.org, which is a website you can view to look at all roadworks in the UK, they have been logged and authorised with your local councils! This listed the original notice here, and indicated that this work was scheduled for late August - September 2017. So I’ve been speculating as to when this website, will change to accepting orders!

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The great thing about Roadworks.org, if you a roadworks stalker, you can setup alerts to notify you of changes in a defined area, and an alert popped into my Inbox this morning… stated this work to add new telegraph poles is to start!

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So will I be able to place my order for ULTRA FAST FIBRE broadband in August 2017 ?

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Andysworld! to get Superfast Broadband ? Possibly ?

Thursday, May 11th, 2017

If you don’t know, I live in a rural idle in Yorkshire which some have described as a “Shire out of Tolkien” where the hobbits live! (I’m actually a little larger than a hobbit, some would say much larger!)

Lovely as it is, it does suffer one draw back, currently I’m in the 10% of the population without what the Government calls “Superfast Broadband” - at best when the wind blows in the right direction I may get up to 3.5 Meg download speed, my telephone line is still connected to a telegraph pole, and my line length is approx 3.9km from the BT exchange, and that’s not as the crow flies, because the came runs in a junction at the side of the road.

So broadband speed is slow. Three years ago, I blogged when I “nerded or geeked out” - Welcome to Cabinet World! - Andy stalks more cabs! , checking out the local cabs in the area, that had been upgraded, and fibre enabled, and hoped one day that poor old Cabinet Number 10 would be upgraded. All the other cabs in the local town have been upgraded but this sad cabinet has been left, and this is where my telephone line terminates!

3 years later, it remains the same!

BUT…

Whilst out walking in early March 2017, the noisy bugger I am, spotted a notice on a BT Telegraph pole, near my house

Openreach Notice on Telegraph pole

Openreach Notice on Telegraph pole

When I first noticed it, I didn’t read it fully, and thought maybe they were replacing the old telegraph poles because they had rotten, but then I visited When Can I get Fibre ? which I have visited many times, last year!

When Can I get Fibre ?

When Can I get Fibre ?

I could not believe it now states FTTP - Fibre to the Premises, so excited, and I’m sure a little bit of wee came out, I rushed back to the notice on the telegraph pole, and read in more detail…

“to install fibre broadband pole/s” - I’ve read articles, by Openreach, which have suggested they are now using poles and not holes!

Early April, I spotted Openreach Engineers near my Cab 10, but it had not changed, and more recently I’ve been seeing them getting closer to my house.

img_1338I asked this engineer, how far they were going and he said he didn’t know! This was 24 April 2017. Approx 1800 metres from my house.

Today, they are just round the corner! (750 metres away!)  You can see the reel of fibre on the rear of the lorry.

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Andy’s gets adventurous with Arduino Prototyping and Embedded Systems and adds a LCD display

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

So it was naff, hooked up to a computer, so I could read Temperature and Humidity, so my friends at EmbeddedSilicon sent me a LCD readout, I think it’s called a 16×9 something! So now it’s a bit more useful, as a standalone display.

LCD display showing Andysworld!

LCD display showing Andysworld!

LCD display showing Temperature and Humidity

LCD display showing Temperature and Humidity

LCD display showing Temperature and Humidity

LCD display showing Temperature and Humidity

My thanks to the peeps at EmbeddedSilicon for the items. I’m now waiting for a WiFi board!

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Andy’s first steps into Arduino Prototyping and Embedded Systems

Tuesday, May 9th, 2017

So the problem, I need to measure temperature and humidity, and calculate the condensation risk in my attic!

The Solution

An Arduino and a temperature and humidity module, and I can do the rest, and beam it to the Cloud for plotting!

and I just know the place to go to get this stuff - EmbeddedSilicon.com

and here it is:-

Arduino Uno and DHT11 sensor

Arduino Uno and DHT11 sensor

and this is the output from the serial console

Console output - sensors readings

Console output - sensors readings

Andy get’s adventurous and adds a breakout shield (I think that’s what they call it!)

Arduino with a breakout shield

Arduino with a breakout shield

Got to find a WiFi module, then I can beam results to the cloud…

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Three Thingian Gamesody

Monday, April 24th, 2017

For those not in the know, Three Thing Game is a programming Game Jam run over (approximately)
24 hours. Teams of enthusiasts (that’s you people, as well as me and my ‘kind’) gather to challenge
themselves to create a game based on 3 random words that they will be given. At the end of the 24
hours you get to subject your game to a thorough Judging against various criteria like: adherence to
the Things, how complete is your game, and how much money you slip the judge discreetly.

Source
https://canvas.hull.ac.uk/files/633091/download?verifier=6BMKkgTJWXDbjiVnZZ4hLr0zgshZHtXoZFdFWVTY

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Goodbye Orange @EE, and hello @ThreeUK! #makeitright

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

Goodbye Orange, and hello Three!

I’ve been with Orange for over 18 years, but times are changing, and I no longer feel it represents good value for money for me, and looking around at the other airtime mobile carriers, I think Three has all the features and more I need now.

  • Unlimited minutes
  • Unlimited texts
  • 30GB a month data allowance
  • WiFi Calling
  • 4G coverage at home, and at work.
  • Feel at Home destinations in 42 countries.
  • 4G Super Voice

and all this costs me less, than what I’ve been topping on Orange for many years!

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I’m surprised how easily it was to port my old Orange number to Three, Orange just handed out the PAC code, and I entered it into the My3 application, and within 24 hours, it had been transferred to Three.

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So if you have my existing mobile number it’s not changed it’s the same!

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Ultimaker 2 prints a new feed mechanism for itself!

Monday, February 27th, 2017

I’ve been struggling with the feed mechanism on the Ultimaker 2, so I thought I would get the 3D printer, to repair itself, and print a new one!

New feeder assembly in parts

New feeder assembly in parts

Assembled

Assembled

Assembled and installed

Assembled and installed

I’m now printing another one, on this 3D printer which has been fixed.

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