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Project office busy light using a Raspberry Pi Zero W – so Andy does not walk in on a web conference in his pants!

Friday, June 12th, 2020

My little project has been completed which I blogged about here 

A lot has changed in the world of computers and computing in 40 years, since I used that Video Genie!

The Problem

Now that Lindsey and I and both working from home, and in two different offices, and spend most days on Zoom, Google Meet, Skype, WebEx etc in meetings with work colleagues or vendors it is difficult to tell if we are “BUSY” engaged in a meeting, and microphone and webcam are on!

also to stop me walking into Lindsey’s office, semi-naked just wearing my pants!

The Solution

A Raspberry Pi Zero W, which is a small wireless computer running Linux, with a LED display, which can be programmed with an Available (green), Busy (red), Away (yellow), Party (rainbow) mode status light!

At present there is a small web server, to toggle your status, but I’m still working on the integration with Alexa, Google, Siri and Apple HomeKit and Hue!

Lindsey just says – “I could have used a post-it!” – but where is the fun in that!

Busy Status Light it’s Party Time, and it’s POETS day!


Parts required below

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HOW TO: Post a URL to Google+

Monday, February 8th, 2016

I keep forgetting, how to post a URL to Google+, simply just put the following in front or your URL

Your blog may do this automatically, but mine does not!


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Google wishes me Happy Birthday!

Sunday, November 23rd, 2014

googlehappybirthday1Even Google know’s it’s My Birthday today!

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Testing Chromecast on a Sony XBR65X850A 65-Inch 4K Ultra HD 120Hz 3D Internet LED UHDTV

Friday, May 9th, 2014

So here, you go Google Chromecast plugged into a Sony XBR65X850A 65-Inch 4K Ultra HD 120Hz 3D Internet LED UHDTV, and playing low resolution version of content from BBC iPlayer!

It’s a large screen!

Google Chromecast starting on a Sony XBR65X850A 65-Inch 4K Ultra HD

Google Chromecast starting on a Sony XBR65X850A 65-Inch 4K Ultra HD

Sony XBR65X850A 65-Inch 4K Ultra HD with BBC iPlayer1.jpg

Sony XBR65X850A 65-Inch 4K Ultra HD with BBC iPlayer

Sony XBR65X850A 65-Inch 4K Ultra HD with BBC iPlayer2.jpg

Sony XBR65X850A 65-Inch 4K Ultra HD with BBC iPlayer

More about Chromecast later!

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Pokémon Challenge Google Maps: – I’m a Pokémon Master!

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

You’ll need to watch the Pokémon Challenge Google Maps, to understand, and collect all 185 Pokémon!





PS The Challenge has ended, it was for 1st April 2014 only!

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Andy’s Google Nexus 4

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

time to move on…and enter the 21st Century

I already have an iPad1, Amazon Kindle Fire (which has a customized version of “Amazon Android”), I wanted something different, rather than a common iOS based iPhone 4 or iPhone 5.

enter the Google Nexus 4

So, I’ve recently purchased a Google Nexus 4.






(it’s also got the same name as the off-world Replicants in my favourite film!)

and the Nexus 4 is brilliant, time to cash in Apple shares!

I’m currently testing GiffGaff network based on O2, which at present (18 Feb 13), is the cheapest mobile network for truly Unlimited Data.

I usualy use Three (3) for my iPad, MiFi and laptops, but Three (3) is getting expensive.

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Andysworld! new logo and identity on the internet

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

I was getting bored with the stock template image, and although I had changed it from the default blue to green, I’ve been wanting to change it for a while. As you may have noticed we have a new “clickable Logo “. If you click it, it will return to the homepage (root of the website).

Andysworld New Logo and Indentity

Andysworld New Logo and Indentity

I’ve been testing VMware View 4.6 (Virtual Desktops using PCoIP) experimenting with Windows 7 64 bit Professional and Adobe Photoshop CS5 64 bit, using virtual desktop workstations. I wanted to test fully, so I spent a few hours testing Adobe Photoshop Cs5 (64 bit) and Corel Paint Shop Pro x3 to check what performance was like testing the in the Cloud! I think the performance was better than installing it on my standard PC.

As more web site traffic comes to Andysworld! than it did five years ago, I’ve decided it’s time for a facelift, so the logo is the start.

As you may have noticed I “borrowed” the theme for the logo, from a well known Search Engine, if it works for them! the random colours in the logo, reflect the choas in my life, from one day to the next!

“a day in the life’ – Andy

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One Click Away with MrHyperlink (UK)

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

mrhyperlinkukWeb in on click

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One Click Away with MrHyperlink (USA)

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

mrhyperlinkukusaWeb in on click

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Google Biz Kit

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009

I’ve just had some emails from a fellow internet user I know, that are in my address book, telling me of a get rich quick scheme.

It’s called the Google Biz Kit, do not part with your money. it’s a scam!

The website may look good, but believe, if it’s too good to be true, it probably is! Also known by many other names, Google Easy Profit scheme etc

Please don’t send me anymore emails!


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