• Honoured with a Gold Civic Award

    Photograph by Paul Young

    In February/March 2011 I got a letter from Thatcham Town Council saying I was to be awarded a Gold Civic Award for my work in promoting the town. To say this came as a suprise would be an understatement. There are few things like this that I get that I feel I deserve. Anyway, it is something I am...

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Mobile Phones: Likes and Gripes

Nokia C3-01 - Photograph by Nokia

I have had a mobile phone since 1995 and have at the end of last year, 2012, have had a smartphone.  It is this smartphone that has caused me more issues and disappointment than any other phone.  My first two phones were Motorolas, MicroTACs to be exact. Not sure the exact model. They...

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May 24, 2013

Heartstart Thatcham

Heartstart Thatcham

I heard on Moday 13th May 2013 that the Heartstart scheme that I have been trying to get established has been officially accepted for affiliation to the British Heart Foundation (BHF).  What this means is that the scheme is independent from the BHF but has an affiliation.  The BHF supply...

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May 16, 2013

Heartstart (Update 2)

So it has been a little quiet on the Heartstart front, publically at least. I have been working hard behind the scenes to get people involved.

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May 3, 2013

Adventures with an Arduino: RGB LED (part 2)

Adventures with an Arduino: RGB LED (part 2)

You may want to read the previous post on this topic before starting this post. Last time I connected a single WS2801 controlled RGB LED to an Arduino. This time I will connect two. I know it is not rocket science, but one small step at a time. The two LEDs are connected in series as shown below....

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Feb 14, 2013

Adventures with an Arduino: RGB LED (part 1)

Adventures with an Arduino: RGB LED (part 1)

For both the Arduino projects, the mind machine and the pulse oximeter (heart rate monitor), a light source will be required. The heart monitor could use IR, well it will use it in addition to visible light, but ignore that for a minute. The mind machine will use LED lights for the googles to...

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Feb 13, 2013

Heartstart in Thatcham? (update)

Heartstart in Thatcham?

I have been looking at the possibility of setting a Heartstart group in Thatcham. The course is organised by the British Heart Foundation. If you have not heard about the course/idea then please take a look at the booklet about it at http://bit.ly/HeartStartInfo_Jan2013.  I have several people...

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Feb 12, 2013