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How to view (and download) BS standards

  1. Click on “Go to British Standards Online”
  2. Search for the standard you want, and click on 'quick view'
  3. I chose “BS 8888 - Technical Product Documentation and Specification” (url is https://bsol.bsigroup.com/PdfViewer/Viewer?pid=000000000030334593)
  4. Right click on the small gap above the grey bar in the browser window and view source, find the line that looks like: PDFFile: “/PDFViewer/GetViewerDocument?pid=000000000030334593”,
  5. replace the last part of the URL in your browser, so that PdfViewer?pid= becomes GetViewerDocument?pid= with https://bsol.bsigroup.com/PdfViewer/GetViewerDocument?pid=000000000030334593
  6. Save the file with the extention .pdf
  7. Enjoy
2018/05/11 10:03

More Butterflies

Set up pre boot

Since the /boot partition is accessible by any computer with an SD card reader, wifi configuration is now much simpler.

A typical wpa_supplicant.conf file is:

ctrl_interface=DIR=/var/run/wpa_supplicant GROUP=netdev update_config=1 country=«your_ISO-3166-1_two-letter_country_code»




For headless setup, SSH can be enabled by placing a file named 'ssh', without any extension, onto the boot partition of the SD card. When the Pi boots, it looks for the 'ssh' file; if it is found, SSH is enabled and then the file is deleted. The content of the file doesn't matter: it could contain either text or nothing at all.

first boot

sudo raspi-config interface > Enable camera 7 Advanced Options > expand file system 8 update app

sudo apt-get install -y python-picamera python-yaml git sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade git clone https://github.com/geerlingguy/pi-timelapse.git

config file

— ################## # Basic Settings # ##################

# Image resolution Set to empty object (`{ }`) to use default resolution. resolution: { }

# width: 480
# height: 270

# The number of images to capture. total_images: 5000

# The interval between captures (in seconds). interval: 250

# Whether to create an animated gif after capturing the time-lapse images. create_gif: False

# Whether to create an video after capturing the time-lapse images. create_video: False

##################### # Advanced settings # #####################

# ISO value. 0 = auto, 60-800 for manual ISO. iso: 0

# Shutter speed. 0 = auto, else value in microseconds (seconds * 1000000). shutter_speed: 0

# White balance. Set to empty object (`{ }`) to use auto white balance. white_balance: { }

# red_gain: 1.3
# blue_gain: 1.75

# Rotate the images taken by the camera. Possible value are 0, 90, 180 or 270 rotation: 0

2018/04/27 21:43

Crossing the Barton Swing Aqueduct

The Barton Swing Aqueduct is a moveable navigable aqueduct in Barton upon Irwell in Greater Manchester, England. It carries the Bridgewater Canal across the Manchester Ship Canal.

Thinkl33l joined us for our trip back up to New Islington Marina, but since we were on the Bridgewater Canal near the Barton Swing Aqueduct we just had to go across it…

Normal Speed:
Time laps:
2018/04/19 12:45

Windows tiny7 and Solidworks CAD Work

I want to play with 3D Printing, but most of the software that I get on with better are Windows Only, I have tried to get on with Google SketchUp but I don't get on well with it; While I have Windows 2008 R2 installed on my Macbook Pro Running under Bootcamp and virtualised using <a href=“http://skippy.org.uk/running-boot-camp-windows-on-os-x-using-parallels/”>Parallels</a> , I don't like having to reboot from Mac OS to Windows 2008 and I haven't bought a licence for Parallels, and the Mac Bootcamp Drivers that work with Windows 2008 don't prove all the power of the hardware to Windows (and there doesn't seem to have been an update). A quick gander on the web led me find out about Windows Tiny7 (Windows Tiny7 TPB) I was looking for TinyXP but apparently Tiny7 works better on modern hardware. One of the other advantages of running Virtual Machines is that I can set up one copy of windows for each task, so one for 3D printing, one for Family Tree etc, oh and a second advantage is that I can use Time Machine to back up the Virtual Disks, not to mention I don't have to leave OSX

The idea behind Tiny7 is that most of the useless junk that comes with 7 is stripped out, leaving only the bare essentials. This leaves you with a functional OS that's much smaller and faster than the original bulky 7.

Sure, it's ¿piracy? (since you're downloading a hacked ISO that bypasses registration), but I actually own a legal copy of 7. That doesn't make using Tiny7 legal, but in my mind it makes it morally okay.

I have chosen to use VirtualBox from <a href=“www.virtualbox.org/”>VirtualBox.org</a> as the software to run the virtual machines, its free, and open source; This is the procedure for making the Base Tiny7 SolidWorks 2010 disk (SolidWorks 2010 TPB) Click on New <img style=“margin-left: auto;margin-right: auto” src=“http://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploadsScreen-Shot-2011-12-23-at-17.28.16.png” border=“0” alt=“Screen Shot 2011 12 23 at 17 28 16” width=“600” height=“382” /> <img style=“margin-left: auto;margin-right: auto” src=“http://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploadsScreen-Shot-2011-12-23-at-17.28.28.png” border=“0” alt=“Screen Shot 2011 12 23 at 17 28 28” width=“600” height=“382” /> I have called it Solidworks, and Chosen Microsoft Windows as the Operating System, and Windows 7 32 Bit as the Version (there are two options, 32, and 64 bit) <img style=“margin-left: auto;margin-right: auto” src=“http://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploadsScreen-Shot-2011-12-23-at-17.53.42.png” border=“0” alt=“Screen Shot 2011 12 23 at 17 53 42” width=“600” height=“460” /> increase the Memory from 512 MB to 1024 MB, The next steps are for the Harddrive: <img style=“margin-left: auto;margin-right: auto” src=“http://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploadsScreen-Shot-2011-12-23-at-17.28.46.png” border=“0” alt=“Screen Shot 2011 12 23 at 17 28 46” width=“600” height=“382” /> <img style=“margin-left: auto;margin-right: auto” src=“http://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploadsScreen-Shot-2011-12-23-at-17.28.50.png” border=“0” alt=“Screen Shot 2011 12 23 at 17 28 50” width=“600” height=“382” /> <img style=“margin-left: auto;margin-right: auto” src=“http://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploadsScreen-Shot-2011-12-23-at-17.28.54.png” border=“0” alt=“Screen Shot 2011 12 23 at 17 28 54” width=“600” height=“382” /> I prefer Dynamically allocated as they grow as you add more data; I am not sure if there is a performance hit doing it this way. <img style=“margin-left: auto;margin-right: auto” src=“http://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploadsScreen-Shot-2011-12-23-at-17.29.10.png” border=“0” alt=“Screen Shot 2011 12 23 at 17 29 10” width=“600” height=“382” /> However its an idea to make the Maximum size larger than you should ever need, as you can't edit this early after you have started filling it <img style=“margin-left: auto;margin-right: auto” src=“http://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploadsScreen-Shot-2011-12-23-at-17.54.02.png” border=“0” alt=“Screen Shot 2011 12 23 at 17 54 02” width=“600” height=“460” /> You will still need to poke some files at this stage; but you can go ahead and create it now <img style=“margin-left: auto;margin-right: auto” src=“http://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploadsScreen-Shot-2011-12-23-at-17.54.14.png” border=“0” alt=“Screen Shot 2011 12 23 at 17 54 14” width=“600” height=“509” /> So now click settings; its next to new <img style=“margin-left: auto;margin-right: auto” src=“http://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploadsScreen-Shot-2011-12-23-at-17.54.53.png” border=“0” alt=“Screen Shot 2011 12 23 at 17 54 53” width=“600” height=“501” /> Increse the Video Memory to 128 MB, and enable 3D and 2D Video Acceleration <img style=“margin-left: auto;margin-right: auto” src=“http://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploadsScreen-Shot-2011-12-23-at-17.40.18.png” border=“0” alt=“Screen Shot 2011 12 23 at 17 40 18” width=“600” height=“371” /> Now its the time to choose the Tiny7 iso file that you downloaded from TPB, and then click OK <img style=“margin-left: auto;margin-right: auto” src=“http://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploadsScreen-Shot-2011-12-23-at-17.41.29.png” border=“0” alt=“Screen Shot 2011 12 23 at 17 41 29” width=“600” height=“409” /> Now clicking Start and we will install Windows Tiny7 <img style=“margin-left: auto;margin-right: auto” src=“http://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploadsScreen-Shot-2011-12-23-at-17.57.37.png” border=“0” alt=“Screen Shot 2011 12 23 at 17 57 37” width=“600” height=“476” /> Choose the Hard drive and walk away <img style=“margin-left: auto;margin-right: auto” src=“http://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploadsScreen-Shot-2011-12-23-at-18.32.21.png” border=“0” alt=“Screen Shot 2011 12 23 at 18 32 21” width=“600” height=“496” /> Next we install Guest Additions, since Auto run is disabled on Windows Tiny7, we will first need to go “Devices &gt; Install Guest Additions…” or click the Host Key (in this case the Left Cloverleaf key '⌘') + D. then double click on the CD. <img style=“margin-left: auto;margin-right: auto” src=“http://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploadsScreen-Shot-2011-12-23-at-18.40.25.png” border=“0” alt=“Screen Shot 2011 12 23 at 18 40 25” width=“600” height=“496” /> And you have to trust Oracle to install the drivers and the ilk, (it is up to you if you always trust them or not), At this point its a good idea to try and make the “Documents” folder on the host os available on the Guest OS, as this will save hassle and then all documents will be available. <img style=“margin-left: auto;margin-right: auto” src=“http://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploadsScreen-Shot-2011-12-23-at-21.51.43.png” border=“0” alt=“Screen Shot 2011 12 23 at 21 51 43” width=“600” height=“501” /> Click on the plus Folder <img style=“margin-left: auto;margin-right: auto” src=“http://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploadsScreen-Shot-2011-12-23-at-21.52.38.png” border=“0” alt=“Screen Shot 2011 12 23 at 21 52 38” width=“600” height=“501” /> You will want to Auto-Mount and not be read only <img style=“margin-left: auto;margin-right: auto” src=“http://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploadsScreen-Shot-2011-12-23-at-21.52.47.png” border=“0” alt=“Screen Shot 2011 12 23 at 21 52 47” width=“600” height=“501” /> This then shows up as a network location under the computer <img style=“margin-left: auto;margin-right: auto” src=“http://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploadsScreen-Shot-2011-12-23-at-21.55.06.png” border=“0” alt=“Screen Shot 2011 12 23 at 21 55 06” width=“600” height=“512” /> <img style=“margin-left: auto;margin-right: auto” src=“http://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploadsScreen-Shot-2011-12-23-at-22.02.57.png” border=“0” alt=“Screen Shot 2011 12 23 at 22 02 57” width=“600” height=“512” /> <img style=“margin-left: auto;margin-right: auto” src=“http://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploadsScreen-Shot-2011-12-23-at-22.03.56.png” border=“0” alt=“Screen Shot 2011 12 23 at 22 03 56” width=“600” height=“512” /> Because we can't index the files in the folder, we won't be able to add it to the Documents Library on Windows Tiny7, but this does give us a quick and easy way to access the Host OS documents from the Guest. At this point its a good idea to shut down the guest Computer, and duplicate it <img style=“margin-left: auto;margin-right: auto;border: 0px initial initial” src=“http://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploadsScreen-Shot-2011-12-23-at-21.30.06.png” border=“0” alt=“Screen Shot 2011 12 23 at 21 30 06” width=“600” height=“509” /> <img style=“margin-left: auto;margin-right: auto” src=“http://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploadsScreen-Shot-2011-12-23-at-21.30.48.png” border=“0” alt=“Screen Shot 2011 12 23 at 21 30 48” width=“600” height=“501” /> <img style=“margin-left: auto;margin-right: auto” src=“http://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploadsScreen-Shot-2011-12-23-at-21.31.08.png” border=“0” alt=“Screen Shot 2011 12 23 at 21 31 08” width=“600” height=“501” /> Full Clone with a Reinitialised MAC address. (i assume this means that Virtual Box issues a new MAC address to the Network cards) The Full clone should mean that I can use that as a Base image for any other software I wish to use (I could have done the Windows Tiny7 install then Cloned to the SolidWorks install). All the install files for SolidWorks have been downloaded and placed in my Documents folder on the Host OS, but since the install file is a .ISO DVD image, and windows has no native way to mount them, (and WinRar doesn't by default) I recommend grabbing a copy of <a href=“http://www.slysoft.com/en/virtual-clonedrive.html”>Virtual CloneDrive</a> (although I can mount the .img file using VirtualBox). The Crack on the SolidWorks 2010 install above is as follows: <ol> <li>Install SW2010 SP0.0 Win32 using SW Serial 0001 0001 0736 0361 JK3Q HDJ3</li> <li>Copy “sldappu.dll” to &lt;SW2010 Win32 progdir&gt; and overwrite original one</li> </ol> Other Software I install are Autodesk 123D and 123D Catch, both are Beta software, and look interesting:   Autodesk 123D - <a href=“http://www.123dapp.com/”>http://www.123dapp.com/</a> <blockquote> <ul> <li>123D - Design makable objects using free 3D CAD software that lets you start with simple shapes and then edit and then tweak them into more complex designs. (windows)</li> <li>123D Catch - Take photos of your favourite people, places and things and let the power of the cloud magically transform them into detailed 3D models. (windows)</li> <li>123D Make - Automatically turn your 3D model into a pattern of flat parts that can be cut and assembled into an artful creation. (mac OS)</li> </ul> </blockquote> Oh and please see statement of opinion on <a title=“Statements of Disclosure and Disclaimer” href=“http://skippy.org.uk/disclosure-statement/”>Do Not Try This at Home</a> if you think I am a bad person Regarding Copyright Theft.  

2018/04/12 23:34

<img style=“float: left;” src=“http://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploadsScreen-Shot-2011-08-17-at-22.18.44.png” alt=“Screen Shot 2011 08 17 at 22 18 44” width=“250” height=“300” align=“left” border=“0” />For the last few years I have been using a Mac Mini as my desktop; With Lion being released, and installed on my <a href=“http://skippy.org.uk/number-33-new-laptop-d/”>Mac Book Pro</a>, now after using it for a while I want to use it on my mac mini as well; one of the annoying problems with it however is it requires 2 gigs of ram,

<img style=“margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;” src=“http://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploadsScreen-shot-2011-08-17-at-21.49.23.png” alt=“Screen shot 2011 08 17 at 21 49 23” width=“321” height=“393” border=“0” />

Although Lion shows up as available to install on the App Store, it returns an error when you try to install it

<img style=“margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;” src=“http://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploadsScreen-shot-2011-08-17-at-21.49.45.png” alt=“Screen shot 2011 08 17 at 21 49 45” width=“434” height=“145” border=“0” />

I tried to re-download OS X Lion on my macbook pro, but it knows that its installed already, and prevents you from re-downloading; however there is a work around, if you hold down the 'option key' (⌥) you can click on it to re-download.

<img style=“margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;” src=“http://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploadsScreen-Shot-2011-08-17-at-22.38.30.png” alt=“Screen Shot 2011 08 17 at 22 38 30” width=“451” height=“446” border=“0” />

After copying the install file to the mac mini, and trying to run it, the installer returns the following screen:

<img style=“margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;” src=“http://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploadsScreen-shot-2011-08-18-at-07.48.08.png” alt=“Screen shot 2011 08 18 at 07 48 08” width=“600” height=“478” border=“0” />

Telling me that MAC OS X 10.7 requires at least 2 GB of memory, which is still annoying since my mac mini only has 1 GB of memory; however this shows that the only thing the installer seems to be worried about is my lack of RAM…

There seems to be a  way around it, download a copy of Pacifist from<a href=“http://www.charlessoft.com/”>http://www.charlessoft.com/</a>

Pacifist is a shareware application that opens Mac OS X .pkg package files, .dmg disk images, and .zip, .tar, .tar.gz, .tar.bz2, and .xar file archives and allows you to extract individual files and folders out of them. This is useful, for instance, if an application which is installed by the operating system becomes damaged and needs to be reinstalled without the hassle of reinstalling all of Mac OS X. Pacifist is also able to verify existing installations and find missing or altered files*, and Pacifist can also examine the kernel extensions installed in your system to let you see what installer installed them, and whether the installer was made by Apple or a third-party.

Pacifist is not yet compatible with Mac OS X 10.7 “Lion” so the next steps were completed on my Mac Mini:

<img style=“margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;” src=“http://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploadsPacifist-Screenshot-1.png” alt=“Pacifist Screenshot 1” width=“350” height=“600” border=“0” />

The File you need to open is OSInstall.mpkg in the Install Mac OS X Lion (right click 'Show Package Contents') &gt; Contents &gt; Shared Support &gt;

<img style=“margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;” src=“http://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploadsScreen-shot-2011-12-18-at-21.31.55.png” alt=“Screen shot 2011 12 18 at 21 31 55” width=“532” height=“600” border=“0” />

Jump to Resources, and click on the padlock in the top right

<img style=“margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;” src=“http://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploadsScreen-shot-2011-12-18-at-21.34.26.png” alt=“Screen shot 2011 12 18 at 21 34 26” width=“532” height=“600” border=“0” />

The File you need to edit is the Distribution File

<img style=“margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;” src=“http://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploadsScreen-shot-2011-12-18-at-21.36.02.png” alt=“Screen shot 2011 12 18 at 21 36 02” width=“555” height=“522” border=“0” />

Changing var minRam = 1048; to 1024, re-package the distribution file, and see if the changes help (here is my copy of <a title=“OSInstall.mpkg.zip” href=“http://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploadsOSInstall.mpkg_.zip”>OSInstall.mpkg.zip</a>)

Now while I now get the following screen, suggesting I can now attempt the install

<a href=“http://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploadsScreen-shot-2011-12-22-at-01.16.06.png”><img class=“aligncenter size-medium wp-image-2169” title=“Screen shot 2011-12-22 at 01.16.06” src=“http://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploadsScreen-shot-2011-12-22-at-01.16.06-300x239.png” alt=“” width=“300” height=“239” /></a>

It returns the following error

<a href=“http://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploadsScreen-shot-2011-12-22-at-01.16.20.png”><img class=“aligncenter size-full wp-image-2168” title=“Screen shot 2011-12-22 at 01.16.20” src=“http://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploadsScreen-shot-2011-12-22-at-01.16.20.png” alt=“” width=“434” height=“182” /></a>

I will have to have a look, and see if the hackintosh community can offer any help.

2018/04/12 23:34

Last time I was without employment (back before CCFE) I managed to get an SL2 form from the Job Centre, and I used it to get my CSCS card (Construction Skills Certification Scheme), and my 17th Edition (BS7671 IEE Wiring Regulations Qualification: City & Guilds 2382-10 Level 3); neither of which I have really used in my professional employment, however the 17th Edition is worth having.

This time round I have used my SL2 form to gain the required certificates for SIA (Security Industry Authority) in Award in Security Guarding, and CCTV Public Space Surveillance. I know I have passed the Award in Security Guarding; but I have just finished the CCTV Public Space Surveillance; so wish me luck on the outcome of that one,

If I pass the CCTV I will be applying for my SIA licence in both, so that should I need some extra cash, I have some extra hats I can wear.

2018/04/12 23:34

This is what was under my old black cast; i finally got to give the itchy parts a scratch (don't scroll down if like me you faint or this may be a trigger)

<img class=“alignnone size-full” src=“http://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploads20111215-205816.jpg” alt=“20111215-205816.jpg” />

And under the sheet is a padded thing and the end of the metal pins 

<a href=“http://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploads20111215-205838.jpg”><img class=“alignnone size-full” src=“http://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploads20111215-205838.jpg” alt=“20111215-205838.jpg” /></a>

<a href=“http://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploads20111215-205838.jpg”></a>And here are the pins in my skin (i.e. don't scroll down if like me you faint or this may be a trigger). The blue lines show how far they are in the hand; and where they meet, the holes are at one end of the bone, and the other end of the pins are at the other end of the bone 

<a href=“http://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploads20111215-205903.jpg”><img class=“alignnone size-full” src=“http://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploads20111215-205903.jpg” alt=“20111215-205903.jpg” /></a>

<a href=“http://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploads20111215-205928.jpg”><img class=“alignnone size-full” src=“http://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploads20111215-205928.jpg” alt=“20111215-205928.jpg” /></a>

<a href=“http://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploads20111215-205956.jpg”><img class=“alignnone size-full” src=“http://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploads20111215-205956.jpg” alt=“20111215-205956.jpg” /></a>

<a href=“http://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploads20111215-205956.jpg”></a>Here are the pair of highly technical players used to pull them out

<a href=“http://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploads20111215-210033.jpg”><img class=“alignnone size-full” src=“http://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploads20111215-210033.jpg” alt=“20111215-210033.jpg” /></a>

<a href=“http://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploads20111215-210033.jpg”></a>And my new longer cast :(

<a href=“http://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploads20111215-210102.jpg”><img class=“alignnone size-full” src=“http://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploads20111215-210102.jpg” alt=“20111215-210102.jpg” /></a>

<a href=“http://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploads20111215-210130.jpg”><img class=“alignnone size-full” src=“http://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploads20111215-210130.jpg” alt=“20111215-210130.jpg” /></a>

2018/04/12 23:34

Gloucester Docks Look around - Part two: Shops and Retail

Following on from Part One, I found this article titled “A Walk on the Wild Side around Gloucester Docks” on Narrowboat World, where Alan Tilbury talks about his experience of Gloucester Quays:

The state of the area was something that I had got completely wrong from what I was led to believe. Not masses of failed retail outlets as I had often reported, but some very successful ventures. It is clearly not designed to be a shopping area, that is left to the Gloucester Quays malls.

There were plenty of people milling around, looking at the variety of boats moored, it is only a few minutes walk from the city centre and a pleasant detour from the crowds doing their Christmas shopping.

I have certainly changed my impression of Gloucester Docks.Alan Tilbury

Well my impression of the dock are when I last went was that it was nice and close to the Warehouse Climbing Centre, but the City Council had been investing in the area; This time it has to be said the place was looking very clean and tidy; with money being invested in turning all the wear houses to trendy apartments, and little retail units on the ground floor; including a Brasserie, and a supermarket type thing.

TOFIX http://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploadsIMG_2340.jpg TOFIX http://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploadsIMG_2405.jpg

All of these are a stones throw from Victoria Basin, and they are not the only retail units; there is a Sainsbury's about half a mile down the canal, and Gloucester City Centre is about 5 minuets walk as well; oh and as Alan Tilbury also pointed out there is a toasted Cheese Sandwich shop.

There is a lovely little shop called Upstairs downstairs that lists itself as “Gloucester's No 1 Antiques Emporium”. My mother loves the look of the place and spent a fair while looking round it with Emily when we went up as the three of us.

Oh and all of this is without mentioning Gloucester Quays outlet village that is almost on the door step.

2018/04/12 23:34

Gloucester Docks Look Around - Part One

Gloucester Docks is home to the National Waterways Museum (formerly known as the National Waterways Museum, Gloucester), housed in Llanthony Warehouse, (I went once with Loupie a number of years ago; however I will have to go back another time for a look round). Llanthorn warehouse was built in 1873, and was the largest and last of the great wear houses built in Gloucester Docks. it overlooks the main Basin, and the Barge arm:

The Barge Arm was an early development for use by barges and narrow canal boats to keep them out the way of big ships in the Main Basin. Each side of the arm was lined with yards handling such cargoes as coal, stone, timber, or building materials, and each yard was initially served by a siding of a horse drawn tram road to Cheltenham.

From here generations of Gloucester men went 'up country' to the midlands in narrow canal boats that were 70 foot long and 7 feet wide. On the outward journey, most carried grain or timber imported through Gloucester, returning with goods for export or coal for local consumption. The master of each boat was paid by the trip and was expected to find his own crew, and many found it necessary to take their wife and/or children rather than employ another man. Children working on the boats had little opportunity to attend school, and their lack of education meant that most continued to work on the boats when grown up.

<img style=“margin-left: auto;margin-right: auto” src=“http://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploadsIMG_2298.jpg” border=“0” alt=“IMG 2298” width=“600” height=“450” />

<img style=“margin-left: auto;margin-right: auto” src=“http://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploadsIMG_2395.jpg” border=“0” alt=“IMG 2395” width=“600” height=“450” /><img style=“margin-left: auto;margin-right: auto” src=“http://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploadsIMG_2394.jpg” border=“0” alt=“IMG 2394” width=“600” height=“450” />


2018/04/12 23:34

Looking for a Mooring

map from http://www.gloucesterdocks.me.uk/gloucester/docks.htm#Victoria%20DockWith my getting a job, which is 35 miles from my parents (about the same distance as CCFE was) and since I can now afford to live on a boat again :) a number of people have said that it is better to look for a mooring first; so a quick goggle I found that there are spaces at Victoria Basin in Gloucester Docks.

On Monday I plan to pop up there; and have a look round, as when I phoned BWML I was told they had a number of Grade 1 moorings available, Grade 1 moorings are £152 per meter, per year:

Non residential approved status moorings, allowing unlimited leisure use within the marina. The vessel will be accommodated within the marina for 365 days within any one year.

This is not a 365 day residential mooring although stays on boats summer and winter is an expectation.

Vessels will regularly leave berths to refuel, pump out and cruise.

Service provision provided with a Grade One status berth will be:

  • Unlimited access to the vessel (Non Residential Status)
  • Maximum 16 amp electrical supply (chargeable)
  • Water connection all year round (subject to underground freezing caused by severe weather conditions)
  • Non-Free Parking arranged
  • Storage box provided (subject to space availability) and site location
  • Free use of site facilities, some items are chargeable (laundrette, pump out etc)
  • TV Ariel distribution to the craft (if available by the Utility Company)
  • Telephone distribution to the craft (if available by the Utility Company)
  • Sites accommodating up to 150 berths a minimum part time (10 hrs per week) customer/maintenance worker, above 150 berths a full time employee (37 hrs per week)
  • The ability for post handling.
  • BWML Chandlery delivery service direct from Sawley Marina, 10% discount on orders, terms and conditions apply, (check with Sawley Marina or your local marina office discount arranged prior to order), delivery charges applicable
  • Industry assessment adopted for pontoon design
  • Emergency call provision (Free phone Canals 0800 47999 47 ¿or 01923 201120 in Office Hours?)
  • Ombudsman Complaints Procedure
  • Domestic waste removal from the marina. This does not include house waste ie. Furniture, carpets, white goods or electrical equipment.
  • 6 weeks on hard standing subject to marina facility (lifting fees applicable), additional weeks are chargeable at appropriate rates (subject to Marina location).

I have a motor cycle so shan't need to use the car parking all that much. from what Victoria Marina looks nice and clean, close to the Bus Station, and the Railway Station with London being about 2 to 3 hours away, So not badly placed to escape to London from, Bristol and Birmingham are about an hour away.

Also on monday may have a quick look at the Sharpness Canal.

2018/04/12 23:34

Today I went for a job interview with <a href=“http://www.pennantplc.co.uk/”>Pennant Training Systems</a>; I felt the interview went very well, what I was not prepared for was for less than two hours after the interview finishing being called by the agency and being offered the job of “Junior System Design Analyst” with a start date and everything! so on Wednesday 4th January 2012, I will be employed; the job is working in their Gloucester offices, working in the aerospace sector.

This is my Third interview since becoming <a href=“http://skippy.org.uk/jobless-skippy-is-sans-job/”>Sans Job</a>; I am still to get any feedback from the second interview… …however if they do offer me a position I will have to politely decline.

2018/04/12 23:34

There are a number of Blogs that  I follow on the subject of Cycling:

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And one of the things that is sometimes worth a look is Warrington Cycle Campaign's “Cycle Facility of the Month”.

This is one that I saw today while on my way to my interview:

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Yep; this lack of sheffield stands, or any thing to lean, lock or attach a bike to is reserved for staff bikes only…

This wonderful display of cycling facilities is in Cheltenham town Gloucester city centre, near the bus station, opposite the railway station.

2018/04/12 23:34

The Greenbelt office Christmas Tree, complete with Baubles, one of which is a Death Star

<img style=“margin-left: auto;margin-right: auto” src=“http://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploadsIMG_2276.jpg” border=“0” alt=“IMG 2276” width=“450” height=“600” /><img style=“margin-left: auto;margin-right: auto” src=“http://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploadsIMG_2277.jpg” border=“0” alt=“IMG 2277” width=“450” height=“600” /><img style=“margin-left: auto;margin-right: auto” src=“http://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploadsIMG_22771.jpg” border=“0” alt=“IMG 2277” width=“450” height=“600” />

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2018/04/12 23:34

Dear Michael Francis Middleton, and Carole Elizabeth Middleton (née Goldsmith);

Please find attached an invoice to compensate myself for the loss of earnings for Friday 29 April 2011; I like other people in this country am a contractor, this means that as someone who is unsalaried I get paid by the hour.

On Friday 29th your daughter; Catherine Elizabeth “Kate” Middleton is to marry Prince William of Wales (William Arthur Philip Louis) at Westminster Abbey. This day has now been declared as being a Bank Holiday; as such my place of employment will be closed; and I will be required to take the day off as Annual Leave.

My rate is £90 per day; before tax; I look forward to receiving your compensation via BACS.

Kind Regards


2018/04/12 23:34

Today I am Pirating with a number of #BoatsThatTweet in Oxford, <a href=“twitter.com/Galoot”>@Galoot</a> (<a href=“http://pschenk.wordpress.com/”>Cat Who Laughed</a>) and <a href=“twitter.com/Gbilder”>@Gbilder</a> of <a href=“twitter.com/nb_coqui”>@nb_coqui</a>, and @OdyAuto of @workboatpug on the <a href=“http://twtvite.com/OWCTGT”>http://twtvite.com/OWCTGT</a> Here are some fun photos from the trip up so far :) <img style=“margin-left: auto;margin-right: auto” src=“http://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploadsIMG_2244.jpg” border=“0” alt=“IMG 2244” width=“600” height=“450” /> <img style=“margin-left: auto;margin-right: auto” src=“http://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploadsIMG_2245.jpg” border=“0” alt=“IMG 2245” width=“600” height=“450” /> Lunch at the Isis Farmhouse at Iffly Lock <img style=“margin-left: auto;margin-right: auto” src=“http://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploadsIMG_2246.jpg” border=“0” alt=“IMG 2246” width=“600” height=“450” /> After getting back on WorkBoat Pug <img style=“margin-left: auto;margin-right: auto” src=“http://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploadsIMG_2247.jpg” border=“0” alt=“IMG 2247” width=“600” height=“450” /> <img style=“margin-left: auto;margin-right: auto” src=“http://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploadsIMG_2248.jpg” border=“0” alt=“IMG 2248” width=“600” height=“450” /> <img style=“margin-left: auto;margin-right: auto” src=“http://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploadsIMG_2249.jpg” border=“0” alt=“IMG 2249” width=“600” height=“450” /> <img style=“margin-left: auto;margin-right: auto” src=“http://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploadsIMG_2250.jpg” border=“0” alt=“IMG 2250” width=“600” height=“450” /> <img style=“margin-left: auto;margin-right: auto” src=“http://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploadsIMG_2251.jpg” border=“0” alt=“IMG 2251” width=“600” height=“450” /> <img style=“margin-left: auto;margin-right: auto” src=“http://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploadsIMG_2252.jpg” border=“0” alt=“IMG 2252” width=“450” height=“600” /> <img style=“margin-left: auto;margin-right: auto” src=“http://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploadsIMG_2253.jpg” border=“0” alt=“IMG 2253” width=“600” height=“450” /> Now sat at the Folly Bridge Inn in Oxford, Workboat pug has her mast up :) <img style=“margin-left: auto;margin-right: auto” src=“http://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploadsIMG_2274.jpg” border=“0” alt=“IMG 2274” width=“600” height=“450” /> we have also be joined by <a href=“twitter.com/katesparkle”>@katesparkle</a> and <a href=“twitter.com/joolsteare”>@joolsteare</a> <img style=“margin-left: auto;margin-right: auto” src=“http://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploadsIMG_2254.jpg” border=“0” alt=“IMG 2254” width=“600” height=“450” /><img style=“margin-left: auto;margin-right: auto” src=“http://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploadsIMG_2255.jpg” border=“0” alt=“IMG 2255” width=“600” height=“450” /><img style=“margin-left: auto;margin-right: auto” src=“http://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploadsIMG_2256.jpg” border=“0” alt=“IMG 2256” width=“600” height=“450” /><img style=“margin-left: auto;margin-right: auto” src=“http://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploadsIMG_2257.jpg” border=“0” alt=“IMG 2257” width=“600” height=“450” /><img style=“margin-left: auto;margin-right: auto” src=“http://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploadsIMG_2258.jpg” border=“0” alt=“IMG 2258” width=“600” height=“450” /><img style=“margin-left: auto;margin-right: auto” src=“http://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploadsIMG_2259.jpg” border=“0” alt=“IMG 2259” width=“600” height=“450” /><img style=“margin-left: auto;margin-right: auto” src=“http://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploadsIMG_2260.jpg” border=“0” alt=“IMG 2260” width=“600” height=“450” /><img style=“margin-left: auto;margin-right: auto” src=“http://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploadsIMG_2261.jpg” border=“0” alt=“IMG 2261” width=“600” height=“450” /><img style=“margin-left: auto;margin-right: auto” src=“http://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploadsIMG_2262.jpg” border=“0” alt=“IMG 2262” width=“600” height=“450” /><img style=“margin-left: auto;margin-right: auto” src=“http://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploadsIMG_2263.jpg” border=“0” alt=“IMG 2263” width=“600” height=“450” /><img style=“margin-left: auto;margin-right: auto” src=“http://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploadsIMG_2264.jpg” border=“0” alt=“IMG 2264” width=“600” height=“450” /><img style=“margin-left: auto;margin-right: auto” src=“http://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploadsIMG_2265.jpg” border=“0” alt=“IMG 2265” width=“600” height=“450” /><img style=“margin-left: auto;margin-right: auto” src=“http://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploadsIMG_2266.jpg” border=“0” alt=“IMG 2266” width=“600” height=“450” /><img style=“margin-left: auto;margin-right: auto” src=“http://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploadsIMG_2267.jpg” border=“0” alt=“IMG 2267” width=“600” height=“450” /><img style=“margin-left: auto;margin-right: auto” src=“http://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploadsIMG_2268.jpg” border=“0” alt=“IMG 2268” width=“600” height=“450” /><img style=“margin-left: auto;margin-right: auto” src=“http://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploadsIMG_2269.jpg” border=“0” alt=“IMG 2269” width=“600” height=“450” /><img style=“margin-left: auto;margin-right: auto” src=“http://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploadsIMG_2270.jpg” border=“0” alt=“IMG 2270” width=“450” height=“600” /><img style=“margin-left: auto;margin-right: auto” src=“http://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploadsIMG_2271.jpg” border=“0” alt=“IMG 2271” width=“450” height=“600” /><img style=“margin-left: auto;margin-right: auto” src=“http://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploadsIMG_2272.jpg” border=“0” alt=“IMG 2272” width=“600” height=“450” /><img style=“margin-left: auto;margin-right: auto” src=“http://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploadsIMG_2273.jpg” border=“0” alt=“IMG 2273” width=“600” height=“450” />

2018/04/12 23:34

Back when I <a title=“Ouch; falling off Steph” href=“http://skippy.org.uk/ouch-falling-off-steph/”>fell off Steph</a>, I wrote off my helmet and gloves

<a href=“http://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploads20111116-135552.jpg”><img class=“aligncenter size-large wp-image-1521” src=“http://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploads20111116-135552-1024x768.jpg” alt=“” width=“660” height=“495” /></a>well today I bought new gloves and helmet

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<a href=“http://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploads20111201-193104.jpg”><img class=“alignnone size-full” src=“http://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploads20111201-193104.jpg” alt=“20111201-193104.jpg” /></a>

<a href=“http://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploads20111201-193128.jpg”><img class=“alignnone size-full” src=“http://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploads20111201-193128.jpg” alt=“20111201-193128.jpg” /></a>So I should be back on Steph soon after the pins are taken out of my hand in two weeks time.

2018/04/12 23:34

<a href=“http://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploadsYamaha-SR125.gif”><img class=“alignright size-full wp-image-1420” src=“http://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploadsYamaha-SR125.gif” alt=“” width=“308” height=“216” /></a>The Bike that Azz and I looked at today in Carterton is a <a href=“http://skippy.org.uk/tag/sr125”>Yamaha SR125</a>; mine does not look like the one to the Right.

The SR125 is sold as a learner or commuter bike, the page for the Yamaha SR125 on the manufacturers site states:

Easy to manoeuvre, simple to use and featuring an electric starter and enclosed drive chain, the Yamaha SR125 is an ideal machine for new riders and commuters. Driven by a highly reliable 125 cc 4-stroke engine that produces a smooth band of power, this economical motorcycle is one of the most rider friendly bikes in the class. Natural riding position, slightly raised handlebars and pillion grab rail make for high levels of comfort for you and your passenger, while the low seat height and compact dimensions ensure lightweight handling around town.

And in other places listed as:

Totally reliable learner legal motorbike, seems to be the prefered choise of the majority of Motorcycle schools as it is virtually indestructable.A light easy to ride 5 speed electric start bike that will rarely let you down.

Hopefully it will put up with my riding style, i.e. 100 odd miles in a single trip, with no stops. It is being Delivered to Azz's tomorrow about 14:00 so I will get some Photos then, and be fixing the broken throttle cable.

The specification of the Yamaha SR125 is:


<ul> <li>4-stroke , SOHC , air-cooled</li> <li>Cylinder arrangement Forward Inclined Single Cylinder</li> <li>Displacement 124 cc</li> <li>Bore x Stroke 57 x 48.8 mm</li> <li>Compression Ratio 10:1</li> <li>Maximum power 12 HP (8.8 kW) @ 8500 rpm</li> <li>Maximum Torque 1 kg-m (9.8 Nm) @ 8000 rpm</li> <li>Electric Start</li> <li>Wet sump Lubrication</li> <li>Carburation TEIKEI Y24P/1</li> <li>Primary Reduction Ratio 73/22 (3.318)</li> <li>Secondary Reduction Ratio 49/14 (3.500)</li> <li>Wet sump clutch</li> <li>Constant mesh 5-speed gear box</li> <li>Gear Ratios <ul> <li>1st 36/16 (2.250)</li> <li>2nd 31/21 (1.476)</li> <li>3rd 27/24 (1.125)</li> <li>4th 25/27 (0.926)</li> <li>5th 23/29 (0.793)</li> </ul> </li> <li>CDI Ignition System</li> <li>Chain Final Transmission</li> </ul>


<ul> <li>Overall Length 1915 mm</li> <li>Overall Width 775 mm</li> <li>Overall Height 1080 mm</li> <li>Seat Height 745 mm</li> <li>Wheelbase 1280 mm</li> <li>Minimum Ground Clearance 155 mm</li> <li>Dry Weight 106 kg</li> <li>Frame Type Diamond</li> <li>Caster Angle 26.75°</li> <li>Trail 90 mm</li> <li>Fuel Tank Capacity 10 L</li> <li>Front Suspension Telescopic fork</li> <li>Front Shock Absorber Coil Spring Oil Damper</li> <li>Rear Suspension Swinging arm</li> <li>Rear Shock Absorber Coil Spring Oil Damper</li> <li>Front Wheel 17 X 1.60</li> <li>Front Wheel Travel 120 mm</li> <li>Rear Wheel 16 X 1085</li> <li>Rear Wheel Travel 78 mm</li> <li>Front Brake Single disc, 267 mm diam</li> <li>Rear Brake Drum</li> <li>Front tyre 3.00-17 45P</li> <li>Rear tyre 3.50-16 52P</li> </ul>


2018/04/12 23:34

<img style=“margin-left: auto;margin-right: auto;border: 0px initial initial” src=“http://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploadsWilts-and-Berks-Canal.jpg” border=“0” alt=“Wilts and Berks Canal” width=“600” height=“342” />

This is my wondering the other way along the Wilts and Berks Canal from Purton Road Bridge into West Swindon, this should be from just south of the number 5.

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The Cycle path at this point crosses the line of the canal; so for the cut to be continued south there will need to be a change of alignment.

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this leads up to a signpost showing where all the cycle paths in this area lead

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The line towards west mead is an off road cycle track; at the top of an embankment, with the river ray at the bottom;

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Where the cycle path crosses under the railway there seems to be two arches on the bridge

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<div>Slightly further south is more evidence that I am on the right path <div><img style=“margin-left: auto;margin-right: auto” src=“http://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploadsIMG_2141.jpg” border=“0” alt=“IMG 2141” width=“600” height=“450” /> <div><img style=“margin-left: auto;margin-right: auto” src=“http://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploadsIMG_2142.jpg” border=“0” alt=“IMG 2142” width=“600” height=“450” /> <div>However after this point I lost the alignment; so I went to town to see what books I could get from the library on the subject of the wilts and berks canal.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/0853615624/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=skippyorguk-21&linkCode=as2&camp=1634&creative=19450&creativeASIN=0853615624<img style=“float: left” src=“http://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploadsThe-Wilts-and-Berks-Canal.jpg” border=“0” alt=“The Wilts and Berks Canal” width=“114” height=“160” /></a>

<img style=“float: right” src=“http://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploadsswindonandcricklade2_300.jpeg” border=“0” alt=“Swindonandcricklade2 300” width=“300” height=“288” />

At the Library I found L.J. Dalby's Wilts and Berks Canal (Canal histories) so I will have to have a read of this; and see if I can work out the alignment; also in the library are copes of the restoration feasibility studies.

In the same evening I went along to the Swindon Branch Wilts and Berks Canal Trust meeting; and may now be going to help with the restoration on the Sunday. (yes there will be a post).

2018/04/12 23:34

<a href=“http://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploads701A7CD9BC70EBA09D105AE9BFD63F0A.jpeg”><img class=“aligncenter size-full wp-image-1277” src=“http://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploads701A7CD9BC70EBA09D105AE9BFD63F0A.jpeg” alt=“” width=“500” height=“675” /></a>

My Movember page is <a href=“http://mobro.co/skippyuk”>here</a>, if you wish to donate;

<a href=“http://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploadsIMG_2132.jpg”><img class=“aligncenter size-large wp-image-1285” src=“http://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploadsIMG_2132-768x1024.jpg” alt=“” width=“660” height=“880” /></a>

This is me on Day One; as you can see my face is naked and sans hair; oh and my hair is currently Purple (<a href=“http://skippy.org.uk/tag/task-49/”>task 49</a>) :)

2018/04/12 23:34

For those of you who played <a title=“Guess Where…” href=“http://skippy.org.uk/guess-where%e2%80%a6/”>Guess where</a>, this is the post that will answer that.

<img style=“margin-left: auto;margin-right: auto” src=“http://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploadsWilts-and-Berks-Canal.jpg” alt=“Wilts and Berks Canal” width=“600” height=“342” border=“0” />

Over on <a href=“http://nbthegreenman.blogspot.com/”>nbtheGreenMan's blog</a> Suzanne has been blogging about her <a href=“http://nbthegreenman.blogspot.com/2011/10/preserving-old-ways-wilts-berks-canal.html”>wondering the Wilts & Berks Canal</a>, Her post and photos are of the Abingdon end of the canal (in Oxon…) Since I am back in Swindon, due to <a title=“Jobless Skippy is Sans Job” href=“http://skippy.org.uk/jobless-skippy-is-sans-job/”>my employment status</a>; and I have some time on my hands;

Its been a while since I had been out on my bike; so I went for a wonder over the top of the hill to see how far I could get on the canal towpath, unlike the section Suzanne wondered, the part I went along is supposed to be restored…

…Starting at just south of the number 5 next to the spot hight of 320 I will be travailing north along the branch up to the thames at Eysey.

<img style=“margin-left: auto;margin-right: auto” src=“http://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploadsIMG_2084.jpg” alt=“IMG 2084” width=“600” height=“450” border=“0” />

This is the south end of the route where I started, this culvert was built at the same time as the under path for the foot/cycle way when the new road layout was built, the name for this is “Purton Road Bridge”

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<img style=“margin-left: auto;margin-right: auto” src=“http://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploadsIMG_2086.jpg” alt=“IMG 2086” width=“600” height=“450” border=“0” />

The cycle path and Canal at this point are both at the same level; I guess the path is the same depth as the canal bed

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<img style=“margin-left: auto;margin-right: auto” src=“http://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploadsIMG_2088.jpg” alt=“IMG 2088” width=“600” height=“450” border=“0” />

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As you can see the canal is backfilled with plants; and very little water, so thats no fun. however the track next to it is level and smooth.

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on the other side of the hedge to the left is also a good cycle/bridle/access road

<img style=“margin-left: auto;margin-right: auto” src=“http://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploadsIMG_2090.jpg” alt=“IMG 2090” width=“450” height=“600” border=“0” /><img style=“margin-left: auto;margin-right: auto” src=“http://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploadsIMG_2091.jpg” alt=“IMG 2091” width=“600” height=“450” border=“0” /><img style=“margin-left: auto;margin-right: auto” src=“http://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploadsIMG_2092.jpg” alt=“IMG 2092” width=“600” height=“450” border=“0” /><img style=“margin-left: auto;margin-right: auto” src=“http://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploadsIMG_2093.jpg” alt=“IMG 2093” width=“450” height=“600” border=“0” /><img style=“margin-left: auto;margin-right: auto” src=“http://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploadsIMG_2094.jpg” alt=“IMG 2094” width=“450” height=“600” border=“0” /><img style=“margin-left: auto;margin-right: auto” src=“http://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploadsIMG_2095.jpg” alt=“IMG 2095” width=“450” height=“600” border=“0” /><img style=“margin-left: auto;margin-right: auto” src=“http://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploadsIMG_2096.jpg” alt=“IMG 2096” width=“450” height=“600” border=“0” /><img style=“margin-left: auto;margin-right: auto” src=“http://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploadsIMG_2097.jpg” alt=“IMG 2097” width=“450” height=“600” border=“0” /><img style=“margin-left: auto;margin-right: auto” src=“http://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploadsIMG_2098.jpg” alt=“IMG 2098” width=“600” height=“450” border=“0” /><img style=“margin-left: auto;margin-right: auto” src=“http://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploadsIMG_20992.jpg” alt=“IMG 2099” width=“600” height=“450” border=“0” />Other than the half restored lock there is very little worth looking at on the canal; at this point

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Aqueduct over the River Ray; this seems to be the end of the route that can be followed, as after this it runs into a hedge row;

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After a bit of random cycling around I did come across some more evince of the canal

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I will be out on my bike again soon to look for more.

On tuesday I will be going to the <a href=“http://wbct.org.uk/”>Wilts & Berks Canal Trust</a> Meeting in Swindon.

2018/04/12 23:34

<img style=“margin-left: auto;margin-right: auto” src=“http://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/The-Adventures-of-Sherlcok-Holmes.png” alt=“The Adventures of Sherlcok Holmes.png” width=“105” height=“160” align=“left” border=“0” />Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's <a href=“http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/140271453X/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=skippyorguk-21&linkCode=as2&camp=1634&creative=19450&creativeASIN=140271453X”>The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes</a> (free Kindle edition) is available as a free Kindle book;

I started reading it on my Mac, and iPhone; but with the purchase of <a title=“New Kindle” href=“http://skippy.org.uk/new-kindle/”>my Kindle</a>, I found reading to be easer; however I do have a slight complaint about the typos:

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With the completion of this book it means I am only a fair about behind; hopefully I can get the <a title=“Book 8 – The Sexual Life of Catherine M” href=“/book-8-the-sexual-life-of-catherine-m/”>Sexual Life of Catherine M</a> finished soon. and then that will mean I only have 70 books to do in three months; although I suppose there is another year next year to try and complete the 100+ Challenge.

2018/04/12 23:34

My new <a href=“http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0051QVF7A/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=skippyorguk-21&linkCode=as2&camp=1634&creative=19450&creativeASIN=B0051QVF7A”>Kindle</a> came today :) <a href=“http://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploadsIMG_2055.jpg”><img class=“aligncenter size-medium wp-image-1177” src=“http://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploadsIMG_2055-225x300.jpg” alt=“” width=“225” height=“300” /></a>Very small box; not much bigger than the Kindle, Amazon like minimalist packaging :) It looks like they have been talking to Apple.

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The Kindle comes nicely wrapped in a box with the instructions in the lid; and the charging cable under the eBook reader in the tray.

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The Instructions on the screen leave you with no need to guess what to do next…

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Plug it in, and it changes the screen, letting you know its alive, then after a few moments it will walk you through the process of setting it up on the wireless network.<a href=“http://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploads100_0698.jpg”><img class=“aligncenter size-medium wp-image-1176” src=“http://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/100_0698-300x233.jpg” alt=“” width=“300” height=“233” /></a>

This is my new Kindle next to my mum's Kindle Keyboard 3G

<a href=“http://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploads100_0699.jpg”><img class=“aligncenter size-medium wp-image-1181” src=“http://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/100_0699-214x300.jpg” alt=“” width=“214” height=“300” /></a>The screen is awesome; however the lack of back lighting makes it hard to read in low light. so will have to still use my iPhone in bed.

2018/04/12 23:34

Further to my letter to Justin Tomlinson MP, I got this cover letter:

The Government recognises the importance of the rights of those who live on and use the inland waterways. We have had a number of responses to the consultation from those living on the waterways about the setting up of the New Waterways Charity (NWC) and will be responding to these fully during the autumn, along with other comments we have received.

However, I would emphasise that the transfer order will not increase the enforcement powers that enable BW to carry out its current duties.

Further public consultation on the NWC, in the context of the necessary legislation to transfer powers and duties to the new charity, will take place in the autumn.

So I assume that means that we have nothing to be afraid of from the New Waterways Charity… oh and it has a name “Canal and River Trust”

2018/04/12 23:34

<a href=“http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/0735642281/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=skippyorguk-21&linkCode=as2&camp=1634&creative=19450&creativeASIN=0735642281”><img class=“alignleft size-full wp-image-1104” src=“http://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploads41luNYNqTdL._SL160_.jpg” alt=“” width=“160” height=“128” /></a> <a href=“http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/0735642281/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=skippyorguk-21&linkCode=as2&camp=1634&creative=19450&creativeASIN=0735642281”>Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Plain & Simple</a> is a work book.

One of the fun things I have been involved with is the long running <a href=“http://www.alfresco.com/”>Alfresco</a> vrs Microsoft SharePoint Fiasco, Recently we have finally decided on using MicroSoft SharePoint Foundations rather than some of the commercial versions.

This book is not one I would ever read for fun, however as a guide it does very well for showing me how to use Sharepoint; although it is aimed at a Windows 7 Office 2010 desktop deployment; not Windows XP with Office 2002, or Office XP (2003).

2018/04/12 23:34

While in Plymouth Last weekend I bought my self a new Macbook Pro Laptop; this will replace both my Desktop (a Mac Mini) and my old Laptop; an Advent 4211 netbook.

I am currently in the process of moving all files and settings from my two old computers; as well as files stored on two external drives, and other media; as well as de-duplicating files.

So thats another one of my <a title=“Day Zero Project” rel=“self” href=“miscellaneous/day-zero/”>Day Zero - 101 things in 1001</a> Days challenge complete.

2018/04/12 23:34

My suzuki-marauder has been stolen from my Friends Garage in Penhill, Swindon.

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Suzuki Marauder Gz125 reg V937GLH

Also stolen was Azz's Kawasaki Klr 250 reg J706MLF

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If you have any details please contact me; or contact Wiltshire Police Crime ref 54110079557.

2018/04/12 23:34

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2018/04/12 23:34

[caption id=“attachment_7672” align=“alignright” width=“150”]<a href=“https://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/raspbian_os.jpg”><img class=“size-thumbnail wp-image-7672” src=“https://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/raspbian_os-150x150.jpg” alt=“Raspbian OS Logo” width=“150” height=“150” /></a> Raspbian OS Logo[/caption]

A while ago I made <a href=“https://skippy.org.uk/installing-raspbian-on-a-r-pi/”>some videos</a> of writing a Raspbian to a SD card for use with a Raspberry Pi,

I am on a mac, which makes my life much easer as there is now an awesome tool called <a href=“https://www.tweaking4all.com/software/macosx-software/macosx-apple-pi-baker/”>ApplePi-Baker</a> that makes making SD cards much easer than DD (its also a lot lot faster) .



2018/04/12 23:34

We took delivery of the <a href=“https://skippy.org.uk/the-butterflies-are-here-from-insectlore/”>The Butterflies</a>, and have taken some photos of both the <a href=“https://skippy.org.uk/category/projects/butterfly/”>caterpillars,</a> and <a href=“https://miniboygeek.com/”>MiniBoyGeek</a>'s <a href=“https://skippy.org.uk/?s=sunflowers”>Sunflowers</a>, however a time laps camera would have been much cooler! When it was on Kickstarter I picked up a <a href=“https://smarticase.com/collections/all/products/smartipi-kit-3”>SmartiPi case</a> for the Raspberry Pi (<a href=“https://shop.pimoroni.com/products/smartipi-case-for-raspberry-pi”>UK supplier</a>) which is an awesome little case.

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I have put <a href=“https://skippy.org.uk/sd-card-and-headless-on-a-raspberry-pi/”>Raspbian on a blank card, and set up SSH access</a>, firing up SSH it gives you the following warning:

[code]SSH is enabled and the default password for the 'pi' user has not been changed. This is a security risk - please login as the 'pi' user and type 'passwd' to set a new password.[/code]

Since my pi is going to live behind a NAT or two, I shall not worry too much about this at the moment, however I do have some other things to do first: [code]sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get upgrade sudo apt-get dist-upgrade sudo raspi-config[/code] My choices for raspi-config are as follows: [gallery type=“rectangular” ids=“13357,13358,13359,13360,13361,13362,13363,13364,13365,13366,13367,13368,13369,13370,13371,13372”]

now you have your Pi setup, its worth testing the camera to make sure its 'happy', using the command

raspistill -o cam.jpg

you can take a single photo and have it saved to the file



I want my time laps to take a photo every minute or so, I want it to start automagically after a powercycle, and just get on with it, so the best place to start my script is via the cron tab, to edit the crontab use the command

crontab -e

(I use nano). At the bottom of that file I will add the following line

* * * * * /home/pi/camera.sh 2&gt;&amp;1
2018/04/12 23:34

A LONG time ago I disassembled a <a href=“https://skippy.org.uk/cheep-chinese-camera/”>Cheep Chinese Camera</a>, I may have accidental blown it up by over volting it (apparently 12V DC was the wrong voltage). since then it has been sat in my desk in parts, for a while I had been pondering what the thing between the the lens and the PCB was, I assumed it was an Iris, however looking closer at it, it is a chromatic glass IR filter.

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2018/04/12 23:34

<a href=“http://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploadsIMG_1886.jpg”><img class=“alignleft size-medium wp-image-1081” src=“http://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploadsIMG_1886-300x225.jpg” alt=“Whilton Marina boats” width=“300” height=“225” /></a>Yesterday I went up to Whilton Marina to look at the boats they have up there; while looking around came across one I thought had an amusing name based on where I work: <a href=“http://www.whiltonmarina.co.uk/used-narrowboats/details/1997.aspx”>nbSu-paFusion</a>.

While there I had a look on 5 boats; Here are the 5 boats I looked at with my thoughts;


<a href=“http://www.whiltonmarina.co.uk/used-narrowboats/details/1790.aspx”>nbKiaOra</a> had a huge covered Cratch that would have been perfect for transporting <a href=“http://skippy.org.uk/tag/motor-cycle/”>my bike</a> in; however like most of the boats I saw yesterday she was also very narrow at shoulder hight.

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<a href=“http://www.whiltonmarina.co.uk/used-narrowboats/details/1949.aspx”>nbArwyn</a> is a very pretty, however I am not sure about the position of the galley; its right at the stern past the bedroom.

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<a href=“http://www.whiltonmarina.co.uk/used-narrowboats/details/1981.aspx”>nbCoCoperation</a> has lots of space, but double bed, or even space for one.

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<a href=“http://www.whiltonmarina.co.uk/used-narrowboats/details/1746.aspx”>nbMylindi</a> bunk beds only :(

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<a href=“http://www.whiltonmarina.co.uk/used-narrowboats/details/1932.aspx”>nbWindsor</a> is now under offer.

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However none of them were really what I was looking for, so in the end I will still have to keep looking I guess;

I have a few other places to look, I will make some phone calls today. and sort of half hope that <a title=“nbLizzyDripping” href=“http://skippy.org.uk/nblizzydripping/”>nbLizzyDripping</a> comes back up on market.

I should be getting two more books soon, <a href=“http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/0752445197/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=skippyorguk-21&linkCode=as2&camp=1634&creative=19450&creativeASIN=0752445197”>Living Aboard</a> and <a href=“http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/0956085520/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=skippyorguk-21&linkCode=as2&camp=1634&creative=19450&creativeASIN=0956085520”>The Canal Boat Manual</a> they should be quite helpful.

2018/04/12 23:34

This is the quickest I have got a camera onto my desk and working, This camera is a 'Dahua DH-SD29204T-GN 2Mp Network Mini IP Speed Dome 4x optical zoom PTZ ip camera built-in MIC SD29204T-GN' I can't see it on Amazon, but it is on <a href=“https://www.aliexpress.com/store/product/Dahua-original-English-version-SD29204S-GN-2Mp-Network-Mini-IR-30M-IP-Speed-Dome-4x-optical/1282343_32657629346.html”>Aliexpress</a> (<a href=“https://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/SD29204T-GN-W_Datasheet_20160928.pdf”>SD29204T-GN-W Data sheet</a>).

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Powering it up using a <a href=“http://amzn.to/2nOVIjn”>PoE Injector</a> (802.3af) I went for a hunt on the network for the device (I love <a href=“https://www.fing.io/#fingapp”>Fing</a> on my phone), it is at with the username admin and password admin. Like normal I have to use IE (not edge) to use it, as it installs a small helper app.

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Using my port scanner I have found that it has the following ports open:


  <li>Port 23 (TCP) - Telnet (I don't know the credentials yet).</li>
  <li>Port 80 - HTTPD</li>
  <li>Port 554 (TCP) - RTSP (video feed)</li>
  <li>Port 3800 (TCP) - not sure</li>
  <li>Port 5000 (TCP) - not sure</li>


I have the two RTSP feeds :)


  <li>rtsp://admin:[email protected]:554/cam/realmonitor?channel=1&amp;subtype=0</li>
  <li>rtsp://admin:[email protected]:554/cam/realmonitor?channel=1&amp;subtype=1</li>


That is all I will be doing with it at the moment, but I may get to have a more in-depth play later; if you know any thing more about this camera, please drop things in the comments section below :)

2018/04/12 23:34

[caption width=“300” id=“attachment_12406” align=“alignright”]<a href=“https://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/img_8087.jpg”><img class=“size-medium wp-image-12406” src=“https://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/img_8087-300x225.jpg” alt=“Tas reading 'Where's My Cow'” width=“300” height=“225”></a> Tas reading 'Where's My Cow'[/caption]<a href=“http://tamarisk.it”>Tas</a> has been reading to MiniBoyGeek tonight. The photo is taken with her reading “<a href=“http://amzn.to/2neyCRE”>Where's My Cow</a>” by Terry Pratchett. Like Sam Vimes, Tas is good at doing the noises!

2018/04/12 23:34

I have been playing about with Fusion 360, one of thrings you will need to include before very long is a fixing, even if you can 3D print everything in your design at some point you will want to stick two parts together at which point you will need a bolt or a screw.&nbsp;

This took me a while to find in Fusion 360 as it is not a work flow that instantly jumped out as how it would work. I also for a fair while thought about drawing my own bolts, but I reasoned that someone else must have done the drawings first.&nbsp;


2018/04/12 23:34

Well that is MiniBoyGeek up to <a href=“https://skippy.org.uk/fixing-an-duplo-intelli-train/”>three working electric Lego Duplo locomotives</a>, only the Chinese one to go…


I spoke to the seller:


  <li>&gt; Item died within 10 minutes of putting batteries into it. refund required.</li>
  <li>&gt; I am still awaiting a response to my question re refund or replacement</li>
  <li>&lt; Dear Customer,

&lt; Thank you very much for your message and purchasing from us. &lt; Could you please change the batteries and check it again? &lt; Kind regards,</li>

  <li>&gt; I have switched the batteries from a working Duplo locomotive to the unit as sold. After the swap the Duplo loco operates as desired. Performance of your unit is the same. (Including a link to the above video)</li>
  <li>&lt; Dear Customer,

&lt; Thank you very much for your message. &lt; Sometimes it takes time from manufacturing to end-user, and batteries dont work well. Please kindly use genuine brand new batteries for your item. &lt; Kind regards,</li>

  <li>&gt; Please assume that I know how cells work.

> See video (link to video again)</li>

  <li>&lt; Dear Customer,

&lt; Thank you very much for your message. &lt; We sent a replacement engine to you including prepaid return label to send the faulty one back to us. We should be much obliged if you would drop the parcel in any Royal Mail offices. &lt; Please kindly accept our apology for this inconvenience. &lt;Kind regards,</li> </ul>

Drat there was me hoping I could keep the dead one for Autopsy :( and for not so supper secret plans:

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Oh well in the mean time, More p-way observations:

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Barbury Castle is an Iron Age hill fort situated in Wiltshire, England. It is one of several such forts found along the ancient Ridgeway route. The site, which lies within the Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, has been managed as a country park by Swindon Borough Council since 1971. It is situated on Barbury Hill, a local vantage point, which, under ideal weather conditions, commands a view across to the Cotswolds and the River Severn. It has two deep defensive ditches and ramparts. The Old Ridgeway runs close by and the modern Ridgeway crosses through the castle. In the surrounding area are to be found round barrows, Celtic field systems and 18th-19th Century flint workings.

However when we went up the hill it was a little cold and windy

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[caption id=“attachment_11654” align=“alignright” width=“300”]<a href=“https://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/MCN-Gerber-Viewer.jpg”><img class=“size-medium wp-image-11654” src=“https://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/MCN-Gerber-Viewer-300x226.jpg” alt=“MCN Gerber Viewer” width=“300” height=“226” /></a> MCN Gerber Viewer[/caption]

I found MCN Gerber Viewer, at <a href=“http://www.mcn-audio.com/sharewares/”>this site</a>, it is an OS X application for viewing and printing Gerber files, the zip of the app is <a href=“https://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/Gerber_Viewer.app_.zip”>Mirrored here</a>.

I have been working on PCBs more frequently, and along with Eagle this is a useful tool.

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[caption id=“attachment_11414” align=“alignright” width=“300”]<a href=“https://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/wiring-up.jpg”><img class=“wp-image-11414 size-medium” src=“https://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/wiring-up-300x225.jpg” alt=“Programing an ATtiny85 with an Arduino Uno” width=“300” height=“225” /></a> Programing an ATtiny85 with an Arduino Uno[/caption]

Normaly I would use a <a href=“https://skippy.org.uk/cheep-chinese-camera/”>cheap chineese clone</a>, but I had an official Arduino Uno available, The process should be the same no matter which you use.

Now given that an Chineese clone of the Uno is about £3 you may wonder why you would want to use a £1.20 ATtiny85? While the ATtiny85 has a very limited amount of resources available, it is perfect for embedding into tiny projects where there are no requirments for the additional pins, ram, etc.

[caption id=“attachment_11415” align=“aligncenter” width=“458”]<a href=“https://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/ATtiny45-85.jpg”><img class=“size-full wp-image-11415” src=“https://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/ATtiny45-85.jpg” alt=“ATtiny45/85 pinout” width=“458” height=“164” /></a> ATtiny45/85 pinout[/caption]

<h2>Configuring Arduino Uno as a ISP (In-System Programming)</h2>

To program the ATtiny85 we need to first set Arduino Uno in ISP mode. Connect your Arduino Uno to the PC. Open Arduino IDE and open the ArduinoISP example file (

File &gt; Examples &gt; ArduinoISP

) and upload it.

<h2>Adding ATtiny85 Support to Arduino IDE</h2>

By default the Arduino IDE doesn't support ATtiny85,


  <li>we need to add the ATtiny boards to Arduino IDE. <code>Open File -&gt; Preferences</code> and in the Additional Boards Manager URLs give this url <a href="https://raw.githubusercontent.com/damellis/attiny/ide-1.6.x-boards-manager/package_damellis_attiny_index.json">https://raw.githubusercontent.com/damellis/attiny/ide-1.6.x-boards-manager/package_damellis_attiny_index.json</a>.</li>
  <li>After this is done open <code>Tools &gt; Board &gt; Board Manager</code></li>
  <li>After opening Board Manager scroll down the list where it says <code>attiny by Davis A. Mellis</code>. Click on that and install it.</li>
  <li>After installing now you would be able to see a new entry in the Board menu.</li>


<h3 id=“toc-connecting-attiny85-with-arduino-uno-2”>Connecting ATtiny85 with Arduino Uno</h3>

Now with all the above things ready we will start programming the attiny85. Connect the arduino uno to attiny85 using breadboard as below.

Arduino Uno – ATtiny85


  <li>5V – Vcc</li>
  <li>Gnd – Gnd</li>
  <li>Pin 13 – Pin 2</li>
  <li>Pin 12 – Pin 1</li>
  <li>Pin 11 – Pin 0</li>
  <li>Pin 10 – Reset</li>


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<h2>Uploading program to ATtiny85</h2>


  <li>Now back to Arduino IDE. Select ATtiny25/45/85 under <code>Tools &gt; Board</code>.</li>
  <li>Then select ATtiny85 under <code>Tools &gt; Processor</code>.</li>
  <li>And select 8 MHz (internal) under <code>Tools &gt; Clock</code>.</li>
  <li>Then make sure Arduino as ISP is selected under <code>Tools &gt; Programmer</code></li>
  <li>You will need to Burn the Bootloader. <code>Tools &gt; Burn Bootloader</code></li>


[caption id=“attachment_11419” align=“alignleft” width=“300”]<a href=“https://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016-11-13-14.19.23.jpg”><img class=“wp-image-11419 size-medium” src=“https://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016-11-13-14.19.23-300x225.jpg” alt=“Neopixle ring on Pin 3” width=“300” height=“225” /></a> Neopixle ring on Pin 3[/caption]

Now you will be able to upload any files you want :)

I have pluged a little Neopixle ring into ATiny85 Pin 2 / Arduino IDE  Pin 3 and flashed the


code from the Adafruit NeoPixle Library:


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Youtube is great, most of the time, where it fails is if you have a poor or no internet connection, recently I found <a href=“http://podsync.net/”>podsync.net</a>, an online tool that you feed a YouTube url to and it gives you a RSS feed to feed into iTunes, in the background it seems to automagically convert the YouTube videos into an iTunes friendly video (mp4). Lets say I want to subscribe to the entire set of videos uploaded by <a title=“vialazarus” href=“https://www.youtube.com/user/vialazarus”>vialazarus</a> (well last 50 videos).

[caption id=“attachment_11332” align=“aligncenter” width=“770”]<a href=“https://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/vialazarus.png”><img class=“size-large wp-image-11332” src=“https://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/vialazarus-1024x545.png” alt=“Yialazarus' YouTube channel ” width=“770” height=“410” /></a> Yialazarus' YouTube channel[/caption]

Copy the URL `https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC25tSeZv5cUx8T6SnlUQFiA` from the address bar, and head over to <a href=“http://podsync.net/”>podsync.net</a>,

[caption id=“attachment_11333” align=“aligncenter” width=“770”]<a href=“https://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/link-in.png”><img class=“size-large wp-image-11333” src=“https://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/link-in-1024x545.png” alt=“Paste the URL in” width=“770” height=“410” /></a> Paste the URL in[/caption]

[caption id=“attachment_11334” align=“aligncenter” width=“770”]<a href=“https://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/link-out.png”><img class=“size-large wp-image-11334” src=“https://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/link-out-1024x545.png” alt=“Hit the red spinney button, win a RSS feed Link out ” width=“770” height=“410” /></a> Hit the red spinney button, win a RSS feed Link out[/caption]

Which gives you http://podsync.net/vequ as the RSS to add to iTunes.

[caption id=“attachment_11336” align=“aligncenter” width=“770”]<a href=“https://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/lbitunes11subscribe.jpg”><img class=“size-large wp-image-11336” src=“https://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/lbitunes11subscribe-1024x860.jpg” alt=“Add Podcast / RSS feed to iTunes” width=“770” height=“647” /></a> Add Podcast / RSS feed to iTunes (image from <a href=“https://blog.libsyn.com/2012/11/29/how-to-manually-subscribe-to-a-podcast-rss-feed-in-itunes-11/”>here</a>).[/caption]

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Today like <a href=“https://skippy.org.uk/bristol-minimakerfaire-2015/”>last year</a> I went to Bristol for the mini maker Faire (unlike Manchester and Liverpool Makefest this one still pays the silly amount of money to use the make branding). Unlike last year @Bristol charged at the door (£3 pp which may not sound like a lot, but parking @Bristol is expensive)​​. The event was also slightly smaller taking up the same rooms but less packed. <a href=“https://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/img_4907-1.jpg”><img class=“alignnone size-full wp-image-11290” src=“https://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/img_4907-1.jpg” alt=“” width=“3264” height=“2448” /></a><a href=“https://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/img_4906-1.jpg”><img class=“alignnone size-full wp-image-11283” src=“https://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/img_4906-1.jpg” alt=“” width=“3264” height=“2448” /></a><a href=“https://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/img_4905-1.jpg”><img class=“alignnone size-full wp-image-11287” title=“” src=“https://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/img_4905-1.jpg” alt=“” width=“3264” height=“2448” /></a><a href=“https://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/img_4904-1.jpg”><img class=“alignnone size-full wp-image-11294” src=“https://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/img_4904-1.jpg” alt=“” width=“3264” height=“2448” /></a><a href=“https://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/img_4903-1.jpg”><img class=“alignnone size-full wp-image-11291” src=“https://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/img_4903-1.jpg” alt=“” width=“3264” height=“2448” /></a><a href=“https://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/img_4902-1.jpg”><img class=“alignnone size-full wp-image-11285” src=“https://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/img_4902-1.jpg” alt=“” width=“3264” height=“2448” /></a><a href=“https://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/img_4897-1.jpg”><img class=“alignnone size-full wp-image-11292” src=“https://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/img_4897-1.jpg” alt=“” width=“3264” height=“2448” /></a><progress id=“progress_AB4A3074-BF08-41FA-9BD8-DFD0C8E32B91” class=“wp_media_indicator failed” value=“1”></progress>​<a href=“https://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/img_4884-1.jpg”><img class=“alignnone size-full wp-image-11284” src=“https://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/img_4884-1.jpg” alt=“” width=“3264” height=“2448” /></a><a href=“https://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/img_4883-1-1.jpg”><img class=“alignnone size-full wp-image-11293” src=“https://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/img_4883-1-1.jpg” alt=“” width=“3264” height=“2448” /></a><a href=“https://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/img_4885-1-1.jpg”><img class=“alignnone size-full wp-image-11297” src=“https://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/img_4885-1-1.jpg” alt=“” width=“2448” height=“3264” /></a><a href=“https://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/img_4886-1.jpg”><img class=“alignnone size-full wp-image-11296” src=“https://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/img_4886-1.jpg” alt=“” width=“2448” height=“3264” /></a><progress id=“progress_77D03EB9-BE1C-413F-9EB9-3BE42B91ED71” class=“wp_media_indicator failed” value=“1”></progress><progress id=“progress_ACB04802-23D2-43F4-86E6-4A5351C7D114” class=“wp_media_indicator failed” value=“1”></progress><a href=“https://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/img_4892-1.jpg”><img class=“alignnone size-full wp-image-11286” src=“https://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/img_4892-1.jpg” alt=“” width=“3264” height=“2448” /></a><a href=“https://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/img_4891-1.jpg”><img class=“alignnone size-full wp-image-11295” src=“https://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/img_4891-1.jpg” alt=“” width=“2448” height=“3264” /></a><a href=“https://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/img_4890-1.jpg”><img class=“alignnone size-full wp-image-11298” src=“https://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/img_4890-1.jpg” alt=“” width=“3264” height=“2448” /></a><progress id=“progress_E8195279-BCBB-45E0-BC49-A84CEC549081” class=“wp_media_indicator failed” value=“1”></progress><a href=“https://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/img_4893-1.jpg”><img class=“alignnone size-full wp-image-11288” src=“https://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/img_4893-1.jpg” alt=“” width=“2448” height=“3264” /></a><a href=“https://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/img_4894-1.jpg”><img class=“alignnone size-full wp-image-11289” src=“https://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/img_4894-1.jpg” alt=“” width=“2448” height=“3264” /></a><progress id=“progress_6D7157C9-DAA4-4B64-9214-8B0DE05A6180” class=“wp_media_indicator failed” value=“1”></progress><a href=“https://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/img_4896-1.jpg”><img class=“alignnone size-full wp-image-11299” src=“https://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/img_4896-1.jpg” alt=“” width=“3264” height=“2448” /></a><a href=“https://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/img_4901-1.jpg”><img class=“alignnone size-full wp-image-11300” src=“https://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/img_4901-1.jpg” alt=“” width=“3264” height=“2448” /></a>

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This boat is on our old morring, she is a Beautiful, spacious, unusual 45′ narrowboat for sale in Manchester city centre:

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Moored at New Islington Marina, Ancoats (10 minutes from Northern Quarter). The waiting list for this city-centre marina is currently two years. This is a great opportunity to own an your own home and live affordably in the city centre. <ul> <li>Spacious and modern with an open-plan layout</li> <li>A large roof light pours light into the living area</li> <li>A sturdy, strong boat with a good sound hull</li> <li>Lovingly renovated from scratch 2012-16</li> </ul> £35,000 (no offers) Contact Emma on 01471 833 225 or email [email protected] <h2>FEATURES:</h2> <ul> <li>Bedroom with double bed and two built-in wardrobes</li> <li>Bathroom with shower and cassette toilet</li> <li>Efficient multi-fuel stove (really warm in winter!)</li> <li>Open plan living space with fitted kitchen, dining and sofa area</li> <li>Hot &amp; cold running water</li> <li>Gas cooker with hob, grill and oven</li> <li>Loads of electric sockets throughout the boat</li> <li>Beautiful big skylight pours light into the boat and creates a light, airy atmosphere</li> <li>Hand-made solid oak doors</li> <li>Deck areas at front and back for plants/seating</li> <li>Wider than most narrowboats – has an extra 2′ which makes a big difference</li> <li>Part furnished: Double bed, sofa, Ikea kitchen, fridge, cooker</li> <li>Length 45′ | Beam (width) 8″</li> <li>All-steel construction | Complete exterior re-paint July 2015</li> <li>Steel hull completely replated to 10mm. Blacked in March 2014</li> <li>Recent boat safety examination – certificate valid til Sept 2018</li> <li>Engine: Perkins diesel 5107 – starts and runs great</li> </ul> <h2>Frequently Asked Questions</h2> <h3>Where is Empress?</h3> She is on the Rochdale Canal at New Islington Marina in Ancoats, ten minutes’ walk from Manchester’s Northern Quarter and 20 minutes from the city centre. <h3>What are the costs of mooring etc?</h3> Around £100 per month for a secure, serviced marina mooring (‘serviced’ meaning a mains electricity hook-up, a water point for filling the tank, and an Elsan point where you empty your toilet.)

Canal &amp; River Trust licence fee is around £100 per month. <h3>Other costs?</h3> A 13kg gas bottle (for cooking and hot water) costs around £25.

No heating costs in summer, a little on wood/coal on chillier days in spring/autumn. In winter I spend around £20 per week on coal (including delivery).

If you’re going out cruising, you’ll need diesel too, (around £1 per litre last time I cruised).

Coal, wood, gas and diesel are delivered to the marina every two weeks. There is a full gas bottle, a bag of coal and several boxes of firewood on board, sold with the boat. <h3>Do you feel safe and secure?</h3> Yes. Obviously living in the city centre you need to take sensible precautions, but I’ve never felt unsafe.

The marina forms part of a public park. Empress’ mooring is in the secure part of the marina, which is locked and private at night. The marina is friendly and boaters look out for each other. <h3>Can you work from home? What about internet?</h3> Yes. I get 4G internet via a dongle and by tethering my mobile phone – it works fine. My partner is a web designer and has often worked from home on the boat. <h3>How do you do laundry?</h3> There are shared laundry facilities in the boatman’s hut – two washing machines and space to hang out and dry your clothes. Some boaters prefer to use a local launderette. <h3>Aren’t you cold in winter?</h3> Not at all – the multi-fuel stove is more than adequate for a boat this size and keeps Empress so toasty that I’m usually warmer in winter than summer!

It can be chilly first thing in the morning if the fire goes out overnight, but there is a knack to keeping it in so you have a gentle glow in the morning. There is also an electric heater if you want extra heat. <h3>Do you have a hull survey for the boat?</h3> No. A professional surveyor checked the hull in 2012 and gave verbal advice. Though the hull was sound (mostly 4mm at that point), I had the hull completely replated to 10mm thickness (far thicker than most narrowboat hulls). There was then no point in paying for a written survey as I knew that the hull is sound.

The hull was last blacked in March 2014 so it is advisable to do this again in 2017. <h3>What about the engine? Any quirks?</h3> The engine is a Perkins diesel 5107 – a good, sturdy engine. It starts fine and cruises all day. It was fully serviced in March 2016. <h3>What about ‘continuous cruising’?</h3> Continuous cruising is a travelling way of life where you keep your boat moving on a slow, steady journey. You can stay in most spots for up to two weeks. You can fill your water tank/empty your loo at regular boat stations or marinas along the way. Here’s some info from the Canal &amp; River Trust about ‘CCing’. <h3>What work / DIY would you do next if you were keeping her?</h3> More decorating and finishing touches, such as trim and skirting. Tiles along the back of the kitchen sink and at the back of the surface in the bathroom.

Painting the engine compartment. I always imagined it to be bright white and gleaming but I never got around to it.

A sink in the bathroom. All the plumbing is there for hot and cold water but I have never connected a sink.

12v lighting and sockets. I had the leisure batteries installed and these are connected to a service box inside the boat. Essentially this is all ready to go for someone who wants to do it. I tended to use candles when I cruised and much of the time I have been in a serviced marina. <h3>Is it a hard life?</h3> I won’t pretend that living on a boat is luxurious. Life is fairly basic, and hard work. You spend plenty of time outdoors bringing in wood/coal, filling the tank and so on. Nobody likes emptying their toilet but that’s just the way it is – it’s not actually difficult. Sometimes things don’t work, sometimes you run out of coal, sometimes it’s just a bit too hard. But you get through it.

There’s always something to fix or improve on a boat. Having a boat is like having a never-ending Saturday DIY project, so be prepared to spend a lot of time working on it.

On the other hand it is a beautiful adventure. I’ve seen more kingfishers than I can count in one year of living aboard, the geese call each evening as they fly home to the marina, swans peck on the hull for bread. Waking up on a bright autumn morning and watching the mist on the canal with a cup of coffee is one of life’s most beautiful pleasures. Sitting on top of the cabin with a cider in the evening summer sunshine is another joy.

There is no better way to see the seasons changing than from the canal, and no more sociable way of life than the boaters’. I would recommend boat-life to anyone who is up for doing things a little differently and doesn’t mind a bit of hard work. <h3>Help! I’m interested, but I don’t know anything about living on a boat!</h3> Don’t worry, I’ve written a helpful manual to explain how the main things work.

2018/04/12 23:34

<a href=“http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0001B3YTM/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=skippyorguk-21&linkCode=as2&camp=1634&creative=19450&creativeASIN=B0001B3YTM”><img class=“alignleft size-medium wp-image-1044” src=“http://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploads51ETQ96N82L-229x300.jpg” alt=“Josh Whedon's Firefly” width=“229” height=“300” /></a>Joss Whedon's Cult classic “<a href=“http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0001B3YTM/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=skippyorguk-21&linkCode=as2&camp=1634&creative=19450&creativeASIN=B0001B3YTM”>Firefly</a>” is the first TV series I have watched as part of my <a title=“100+ Film & TV Challenge” href=“http://skippy.org.uk/miscellaneous-and-projects/100-film-tv-challenge/”>100+ Films & TV Challenge</a>.

Originally I was introduced to Firefly by <a href=“http://redhairedhiker.blogspot.com/”>Sara</a> some time last year, this month I went back to watching it; and enjoyed it as much as I did the first time round;

Despite this time having access to the <a title=“18 Things you didn't know about Firefly sheet” href=“http://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploadsFirefly-Infographic-650px.jpg”>18 Things you didn't know about Firefly sheet</a>; I still haven't managed to find Han Solo.

Tonight I should be watching The Film Serenity.

2018/04/12 23:34

Node Red and Fish Dish

I downloaded Random Nerd's Build a Home Automation System for $100 and started testing it out,

A while ago I acquired a Fish Dish1), It's a small PCB that fits on the GPIO header of the Raspberry Pi.

I set up NodeRed and MQTT on the raspbery Pi, and then attached the Fish Dish, to get it working I needed to work out what the pins were:

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I plan to use the Fish Dish to make testing easer.

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<a href=“https://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/img_3631.jpg”><img src=“https://skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/img_3631.jpg” alt=“” width=“3264” height=“2448” class=“alignnone size-full wp-image-11096”></a> My battery flattened itself before I could take more photos of Emily Bronte. &nbsp;

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2018/04/12 23:34

not sure where from