Technology

A collection of posts about technology in all its glory. Interesting developments, its uses and anything else.

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Hacking a Davis Wireless Vantage Pro 2 Weather Station: Part 2 - the basic hardware

Part 2 deals with the basic hardware you need to hack the Davis VP2 ISS by intercepting the radio signals and shows the basic premise works.

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Hacking a Davis Wireless Vantage Pro 2 Weather Station: Part 1 - the theory

Part 1 discusses the Davis Vantage Pro 2 Weather sStation and the theory of a possible way to hack it and enhance its functionality.

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A jewel in the UK technology crown is being sold.

It's been confirmed today that the UK technology firm ARM Holdings is to be bought by Japan's Softbank for £24bn ($32bn). That they offered 50% more than the market valuation of ARM tells you how valuable they see this company as. ARM processors crop up in a huge number of

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The Paperless Dream - Or how to live at home without paper

A tale of DEVONthink and the Fujitsu ScanSnap S1300i for PC/MAC A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.... People discovered the home computer. Lots of things were promised, including a brave new world where paper would be a thing of the past, all documents would exist

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Blink and you'll miss it - the leap second

Something special is going to happen tonight that is quite rare and most people won't even notice. We're getting an extra second. Today the 30th June will be twenty four hours and one second long and 23:59:60 will be a real time. Leap Years You've all heard of

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Apple App Store & 'No, you can't.'

In case you hadn't realised it the point of this post is that you can't. Can't what? Well there are many things you can't do. Avoid income tax, stop toast landing buttered side down and, if your an Apple app developer, offer your loyal customers an upgrade path when you

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A new lease of life for old school IR technology?

A snippet article in today's Metro caught my eye this morning. It was about a "new" technology using LEDs to provide a Wi-Fi like experience but with 10 times the bandwidth. This intrigued me, as IR (infra-red), was a technology that was used on computers and laptops 20

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Why doesn't technology get easier? :/

I'm deep in the throws of trying to set up a Raspberry Pi 2 as an image viewer for our file server. The problem is our file server, like most of the rest of the kit in our house, is a Mac, albeit running Mac Server. We used to use

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Fingerprint locking your phone IS a useful security

Security is about making things difficult to steal, not impossible. If someone is really determined to get hold of something, they'll do it. All you can do it make it sufficiently difficult that it puts most people off. A case in point is the fingerprint scanner on the new iPhone

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Worth it's weight in security ...

With yet another breach in security reported, this time from Adobe (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-24392819), I had the opportunity to bless a small piece of software I use. Memory feats Trying to remember all the passwords you need these days to exist online is nigh on impossible.

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Apple iPhone Apps vs Windows Mobile Apps

Apple iPhone apps have great GUIs, but lack the under the covers functionality of the Windows Mobile Apps. So why are Microsoft trying to buy iPhone developers?

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The End Of The CD - a step backwards ?

We keep being told that the CD is dead and in a few years time all music will be downloaded online via MP3. Will this be the death of high quality music?