Will virtual learning after COVID-19 continue?

The outbreak of COVID-19 has moved almost all students to a virtual learning platform. Will virtual learning continue after COVID-19 continue? I am studying for a Meng in Computer Science at the University of Hull and actively prefer virtual learning. Academic Benefits of virtual learning Academically I find the virtual... The post Will virtual learning after COVID-19 continue? appeared first on S… Read more →


Writing MicroPython using Visual Studio Code and Pymakr

I’m starting to really, really, like MicroPython. I particularly like the way that you can use the REPL command prompt to test out code before dropping it into your programs. I’ve been using an editor called Thonny which is nice enough but of course what I really want is to be able to use Visual Studio Code. It turns out that there’s a plugin for this. It’s called Pymakr. It lets you transfer Pyth… Read more →


Seam Client Fun and Games

I think this should be fast enough… Now that we are getting into networked game nights I’ve decided that I have a need to play games on the big telly in the living room. Thoughts turned to a Raspberry Pi 4 running Steam Client. This was suspiciously easy to set up: there are a couple of splendid guides online that you can find here and hereThen I did some testing. One thing I didn’t appreciate is… Read more →


Sorting out my cables...

I spent very happy while doing this with all my Dupont cables today. I think it really was time well spent. Read more →


Home Networking Tips

I’m sure that most of my readers know this stuff, but just in case you don’t, here are some home networking tips. Feel free to add yours at the bottom in the comments.If you can use wire, use wire. Nothing like a wired connection. If your laptop doesn’t have a socket you can get a USB adaptor (search Amazon for USB network). It makes a big difference. You can also get boxes that let you send netwo… Read more →


Hardware Meetup now on Teams

Last night we had our first ever “Hardware Meetup on Teams”. There were only a few of us, but it went surprisingly well with only a few minutes spent saying “Can you hear me?” and “No.”.If you want an invite to our next meetup, ping me an email at [email protected] and I’ll see what I can sort out. Read more →


A Walk in the Woods

I went out for my “one trip out of the house for exercise” walk today. I took the camera to try and lend some impression of purpose to the trip. I have to say that the outside is looking very nice at the moment. Read more →


Hull has great networking

It’s nice to have a service that promises speed and then delivers…. With everyone now confined to their houses and living their lives on the internets it’s great to be in Hull. This is the performance that I was seeing yesterday when I was downloading the games that we wanted to play. Awesome. Read more →


Playing Smallworld 2 Online

Smallword is a nice little board game. Players try to build empires of different races with different attributes. The skill-full part of the game is deciding when to ditch your race, send it into decline and reset your conquering ambitions. We played it in person a while back and tonight, because we can’t get together any more, we had a go at the online version. It worked very well, there were som… Read more →


Cluster, Part 2: Grand Designs

In the last part of this series, I talked about my plans for building an ARM-based cluster, because I'm growing out of the Raspberry Pi 3B+ I currently have at home. Since then, I have decided to focus on the compute cluster first, as I have a reasonable amount of room left on the 1tB WD Pidrive I have attached to my existing Raspberry Pi 3B+. Hardware To this end, I have been busy ordering parts… Read more →