Backing up to AWS S3 with duplicity

The server that this website runs on backs up automatically to the Simple Storage Service, provided by Amazon Web Services. Such an arrangement is actually fairly cheap - only ~20p/month! I realised recently that although I've blogged about duplicity before (where I discussed using an external hard drive), I never covered how I fully automate the process here on starbeamrainbowlabs.com. (Above: A… Read more →


Backing up to AWS S3 with duplicity

The server that this website runs on backs up automatically to the Simple Storage Service, provided by Amazon Web Services. Such an arrangement is actually fairly cheap - only ~20p/month! I realised recently that although I've blogged about duplicity before (where I discussed using an external hard drive), I never covered how I fully automate the process here on starbeamrainbowlabs.com. (Above: A… Read more →


I love pictures like these

It was a lovely afternoon for a walk out (I can’t believe I just wrote that) so we went out for a stroll. We came across this lovely sign on Cottingham Station. Read more →


Nice Sky

There have to be some compensations for carrying the big camera and the heavy lens all the way up town. Read more →


Windows 10 Magic Disk Space

Windows 10 is magical. Or something. At the beginning of this week I was worried that I was running out of disk space on my main hard disk. Which can be a problem. Things were turning red. Never a good thing in my experience. This morning I discovered that I suddenly had a lot more space. Around 30 G bytes had appeared from nowhere. Now, I might have done some “sleep deletion” last night, but I do… Read more →


Rob at Black Marble Architecture Forum

I’m doing a couple of sessions at the Black Marble Architecture Forum next week. However you can’t get to see both of them unless you are both a student and an industry professional.Black Marble have this lovely policy of running a one day event for both students and developers, with twin tracks. For the first time they’ve let me loose on the professional track, so I’ll be talking about Azure IOT… Read more →


RhinoReminds: An XMPP reminder bot for my convenience

(Above: A Picture of a Black Rhino. Source: WikiMedia Commons) Many times when I write a program it's to solve a problem. With Pepperminty Wiki, it was that I needed a lightweight wiki engine - and MediaWiki was just too complex. With TeleConsole, it was that I wanted to debug a C♯ Program in an environment that had neither a debugger nor a console (I'm talking about you, Unity 3D). Today, I'm rel… Read more →


Tesla Testing at c4di

Good reason to be part of c4di number 493: Sometimes you get to drive a TeslaToday was rather exciting. Tesla came to see us. I’m rubbish with names, and I didn’t write them down, but both fellows who turned up from the company were excellent, both in the talk that they gave to set the scene for the day, and also at the moment when they just said “Get in and drive it”.So I did. I’ve already got an… Read more →


Using Serial1 with the Azure IoT Devkit

A while back I posted about changes you could make to the Azure IoT DevKit library so that your programs can use the second serial port of the device to talk to things like GPS receivers and Air Quality sensors (a particular interest of mine).At the time I suggested that this could be fixed by adding the creation of a second serial port to the SDK. I’ve just heard back from the team and this is no… Read more →


Design Meet Up Hull

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