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Rob Miles

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Rob Miles University Lecturer and Microsoft MVP. And tall.

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Comedy Eye Test

I had to go for an eye test. I really wanted to do this as a comedy routine, but my nerve failed:Doctor: ‘Have your eyes ever been checked?’Me: ‘No. They’ve always been blue.’Doctor: ‘I don’t find that very funny.’Me: ‘Well, I do know lots of cornea jokes….’Anyhoo, all was well. They are not going to have to shoot any lasers at my exploding eyeballs, which has got to be a good thing. Big thanks to… Read more →


Air Quality on the radio

The coloured fountains in Hull city centre look lovely. Every now and then I get to do the newspaper review for the Radio Humberside breakfast show. It means getting up at stupid o’clock in the morning but it is rather fun. We talked about a bunch of things, including Air Quality, which was actually in the news today. Apparently the air in London Underground tunnels contains dangerously high level… Read more →


Achievement Unlocked: Joined Hull Makerspace

Today I went for my induction at the Hull Makerspace and paid up for my first month of membership. I’m rather pleased that my recent financial shenanigans mean that I’ve actually saved the monthly membership fee before I spend it, which must be a first for me. The induction session set out how they see the Makerspace working and I’m really keen to get in there and play with stuff. My ambition is t… Read more →


Dates for your New Year Diaries

Some dates to write down. Both awesome events:Humber Care Tech ChallengeTuesday 1st and Wednesday 2nd October 2019 at the Bridlington Spa. Find out more here. DDD NorthSaturday 9th of February at the University of Hull. Find out more here. Read more →


Using Azure Functions with IoT devices video

I’ve made a new screencast. This one is all about the use of Azure Functions with IoT devices. I find it quite magical that I can press a button (in this case the Joke Button above) and have a function run in the cloud in response to that action. And the code to make it work is tiny. Find out how it works and how to get started in the video. Read more →


BME280 Power Fun

Sometimes the old solutions are the best. In this case the solution is “Turn it off and then on again”. I’m using a BME280 temperature, pressure and humidity sensor in the air quality monitor that I’m building. It works well, except sometimes, when it refuses to say hello when it starts up. This has caused a certain amount of head-scratching. However, after a while I worked out that it only misbeh… Read more →


Hull Makerspace open for business

I’ve been saying for ages that Hull needs a Makerspace. And now we’ve got one. And it’s bigger and better than my wildest dreams. It’s in the library in the middle of town and it is packed with equipment and expertise in equal measure. Membership costs 20 pounds a month (which it turns out I’ve already raised thanks to my last two financial deals) and gives you access to valuable machinery and tui… Read more →


New Kcom Tariffs can save you money

I’ve just changed to a new contract for my home networking. The speed goes up, the amount of data stays the same and the price drops by eleven pounds a month.What’s not to love?If you’re in Hull you really should take a look here and see if there is something cheaper that you can change to. Hull is already one of the best connected cities in the world, it’s nice to see it getting cheaper as well. Read more →


Stealth Selling

Old joke: “They say that money talks. The only thing it says to me is ‘Goodbye’”.However, these days it doesn’t even do that. When Netflix (or a host of other subscription services) take their fees from my account they do so invisibly. The only way that I know that it has happened is by carefully checking my statements to find out why the balance value is dropping. Today I found that a service I t… Read more →