Rob Miles


Rob Miles University Lecturer and Microsoft MVP. And tall.

Blog posts

Inadvertent Storytelling

I love it when I go through pictures I've taken and every now and then find one that really tells a story. I took this one at the Steam Rally recently, hoping to get a good shot of the car instruments and totally failed to notice the figures in the background.But, having revisited the pictures I really like the way that this one seems to be all about a couple and their dog, and their shiny MG. Read more →

LoRa Build a Node Workshop at c4di

We've just had a bunch of folks around to build some LoRa nodes. Robin had put together some kits and we came up with a set of instructions. By the end of the day we expected our attendees to have their LoRa nodes sampling temperature, air pressure and humidity and maybe even be viewing the values on The Things Network website. Well, we got that and more. One person had the information going into… Read more →

LoRa at Humber Street Gallery

Today finds us at Humber Street Gallery. We're looking for locations for a LoRa gateway for the area. They've got a lovely rooftop bar which looks perfect, and has some amazing views. Of course, I happened to have my camera with me. We were telling the folks at the gallery about LoRa and we're going to go back and find out a bit more about the possibility of LoRa enabled artworks. Could lead to so… Read more →

Bad Telly

Scene 1: A meeting room, a bunch of TV transmitter engineers are sitting round a table. With an accountant.Engineer 1: 'If we use this form of broadcast antenna we'll have good strong signals all year round.'Engineer 2: 'Which is what we want. Right?'Accountant: 'Hmmm. Looks a bit pricey to me. How about this design, which is cheaper.'Engineer 1: 'Yes, but with that one the signal will drop in the… Read more →

Little Weighton Steam Rally

Today finds us at the Little Weighton Steam Rally. Wonderful weather and lots of steam. We've not been in a while, but we'll be there next year for sure because it was wonderful. Of course I took some pictures. Not just steam engines.... The little engines are really cute... Read more →

Waiting for the Ice Cream Machine to Warm Up

We went down to the waterfront today. Wonderful weather, cool breeze from the water. A scene that could be made completely perfect by the addition of an ice cream.We went into the local ice cream parlour. They were just getting going, what with us being there quite early. Anyhoo, the machine wasn't ready for use, and I had this lovely idea that we were waiting for the ice cream machine to warm up. Read more →

Begin to Code with Python Videos

Begin to Code with Python By Rob Miles I've made some silly videos. They're for those sensible people who've bought copies of Begin to Code with Python (subtle plug on the left). They cover how to install Python, how to install PyGame and finally, how to obtain the demo programs and install the tiny Snaps framework. They were a giggle to make, with a bit of luck they will be a giggle to view. And… Read more →

The Humber Care Tech Challenge

The Humber Care Tech Challenge is a tech challenge about care that is based in the Humber region. Although I guess the title already tells you all that. It's in Bridlington in the lovely Spa Hall, and it is on the 5th and the 6th of September.Think of it as a hackathon with the focus on care. Teams will be able to work with healthcare professionals to create something life changing. With technolog… Read more →

Tell LoRa I love her.

Gotta love the post title. But I do quite like LoRa. We're doing some exciting things with LoRa nodes over the next few weeks and so I thought I'd build a node of my own. I used a kit that Robin put together and had a node on the air within a couple of hours. The node just sends temperature, atmospheric pressure and humidity up to a Things Network server, but it does do that. And I can get the dat… Read more →

Yellowday Hull

Click through for the full-sized version Went for a walk today down to Hull Marina. It was looking lovely. I was surprised how quiet it was, they were selling ice-creams and there was a whole bunch of yellow knitting on display. It's all part of #yellowdayhull. I wasn't wearing or carrying anything yellow (which I feel bad about) but I'm going to eat some custard the first chance I get. Read more →