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Rob Miles

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Rob Miles University Lecturer and Microsoft MVP. And tall.

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Counting nuts

I spent the evening in front of the telly counting nuts and putting them in plastic bags. We're doing another "Build a Robot in a Day" course at the end of the week and each robot uses 28 bolts and 26 nuts. It's all in the spreadsheet.And no, we're not making a robot like the one above. But I really would love to... Read more →


Robots in Hull

There are robots in Hull. Not science fiction ones, hard core car assembling, job doing, working robots. I've got a history with robots. When I worked in Electronic Engineering (it seems ages ago) we had a few proper robots around the place. I even found myself counting the number of degrees of freedom the robots in the city centre have (this is the number of ways they can rotate - the more the be… Read more →


Day 2 of the MVP Community Event

Another day of MVP chat at the MVP Community event. Some really interesting talks and some very thought provoking ones too.I really like meeting up with all these people.The only downside was that I didn't get to win the Xbox One x competition. If only I'd been a bit quicker with my answer (and actually known what the answer was....)Thanks to Claire and the other stalwarts who put everything toget… Read more →


Winning on Table 6

Click Through for the 360 degree experience of Table 6 Day one of the Microsoft MVP Community event. Great fun. Interesting content on Story Telling and whole bunch of like minded folks. We're at the National Space Centre in Leicester which is a fantastic venue. Tonight we had the event dinner. With a quiz. And I was on the winning table, which was rather nice. More talks tomorrow. Read more →


Biggest Hull Devs Meetup Yet

Joe whips the crowd into a frenzy.... Last Wednesday in the month. Time for another Hull Devs. This means free food and drink (including those lovely white chocolate buttons with hundreds and thousands on them) and high quality technical chat. And, the most people I've seen there ever. It was packed. I think there was one seat free. It was the one next to me, which might tell you something about m… Read more →


Python Fans

Begin to Code with Python By Rob Miles It was really nice to see some students from Hymers College today. They'd dropped by to talk about Python, which was great. I hope I said some things that you found useful. I did find time to gratuitously plug my new book (see left).Incidentally, anyone can get the final four chapters of the book as free downloads from here.These chapters are the ones where y… Read more →


My Car in Gran Turismo

The only Black Friday purchase that I made was that of Gran Turismo for half price. And I only bought it on Sunday. One of the attractions for me was that it offered me a chance to drive my own car in the game. The picture you see above is pretty much identical to my car, it even has the same wheel design.Yesterday I downloaded a free pack of images that allow you to place your car in exotic locat… Read more →


Rob in Andy Comfort's Comfy Chair

I took a 360 degree picture during the chat. Click through the image to view it Hmm. A chat all about me? With my favourite music? Sounds about right. I got invited onto the Andy Comfort show on Radio Humberside this afternoon to talk about this and that. But mainly me. It was great fun. I think you can find the program here. Read more →


Hull Pixelbot Scripting Language

About nine months ago I finished off a design for a scripting language for the Hull Pixelbot. The idea was that you could enter programs in clear text and the robot would understand and act on them. You'd not need anything else, and the programs would be compiled and stored inside the robot in an intermediate code. Then "Begin to code with Python" hit me, and everything else stopped as I frantical… Read more →


Ian Mitchell Artworks are Amazing

We went off to Harrogate today. Very nice place. They have a lovely little art gallery which was showing some rather nice pictures and designs. In the porch on the way in they had some superb prints by an artist called Ian Mitchell. He's based in Scarborough and I think his work is awesome. Go take a look. Read more →