Rob Miles


Rob Miles University Lecturer and Microsoft MVP. And tall.

Blog posts

Super secure wallet

A while back I went into a clothes shop and bought something that fitted me perfectly. It was a wallet. It was half price, but since my old wallet had reached the point where my money might start escaping of its own accord, I thought it was a bargain. It was sold as super secure because it uses special material to stop radio signals getting at the cards inside it. The idea is to stop sneaky people… Read more →

Stupid Train Tickets

Every now and then I do something that I (but probably nobody else) think is rather clever. Like using both cores of an ESP32 so that a display keeps running when the WiFi is used to updated it. And every now and then I do something that everybody thinks is rather stupid. Like last week. A while back I subscribed to an alert to tell me about the release of cheap train tickets. I wanted to get a da… Read more →

iPod Classic Blast from the Past

I got out my old iPod Classic today. It still works, and it is still only half full. And it is the only way that I can listen to some of my music. For example, take the album “Futurenow” from Go West. Good stuff. I bought it ages ago. Unfortunately I didn’t actually “buy” it though. I got it from Apple iTunes, loaded a copy onto my iPod and got on with my life. And then, for some reason, the licen… Read more →

Fixing browser problems after Windows 10 Upgrade

I finally got the latest Windows 10 feature update on my PC today. I like it. The improvements to the downloads folder are worth the price of admission alone. You now get to see your more recent downloads (the one that you actually care about) instantly, rather than having to wait for the folder contents to laboriously update. The only problem for me was that the upgrade broke my browser, which st… Read more →

Good Morning Hull

You can say what you like about going up town first thing in the morning to review the newspapers for BBC Radio Humberside, but it does mean that you can be around to get some nice pictures. Read more →

Top Five Finish in the Humber Care Tech Challenge

This was our work area. Keith is posing with a rather nice multimeter. We had the camera in the middle of the table and cupboard (full of sweets), kettle (borrowed jug) and sink (we had everything but the kitchen sink it turned out). The tracking could tell which of the locations you were standing at, and also when you were moving. You can see a horrible, but mercifully short, video of it mostly w… Read more →

Day 1 of the Humber Care Tech Challenge

..the tech challenge spaceship is landing… The Humber Care Tech challenge is becoming a highlight of the year for me. I hope they have one next year. The idea is simple enough: Take a problem faced by healthcare professionals and then turn a bunch of techy folks loose to make things better. This year the theme is patients with Alzheimer and related conditions. The scope of the problem was nicely i… Read more →

Flying home

This is our last day. This is a lovely place to do nothing. Tonight we have to fly back and start doing things again… Read more →

More Nice Weather

The weather is persistently nice. And they have crazy golf course on the roof of the hotel. I wonder how many balls they lose each year? Read more →