Author Archives: davehillier


I got an email this morning from someone named Hadley Rich from NZ. He’s made a kit based upon the same design I made my USB Cube that I made a few years ago. He reused the code I wrote and … Continue reading

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I’ve made a little tool to help me when I’m developing Windows Services. It’s an icon that sits in the Notification area/System tray and allows you to start, stop and debug services. I find Services.msc a bit of a pain; … Continue reading

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Yet another USB RGB LED

ThingM, are launching a new product, the blink(1). It looks like it has gone well through the kickstarter goal with $42,535 pledged at the time of writing. There are no details of the design yet, but I would bet the design is … Continue reading

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Upgrading Sheevaplug to Squeeze

I bought a cheap Wifi dongle (Edimax EW-7811UN) that I knew would work on the RaspberryPi and I had hoped that it would work on the Sheevaplug. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get it to install. Instead of fighting it, I decided to upgrade. The … Continue reading

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Raspberry Pi initial software install

I’ve finally received a Raspberry Pi. No doubt it will end with the other junk I don’t use. I then downloaded Debian Squeeze, as that’s what I’m most familiar with. Installed that on a spare memory card and powered it via … Continue reading

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I bought myself a new toy for xmas from NewIt, a Sheevaplug. It’s a low power, ARM linux device. I plan to use it as a network attached storage maybe backup. The SheevaPlug has Ubuntu 9.04 pre-installed. Apparently its only draws 4 watts. … Continue reading

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Using LED command line without root

A few of the people who tried to build the LED cube had problems getting it to run. Several people didn’t realise that you needed root. I’ve now had to solve this problem for my self as I’m now trying … Continue reading

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Mail notifier clone

I’ve been a bit slack with blog posts of late. I’ll probably start with more electronics when the weather turns, but for now I’m enjoying the sun. In the mean time several of the forum members on have been … Continue reading

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AVR Fuse settings

I’ve managed to ‘brick’ two of my ATTiny2313 chips by getting the fuse settings wrong. I’m not sure what I have done but I suspect I’ve set them to use an external oscillator without one. It should be able to … Continue reading

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ProjectSteve: Cylon attachment

My friend Johnny has brought into work a Roomba clone. Apparently it is not particularly effective at cleaning, so we have decided to hack it. It is named ProjectSteve. He’s already has his vacuum cleaning parts removed and he is pretty … Continue reading

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