One evening last year I arrived home to find the master fuse producing a fizzing sound with smoke gently rising from it...
the emergency response team from western power distribution arrived two and a bit hours later (in flip flops) and found this, dripping wet...
The chared black bit should cover all but the cm or so at the end and be red.
We reckon water was getting in outside, running down the length of the cable and forming droplets of water large enough to bridge the gap between the +ve and -ve wires causing a short, slowly eating away at the plastic insulator as it went. The smoke starting when there wasnt enough insulator to keep -ve and +ve apart.
Minor disaster averted
I asked, she said yes!
Why on earth did this dialog pop up when I tried to open a zip file?
Also how are you ment to respond to a security flaw which is both unspecified and theoretical?
Check out http://www.shipais.com/ it shows the (nearly) real-time position of a significant proportion of the large boats within UK territorial waters.
This sunday (the 6th of May) I will be walking from Rhosilli to Swansea (a total distance of
22 miles) in order to raise money for Tong-Len's Michael Blakey Memorial Fund.
This is a really good cause, as you may know Mike was a good friend to all who knew him; he was very passionate about his work. The aim is to raise £20,000 to build the "Michael Blakey Centre" in Dharamsala. The Centre will address the needs of the homeless, the poor and the deprived communities of India.
If anyone would like to sponsor me then you can find me on campus or if it is easier you can donate online at http://www.justgiving.com/michaelblakey
*Update* Opps, got the date rather wrong!
My dad decided to treat him self, so he's putting together a audio server to sit next to the Hi-Fi and feed it the CD colection without any of this changing the disk rubbish.
Basically its a fan-less Mini-ITX board and a big IDE disk in a rather nice case (mini-itx.com sell them in the UK) its also got the dinkiest internal PSU I've ever seen! (if you ignore the power block you hide outside the case of course...)
So.. what we did...
- Put the thing together
- Install Debian... what else? ;)
- Marvel at how quiet the thing is
- Figure out how to drive the display and buttons...
- Grab the picoLCD SDK (includes a C library and example app)
- Play with it a bit
- Decide doing everything in C is a bit too much like hard work
- Figure out how to write a Python module
- Write a Python module (which you can find at http://projects.sucs.org/svn/LiFiPod/pyusblcd/)
- Write a really simple test program to make sure everything works.
- Figure out how to make it play music...
- Look at a few options
- Succumb to MPD propaganda from various people
- Bodge together a simple interface to play music.
- Play with it
- Make a Video - not too bad for a days work!
- Make it do all the home server stuff the old, noisy, bogged together Pentium Pro box was doing
I've now left the implementation of a rather more elegant solution, with browsing for media and stuff to my Dad... or me when I'm next home ;)
- Actually plug it into the Hi-Fi! ;)
- Media browsing... It really needs some kinda of way to select an artist or album to play for example.
- Remote Control... its got a IR receiver, but the C library doesn't yet decode what is received, so its all a bit of a garbled mess.
From BBC News...
"Surnames including Cock, Smellie, Daft and Shufflebottom have been dumped by people since 1881, compared with figures in 1998."
I wonder why?
The UK has some brilliant place names...
Today I came across the small village of Login, out west of St Clears.
Anyone know of any other geeky place names?
To quote Microsoft...
"In general, case-sensitive data should not need to be stored in a database."
Swansea has a couple of very good spring gardens. I spent a happy hour or so in the Botanical Gardens in Singleton Park on Sunday Afternoon. If you have a moment I recomend you go take a look, its only a 5min walk from campus!