Archives November 2013

Sunday, 24th November 2013 - 12:05:38

Index All The Things!

#elasticsearch =)

Tuesday, 20th November 2013 - 09:00:00


More Elasticsearch training today. Yesterdays session was very interesting. Lots of new bricks to build new toys with =)

Sunday, 15th November 2013 - 17:59:11

Miniature Bigmouthed Cats

My shipment of miniature big mouthed cats has arrived from element14.

Thursday, 14th November 2013 - 18:44:00

Chainable Dual Triac Board

Just ordered a run of 20 PCBs. Chainable Dual Channel triac boards for turning mains (240V) devices on and off with a micro controller. This is an identical circuit to my existing design, but it is fit on a 50mm x 50mm board so that I could get them made at seeedstudio.

Monday, 11th November 2013 - 22:05:24


The GR211 nixie tube socket PCBs that I designed have arrived! 

They came out excellent. I was worried for two reasons. The footprint for the GR211 and the SOT-23 transistors were untested. I created cusom libraries in Eagle to deal with the unusal transistor that I selected, which can handle up to 300V and for the tube. The tube took some figuring out because its datasheet has the footprint from bottom, rather than the top. I ended up screen grabbing the scanned datasheet and mirroring and flipping it as if it was viewed from the top, I could then create the footprint in eagle - which are traditionally viewed from the top.

Click through to the gallery for photos of the GR211 tube running in the socket.

Thursday, 7th November 2013 - 19:48:46

Coles Portugese Chicken

Cooked some of that Coles portugese chicken on the BBQ tonight. It was on special. The normal price is a bit ludicrous.

Tastes great though. 

Thursday, 7th November 2013 - 17:14:40


The beer I brewed a few weeks ago seems to have turned out well. No off flavors or anything introduced by the old ingredients. One thing though, it's bitter as hell because I used the entire remainder of my hops in the last two batches. I was expecting the hops to have degraded in bitterness, but no... I haven't tried the dark yet.

Tuesday, 5th November 2013 - 17:08:40

Busy MySQL

This boys and girls is what a really big, really busy MySQL box looks like. 32GB RAM, 32 Cores. 6 SSD RAID.

Friday, 1st November 2013 - 16:56:00

Dungeons and Dragons 1E

Didn't realise I had a 1E DND book... Cool. Now to re-hide it until the kids can treat books nicely =)

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