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The vote for Britain to leave the European Union may delay benefits UK households would receive as a result of switching to energy efficient LED lighting. Post Brexit it is expected the UK to suffer huge delays in adopting new EU backed initiatives as government trawls through 40 years of...

If you have been following along with this tutorial series you should have a working electronic prototype with the necessary code to turn on your TV and signal an external messaging queue to later extend the functionality of your switch using a Raspberry Pi or other internet enabled device. In...

I previous covered PCB fabrication and how to apply solder paste using a stencil. Now we’re ready to secure our components. In this article, you will learn how to perform surface mount reflow using inexpensive tools easily purchased on Amazon. From now on I assume you have ready a PCB...

Following an increasing trend in decentralised applications there is an ever growing demand to produce secure protocols and software development frameworks from which to implement these applications. The modern browser implements an API definition drafted by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), called WebRTC, that supports peer-to-peer (P2P) voice/video calling...

In a previous article I describe prototyping an electronics project using through hole components and breadboarding. This is an effective method for quickly slapping together a simple circuit but falls short when you need to scale up or miniaturise your design. Typically surface mount reflow is inaccessible to hobbyest, especially...

We finished last time with a complete electronics prototype of our Netflix switch. Next we must implement the code to make this a working system. By now we know what hardware we have available to us, but what are we actually trying to achieve? The goal for the original switch...

Last year the team at Netflix posted a tutorial on how to create your own Netflix switch; automating the arduous task of manually turning on your TV, launching the Netflix app and setting the mood with a movie favourite - pizza. However the step-by-step guide left me more confused than...

This article focusses on OS X developers that have installed a series of development tools such as Xcode and Docker and finding they are very quickly burning through storage space. OS X Library folder On OS X the library folder is used by installed applications to store settings and other...