Friday, 27 November 2015

Gambas with Class

The simple principle of "code re-use" is an easy way of reducing project development time and improving the quality of your software.

It is clear that using existing code snippets will save you time by avoiding the task of "re-inventing the wheel".

And if you also keep a personal store of code that you have previously designed and tested, this should help improve the quality of your software projects.

Saturday, 21 November 2015

RaspberryPi, Device Tree & why my DS18B20 app is broken

One of the problems with writing about Linux, the Raspberry Pi and technology in general is that posts can quickly become out of date.

I noticed several weeks ago that my server was no longer producing nice graphs showing me the temperatures both inside and outside my house.

I've only just found some time to investigate.

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Linux: network OK, but no internet connection

I've performed the Raspberry Pi upgrade from Wheezy to Jessie a few times without any real issues.

But a recent attempt left me with an unusual networking problem.

I know I won't remember the details the next time I have this problem, so I need to write it down.

Sunday, 15 November 2015

Hanging on the BlockChain

There has been much discussion (and some excitement) in our house recently about the BlockChain.

Interest is also growing in large financial institutions, and companies are beginning to invest in research & development to ensure that they don't get left behind.

So will the BlockChain change our lives, or is it a techno dead-end?

Thursday, 12 November 2015

GPS: extracting Tracks from XML files with Gambas

You would have to be crazy to write your own XML editor when there are so many available, right?

Well, when opening the XML file from my Garmin eTrex in a variety of editors, my low power Linux laptop grinds to a halt.

As I only need to extract individual Tracks from the eTrex file, I decided to write my own program.