emacs and orgmode

Yes, yet another post about emacs and orgmode (the web is full of them) but this is short and direct;

if you are on windows then perhaps the best "distribution" i've found is emax64 (https://github.com/m-parashar/emax64). At the time of writing this its built on emacs version 26.1 and uses org version 9.1.9

There thats it told you it was short and direct.

slow progress

Its been a very quiet period in terms of programming, website updates etc but things have been moving slowly. I was never happy with the home made dashboard nor the background program so over the last few weeks i've been (time permitting) changing and tweaking such that the dashboard uses an LCARS CSS template and i'm much happier with it. The python backend has been tweaked and temperatures are moving to an sql storage of values to allow historic data analysis. [Read More]

shortened code

The module i wrote for decoding the sensor data stream bugged me it was too repetitive with multiple if statements ie; if "ABT" in llapMsg: # front room temp try: aABTEMP = float(llapMsg[7:12]) print("AB temp level = %.2f - detected at %s " % (aABTEMP, time.strftime("%H:%M:%S"))) except: print( "Cannot decode - msg detected: %s - detected at %s " % (llapMsg, time.strftime("%H:%M:%S"))) if "ACT" in llapMsg: # external temp try: aACTEMP = float(llapMsg[7:12]) print("AC temp level = %. [Read More]

The holiday season begins

Already 4 days into my break from work and i'm bored. So much time is spent working, so much time is spent away from home now i'm here i cannot get motivated. No photography, no programming, just the odd argument, expenditure and of course gaming even that is not so interesting so in an effort to get motivated i've started to plan/structure my day firstly by updating this here exercise in futility (i still dont know why i keep this site). [Read More]


Well it has become apparent that i'm an idiot. Firstly somehow in the confusion of moving house it would seem i have left the current clamp attached to the old house mains .... meaning my smart meter is now not so smart and i need a new current clamp.

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Having no time to myself with travelling and all the hours at work i have not looked at any of my pi based projects which at the moment consist of; dragelec; the home smart meter currently lacking electricity car dash; a pi based replacement dashboard with GPS tracking/speed/music interface + OBD data monitoring due to an earlier mishap! portable; RFID scan/write using a display from wetterott timelapse and other random projects. [Read More]


Well I knew moving was stressful, moving an entire house on your own is additionally stressful but actually agreeing on decor, layout, appliances and so on just notches it up to kill me now stress levels.

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A collection of quotes taken from sources as diverse as films, books, philosophy etc Faith Why does your faith require special treatment? Is it not robust enough to stand some questioning? No one else on this world enjoys such protection from scrutiny, so why should you and your faith be singled out for special treatment? - From a Space Marines book Life A negative mind will never give you a positive life. [Read More]


Well after much deliberation (6 months!) i've gone and done it.... today i received an Amazon Echo. I'd read reviews, considered privacy, looked at alternatives thought about if i was comfortable talking to no one .. then realised i've been doing it for years

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