ping failure on device but not another

I recently set up an old first revision RPi in the garage with a DS18B20 sensor wired, set to monitor external ground temperature and broadcast via MQTT it was also intended to perform some other functions such garage door monitor, perhaps i'd add a PIR for alerts etc

Originally it was connected via cable through a netgear router configured as repeater and as such i could always ping it or ssh into it.

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it got warmer :)

I thought it was warm in the garage a few weeks ago but perhaps not as warm as was on the 25th July…

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politics & brexit a short rant

I don't normally post or talk about politics, religion etc because it is so argumentative and polarising and i've met many who are unable to discuss a counter argument or theory they just become enraged but brexit and Syria are two things i feel i need to put something down.

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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 but even that is not 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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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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moving house

Argh - that pretty much sums up the process of moving from rented to a mortgaged house. It should have been easy, i mean i'm a first time buyer, big deposit, no ties, no chain in the place i'm buying nothing at all could make the process falter.

Ha naive bugger

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info overload

Information overload - over the years i've collected terabytes of data in different forms, books, cd's, pdf's, word documents, emails and so on. Finding that one bit of critical info is a pain, my work laptop has over 45g of standards, specifications and so on stuff that should be referenced yet because it is often buried in subdirs or perhaps i've given the document i created a title which made sense at the time but months/years later means nothing i cannot find that which i need. [Read More]