Road Rants - Overtaking

I could probably put together an entire 'Road Rants' series, but this one is inspired by some comments I saw today on a facebook post about overtaking "Why should we have to brake in our cars with our children to let them in" Firstly, pet hate, people like to invoke the whole "think of the children" mentality, as if because your car has children in it someone is less likely to want to crash into it. I don't care whether the occupant is 7 or 70, I don't want to hit another vehicle with a person in it (or, for that matter, a pet... which I'd probably get along with more than the person) Second…

Read more »


3G/4G Router Stores

I recently had reason to purchase a few different 3G/4G routers and antennae and, as you'd expect, there's a number of online stores and sites dedicated to such things; 3grouterstore.co.uk 4grouter.co.uk 5grouterstore.com teltonika-router.co.uk fixedipsimcard.co.uk fullband.co.uk westlakeconnect.com westlakecommunications.co.uk But, actually, these are all owned by Westlake Communications (although not one of the websites is compliant with the provisions of the Companies Act) Westlake have a clear notice on (most) of their websites that states PLEASE NOTE WE DO NOT SELL TO RESIDENTIAL CUST…

Read more »


A Revolut-ionary way to pay abroad

Posted on

I recently went to the USA for the first time and, in common with my travel anywhere else, didn't take any foreign currency. I took the following; A Revolut Card A Curve Card My American Express Card My UK Debit Card I was impressed with the simplicity (and reliability) of the Revolut app, and how much it saved on the trip and put together this quick overview / review for anyone else considering it, or travelling in the future The Card The Revolut card is a prepaid Mastercard issued by Paysafe, nothing new there. Where it differs is it allows you to hold balances in multiple currencies; GBP, U…

Read more »


SMS 2FA and the Modern Smartphone

SMS has been around for over 20 years now and yet this basic 160 character instant messaging service is still widely used for marketing, transactional messages and two-factor authentication ("2FA") This was just a random thought when trying to log into something for the third time today that requires an SMS OTP. When I'm staring at a form input box and my phone receives a message at that exact moment the chances are it's to fill that box in, it'd be nice if this was more streamlined! Imagine if, for example, an HTML form could listen for the message.. perhaps with something like the following…

Read more »


Alarm Monitoring (With Raspberry Pi)

Posted on

I'm responsible for a commercial buildings that, as you would expect, have monitored alarms, access control and such like. However, commercial alarm monitoring is horrendously expensive, and most of them are stuck in the dark ages; I want to be able to monitor the condition of my alarm remotely, and get notifications in a useful way. Piece of cake pi My usual solution to these sorts of problems - Raspberry Pi. I've found use for this £30 mini Linux box in lighting control, information displays, presentations, video servers, phone systems and more... Connecting to the alarm Most alarms have a c…

Read more »