Review: Gearbest Orvibo Smart Remote

Orvibo In The Box

In the glorious future, every device you own will have WiFi connectivity. With a tap on your app, you'll be able to switch on your TV, dim your lights, and set the air-conditioner to "frosty". We're not quite there yet - we live in a world where even the newest fangled kit relies on technology... Read more »

Virgin Trialling 322Mpbs Broadband

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Earlier this week, I noticed that Virgin Media had upgraded my 152Mbps service to a whopping 322Mbps. Sadly, it was fairly short-lived - but here's what I can tell you about it. Using my SamKnows monitoring box, I'm able to see regular snapshots of my broadband performance. My 152Mbps service is usually rock solid -... Read more »

Oxford East Hustings

Andrew Smith ID Cards

The Labour candidate I wanted to vote for just lied straight to my face. So I'm backing his Green opponent. Last night I attended a local hustings for the General Election. The two candidates I was most interested to hear from were Andrew Smith (Labour) and Ann Duncan (Green). The Tory candidate pulled out due... Read more »

The Eclipse's Effect on Solar Power

Solar Eclipse Generation

The headlines were clear - Upcoming solar eclipse to wreak havoc on Germany's solar power output screamed the headlines. Although the reality was slightly more prosaic. Although it's only one data point, I'd like to show you what happened to our solar panels during the eclipse. The full day graph shows a clear dip during... Read more »

Review: Android Dash Cam

DashCam Android Promo

Last year, during Britain's windy season, my car was struck by a tree. I say struck. I saw it teeter and made the wise decision to accelerate through it as it fell on top of me! Slightly more detail of the tree what fell on me. pic.twitter.com/5fgi1ZHyln — Terence Eden (@edent) October 21, 2014 It... Read more »

Lessons From FameLab

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A couple of weeks ago, I was a finalist at FameLab Oxford. I won the "Audience Choice" award - and was placed in the "Wildcard" category for a place at the National Final :-) OMG! Just won the audience vote at the #FameLab final. Thanks guys ☺ #ScienceFTW pic.twitter.com/bWWQGk7unC — Terence Eden (@edent) March 6, 2015... Read more »

Crappy Swastika Carved Into Wall

I remember the first time I saw a Swastika in India. It was gaudy red, painted on the back of a dusty yellow moped. The driver wore a helmet, but the woman riding pillion had only her sari to protect her head. India is different. The rules of the road are different. The languages are... Read more »

Don't Use Bit.ly To Advertise Your PGP Key

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I had dinner with the outgoing editor of The Guardian the other night. Clever chap, sure he'll go far in life. The Guardian is very hot on security. Many of their writers have PGP keys which they publicly advertise. In theory, that's great (complaints about PGP notwithstanding) - but the reality shows just how tricky... Read more »

This is what a graph of 8,000 fake Twitter accounts looks like

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Recently I've been plagued with Tweets saying that I'm "trending in London." As flattering as that is, it's not true. There appears to be a network of Twitter bots which are randomly repeating other people's tweets, ripping off avatars and bios, and generally causing a nuisance. Looking at the users' Twitter name, I don't think... Read more »

Adding WiFi To A Roomba

Thinking Cleaner Box

There are two very clear signs that I'm getting old. The first is that I bought a domestic robot to help me with the chores. The second is that, rather than spending my evenings and weekends reading decades old forum postings, reverse engineering serial interfaces, and soldering components together - I plunked €99 on a... Read more »