Yearly Archives: 2016

Wireless Broadband

I went to a customer a few days ago who wanted an “all house wifi” system installed. When I got there I realised she had signed up for Spark Wireless Broadband, and had received her modem through the post. I

Posted in Computer Stuff

Spark internet connections and windows 10

In the last 3 days I have made 6 home visits to sort out 6 identical problems in exactly the same way each time. Customers report the same issue, the computer is connecting to the router OK, but not to

Posted in Computer Stuff, Windows 10

Arduino – multi-cell voltmeter

Right at the start of the saga which is my multi-cell voltmeter/potential BMS, I considered and rejected the simplest way of doing this, namely using voltage dividers to drop the voltage from the cells down to within the range of

Posted in Arduino, Computer Stuff, Electric Bikes, Programming

Windows 7 – Windows Explorer stopped working

Wow, this was a fun problem. An Acer all-in-one computer, everything was great except for this annoying bug, everytime you copied a file (drag and drop, copy and paste, whatever) Windows explorer puts up the “Windows Explorer has stopped working”

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Electric Bikes – a quick battery check

When I got home on Friday, Lynn’s bike was on charge, whirring away (noisy charger!). As she only left an hour or so before me, this was OK. However, when I did the rounds at bedtime (4 hours later), checking

Posted in Electric Bikes


We bought a T-Shirt press last year, second hand from a chap who was closing down his souvenir shop. A good, solid very old fashioned device. It came with sundry transfers and letters which he had left over from his

Posted in Sign Making

Electric Bikes – did I say spring?

It was a dark and stormy night, and it didn’t promise well for the day either. At 6:25 Lynn left for work wrapped up in balaclava, gloves, water proof jacket and trousers, still dark outside, windy, and still a bit

Posted in Electric Bikes

Electric Bikes – spring again

As I post the updated odometer reading to the e-bike blog, I realise that I have done 1000 kms during July, August and September – a New Zealand winter. It’s not been a particularly harsh winter, nor did it seem

Posted in Electric Bikes

Windows 10 – anniversary updates

Over the last couple of weeks, I have fielded quite a few calls about windows 10 doing big updates without any notice and without being asked, and the problems caused by the updates. Obviously I mostly hear about the ones

Posted in Computer Stuff, Windows 10

Electric Bikes – another motor gear broken

Yesterday Lynn mentioned that the noise from her wheel was getting worse, but she couldn’t figure out what it was or when it happened exactly. I did a few tests, and heard a knocking when the motor was powering the

Posted in Electric Bikes