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Garage door opener – tiny computer project

Recently we had two new garage doors installed, to replace very old clunky things. The new doors are sectional, insulated and have brand new automatic openers. They are draft free and the temperature in the workshop is a few degrees

Posted in Computer Stuff, Raspberry Pi

Windows 7 – Windows 10 couldn’t upgrade error

I get this occasionally on computers that weren’t upgraded during the free Windows 10 period. Every time you go into the update screen, the first thing that pops up is an error regarding the Windows 10 upgrade failing. At first

Posted in Computer Stuff, Windows 10

Stuck in Windows update – restarting forever

I am working on a customers laptop, and got rid off the problems it came in with (seizing to a stop as soon as he logged on). As a favour, I let the outstanding updates install. First of all the

Posted in Computer Stuff, Windows 10

Thunderbird to Outlook

For obvious reasons, Thunderbird does not provide any easy way of exporting emails into Outlook, I suppose most people would not want to do it. Recent stuff ups at Spark seem to have made accessing (sending specifically) my third party

Posted in Computer Stuff

Windows 10 and inverted ASUS webcam

This issue is worth repeating here, if only to help anybody else looking for the fix. The issue is that after a Windows 10 upgrade of an ASUS N61JA laptop, from Windows 7, the webcam image was shown upside down.

Posted in Computer Stuff, Windows 10

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”

Posted in Computer Stuff

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