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The ESP8266 is an exciting new WIFI device. It's suddenly become so popular because of an influx of cheap (£3) modules been made available on EBAY.

So obviously you have been able to get USB WIFI devices for this price for a while but now they even have all the processing and even some GPIO on board so all you require to access them is a serial port and a few AT commands. This makes WIFI practical for any Arduino/PIC/uC application  that has at least one serial port which is a very low bar indeed!


Any way Just seen a YouTube vid of some guys doing some impressive tests of the range of this device which in free line of site was over 400M!!


Take a Look:


OK I'm ripping off my mate Jim again, sure he won't mind as he really can't be bothered to do the Blog posts


This week he's taken  the nichrome wire out of a toaster and making a couple of nice new toys namely an Acrylic Bender and Hot wire Polystyrene cutter.


Murder a toaster and have fun today !!!

Subscribe to his channel if you like the vid ...Cheers

Ok Just another quick one. My mate Jim has been hacking away building switch gear for his Hydroponic  set up.

Anyway  cheap ebay timers and a nice box to mount them in and some basic mechanical building to make them safe.


Take a look and enjoy


Shropshire Linux User Group(Yeah SLUG!!) had a stand at the local Radio Rally(TDARS) on the 1st.

We had a 3D printer,QSSTV decoding images from our visitor operated "SSTV Selfie Cam" running on a Raspberry Pi and FLDIGI  busily decoding data from the attached radio. Around 1000 visitors came through the doors so we had our work cut out demonstrating and showing all things Linux to the  Radio crowd!


Well a few weeks ago now I actually got down to Wuthering Bytes Open Hardware Meetup @ Hebden Bridge, UK once again.

The meet up was excellent as usual and now extends over 3 days including the Sunday Workshop. Having a single track  over two days made it easier to see all the talks with out compromise. Talks varied from designing space capable rockets to flood warning systems and the future of microprocessors .£10 per day with some food represented excellent value!


Thanks again to the organisers for all your work, I for one are looking for Wuthering Bytes £15


Want to see more videos, there's plenty more here!!