USB powered doorbell

I have a second doorbell because the one in the living room is too far away to hear from the computer - especially with music playing - but it uses up AA batteries far too quickly and I don't easily notice that it's no longer ringing with the main one. So I connected it up to a USB port instead...

[USB powered doorbell]

NTP reference clocks

I've finally finished putting together the parts to connect multiple NTP reference clocks to the same serial port...

[Inside of box]

It uses three reference clocks - one GPS receiver and two radio clocks (DCF77 and MSF).

[MSF receiver]

[DCF77 receiver]

[GPS receiver]

New Bike

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(The third "new ..." post in just over a month).

I was in Halfords buying panniers, new lights, a rear reflector for my aging bike which could fall apart at any moment (and part of the stand fell off earlier this week)...

I now have a Carrera Subway 1:

[Front on]

[Side on]

[Rear view]

A rechargeable front light (which won't fly off the bike if I hit a pothole like my current one) will be very useful:

[Front light]

I can also go to Tesco without trying to cycle home with heavy weights on each handlebar:

[Front light]

The only downside is that I must now put my cycle lock through the wheels instead of just the frame every time I leave it because both of them can be removed without tools.

New server

It's close to two months since I decided to replace proxima's aging hardware and two returned motherboards later I finally moved everything over on friday. It's much faster.

It's also been snowing tonight... started soon after I left for Tesco :/.

Alarm Clock

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My new alarm clock has arrived - now I won't get woken up at 7 at the weekend and can't be late for work because I forget to set an alarm. I do already have one but it's always illuminated (I can't read it from bed anyway) and only has a daily alarm.

New Printer and Young Boy

My new printer is here... but it doesn't come with a USB cable so I can't use it yet :(

ASDA are selling young boys for £5!

The Royal Bank Street Party

Was cancelled...

One week later...

[Full recycling boxes]

I didn't expect them to fill up so fast.

Recycling boxes

[Recycling boxes]

The left one is for my blue bin, the right one is for the local recycling centre. At some time in the next decade I might have recycled enough to offset the amount of sellotape used to make the boxes...

Runaway bin

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Now my bin is trying to run away - perhaps I've not been feeding it enough?

[Runaway bin]

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