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Having got hold of a BBC Microbit to look at, here's a short review from a technician's perspective.   read more...
Posted by Ian Lang on Up the Sharp End Apr 30, 2016 1:00 AM BST
Why numbers are weird. read more...
Posted by Ian Lang on Up the Sharp End Apr 28, 2016 8:38 PM BST
Here’s a breakdown of 7 activities you may be surprised to discover count towards your continuing professional development (CPD).   read more...
Posted by David Biggins on Career Hacks Apr 28, 2016 10:24 AM BST
Why working experience with machines trumps qualified to mend them every time.   read more...
Posted by Ian Lang on Up the Sharp End Apr 24, 2016 1:19 PM BST
A Short Comedic Story about Bolshevik Electrons.   read more...
Posted by Ian Lang on Up the Sharp End Apr 23, 2016 8:39 PM BST
Handy tips for IT Technicians read more...
Posted by Ian Lang on Up the Sharp End Apr 21, 2016 8:36 PM BST
I must stop reading the technical pages. This time I've been reading about a hand crank to charge mobile phones.    read more...
Posted by Ian Lang on Up the Sharp End Apr 18, 2016 9:27 PM BST
Big UAVs, Little UAVs and a musing on the menace of the latter.   read more...
Posted by Ian Lang on Up the Sharp End Apr 15, 2016 11:10 PM BST
This week we announced that for the first time in the UK, the IET has launched a FIRST Lego League Junior programme ( FLL Jr.® ) for primary school children.   read more...
Posted by Rebecca Gillick on The IET Blog Apr 15, 2016 10:57 AM BST
Even though it's Thursday night as I'm posting. Have a titter on me. read more...
Posted by Ian Lang on Up the Sharp End Apr 14, 2016 10:41 PM BST
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I used to own a Faraday Torch that you had to shake for 10 mins to get 'allegedly' 30 minutes of light... Well it's been living at the back of my shed for the last 6 years and I now use a rather more efficient and useful battery powered torch instead. :o)
It's a case of Apps for masses; perhaps 5% of them may indeed be useful, but I think the jury's out on this one. For those with engineering aptitude however, I simply have a colour coordinated kettle in the bedroom coupled up to a timer switch. The resultant singing of the kettle and synchronised classical music radio-alarm provide the perfect ter...
I'm stealing 'the sacred mango tree'.
This is excellent. I'm currently trying to get my niece and nephews (two nine year olds and one eight) interested in getting off the X Box and into something more creative with electro-mechanical and electronic bits but it's hard work. This sort of thing is just what's needed: well done.
I love it when stuff is invented for inventedness (is that a word?) sake. Because. That's your answer.