ESP-8266 Experiments

It’s over a year since I started this in late 2019.  A work in progress, experimenting with the ESP8266 D1 Mini-pro and the ESP-01S running Tasmota.  Connecting to a Orange-Pi attached to the back of a 22″ LCD screen and running InfluxDB and Grafana.  This setup has been collecting data […]

wlc_1a controller esp-01

Besder 2MP POE camera

CCTV Updated to IP Cameras

The old analog cctv system have been updated to IP cameras and a dedicated NVR rather than a general PC and Zoneminder software. The mini-DVR has been modified to run on the 24V solar-battery system. Some more information Here.


NZ Post Shipping – Nov-2020

Manual shipping of small packages through a NZ Post Shop has become significantly more costly with increasing prices and the introduction of a much more complex and time consuming customs form. For smaller Air-Post packages, until recently we would print the address label, attach it to the package and complete […]

nz post customs form

Panasonic AA Alkaline cell

AA Batteries

NiMh Cells Seem To Be Fading Away We have used NiMh cells for years, but they are now harder to find and a lot more expensive.  So we are switching the main batteries from 8-cell NiMh to 3-cell 18650 cells with a BMS.  We still need a stable and safer […]


Fix the WP Block Editor

The problem: As of WordPress V5.0 they have inflicted the block editor onto us.  I suspect this is a very bad attempt at a sort of year-1 finger-painting for web page creation.  It may suit one page school projects quite well for anyone who has grown up with cellphones and […]


MinimOSD micro for FPV plane

Simple FPV OSD

Wanting an OSD to display the basics and GPS information in a small FPV plane but not wanting to waste a lot of time playing flight controllers, I decided to try the MinimOSD Micro running with just a GPS module and a small current sensor. I don’t run Windows so […]


Vodafone accidental disconnect – again

What is most annoying is that Vodafone created the fault and we had to wait two days for the repair. If they had said “oops our-bad” and repaired it same day – even if it was overtime – it would have saved me a lot of time, I wouldn’t be […]

vodafon internet cable connection

68hc11 evs

MC68HC11EVS and M68EM11E20

This unit has gone to a new home A piece of our micro development past has moved on as of April-2019. During the late 1990s I developed some home automation controllers based on the 68HC11E20 which was one time programmable in a 52 pin PLCC package and later the 68HC11 […]