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Roland TD-6V Drum Brain Repair

The Roland TD-6V Percussion Instrument is a major part of the Roland “V-Drums” line up. This week I had one for repair. Lets take a look under the hood and see whats makes this machine tick, or in this case not. This one came to me with the complaint that it would just cut out […]

Apple’s new SpaceShip building takes off. (Video)

Construction work on Apple’s new “SpaceShip” headquarters building has begun, demolition is complete and the new circular campus building is beginning to rise from the ground. This video shows where it’s up to so far, and you can also see the huge car park building. Continue reading to see the video.

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Teardown: Bosch Tassimo Coffee Maker

In this video I tear down a Bosch Tassimo Coffee Machine and see whats inside.

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FTDI relents to pressure, and pulls the malicious driver from windows.

As I, and many others, reported yesterday, FTDI’s latest windows driver deliberately disabled users hardware. They have now bowed to public pressure and the backlash from the engineering community and pulled the update, and promised to issue a new driver “next week”.

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FTDI USB driver intentionally and deliberately damages hardware?

FTDI make USB interface chips which are the industry standard around the world. Do the latest FTDI software drivers for windows deliberately and knowingly damage hardware?

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You just can’t trust the BBC.

Two headlines, both from the BBC News website today, both published today, both conflicting. One reads “UK Universities slip down rankings” and the other reads “Universities hold world rankings”. In fact both are true, because the BBC sees “England” as being the “UK” and demotes Scotland. The truth is that overall English universities have slipped down […]

Hong Kong trip postponed.

I was supposed to travel to Hong Kong on Saturday 11th October to attend HKTDC, but I had to pull out due to a foot injury. Now it looks as though that might have been a provident decision, given the current unrest in the area. 

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Stay safe from high quality phishing email scams.

Today I received an email on my BT Internet email account which looked bona fide, but it was a phishing scam. Here I describe how to spot the few clues, to make sure you don’t get caught out.

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Solder paste under the microscope.

In electronics we regularly use solder paste in the assembly of printed circuit boards (PCBs). This paste comes in a variety of packages, styles, types and so on. Today I look at one small tub of solder paster under the microscope. Quite literally. 

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