Jun 03

Time travel will happen – and I can prove it.

About 14 years ago, around about the year 2000, I wrote an article for a magazine called ‘Develop‘ – it was a magazine for developers in the console game industry. The magazine printed it, but they called it the ‘the Oddview’ and the editor (Owain Bennallock) followed it with a sly comment that said something along the lines of “if anyone else has an odd view of the future, write in and let us know”. The thing is, my vision of the future came true. I have another vision of the future to share with you, I think you’ll find it interesting and maybe a little scary at the same time. It will come true and you will remember where you heard about it first.

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May 21

Linux development – Book Recommendation.

If you want a great guide to Linux and Linux programming, look no further than “The Linux Programming Interface” by Michael Kerrisk.

It covers how linux works under the hood, and the history of linux as well as being a great in depth guide to Linux software development.

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May 16

Virtual becomes Reality – The Galileo Project.

I few weeks ago I posted about how I designed an enclosure for Galileo boards. I used the ‘cloud’ based software known as Autodesk Fusion 360 to do the design work. I then ‘shared’ the data with a colleague in another country part of the UK. He very kindly printed the design out on his HP DesignJet and what was just a collection of bytes in a virtual web service is now a physical entity in the real world.

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May 05

IoT DevKit Linux build, SD Card Image

I have now uploaded a copy of the SD Card image. You can find it here. It is compressed using bzip2 compression. It is designed for an 8GB SDHC Card. It will work on larger cards, but part of your card will be unused. This blog post explains how to burn it to an SD Card for use in Galileo. Continue reading

Apr 29

Enclosure for Galileo

I have designed a partial enclosure for Galileo. Using the STEP files below you can 3D Print it yourself.

I have not had one made yet, so cannot guarantee it’s a good fit, but I’m reasonably confident.


Galileo Partial Enclosure Click for larger image.


The STEP files for the enclosure are here.





The STEP files for the mockup of the board is available here.

Board Mockup

Mockup of the Galileo board, with external facing components only shown. Click for larger image.

Apr 22

Putting nano on Galileo

In this post I look at how to put my current favoured linux text editor, nano, onto Galileo.

My galileo is running the SD Card based linux image available from Intel’s IoT ADT page. This image includes all the dev tools required to build projects from source. You can use it to develop your own software, or you can use it to build software from source, as we are about to do with Nano. Continue reading

Apr 09

Getting Galileo on WiFi

A guide to getting Galileo on WiFi

The Intel Galileo development board has a full sized PCIe connector on the bottom.

Using this connector you can add a WiFi card to Galileo, so that it can joint your WiFi network, or even create one of it’s own. Galileo is compatible with a number of WiFi cards, and drivers for most of the popular Intel cards are included in the Linux distribution that runs on Galileo.

This guide shows you how I added Galileo to my wifi network.

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Apr 03

Intel Galileo useful links

Some useful links to Intel Galileo information:

Here are some useful links to information about Intel Galileo, if you have more to add let me know.


Mar 18

Flight MH370 – The simple facts

Sherlock homes once said something like: when you eliminate all other possibilities, whatever you are left with is the answer.

In the search for Flight MH370 why is everyone so intent on looking for theories, conspiracies, terrorism and plot? Why not just use the basic facts of what we know?

We know the flight took off, we know it was on-route, but stopped communicating. We know it turned. We know it was still in the air for 6 more hours or so. Thats it, thats all we know for sure really.

With those facts alone you will find the answer. It took off, something happened to harm the plane, it turned. It could not communicate with ground.

I think you will find the plane in the south indian seas, because it turned and then flew, in more or less a straight line, until it ran out of fuel and fell out the air. It is as simple as that – but 10 days later only now are people starting to examine the simple explanation for what has happened. No one wanted to take the simple explanation first, they all wanted the drama of some complicated plot.

Now, in case you think I am jumping on the bandwagon after the fact, just ask my family, they will tell you I was ranting about just following the facts and ignoring the theories long before anyone in the media thought about it. I even drew a line on my map at home showing roughly where I think the plane came down. It’s in the south indian seas, I am sure of it. But I hope I am wrong, and I hope it has actually be taken by terrorists and landed safely somewhere on land, and the passengers and crew are still alive. But I doubt it.