Electronic Engineering Blog


Calculator in Apple’s OS X El Capitan cannot perform basic maths!

I have discovered that the Calculator app that ships with OS X El Capitan cannot do some pretty basic programmer’s maths. Being able to add and subtract in Base 10 (decimal) and Base 16 (Hexadecimal) is a pretty basic requirement of any programmer’s calculator. Developers use these number systems all day long, and the Calculator App […]


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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The difference between the UK, England and Great Britain explained.

Ever wondered what is the difference between the terms “Great Britain”, “the United Kingdom” and even “England”? Well here’s the answer…  


How To spot a fake or phishing email.

Here is our cut-out-and-keep guide on how to spot a fake or “phising” email. A ‘phishing’ email is one that purports to be from someone you do business with, like your bank, Apple, a high-street store or online store, but is in fact a fake email trying to get you to hand over your identity, […]



Galileo GPIO Timing & why it doesn’t work for some.

The Intel Galileo is has Arduino UNO compatibility, yet often I see queries from someone asking why their favourite Arduino Shield won’t work, or why an interface they have made which works on other Arduino boards, doesn’t work with Galileo. Often they say Galileo is no use, or Galileo doesn’t do what it claims, or Galileo is […]


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 […]


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