Smart home device review: Sonoff Basic

The Sonoff Basic is a simple WiFi switch for the home. It only allows for live and neutral cable, so it’s ideal for simple bedside lamps or living room lights. I’ve got a couple, one for a standing light and one of a lava lamp. The latter is often left on by mistake, so having the ability to turn it on and off remotely is a godsend. The switch is easy to set up. Cut the light cable near the plug (I highly recommend turning it off and unplugging before attempting this). Wire in the Sonoff switch, and plug back in. Finally, get the app talking to the switch. Note that these switches only use 2.4ghz, so if you’ve got a router that’s dual band, disable the 5ghz. Press the button on the switch, and connect via the app. Sounds easy, and it usually is. So with this switch I set an on-time to be just before we get up in the morning, say 7am. Then I have the switch turn off after sunrise. To do the latter I use IFTTT, but of course I can manually turn the devices off using Google Home or the app....

The Four Horsemen of the PowerPoint Apocalypse

Having delivered a few presentations in my time, here are the four key areas you should address: Conquest – the aim isn’t subjugation, it’s engagement. Find a friendly face and direct your charm to them War – you may have a extensive fighting machine you want impress upon your audience… but make love to them, not war Famine – make sure there are breaks, ideally with snacks 😉 Death – if you see you’re losing your audience, perk it up. Skip a slide or two if...

A Siddington bike ride

I think you might be interested in this track: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0BxYrDP0zuKceajdsbk14eGpWa3M/edit?usp=drivesdk Created by Google My Tracks on Android Name: Siddington Activity type: biking Description: – Total distance: 20.33 km (12.6 mi) Total time: 1:20:49 Moving time: 1:19:21 Average speed: 15.09 km/h (9.4 mi/h) Average moving speed: 15.37 km/h (9.5 mi/h) Max speed: 41.26 km/h (25.6 mi/h) Average pace: 3:59 min/km (6:24 min/mi) Average moving pace: 3:54 min/km (6:17 min/mi) Fastest pace: 1:27 min/km (2:20 min/mi) Max elevation: 227 m (744 ft) Min elevation: 141 m (463 ft) Elevation gain: 501 m (1644 ft) Max grade: 572 % Min grade: -25 % Recorded: 01/06/2014...
The Professor

The Professor

Liam’s reading and writing is developing so well he’s been moved into an advanced group at school. Which didn’t go down well with him. Because he has to sit next to A Girl. “And I don’t like...