For Want of 0.1 mm…

I got the printed circuit board for my aquarium light and power controller project  from Olimex in Bulgaria yesterday. It looked great! Unfortunately, all of…

PCB Design Software

After struggling to lay out my aquarium controller on a “permanent” prototype board I decided to see if there were some software design packages which…

When in Doubt, Visit the Hardware Store

In my ongoing saga to build a wooden box for my aquarium controller, I finally reached the stage where I need to assemble the four…

Don’t Just RTFM, Pay Attention to It!

All my life I’ve tended not to Read The Futzy Manual. I skim instructional documents for key/new information, and then get on with the job.…

Linux Saves Windows Server

I run Exchange as my home mail server. Unfortunately, the Windows Server 2008 machine that hosts Exchange is flaky. For the last 18 months it…

It Can See! Or maybe “hear”…

I’ve updated my Arduino-based aquarium microcontroller project to incorporate an ultrasonic sonar sensor. The aquarium lights now stay dim during the day, except when someone…
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