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  • Got Git?

    While adding the contact link to the bottom of every page the other week, I managed to accidentally upload the new changes and an out-of-date stylesheet, and so messed up the view of the whole website. Live. After testing the changes first. And I learnt two things: Backup Fortunately I...

  • Showing a legitimate front

    As part of launching an online shop, It’s important for me to show that I am a legitimate supplier that deserves your business, so I need to include on my website, the information that I look for when I’m shopping at a new site online. While finding any or all...

  • When Projects Hit Problems

    I’m still undergoing a delay with having a prototype kit manufactured. It’s a bit of a disappointment when each promise of a quote for parts turns out to be empty. I know part of the problem is the small scale of the production I’m looking at – 10 kits batched...

  • suPHP for Apache in Ubuntu

    As part of my learning more about web hosting, I have a VPS that hosts a testing area for this site and I also host a couple of virtual hosts for other people. One of the side effects of the standard server setup that I have been using is that...

  • What a difference a drive makes

    SSD or HDD? The warning of some bad sectors on my hard disk drive told me that I needed a new disk soon, before data loss caught up with me. I know that SSDs are faster than HDD, though the capacities are lower and the cost is greater; but is...

  • Bits in Pieces

    As the quest continues to find a manufacturer, and get the production prices for the parts, I’ve been building up a database of parts for public view. If you’d like to take a look, it’s currantly running at beta.def-proc.co.uk/wiki/ (down at the moment because of suPHP). While it’s clearly not...

  • Maker Faire UK: Technology on Tyne

    I think I might still be dead from Maker Faire UK. After a full week of creating a cardboard mock up of Atomic Duck after it became clear there would be no aluminum parts in time, followed by two days of talking to hundreds of people at what I mistakenly...

  • Maker Faire UK this Weekend

    It’s all go with getting ready for Maker Faire UK this weekend. If you are near Newcastle, please come in and say hello; it’s only £5 entry for Saturday and Sunday and there will be plenty of other interesting projects to see too. I can’t go without something to give...

  • Design Freeze

    What I was hoping to write today was that my set of prototype parts are off for production, to be received next week, but it looks like I have to wait another day to get that started (but still in time for Maker Faire). Instead though, I can reveal the...

  • Manufacturing Ready

    Isn’t it always the smallest things that take the longest time? Having spent a couple of 12 hour days going over the CAD model, checking every part for interference, correctly sized holes, bend radii and correct fit to the adjoining parts; the assembly model looks pretty much the same as...

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