Ralph S Bacon

MicroControllers, Electronics and IOT

A Journey Milestone – Thank You

My YouTube journey has reached a psychological milestone in the last day or so, and I’ve passed the 10,000 subscriber marker. I can say only one thing: thank you all for your support on this journey. Whether you’re a ‘regular’ or just pop in now and again it all counts! I’m not sure whether YouTube takes more notice of my channel now; I’ve heard anecdotally that they will suggest videos […]

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Things work out best for people who make the best out of the way things work out

It’s funny how things work out, despite all the plans we make to keep our lives in some semblance of order. “Man Plans, and God laughs” is the translation of the old Yiddish adage “Mann Tracht, Un Gott Lacht”. Even Robbie Williams sang “I sit and talk to God, And he just laughs at my plans”. All this leads up to the fact that I, along with several colleagues, were given notice […]

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New Products – for Benny too, perhaps

So I’m just about to create a video for this inexpensive, small-but-effective audio module that can be used with any µController, when it struck me that I could, perhaps, be of some help to my daughter who is trying to run a UK-based e-Shop selling cat and dog treats, clothes and other nice items that she’s sourced, most of which are not found in your local supermarket. How? Well, I […]

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Automation on hold – for a bit

If things had gone to plan we would have had another video out by now, and talking about another peripheral that I want to add to my automation project. Regrettably, though, I’ve had a family bereavement which has halted most things Arduino and Pi for this week and next, as I fly out to Germany for my dad’s funeral. He’s been suffering from Alzheimer’s for a couple of years or […]

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A new programming language (for me)

If you’ve been following my YouTube channel or this blog you’ll know by now about my Workshop Automation project that I have on the go. It will incorporate many elements of the Arduino journey so far, but requires something a bit more sophisticated to tie it all together. Hence the Raspberry Pi 3B+ sitting on my desk. Who would have thought it? I’ve followed a script or two in Python, […]

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Sonoff and Alexa are friends!

My 4-channel Sonoff switching unit has arrived and has been “paired” with my Alexa. So now Alexa can switch my workshop heating on and off. In theory, at least, because I haven’t actually connected this to my heater. This is simply going to provide a signal to my workshop hub microcontroller that the heater should be turned on (if below a preset temperature). This Sonoff also comes with an easy-to-use […]

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First Workshop Succesful Repair

An interesting problem, this one, and whilst not directly Arduino-related the process I used in determining the problem is very similar when diagnosing misbehaving I2C buses, MOSFETs that don’t switch on when expected or any number of weird code anomalies. Our cordless vacuum cleaner started playing up. It would fire up for a few seconds, but then switch off. Additionally, the motorised brush head would not revolve at all. As […]

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