Wednesday 26 November 2014

Getting & using data from OpenWeatherMap

It is easy to get local or international weather data (such as current temperature, humidity, wind speed & so on) using the OpenWeatherMap API.


This could be very useful to me as part of my bird box project for 2015.

But my immediate concern involves our central heating system, and how to determine the local weather conditions.

Saturday 22 November 2014

Wheezy & Jessie, more than just a Toy Story.

I've just updated Raspbian on a took hours!

But this wasn't just a routine apt-get update & upgrade, it was a move from Debian Wheezy to Jessie.

So all of my applications where updated, in addition to the operating system and many configuration files.

Sunday 2 November 2014

It shouldn't be this difficult to watch 4OD

With Homeland series 4 currently running on Channel 4, we recently missed an episode due to other commitments.

No Problem! Just browse to 4OD and catch up.

Unfortunately it just wasn't that easy.

Saturday 1 November 2014

WMI, VB.classic & Excel

On this blog, posts about Microsoft software are as rare as Rocking Horse sh manure. But I have to get my hands dirty for a few hours each week, in my part-time network support job.

Although VB.classic (aka VB6) was replaced many years ago by, it lives on in the form of VBA (Visual Basic for Applications).

And if I need to gather information about networked Windows computers, I like to write VB code within Excel, and draw on the power of WMI (Windows Management Instrumentation).