Sunday 17 December 2023

Wednesday 8 November 2023

BirdNet-Pi: intro, install, use

Which bird species visit our garden?


BirdNET-Pi may not fully answer that question.

But it may reveal some unexpected visitors.

Saturday 28 October 2023

Linux Mint: replacing gnome-screenshot

The default screenshot program on Mint doesn't really do it for me.


So I started investigating a better solution.

Saturday 26 August 2023

Skoda Yeti: P20EE & the Emission Control light

We love our Skoda Yeti ...most of the time.


But when we go through a phase of 'dash-board disco' when fault lights come on & stay on, we soon get fed up and start looking at new cars!

Monday 21 August 2023

Linux Mint: my cpu fan is roaring!

This is a very recent problem.

 I'm pretty convinced it was caused by a recent software update.

Friday 21 July 2023

Linux: record audio from a website

Once in a while I need to do this.


There isn't always an obvious way to download audio or use a stream.

So this is a reminder of how to do it!

Saturday 8 July 2023

Grey Water for my Red Roses

Its summertime in southern England!


So that means its water-shortage-time.

The challenge is to keep your precious plants alive while minimising the use of fresh water.

Monday 19 June 2023

Moths in Bognor

This is our first summer in our new house by the seaside!


We have been using our DIY moth trap to sample the local population of moths.

It was a slow start, but now looking very positive.

Telegram FOSS: didn't get the code

 I've just been struggling for a few days to get access to my Telegram account on my de-Googled phone.


It seems to be a common problem, but in my case I was overlooking one important point.

Now its fixed I need to write this note for future reference.

Sunday 4 June 2023

Prostate Cancer: coming off Zoladex

Hey! I'm still here, alive & kicking.


My cancer is still under control, and I've really enjoyed the last few years of my life.

Sunday 2 April 2023

Birdbox 2023: new home, new location, new birdbox

2022 was all about moving house


so I didn't have time to fire-up the birdbox system or even keep my eye on nesting progress.

And I'm not sure that this year will be much better, but here goes.

Monday 20 March 2023

Laptop Power Hack

My Entroware Orion laptop developed a very annoying power problem. 


Sometimes it would unexpectedly go flat while in use with the power supply plugged in!

So what to do: send it back or bodge it?