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Review of Microsoft AutoRoute 2011 (with GPS receiver)

Bought: 10th July 2012
Supplier: Amazon (UK)
Price: £56.97 (GBP) post & packing included

My old SatNav is a NavMan iCN 520 – bought back in 2003. It gave mixed results then and subsequently, but of course, the map – note singular – is now well out-of-date.
To purchase updated maps of both the UK and Europe, I’ve been [...]

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The Eee PC1025CE – Fastest Netbook in Cullercoats?

Review of Asus Eee PC 1025CE

Bought: 5th July 2012
Supplier: PC World, North Shields (No, Really!)
Price: £229.00 (that’s GBP)
Sales assistant: Patient and well-informed (a surprise given previous experiences at PC World)

Out of box experience:
Dismay at worthless ‘user manual’, but plugged in charger and switched it on.
Confusion and frustration as W7 setup rumbled on, expecting mouse movements, [...]

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MySQL Workbench v5.2.34 – 2nd meeting

Early experiences with the MySQL Workbench IDE version 5.2.34, revision 7780 – part 2.

I refined the data model a little.

Export of ER diagram V2 from Story Schema

I edited in a minimal set of data for test purposes, this included entry of two characters from Book, and a (limited) selection of page references taken [...]

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MySQL Workbench v5.2.34 – First Contact

Early experiences with the MySQL Workbench IDE version 5.2.34, revision 7780

Export of ER diagram from Story Schema

First impressions:

It’s easy to install.

The download and install on my XP machine went without a hitch, including the necessary pre-requisites – in this case a Visual C++ re-distributable run-time and .NET component.

It’s pretty.

Neatly laid out and with exceptional [...]

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Do a quick sketch? I wish!

My Challenge – draw this in your favourite drawing package.

What is it? It’s an irregular polygon. Well, OK then, it’s a skeleton sketch for the top and bottom of a rather specialised speaker cabinet.
Now I can rough out this shape easily on paper using a pencil and my eye. For better results a 60deg [...]

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Ultra-easy use of 64-pin TQFP PIC Microcontrollers using TQFP-to-DIP PCB from VOTI

VOTI TQFP-to-DIL Header with PIC and ICSP fitted

A while ago I purchased a batch of 18F6620 TQFP PIC Microcontrollers at a ridiculously low price. The barrier to use of TQFP packages is, of course mounting these SMD packages effectively alongside the ‘normal’ components enthusiasts tend to use. At the time I set about and [...]

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