Connecting my two rainwater tanks

Finally got my two rain tanks joined up. I had one on each side of the house, but only really needed/wanted it on one side. So the challenge was to join them up from a single source – the patio roof and have as little piping connecting the two. Tank A maintains the inlet & overflow, with the connecting pipes at the base maintaining an equilibrium between the two. Now I have about 5,000 litres of water!  

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Fantasy Soccer on Github and Fixed up

I had a few hours this evening after work to fix up an old app I created in 2006. That makes it 9 years old! It’s a fantasy soccer game modeled off the world cup. Players select a team of 11 for each round, and points are awarded based on the configured rules. Points can be awarded for any configurable event, such as a goal, redcard (negatives!), hatricks, clean sheets etc. It also has a predictions section – predict for

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Final Year Software Engineering Project Ideas

In the mid 2000’s I started a cool list of software projects for a group of students I taught. Things that might not have been innovative enough to win a nobel award, but were of interest to me and would challenge someone enough prove software engineering interested them. Here are some of those: Image recognition – being able to recognise an image and the contents of it. Think of uses for copyright. Google’s done some cool stuff lately. Way finding

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First attempt at a hologram using an iPhone and iPad

I followed some simple instructions on how to make a hologram on my phone. I followed one of these videos I put up a video here : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aaYBUsCpSvQ I used standard 2mm perspex from my local art shop. The dimensions of each triangle leave a 1cm squared hole at the bottom – which means it’s more suited to a larger display, like an iPad. You can make this smaller, but the likelihood of it free standing is less. If you

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10,000 foot view of various Service Status Software

Analysis on some open source service status projects I’ve stumbled upon over time: https://cachethq.io/ Really nice looking interface, easy to understand Good use of graphs Good list of customers Using PHP which makes it really portable http://www.stashboard.org/ Very nice interface Lacks some graphical displays Runs on Google app engine API is restful http://dashingdemo.herokuapp.com/sample Beautiful UI Interactive Contains probably more than you’d need for service status http://williamdurand.fr/2012/01/16/services-status-dashboard/ Really like the UI Limited functionality https://status.github.com/ I don’t think it’s truly open source

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