Every now and then as a software engineer you do something that leaves you feeling awesome. It’s rare though. I’d say there are maybe a couple of days a year I leave a client’s site thinking “That’s was something cool today”. Of those couple of days a year days even fewer ever manage to make you go … More Great Moments in Software Engineering – Few and Far Between
Ever since I’ve got my new ESX home lab setup I’ve been wanting to get some Mac VMs running. My wife and I have Apple laptops and desktops as well as a plethora of Apple devices in the house. Whilst they’re working fine being managed through Windows at the moment I wanted an attempt to … More Mac OS VMWare ESXi Woes
Whilst I’m working on my door lock I’ve been looking at other forms of home automation as well. I’m going to be moving home in the new year and for the first time we will own rather than buy which gives me a great excuse to install tech everywhere. We’re also going to be remodelling … More The Smart Home – Where to Begin?
So I had the opportunity this weekend to spend some time finally starting development work with my Arduino. A simple start I thought – import some libraries and start cranking out the code. As I’ve mentioned previously I’m planning on working on a smart door lock for my house with RFID and potentially other sensors … More Arduino Door Controller – Being Frugal with RAM
Something I thought would be really easy to do in VMWare turned out not to be. Whilst setting up my new ESXi host I found a couple of old external SATA hard disk caddies where the caddies or PSUs had broken but the disks were fine. It seemed like a good opportunity to remove the … More How To Passthrough Physical SATA Disk on ESXi 5.5 Host to Virtual Machine
All the bits for my home VMWare lab have arrived and I’ve been building out the ESX host over the weekend. The hardware build went reasonably well apart from a few cables I needed to pop down and get from Maplin. The Build This was my first time installing VMWare ESXi 5.5 which should have … More My Home Lab ESX Host is Online
Well it’s been a productive weekend. The ESX server is built (a separate post on that to follow) but also the Arduino kit I’ve ordered has turned up. I’ve got the Adafruit RFID reader shield (link) with an Arduino Ethernet POE (link), a few stacking headers for shields (link), an FTDI serial cable (link) and a … More The Arduino Has Arrived