I had a bit of spare time this evening and so headed over to CodeUp Salford (Twitter: @codeupsalford) to listen to Drew Morgan talk about Python. As my regular readers know, I enjoy Python. Heck it is currently my go to language to bounce ideas around in, and it was great to be in an environment … Continue reading CodeUp Salford / Humble Bundle Linux
To give a new author a chance to reach an audience and share their view/knowledge of programming I am proud to announce that http://www.geektechstuff.com is the home of geektechv2 - hopefully some articles on Scratch will be coming soon!
The last time I designed and physically built something out of materials (other than IKEA furniture) was way back in CDT (Craft Design Technology) lessons in high school. That all changed today as I became a volunteer maker for the day! Manchester Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) runs an event called "MakeFest", for details … Continue reading My Day As A Volunteer Maker
Tim Peake is a Europeon Space Agency (ESA) astronaut who on the 15th December 2015 began a 186 day mission called Principia aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Tim’s mission included taking 2 Raspberry Pi computers aboard the ISS and Tim is the first British ESA astronaut. During his time aboard the ISS Tim completed … Continue reading Tim Peake Soyuz Module UK Tour
Just a heads up that I am going to also post my code/programming/scripts onto Github. Who knows, I might also get to help out on other people's code/programming/scripts.... My Github page can be found at: https://github.com/geektechdude
Did anyone else want to be an astronaut growing up? I think it is one of the dreams all kids have and one that got me into astronomy for quite some time. Back in October 2017 the Code Club I run entered a fantastic event called “Mission Zero” as part of Astro Pi 2017. Young … Continue reading Astro Pi Mission Zero Day 2018
Continuing on with my exploring of testing connectivity I ran into a practical reason today for using Powershell. A computer on my employers network apparently loses network connectivity (according to the end user) during a 2 hour window in the evening. The event logs on the PC don’t indicate any issues and the network logs … Continue reading Testing Network Connectivity via PowerShell (Part 2)
Ask any IT user how they test basic network connectivity and the majority of answers will probably mention ping. Ping sends a ICMP (Internet Control Message Protocol) packet to a target and then waits for a reply. If ping shows a reply then there is basic network connectivity, if it doesn't get a reply then … Continue reading Testing Network Connectivity via PowerShell (Part 1)
During my youth I was a tech consumer rather than tech producer spending days playing on Sega and Nintendo consoles rather than designing/coding games; later surfing the web rather than designing/coding sites and using computer programs rather than making them. In my opinion I was not the only one of my generation to do this. … Continue reading Don’t just consume, produce!
I spent a large portion of my IT career working as a 1st line support technician. With my growth in coding skills and with technology expanding I've begun to ponder if some of the role of a 1st line technician can be automated via a bot. So....here I go! First off, I'm going to be … Continue reading Building A Chat Bot (Version 1)