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I'm a technologist available for hire in the West of England.

Right now I'm helping an insurance firm in London figure out how to deploy their code quickly and reliably without getting large numbers of people out of bed in the middle of the night.

Before this I was at Global Radio in Reading, having fun with AWS and some frankly strange quadratic equations. Previously I was with Nokia Entertainment in Bristol, optimising how music files are ingested and transcoded.

And before that, amongst other things, I was the Product Marketing Manager in Europe for Borland Delphi.


Aug
11
comment Can I use a 50 Hz device in a 60 Hz power frequency?
I'm not sure about this: intuition tells me that the /average/ power over time should be the same, and the fifty-cycles-per-second won't make a difference for heating elements. But I don't know for sure: any electrical engineers care to comment?
Aug
10
comment Can I use a 50 Hz device in a 60 Hz power frequency?
I knew there was an odd taste to my beverage this morning! Agree, I don't think there's anything fancy going on there. You'll most likely find the label is CE stamped, and if so the manufacturer won't have gone through the process of having it approved for 60Hz usage in the EU - that's mighty expensive for them to do. Easier to print a different set of labels.
Aug
10
comment Can I use a 50 Hz device in a 60 Hz power frequency?
That transformer won't change the frequency, just the voltage - so not much use, I fear.
Aug
10
answered Can I use a 50 Hz device in a 60 Hz power frequency?
Aug
9
comment Fast, easy and simple construction of a log store
I like the idea of sections.
Aug
9
comment Fast, easy and simple construction of a log store
Ah yes, what I over here know as a "metpost". Had that in mind, I hope I don't come across any big roots!
Aug
9
answered What is the best way to demolish a little brick wall?
Aug
8
asked Fast, easy and simple construction of a log store
Aug
8
answered What are the tools that every Do-it-Yourselfer must own?
Aug
8
comment What are the tools that every Do-it-Yourselfer must own?
+1. It's definitely worth paying extra for: SDS fitting, a light, 18V (these last longer), light weight, and a spare battery. Or two.
Aug
8
answered How do you remove a lot of wall tiles?
Aug
8
comment Any tips on fixing a difficult wall for tiling?
Actually this might be a reasonable way to go. If the wall's strong enough to take plaster and tile, if you can drill it deep enough to take good fixings it should also take battens and board. Bear in mind that depending on the cost of a plasterer, this will most likely be a more expensive option.
Aug
8
answered Any tips on fixing a difficult wall for tiling?
Aug
8
answered How can I reconnect a compression joint without replacing the olive?
Aug
7
comment What's the best way to seal around this faucet?
+1, remarkably versatile stuff. White caulk / sealant works too.
Aug
7
answered How should I prepare doors and windows for painting?
Aug
7
comment How do you protect solar panels from hail?
I'd expect the glass to be constructed to mitigate any risk. If the hail is bad enough to (say) break a car windscreen then you may have problems, though.
Aug
7
answered How can I get rid of the weeds and moss growing between the paver stones in my driveway?
Aug
5
comment What's a good way to seal a flat concrete roof?
Not really a DIY approach, that.
Aug
5
revised What “code” applies to projects that I do in my own home?
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