When either of us comes into the room, all we have to do is tap our key fobs on a reader mounted by the door, and the room turns on or off what we normally use. The reader by the door reads the presence or absence of the tags.The book is only 28 pages, so it’s more of a long tutorial than a book, but it still acts as a good introduction to RFID.The book assumes that you have some experience with Arduino and micro-controllers (i.e., do you know what a breadboard, jumper wires, and circuits are? We start with a very brief introduction to RFID, follow up with two introductory technical tutorials on Arduino, and end with a fairly simple home automation project: Between my officemate and me, we have dozens of devices drawing power in our office: two laptops, two monitors, four or five lamps, a few hard drives, a soldering iron, Ethernet hubs, speakers, and so forth.

What devices are turned on at any given time depends largely on which of us is here, and what we’re doing.

This project is a system to reduce our power consumption, particularly when we’re not there.

The icon is small, and the progress bar seems to remain blank for a long time for bigger downloads.

There are as many as 20,000 street vendors in New York City — hot dog vendors, flower vendors, t-shirt vendors, street artists, fancy food trucks, and many others.

I grew some alpine strawbs for the first time last summer and Charlotte picked and consumed a considerable portion of the bumper harvest I got ....

which is a great way to make sure she gets fresh fruit.

We've had a new visitor to our garden this year ...... Still managed to get one or two photos of him stealing the peanuts put out for the birds.

Have now got him his own feeder box which, I'm delighted to say, he discovered today.

The templates and web resources will remain here at which will also have a redesign. For family and friends the new address is which is up and running now but still a work in progress.

Everything else will be found at my new domain - which will also have a new design. Why not visit now and bookmark it in readiness for the changeover.

Shame I can't convince her about the rhubarb though!!