Fire HD 8 and Google Play Store

Ok, who didn’t buy something they didn’t really need on Amazon Prime Day?  Just me?  Surely not!  But for just £44.99 I got an Amazon Fire HD 8 (10 Gen) and with a Mastercard promotion a 128GB micro SD card to bump up the storage for £8.45.  One of the first things I tried to do was install an emby client, which proved to be much more difficult than I’d imagined, at least until I discovered how to Install the Google Play Store on it.

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Rocket

This blog was drafted back in April after I’d bought a home rocket kit from Model Rockets. Due to the COVIC-19 pandemic, it had been sat in my office (prepped and ready to launch) until last weekend! In the meantime, SpaceX launched a manned rocket into space which certainly reinvigorated my interest in space, and hopefully a whole new generation of wannabe astronauts.

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Arduino + Wi-Fi

I’ve enjoyed playing around with my Arduino’s (which I’d blogged about here) and was up-to-date with the Youtube series I’d been watching, so started looking for something new to try. Controlling things via Wi-Fi would be useful for lots of things, so I decided to buy a cheap ESP8266 Wi-Fi module and get that working with an Arduino Uno. It turned out to be much easier said than done!

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Supercharged Firestick

This was one of the ‘lost blogs’ I wrote about here, so I’m not quite as motivated the second time! The idea was born from a Youtube video, and it got me thinking I might start using a supercharged Firestick more and my Apple TV 4 less, although only time will tell. It could be a great investment at ∼£40 or a complete waste of money!

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Inflatable Kayak

We’d seen a similar inflatable kayak for sale at Lidl last week, but when we popped into the Bo’ness store to pick one up they’d sold. Someone told us Aldi were selling a very similar inflatable kayak on Sunday, so we popped into the Linlithgow store early on the way to walk our dog by the river. It’s a good job we did as we got the last one!

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Arduino

I picked up my first Arduino as somewhat of an impulse purchase to avoid extortionate delivery costs when I was buying the Devastator Robot Platform which I blogged about here. I thought I might be able to use the Arduino to control the robot but ended up using a Raspberry Pi. I did eventually get around to playing with the Arduino kit and buying a few more along the way.

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