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Chariots of wire

There have been some mesmerising feets of human endurance recently.  Eliud Kipchoge became the first runner ever to run a marathon in under 2 hours.  Brigid Kosgei set a woman's marathon record, only a day later.  A bloke named Rylan apparently sang Karaoke non-stop for 24 hours.  And, a humble Raspberry Pi survived 18 hours outdoors, with the help of LiPo supplements that WADA have prohibited alongside EPO, Lance Armstrong's chocolate brownies and Ben Johnson's "nutritional" flapjacks.

10 peaks, 58km, 3000m of ascent, one Raspberry Pi Zero, several GPS modules... how @rosie_red_robot
completed the Brecon Beacons @10peaks with a load of homemade IoT stuff and a big power bank: — Raspberry Pi (@Raspberry_Pi) October 2, 2019
But we should never, ever be totally satisfied with our successes in life, however grand or infinitesimal.  As consistently demonstrated by the mishaps encountered during our blog series, ofte…

Taking a Peak: Xtreme² Edition

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This bizarre obsession of ours to track inherently inanimate objects (often purchased down at the local Morrisons) using satellites has been simmering under the blisteringly hot Raspberry Pi 4 surface for a while. It began with the epiphany that there was much fun to be had by attaching a GPS receiver to a Raspberry Pi in Beam Me Up, Rosie! before this pastime quickly escalated through an amalgamation of this discovery with our other passion that is more justifiable to our friends and family - the outdoors.

Starting with Taking a Peak, our exotic devices began to accompany us on our long treks, but still, very much as a silent observer to the going-ons in the (often freezing a…

Castle Track-a-lot

As the wondrous, (totally) bona fide folklore of the British Isles describes it, atop the mythical hilltop of Glastonbury Tor, King Arthur convinced his brother from another motherMerlin to abandon sorcery, and embrace the power of single-board computers, GPS and cloud computing. While the other wise knights at the "totally inclusive" round table discussion continued to remain sceptical of the relevance of blockchain in resolving all of the medieval world's ailments, such as war, famine, plague and unbearable dandruff.  All except Percival, the head of marketing at Camelot Inc, for whom this quarter's bonus was contingent on him selling more distributed ledger solutions to stonemasons, roofers and ironmongers.  But that particular subreddit is for another day.

Because there was a number of matters the court did all unanimously agree on during one of their daily stand-ups, in front of their kanban board littered with squirrel hide.  The 2004 film of their deeds hilar…