How to ‘force’ your Windows PC to upgrade to Windows 10 now

If you have a Windows 7 or 8 PC and you really can’t wait until Microsoft gets round to sending you the upgrade application, you can get upgrading pretty much immediately. It just so happens that I run my Windows PC as a virtual machine (using Parallels) on my Mac but the task of upgrading […]

Windows 10 start menu

Innovation Lab – Episode 0: Introduction   Recently updated !

Welcome to the very first show from Innovation Lab, entitled ” “Innovation Lab – Episode 0: Introduction”. The purpose of this first episode is for me to work out how to record, produce and distribute a podcast, and for you to work out how to listen to it, make sure it is what you are […]


Innovation Lab Podcast now airing!   Recently updated !

I’m delighted to announce that the Innovation Lab show is now airing as a podcast. It will appear on iTunes shortly (fingers crossed) but you can this feed manually to your podcast ‘receiver’ application to get listening immediately. Show notes and a direct link the audio file will also appear in entries on this blog […]

Nick behind a studio microphone

Raspberry Pi 2 computer in a transparent case shown next to a UK 5p coin for size.

New ‘Weather-Pi’ upgraded to Raspberry Pi 2

The new Raspberry PI 2 model B has arrived, and has just taken over from the the B+ Pi that has been running the weewx weather system for the last few months. Packing a faster ARMv7 CPU processor with 4 cores, and double the memory at 1024MB, there is much more ‘ceiling’ for the Weather […]


The Joy of Async JavaScript

This weekend I wanted to ensure that lansley.com works well on all screens from standard web broswers to mobile and TV. After all I can hardly espouse about the internet of things if my own web site can’t work on them where applicable! I used the Google PageSpeed web site tester, and all was well […]


An example code block in AppInventor

Can’t Code? Don’t Code!

The digital economy brings with it great opportunities for individuals with great ideas to bring them to life with no more than a computer, an internet connection, and some programming know-how. Ah yes, programming know-how. Back in the 1980s, personal computers encouraged a generation to try their hand at coding applications. The BBC Micro, Sinclair […]


Did the solar eclipse affect the local weather? 1

Here on the south coast at Peacehaven near Brighton, today’s (20 March 2015) solar eclipse reached 85% of the sun being blocked by the moon. So did the weather station on the roof of our house detect any variance in weather measurements? The answer is Yes …but only slightly. Let’s have a look at the […]

A set of graphs showing various weather metrics. The green line shows the time of maximum partial eclipse.

Leaving Tesco after 27 amazing years 5

Dear friends, I just wanted to let you know that Tesco have amicably accepted my request for voluntary redundancy. After 27 amazing years of a career in computing and innovation, I will be leaving the Welwyn Garden City campus for the final time as a colleague on 13th April. When I reflect on the last […]


Access live weather metrics from our new home!

The unit in this picture is the Davis Vantage Vue weather seneor, which measures wind speed and direction, rainfall, atmospheric pressure, temperature and humidity. It’s mounted on a pole above the roof of our house, and updates a weather console with this data ervery few seconds. Inside the weather console is a data-logger which which […]


The Connected Home Project

It’s new year and time to get stuck into my big project for 2015 which is to experiment with technology that together form the ‘connected home’. In simple terms, connected home tech consists of sensors that detect and measure various pieces of information in the home environment and devices that can take action where necessary […]