List of Free Raspberry Pi Colocation Companies

A couple of companies have raised their hands over the last months offering free raspberry pi colocation hosting  and I thought it would be nice to keep a small list. I suspect that more companies will start offering the service in time and if I am missing a company on this page please feel free …


Setting a Static IP Address on a RaspberryPI

  Let us have a quick look at setting up a static IP address on a Raspberry PI, For this guide I will assume you have already configured the bare basics and that you already have a the command shell in front of you. Also going to assume that you already have some settings in …


Nokia Lumia Secret Codes (Windows Phone)

The Lumia secret codes listed here are also likely to work on most Microsoft Windows phones carrying the branding. The below has been tested to work on the 7 and 7.8 range of phones but may work on newer versions.  None of these have been tested on Windows 10 devices since I do not have …


Top 10 Chumby Widgets

For those that are not sure what a Chumby is, basically it is a smart linux based ambient device which runs widgets to complete various functions. It does basic things like alarm clocks and calenders but the real fun is in the advanced widgets for social networking.  Here are my top 10 Chumby widgets which …


Loading Speed Cameras on Garmin Sat Nav

Loading speed cameras on your Garmin GPS device is actually very easy but before we jump into that lets just understand how it works first. Speed Camera Database The databases are compiled from user submissions, when people spot speed camera locations they submit the data which is eventually compiled into POI database. Garmin devices natively …


Samsung Secret Codes and Hacks

The Samsung Secret Codes like is one of the longest you will come across and it lets you control nearly every feature of the phone by using the codes to access hidden menu functions and options as well as some standard functions which may be hidden deep in the menu trees. As always the standard *#06# …


Motorola Secret Codes and Hacks

Motorola Secret codes use a pause in them which I will represent with ^ which means you need to hold * until a box appears, the codes will allow you to access the field test and engineering hidden menu locations on your Motorola device. As always the standard *#06# can be used to display the IMEI …


Sony Ericsson Secret Codes and Hacks

There are only two well known Sony Ericsson secret codes which allow you to access any hidden menus on the device and from what I can tell most of the newer models no longer include a lot of the options from the older phones however if you have the modern access codes just send them …


Improving Garmin Map Rendering Performance

If you are not happy with the display speed of maps while driving you can try some of these tricks for improving Garmin map rendering performance which make a noticeable difference on most units especially the older models. Firstly the most common cause for jerking map panning on a Garmin GPS unit is slow loading …


Blocking Websites for Free with pfSense

Blocking websites for free at home or in the office does not have to cost a fortune and can be possible if you are using pfSense for a router. There are several approaches and each has some flaws; DNS Website Blocking You can override external DNS by adding a redirect entry for the website you …