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Smart Phone / Tablet Charging

Charger Woes Is there anything more frustrating than putting your phone on to charge only to discover next morning that it has hardly charged up at all. Usually this happens when you know you’re definitely going to need you phone that day. You’re sure that the charger was working before so what’s the problem with […]

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Marine Energy Part 3 – Advantages Of Hybrid

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In this article, I shall look at the configurations of hybrid propulsion systems – their advantages and disadvantages and why I believe hybrid is the way to go for boats. What Advantages A hybrid system is quite likely to be more expensive than a simple diesel system since you have an electric motor and batteries […]

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Marine Energy Part 2– Is Hybrid Worth It?

DSE Hybrid Boat

Go Electric The best way of propelling any vehicle, on land or water, is using electricity. Electric motors are very efficient wasting very little energy as heat and they produce no emissions. In addition, an electric motor uses no energy while the vehicle is stationary whereas an internal combustion engine uses fuel just ticking over. […]

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Marine Energy Part 1 – Hybrid Dreams

Bonny Mary In York

How Many Horses? My partner and I are the proud owners of a narrow-boat, Bonny Mary, pictured above. Narrow-boats only go slowly which gives you lots of thinking time and I started to wonder why I was standing on top of a 38 horse power engine when for most of their history canal boats were […]

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Marine Matters – Introduction

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Bonny Mary My partner and I are the proud owners of a narrow-boat, “Bonny Mary”. She’s pictured here on the Rochdale Canal a little while ago – before we got her name on the side. We are her second owners and her original owner had bought her as a sail-away (just the hull and the […]

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You Can’t Beat the System

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The operating system that is. I guess everybody who, like me, runs Windows 7 has been reminded regularly that we can all upgrade to Windows 10 – FREE! Despite dismissing these reminders out of hand, a small part of me thinks “Should I get it?” I must confess to never even having tried W10. However […]

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Games Puzzles and Problems – Introduction

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Ever since I can remember I’ve been addicted to computer games – ever since I’ve had a computer anyway. Not the latest “Build yourself an on line Empire” style game but simple puzzles and card games. Good Old Solitaire Everybody with an MS Windows computer has played solitaire – as the old joke goes, it’s […]

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High Tech Music. Where did it go wrong?

Multi-channel audio mixer

Electronic music. Where did it all go wrong? For more than 15 years I have developed electronic music gear for other people. I started in the 90s which were an exciting time to be working on electronic music gear as there was a huge explosion in electronic music. This was principally dance music but it […]

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Introduction to Electronic Product Development

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My Background Hi, I’m Chris Pidd – welcome to my web site and welcome to my first blog post. First up, a bit about myself. I have worked for many years developing electronic products, mostly for smaller businesses. I have worked in a variety of fields from electronic musical instruments to instrumentation to safety systems for […]

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