Introducing the Barefoot Automation range

After testing a range of sensors with the Arduino micro processors I am launching a wide range of automation products that can be used to help you get your small projects going. These products will be designed in a modular way such that units can be expanded or combined to enable reading, recording and controlling…

Recycling helpers

Yesterday I read and interesting article in our local newspaper, the Randburg Sun. “The plight of trolley pushers on the road” was written after an incident where an unfortunate pusher was knocked over in our area. It elaborated on road-worthiness of the trolleys and regulations that the owners have to comply to. Just a few…

A clean slate for 2017

Starting with a clean slate is sometimes a good idea. Especially if things start to get out of hand and you have so much on your plate that you have to press the reset button. If you are artistic in nature, the empty canvas is your starting point. Continue reading to find out how this…

Doelwitte

Dit was omtrent 2 maande gelede wat ek ‘n artikel geskryf het. Die rede is dat ek onlangs ‘n tydelike kontrak vir ‘n projek in die Kongo gekry het. As mens in die donker opstaan om die spitsverkeer vir werk aan die verkeerde kant van die stad moet aandurf en boonop saans weer in die…

Solving a problem – the key to your business

It has been more than a month since I last wrote a post. I guess there has been so much happening that I did not get much time to do this. Since the 6th of April I have been contemplating the pro’s and cons of buying a franchise. The amount of research that has to…

Interesting loads in the home

As promised last week, I am posting some of the results today in graphical format. The data logger has been behaving exceptionally well and all data captured was logged accurately. By knowing how each load behaves, one can make very good predictions of how much energy each one will consume and therefore design and predict…

To measure is to know

There is a old dutch saying that goes like this: “Te meten is te weten”. This is very true for energy management. You can not manage successfully without measuring. About this time last year we were facing the start of load shedding. Very few of us realized at that time that the power interruptions of…

What is holding you back?

I love hot cross buns. Thanks to this treat every year we are all reminded of the crucifixion of Jesus that took place some 2000 years ago. It is quite interesting to read in Matthew 26 and Mark 14 that Jesus was so anxious and fearful of what was about to happen to him that…

SIM

No, this acronym I am referring to is not for the card variety you need in your mobile device. In the context of this post, it stands for System Information Modelling. Back in November 2010 I wrote an article for the Electricity + Control magazine about Data Centric CAD. In this article I compared 5…

What do you value most?

When I did the Indivineur workshop a week ago, led by Willem Gous, he probed us by making us think what our own values were. You may ask why? Because if your own values do not resonate with your business ideas and goals in life, you are not on the right track. So I took…