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First steps with Idratek kit

The box arrived from Idratek exactly as promised .. quickly unboxed to find it all very neatly packaged.

The pack included the temperature sensor (DTS) and relay/button (DRB) modules, along with PSU, power bus module & RS232 interface module.

[i](photo showing a mounting board & pattress/backbox already waiting !)[/i]

New(ish) home... new things to try....

So, getting started on doing some decorating and changes on the new home means that it's also an opportunity to try something new...

Idratek "Intelligent Automation" hardware.

Re-starting Planner mySQL access

It's a year since I last did anything towards trying to get Planner to work with mySQL as the database backend in place of PostgreSQL. After getting it to work successfully it was too disheartening to find my source code lost in a drive crash (and without any backup).

A year on, the mySQL access is still not there so I'm trying to re-start - afterall, I did have it reading from & writing to mySQL (though the code was not very tidy) and I can remember (sort of) what I had to change to do it. So this is an opportunity to re-do it and hopefully better.

First things first though.

September Strawberries

The crazy weather looks to be causing the strawberries some confusion... there's usually a couple of funny-shaped strawberries later in the year but this year the entire strawberry pot is re-flowering & fruiting with nice shaped & good sized fruit like is June/July again.... Yummm


First tomatoes of 2007...

The first 1.5Kgs of 2007's tomatoes have been picked and are currently simmering away in a jar ready for keeping for the months ahead...