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All of the blog posts contained within The Tech Teapot with the most recent at the top.

Observations on 8 Issues of C# Weekly

Jack Hughes
At the end of 2013 I thought it would be interesting to create a C# focused weekly newsletter. I registered the domain and created a website and hooked it up to the excellent MailChimp email service. The site went live (or at least Google Analytics was added to the site) on the 18th December 2013. And then I kind of forgot about it for a year or so. In the mean time the website was getting subscribers.

The evils of the dashboard merry-go-round

Jack Hughes
What is the first thing you do when you get to the office? Check your email probably. Then what? I bet you go through the same routine of checking your dashboards to see what’s happened overnight. That is exactly what I do every single morning at work. And I keep checking those dashboards throughout the day. Sometimes I manage to get myself in a loop, continuing around and around the same set of dashboards.

Operating System Use by C# Devs

Jack Hughes
I started a C# newsletter about a month ago. Nothing fancy, just a weekly digest of news and links related to C# programming and the related libraries and tools. I sent out the fifth issue last Friday. The website has Google Analytics (GA) installed, and one of the things that GA gives you is a breakdown of which operating systems your visitors are using. Now, it is early days, the website has only had 174 visitors in the last 31 days (1 - 31 March) so I don’t want to draw too many conclusions from such a small sample.

New AVTECH Room Alert 3W Box Opening

Jack Hughes
AVTECH have finally released the WiFi version of the AVTECH Room Alert 3E. The new model is called the AVTECH Room Alert 3W. The new model supports WiFi connectivity as well as all of the features you’ve appreciated on the wired ethernet model. The unit has a built in temperature sensor, with room for one more digital sensor, as well as room for one low voltage or dry contact sensor.

Things I Wished I'd Known Before Developing Xsensior Live

Jack Hughes
One of the best features of Xsensior Lite is the ability to view your sensor data and alerts anywhere you have web access. The website that provides the ability to see your sensor data is called Xsensior Live. Just log-in and your sensor data is displayed in pretty graphs with 24 hour highs / lows as well as any alerts that have been triggered. The feature was launched just over two years ago.

New domain and last chance to subscribe via email

Jack Hughes
If you receive The Tech Teapot via email, this is your last chance to continue doing so. From now The Tech Teapot is moving over to use MailChimp instead of Google Feedburner for delivering email with the latest posts. Feedburner has been withering on the vine since being taken over by Google. The reason that this is your final chance is because Google doesn’t manage the email list. Of the 500+ email subscribers, not a single one has been removed from the list due to email bouncing.

Top 3 Cable Tracing Technologies

Jack Hughes
Firstly, why would you need to trace network cabling? In a perfect world you wouldn’t need to, but even if a network begins life properly labelled, things have a habit of changing. Documentation and cable labelling don’t always keep up when changes are made. A jumble of network cables in a network cabinet. When you need to re-arrange the cabling in your patch panel, can you be 100% certain that the label is correct?

My 2014 Reading Log

Jack Hughes
A list of all of the books I read in 2014 and logged in Good Reads, I read a few more technical books but didn’t log them for whatever reason. A total of 14 books, 8 fiction (mostly science fiction and fantasy) and 6 non-fiction. Of the two autobiographies, I found Mark Ellen’s Rock Stars Stole My Life! to be very good, taking the reader through the rock landscape of the 1960s to the present day through the eyes of a music journalist.

New Aviosys IP Power 9858 Box Opening

Jack Hughes

A series of box opening photos of the new Aviosys IP Power 9858 4 port network power switch. This model will in due course replace the Aviosys IP Power 9258 series of power switches. The 9258 series is still available in the mean time though, so don’t worry.