Andrew Shirley

Programmer, Photographer and Musician

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My Favourite Software

Every once in a while, I come across software that blows my mind.  It’s usually something well written, unique, or best in its class.  I like to present software that impresses me so that other people can use it too, especially if it’s low-cost or free.  Here is my list of recommended software.  If you …

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My Fave – PlatformIO

PlatformIO https://platformio.org If you spend time programming under the Arduino framework or wish to develop for a specific microprocessor such as an ESP32 or ESP8266, then PlatformIO is a no-brainer. PlatformIO runs as an extension under Visual Studio Code and provides the compilers and AutoCompletion for over a thousand microprocessors and dozens of frameworks. PlatformIO …

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Calculators

Below is a collection of calculators I find useful while I’m working away.  I hope you find these calculators useful. Calculator – Resistors Get colour codes for resistors, or convert resistor colours to…

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My Fave – Node-RED

Node-RED https://nodered.org/ Node-RED is the Swiss-Army knife of home automation and programming.  Using a drag and drop interface in your browser, you add, delete and edit “Nodes” to build up your program.  Nodes are functional blocks of pre-built code that you can use in your “flows”.  Each Node has a specific job, such as receiving …

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Photo Drop, July 2021

Hi guys.  I’ve been busy typing up new articles and printing up time-lapses, so today, I decided to take some time out and process a few photos.  Here’s a mixture of photos that I picked out of the archive and a few news ones 🙂

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My Fave – Fusion 360

AutoDesk Fusion 360 https://www.autodesk.ca/en/products/fusion-360/free-trial Fusion 360 is an AutoCAD program with all the tools you need to design 3D models or 2D plans.  Whether you’re working on a house renovation or a 3D printed widget, Fusion 360 will get the design job done.  Once your design is complete, you can send it to your 3D …

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