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Hello, I am Barney Livingston.

I first picked up a soldering iron aged about 10 or 11. I used to assemble kits from Maplin with help from my Dad, back in the day when Maplin sold a huge range of cheap kits.

My first successful project was a light controlled chicken house door which let the chickens out at dawn and locked the foxes out at dusk.

Nowadays I earn my crust as a Linux systems administrator while tinkering with electronics at home.

My main areas of interest are home automation and sensing things of all kinds.

I'm very good at starting projects, terrible at finishing them.

Me Elsewhere
My website, rather a lot in need of updating.
Flickr, most useful place to look for stuff by me. The Making Things collection contains the most relevant stuff.

Current Projects

  • Upgrading one-wire sensor network to a bunch of AVRs talking RS485
  • Getting AVRs talking to various sensors over i2c, spi and one-wire

Potential Projects