Broadcast Engineer at BellMedia, Computer history buff, compulsive deprecated, disparate hardware hoarder, R/C, robots, arduino, RF, and everything in between.
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Report (Permission Visit) Jarociński's Factory - Poland, September 2014

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Just another factory in Łódź, Poland, that I managed to visit by the agreement of the owners of this place.

Brief history: it was founded in 1888 by Zygmunt Jarociński, famous Polish (of Jewish descent) industrialist and philantropist. Originally it produced only wool and cotton articles. After the death of Jarociński in 1909 the factory was taken over by his sons who developed it. In 1929 the company was transformed into a joint-stock company and started producing also silk, semisilk and semiwool fabrics. During the time of war the factory was managed by Adolf Kebsch, prominent German industrialist, who launched there production of stockings. After the war the factory was nationalized and remained under the control of government up to 90's.

Full set here:

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Reverse engineering wireless pro studio lighting

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Richard Webb just finished an article on reverse engineering the wireless protocol used to communicate with some pro studio lighting. His approach involves sniffing the SPI bus into the lighting controller’s RF module using the Open Bench Logic Sniffer to obtain preliminary addressing information, then used an nRF24L01+ module in receive mode to capture packets. He used the results to discern the control signals and used an Arduino to transmit the desired control signals using a nRF24L01+ module.

Richard’s post can be found on his Zoetrope tech blog.

Via the contact form.

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Report - Bletchley park D Block

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Bletchley park WW2 secret codebreaking site, Bletchley, Milton keynes, MK3 6EB.

Visited on Sunday 21 st of September 2014

The below is an extract from notes prepared by GCHQ, kindly supplied by the museum trust. GCHQ.

"The main Enigma processing and reporting area at BP. In Dec 1941 Block D was conceived as a two-storey building to house the Hut 3, 6 and 8 organisations.**In the event, it was decided to make it single storey, so as to complete it more quickly, particularly since there was no shortage of building space, the land then belonging to Capt Faulkner, the BP Clerk of Works or “Depot Foreman”.**Block D had a net office area of some 40,000 square feet and was, at the time of completion in Jan 1943, the largest building at BP. The land was requisitioned from Faulkner on 30 Apr 1942 and work was to start May 11 1942. In late 1942, Maj Duncan Shaw, the BP Local Defence Officer (LDO), proposed that Blocks D and F and the Canteen Stores should have machine gun posts on their roofs to repulse any attacks by low-flying enemy aircraft and by Feb 1944 there was a “weapons tower” on the roof of at least Block D.**The block was completed Jan 1943 at a cost of £45,000 and was fitted with the Sturtevant Pneumatic Tube System and the Sovex Belt Conveyor System. Huts 3,6 and 8, together with SIXTA, moved into the block in mid-Feb 1943, thus making it the most important block in the Park. After moving in, the Huts 3, 6 and 8 organisations would often b referred to as 3(D), 6(D) and 8(D) respectively. Block D had its own teleprinter room by at least Sept 1943.**In Oct 1943 the net floor space in Block D was stated to be approx 53,000 sq.ft, which was allocated as follows:
“Hut 3”:* 18,800 sq.ft (in at least Rooms 13-31, according to information dated Jan 1944)

“Hut 6”:* 29,230 sq.ft (in at least Rooms 65-70)

“Hut 8”:* 4,830 sq.ft (in at least Rooms 91 and 92)
Like Block C, Block D also had its own standby generator for its machinery.**In May 1945 the TICOM organisation was set up in Block D and in June a TICOM Document Centre was established in Room 4 by Lt Eachus, USN, where, from July onwards, TICOM material was available for perusal by interested GCCS staff, including staff employed in diplomatic tasks at Berkeley St. The Intelligence Exchange, (IE), moved from Hut 4 into Rooms 19-29 of Block D in July 1945.**John de Grey, Head of IE, was then located in Room 29."

I only live 10 mins away so ive mooched all over the place, block D has only recently been open, someone pulled the boarding off a window, something that's not a good thing in my veiw, as unlike block C this block is not trashed beyond repair, and could possibly be restored.

Much of it is storage for the museum of computers,dank and dusty rooms computers, romms and rooms full of old computer junk, and unless your a vintage computer geek there is nothing much of interest in there.

No pictures of D block in war time that I can find, but this one looks like it fits the kind of rooms in there

Dare'nt go in room 101 !

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Report - Isle of Wight lane Water Tower. Sep 2014

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This is just a small report, couldn't find this on here so i figured i put it up.
Its situated along Isle of Wight lane between Dunstable downs and Kensworth.

I'm afraid i dont know much (if anything)about said water tower.
Doesnt look like its 'active'. Then again, I don't really know how to tell :s.
I've been out the exploration for a while and it was a nice one to get back into.

Twas a foggy morning so good cover :).

Looks like my wiring :p

Beautiful view towards the Downs...

The Quarry...

Doesn't look well maintained, and there didn't seem to be proper tracks to the gates.
Thanks for taking a look and sorry about the lack of info.
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Report - Prinknish Abbey,Gloucestershire,Sept 2014

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Visited with Clebby,what I thought would be a rather stagnant place turned out to be a cracker...
For over 900 years Prinknish land has been associated with Benedictine monks.In more recent times the monks lived in a small converted set of farm buildings called St Peters grange,but as the numbers grew ambitious plans were agreed-in 1972 the monks moved into the new abbey. With a gift shop,six varities of incense made from a secret ingredient and sold all over the world and a successful pottery (the clay seam was discovered by monks digging in the garden) all seemed to be going well. For some reason the pottery part was sold off to the Welsh Pottery Co after 55 years.
As numbers dwindled from 60 down to 12 monks,history came full circle and in 2008 the monks moved back into the Grange. Father Abbot Francis Baird,65,led them back after a leaving ceremony,probably muttering obscenities under his breath... The plan was for the abbey to be sold and converted-into flats not into a different religion!
As Clebby pointed out,you don't expect to find anything beautiful in an ugly building like this,but we did. I struggled to warm to the place at first but then didn't want to leave its strange draw on me. A once important house of prayer now empty,abused and starting to fall into disrepair.
You can feel the indignity.

We rushed to find the chapel..

we weren't disappointed

Lots of nice personal details everywhere

The monks 'cells' were surprisingly tiny

View from the roof was stunning

Gold Tabernacle detail- 'this is my body you eat,this is my blood you drink..'

Working our way back down,this fireplace was absolutely huge!

Once home to 44'000 books,now the library is the live in secca playground,as is the rest of this huge building

And this is secca's charming bedsit for when hes not jumping his bmx around the corridors or riding his pitbike ripping up floors etc

Finding dozens of plans revealed what the impossibly small room in the kitchen was- a tramps shelter,but what is it used for?

Well equipped kitchen/cold store/pantry

The monks would rise at 4:40am,have an hours mass,then breakfast.They would eat in total silence,when finished they 'would wash their cutlery in cold water and wipe with their napkins.' Then return to mass before gardening or reading before mass again.

It wasn't all bad though..

Laundry room- we both fell for this 1970 Avamore (a sister-matic?)washing machine

Is this where you can get rid of a dirty habit? Im sorry.

This place saved the best for last,finding the book bindary and workshop untouched and unspoilt was like stepping back in time.

Almost finished carving somehow poignant to end on..

Hope you enjoyed,thanks for looking.
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Report - Photographers House, Sweden - September 2014

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With thanks to Tassadar and Femaxer for the location of this one

Visited with The Stig and T-Cake

One route from the airport we passed this site had a quick mooch and thought there wasn't much there, once we met up with Tassadar and Femaxer we were informed that if we had walked further around the trees we would of seen a house .... so off we went again to have a look.

Theres no history on this site unfortunately, we can only presume from the about of photographs lying around the previous owner was a photographer.

Outer Buildings

Thanks for Looking

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