I started this blog in late 2014 as a means to store my experiments with my Arduino and Raspberry Pi. I did not expect others to find it useful, but the number of hits started to increase and in 2015 I had 8700 hits, with the weekly average increasing week by week until it reached over 700 hits a week by December. I still use this blog to store my experiments and am happy that others find it useful. New Year’s Eve 2015. One year later, the hits have increased to over 66,ooo for 2016 and around 2000 hits from around the world each week.

Born in a time long before personal computers, when they finally arrived I embraced them wholeheartedly. From the Science of Cambridge Mk14 with its SCMP processor, through a Sinclair ZX81 and a host of own design and built machines to the Tandy TRS80 and Dragon 32.

My favourite microprocessor was the Z80, but there were times when I dabbled with a 6502. Machine code was my language of choice. But then big business took over and the sealed box like PC’s began to rule the world. Home built computers vanished like dinosaurs and a spark went out of my world.

I tried Visual Basic and it kind of filled a hole, I spent almost ten years working on a single project. When that project finally came to an end I thought my coding would be laid to rest. Then along came the Arduino and low level coding was back – not quite machine code but just as satisfying.


Chris Rouse

PS. Why Rydepier? Well I live on the Isle of Wight, a small Island just off the South Coast of England. I live in the town of Ryde, a seaside town, that had the first ever Victorian seaside pier built in 1814. Hence Rydepier!


And here is a view, it consists of one pier for cars an pedestrians, one Tram Pier and a two track Rail Pier.


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  1. i bought a wt588d-u from you on ebay. thank you. i wish to use it for a talking gps. i was going to use your file to operate it. you have many references to talking gps but no .ino file can be found.


      1. ah sir that is it. thank you so very much. i could not see how you got the parsed nmea code to speak num and speak phrase. you just taught a man to fish. thanks. i am an old hardware guy. tubes etc. on build team for worlds first 64 and 256 KB non volatile core memory ca 1967 burroughs. i worked with 8008 uproc and worked on a lot of 6800 hardware. this software stuff is not as intuitive as hardware. thanks so much. i think i may grasp this cool part now.
        dave. N4LKN


  2. Hi Chris. Great piece on the Arduino clock. The WT588D is a great find as most of the other Sound Modules require an SD card. Did one of the readers say you have one to sell? I’d prefer to get it local (UK) than wait a month for it to arrive from China.


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