Derek Fountain : News
Programmer, Writer, Consultant, News Reporter
I am a software developer and technical writer.
I work with open source and free software technologies and specialise in C, scripting and PHP.
I live with my partner, Tina, in the New Forest, England.
Pony on the Verge
Our website - Scratters
News from the archives - Newest first!
Apr 21 - Technological triumph
Apr 21 - A snake? In England?
Apr 21 - 25 years a Ltd Co contractor, no more
Pony on the Verge
Jan 21 - A photo of a pony. Nice though
Nov 20 - A sappling takes its chance
Nov 20 - The Great AA Ripoff
Nov 20 - Playing with a joule thief circuit
Oct 20 - We had our hedges trimmed, the big way
Oct 20 - Our neighbours cut the pine trees down
Sep 20 - Fixing a keyboard membrane with conductive paint
Aug 20 - The spotted flycatchers came back for another try
Jul 20 - I put my PCB creation together
My First PCB
Jul 20 - My first PCB creation
Jun 20 - Warning, distressing ending
Jun 20 - Back behind the wheel
Jun 20 - Lighting up a chalkboard
May 20 - I finally used my pocket hole jig
Half and half flower
Apr 20 - An unusual flower
Apr 20 - A bite to eat, under lockdown
Apr 20 - A double rainbow seen from home
Dec 19 - I made a new postbox
Double Mouse Kill
Nov 19 - A double kill on the glue traps
Pi LED Board
Oct 19 - My Raspberry Pi powered LED lamp
Oct 19 - Insect faces, under a microscope
Bodkin 3D Print
Sep 19 - A 3D print to help a seamstress
Aug 19 - The pretty roots of my Yuccas
Aug 19 - Symbols in the Fuse debugger
Glue Trap Fail
Jul 19 - Defeated, once again
Jul 19 - A 3D print for a trinket box
A Flickering LED
Jun 19 - A flickering LED from a Christmas light
Google+ Photos Lost
Jun 19 - A sad tale, with a happy ending
Jun 19 - A camera to monitor glue traps
Jun 19 - Ew.
May 19 - Dissection of a tyre pressure gauge
Mar 19 - I finally released my Spectrum game
Feb 19 - My new personal trivia dumping ground, Google+ posts transferred!
Feb 19 - Google killed my Google+ stream, so I archived it in one big HTML post. Better than losing it!
Oct 18 - A look at a debugging technique in Spectrum development
Wood Burner Installation
Aug 18 - Photos of the wood burner installation in our lounge
Z88DK Debugging with Fuse
Aug 18 - A techie one for Spectrum C programmers
Z88DK Guide again
Mar 18 - My Z88DK ZX Spectrum Getting Started Guide continues to develop
Snow, in Hampshire!
Mar 18 - It snowed this far south. Can't not photograph that
Jun 17 - I wrote a series of articles on C development for the ZX Spectrum
Jun 17 - A foray into the world of robotics
East Australia 2013 photos
Nov 16 - 3 years after the holiday, my East Australia photos are finally done :)
Aug 16 - Oak Sudden Limb Failure is a thing
Water Treatment Unit
Jul 16 - Water Treatment Unit installation
Jan 15 - Photos from the Farnborough Airshow, 2014
Baby donkeys in the New Forest
Aug 14 - Cuteness
Lancaster bomber at Jersey
Jun 14 - I put a video on Youtube! Don't get too excited...
San Francisco 2011 photos
Jun 14 - A long lost set of photos from the USA, 2011
Scotland 2013 photos
May 14 - Photos from our Scotland trip
Wombats in Tasmania
Nov 13 - Wombats in the wild
Mindarie Car Hire Review
Nov 13 - An miserable experience with some unpleasant people
Big Scary Spider
May 13 - Spider. Big one. Gulp.
Wales 2012 photos
May 13 - Photos from our trip to Wales
Apr 13 - Beach with friends
New weather station
Jan 13 - New toy!
Jan 13 - My Google Plus account
An update on life
Apr 12 - A summary of a difficult 3 months
Nov 11 - Photos from our travels around the UK
Depth of Field Calculator
Jul 11 - My Android Depth of Field Calculator app goes live
May 11 - Photos from our Vienna city break
Nov 10 - Finally, photos from Jersey in July
Jun 10 - Photos from our Florida trip earlier this year
Feb 10 - My first dose of programming fame remembered
Time Lapse Raking
Nov 09 - Tina, a blur in the garden
Oct 09 - 4x4 Driving
Sep 09 - Greasemonkey script to fix iii.co.uk portfolio layout
Aug 09 - Carnage in the Close
Jun 09 - A happy event
Apr 09 - Industry in the garden
Car Photo Shoot
Mar 09 - A handful of car photos
derekfountain.net, for security testing consultancy
Feb 09 - Time to let Google et al find this
Miami and New Orleans Photos
Dec 08 - Photos from our trip to the southern USA
Aug 08 - Hedgehoggery is word, y'know...
Aug 08 - Photos from the Farnborough Airshow
Aug 08 - Photos from our recent trip to Iceland
May 08 - A look at a hacker's utility
Scenes from the River Bank
Feb 08 - Some photos from a cold morning by the River Itchen
LAB mode channel blending
Jan 08 - A spot of experimentation with an advanced Photoshop technique
Dec 07 - Photos from our recent Boston trip
Perth evening photos
Sep 07 - A small set of photos taken one evening in Perth
Marwell Zoo photos
Sep 07 - Photos from Marwell Zoo now online
Articles on local site
Aug 07 - Someone pointed out that many of my old articles have fallen off the web, so I uploaded local copies
Daily-Exercise.com goes live!
Aug 07 - The next phase of Core Minutes is up
Jul 07 - Gluttony in the garden
HP3392 and Linux
Jun 07 - The sad and painful story of how a great device is poorly supported under my favoured OS
Jun 07 - Adverts on this site? No way?!
Perth Surfing Photos
Jun 07 - I've made a start on the Perth holiday photos
Core Minutes Goes Live
May 07 - Finally, the Core Minutes project goes live
Apr 07 - Aussie Holiday Next Week
Time Lapse Tulip
Mar 07 - A Wonder of Nature!
Mar 07 - Fixing a Portrait with CurveMeister
Mar 07 - The CurveMeister Course
Jan 07 - Painting with light
Dec 06 - Confusion during a site clean up
Dec 06 - Now for something different
Another unscientific test
Aug 06 - I had a ponder and took some photos to explore the effects of focal lengths for portraits
Not heading back to Oz
Aug 06 - Turns out we're not going back to Oz after all. Sigh.
Jun 06 - Wherwell Fete - very British!
Jun 06 - Photos from our recent trip to Tallinn with Tina's parents
70-200mm Lens performance
May 06 - An unscientific test of the performance of my 70-200mm f/4.0 L lens
May 06 - Photos from Rome
New photos website
May 06 - Complete overhaul of the photos section
Apr 06 - Manor farm in springtime with a 200mm lens
USA - New York
Mar 06 - And finally, nearly a year after we went, New York
USA - Washington DC
Mar 06 - Washington photos are up
USA - Chicago
Mar 06 - After far too long, the Chicago photos are online
Heading back to Oz
Mar 06 - Tickets back to Perth bought!
Jan 06 - Moving house
A decision on spam
Dec 05 - I've stopped skimming my spam for false positives
USA - The Rocky Mountains
Dec 05 - Moose spotting with a camera in the Rockies
USA - Aspen
Dec 05 - Added a few photos from Aspen, Colorado
Another hardware failure!
Dec 05 - I've had a bit of a problem...
USA - Kodachrome Basin
Dec 05 - Added half a dozen shots from Kodachrome Basin, Utah
USA Index page
Dec 05 - Created a map page for our USA trip
RAW vs JPEG
Nov 05 - My investigation into the issue of RAW vs JPEG images
More photos from USA 2005
Nov 05 - Photos from a scenic drive
Nov 05 - I've had a bit of a problem...
Slot Canyons photos
Oct 05 - Photos from the Slot Canyons of Utah
Bryce Canyon photos
Oct 05 - Bryce Canyon photos now online
8 Lark Close for sale
Oct 05 - 8 Lark Close is now officially for sale
Zion to Bryce photos
Sep 05 - More USA 2005 photos, the drive from Zion to Bryce
Sep 05 - A couple of shots Richard and I took of our cars
Sep 05 - The car got washed, so I photographed it!
Zion National Park
Aug 05 - Photos from Zion National Park
Las Vegas Photos
Aug 05 - The USA photographic tour continues
Aug 05 - Photos from San Francisco
Hawaii Helicopter flight photos
Aug 05 - Photos from the Hawaii helicopter flight
Second batch of photos from Hawaii
Aug 05 - West coast Hawaii photos
First photos from Hawaii
Jul 05 - East coast Hawaii photos
Jul 05 - Photos of Cairns online
Life restarts in England
Jul 05 - Normality resumes, kind of...
Final Perth Photos
Apr 05 - A final collection of Perth photos before we leave.
Handhold or tripod?
Apr 05 - An exploration of when I need to use a tripod.
Apr 05 - A brief attempt at Aussie Architecture and wildlife.
Hillarys at Easter
Mar 05 - A few shots taken at Hillarys Boat Harbour.
A few shots of Ocean Reef Harbour
Mar 05 - Some rather nice shots I took at Ocean Reef Harbour.
A test of my new lens
Mar 05 - I put up an unscientific test of my new 17-40mm f4.0 L lens.
Trigg Beach photos
Mar 05 - The first photos I took with my new 20D camera.
Mar 05 - I just got my new camera!
Separated photo galleries
Mar 05 - I split photo collection over a couple of pages.
Old news added
Mar 05 - I made the old news stories directly accessible.
CV now online
Feb 05 - I finally rewrote my CV. It's now online.
Feb 05 - Our Australian passports have arrived.
Trip itinerary updated
Jan 05 - The travel agent phoned...
England via the silly route
Jan 05 - Details of our trip to England.
Heading to England
Jan 05 - A tough decision is made.
Dec 04 - Does this site look better to you?
Melbourne photos uploaded
Dec 04 - Some photos of Melbourne online.
Nov 04 - More writing efforts published.
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