Website Design

I am a self taught web designer and I have learnt about different aspects of website design and management as I have gone along. I get faced with a problem so I go out and learn how to fix it.

This has meant as well as a knowledge of HTML I also know how to use CSS, PHP, and MySQL to achieve what I need to do.

I used to run a online news site which had information on trailriding and motorcycle events in my area. I worked on this wile I was at college and its where I learnt some of the pitfalls of a insecure website. I lost my interest in the side because I had a few security issues, I was busy with University, and there were several other sites at the same time running and we all had similar information so I decided to take the site down. I still have the information and one day I may put it back online again. But for now its on the back burner as there are better and more established places to get this information from at the moment.

Midwest Racing

Currently I have been working on helping Midwest Racing with a few of their sites,

  • Midwest MCC - This is the club website, I had to re-design this site from the ground up. I used a content management system for this job because I wanted to put up a News sections. I also wanted the site to be easy to update. I also help the club with the Entry Forms and with the Current Standings.
  • Midwest Husaberg UK - This is the website for the Midwest Husaberg UK racing team. Again I used a content management system because this site is mainly going to be about the news from event/riders so I needed something quick to update again.
  • Midwest Racing - This is the shop''s main site and I have made the site look similar to the other two sites so that they would nicely tie in with each other. I have also setup their new Online shop using a popular online shopping cart system. The shop are capable to update their own site now with new products and discounted items.

I will be helping to improve all these sites with content and making them more accessible to the search engines (SEO). I believe learning is a on-going process and I will try my best to keep pushing my boundaries when it comes to all things to do with websites. As they are ever changing.

Ashwick Parish

Ashwick Parish website is now live for all to see. I live in Oakhill which is in the parish of Oakhill. I was asked to put a site together that would help with showing information about the villages in the Parish. It would also be home for the minuets from the meetings. The website will mainly be run by a committee setup of village members. I will assist with technical issues and issue the occasional update.


Amber Flashers Pt1-2

Category: Electronics

Well project Flashy lights got another step closer as I found Autodesk 123D Circuits that allows you to play with an Arduino without having to break it in real life. So I made up a quick mock up of the Amber Beacon project I have. The code will make the programmers twitch as I suspect its over complicated.…/1420148-mosfet-flashing-bulb I did have issues trying to work out the correct way to hook up a MOSFAT transistor and I am using bulbs as the LEDs I plan to use are going to be 10W LED and wanted to simulate that better. Now to work out how to have multiple patterns, make it switchable, and possibly to include some PWM (Pulse Width Modulation) AKA brightness adjustment. I know this is complicated way to build something I can buy off the shelf but it does mean I get to play. Eventually the Amber Beacon on top of the vehicle will get the same upgrade with better (synced) flashing. Even thought of hooking the amber bar to the indicators so when the Alarm goes off so does the beacons, and or indication (suitably dimmed).

Amber Flashers Pt1-1

Category: Electronics

So a few more of my friends have chimed in with some suggestions, Using a microcontroller is complete overkill! smile emoticon You can do non-programmable flashing with a simple timer circuit like a NE555, there are plenty of example circuits on the web. Beware your calculations of power - 12V is nominal, it can be much higher when the battery is being charged hard in cold conditions, and LEDs aren't a simple resistive device like an incandescent lamp, so whilst 0.83A is a rough average current, the peaks may be much higher, as all LED lamps are strobed at high frequency (many kilohertz) as they are much brighter that way. Transistor switching is normally done on the negative side of the load (your LED lamp) as the electronics for that is simpler than switching it on the positive side. Simplest is to use a NPN Darlington power transistor switching the negative side of the lamp, there are many transistors available from Maplin and lots of example circuits on the web. Obviously positive switching is easier to wire on a vehicle so you need to figure out which is best suited to your needs. Search for "emitter follower" or "high side switch" circuits for some ideas if you want to use positive switching. Farnell used to stock some nice high-side FETs designed for automotive use (i.e. immune to the electrical noise in a vehicle plus the heat etc). I don't recall the part numbers as it's a long time since I used any. FETs are complicated to drive unless you get the "logic level input" type that contain extra circuitry to interface directly to a signal from a microcontroller. The switching transistor will burn a fair amount of power so it will need a heat sink. It's worth getting a beefier transistor than you think you need, so that there's margin for extremes of temperature else it'll overheat and fail on a hot day. Have you got a spec for the LEDs so we can tell if they are simply a diode or if they have any embedded driver circuit? To get the best out of any LED you need to know several things such as the maximum average power as well as the optimum over-current to drive them at. Typically you always over-drive an LED but in short bursts, as it generates far more light that way. For example if an LED wants 1 Amp average power, you could give it 1 Amp continuous and get 1 unit of light from it, but if you forced it to take 2 Amps it might give off 4 units of light, but you can only afford to turn it on at 2 Amps half the time so that the average current (power) remains the same at 1 Amp. Typically the strobing is at many kHz so that it's invisible to the eye, but the net effect is that the LED would be giving you twice as much (usually more) than its rated constant output. -Stephen Hobbs Seems my idea of a Arduino maybe overkill but might not be as hard to work out as the wiring for the above ideas. The LED chips I have are cheap from China and specifications are a little unknown. But below is the info I do have, High Power chips LED COB 20mm square 10W Warm White DC9-12V 900mA 3000K-3500K 900lm 140° 10W Amber DC9-12V 900mA 585-590nm 400lm 140° My current thinking of the layout 4 banks of 2 mounted in the grill. Not to scale mind. The chips are 20mm but have 140deg view so don't think a diffuser is needed. Might just get some clear plastic glued on unless I can find someone with a 3D printer that can print clear lenses for me. I would love to have a multitude of patterns for fun. 1 & 2 could alternate etc hence the like for the UNO which I think can deal with 8 channels.

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