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App updated - Sun to Moon Sleep Clock

Posted in Technology on Tuesday, 27th October 2015 at 8:39AM

App updated - Sun to Moon Sleep Clock

Update August 2016: This app now has a new home at where you'll find full usage instructions and latest features

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Update March 2016: I have just added a couple of new features including:
• Soothing sleep sounds with adjustable timer that plays after sunset. Choose between whale song, white noise (hair dryer), breaking waves or off.
•  Audible sunrise alarm. Choose between digital alarm clock, birds singing or off.

It's been over two years since the release of my original Sun clock, in which time I have had numerous feature requests and ideas from users so I felt it was time to give it an update.  The app has now become Sun to Moon Sleep Clock and as well as some new features I am also releasing an iOS version to accompany the Android version.

• Continuous Sunrise/Sunset times
• Shooting star progress bar
• 'Secret Star' sunrise activation button
• Auto dim
• Saved settings

Sun to Moon Sleep Clock - A Kid’s Sleep Trainer App for iOS and Android

Posted in Technology on Friday, 25th October 2013 at 5:28PM

Sun to Moon Sleep Clock - A Kid’s Sleep Trainer App for iOS and Android

Sun to Moon Sleep Clock is an interactive night clock app that helps make bedtime more fun and consistent for kids.  With a star countdown, visualised sunrise, collectable snooze rewards and gifts for the Sun and Moon characters, it makes gauging the time until morning much easier whilst offering a few gentle incentives to stay in bed till morning.

In its simplest form you just set the wake-up time then click the 'Good night' button to switch the clock to night mode,  but there are also options for setting sleep sounds, wake-up sounds, reading times etc.. depending on your requirements. You can also customise the artwork by collecting snooze rewards which are exchanged for gifts for the Sun and Moon characters including hairstyles, accessories, face paint, custom counters and more. The app can also be tailored for special events such as Christmas, birthdays and Easter to help build excitment whilst averting the dreaded 4am wake-up call.

All the artwork used in the app is custom made in a style that has evolved from my life as an artist. I will continue to add functionality and new artwork whenever I get the time, so feel free to email me with suggestions!

Sun to Moon Sleep Clock is available for Android, Amazon and iOS devices.  It can also be used completely free as part of the Amazon Underground scheme.  Full details can be found at or you can download it using the links below:


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Sony DSC-RX100 vs DSLR. Why I have reverted to a compact digital camera

Posted in Technology on Thursday, 10th January 2013 at 8:51AM

Sony DSC-RX100 vs DSLR. Why I have reverted to a compact digital camera

About 6 years ago I was working mainly as an artist and decided I wanted to learn how to use a 'real' camera.  Digital SLR cameras were becoming both affordable and capable enough to allow amateurs (i.e. me) to give it a go without breaking the bank so I invested in a Nikon D40x with a Nikon Nikkor 18-200 VRII zoom lens.  My thinking was that this would be a flexible enough combination that it would cover me in most situations without needing to switch lenses.

A few weeks ago I happened to be reading a review of Sony's new large sensor compact camera the RX100 and realised that the capabilities of this tiny camera far exceeded those of my 6 year old DSLR in just about every aspect.  Within a couple of days my entire setup was on ebay and a couple of weeks later I had more than enough money to cover the cost of an RX100.

5 reasons I like my Dell Mini 10v Hackingtosh and 5 why I don’t

Posted in Technology on Wednesday, 17th November 2010 at 1:14PM

5 reasons I like my Dell Mini 10v Hackingtosh and 5 why I don’t

I recently purchased a refurbished Dell mini 10v netbook for £120 on ebay as I was in need of a Windows 7 testing platform for my websites, but everyone knows that the main reason for buying one of these little machines is for their Hackingtosh potential.

So a few months on, Snow Leopard and Windows 7 are living happily side by side but am I actually using the thing?  The answer is a resounding YES, I use it every day despite having a Macbook Pro sitting right next to it on the desk and the reason is that it fills a few niches really rather well.  So here’s a list of five reasons I find my Dell Mini 10v Hackingtosh useful and in order to remain balanced, 5 things that aren’t so great about it.

5 ways to extend your wireless network’s range

Posted in Technology on Wednesday, 16th September 2009 at 10:32AM

5 ways to extend your wireless network’s range

This article covers how I managed to go from no signal at all to a full strength signal in my studio at the end of my garden with an 802.11g wireless router.  In between my router and the studio were two brick walls and about 30 metres of garden but I needed to get a signal in order to work so these are a few of the factors that worked for me.

Update 31/01/2010 – I recently read a really promising review for a new product for mac users called the “Bear Extender N3″ which promises to boost the range of your airport by 200%.  A good review can be read on TUAW by following this link or you can visit the product site directly .  If you’ve had any experience with the Bear extender please let me know how you got on.

Update 11/04/2012 - Another new product has hit the market which looks like a good bet for extending wireless range.  The Amped Wireless High Power R10000G Router and Smart Repeater got a pretty glowinmg review from Engadget despite somewhat lacking in fetaures -

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Blizzard (Hauser Kaibling)

Blizzard (Hauser Kaibling)
40cm x 30cm
Acrylics and Indian ink on canvas

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