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Drone Racing: how to get started

Drone Racing: how to get started

Jason Cross – Software Engineer, Derivco Durban For a man with many hobbies, I was introduced to a new one by my colleague, Senior Developer at Derivco Durban, Ross Kelly. This one, has by far, been the most fascinating, he showed me the art of drone flying. Now in my mind, before I was familiar…

Network Wide Ad Blocking with Pi-Hole

Network Wide Ad Blocking with Pi-Hole

Written by Taylor Gibb – Senior Software Developer My network has plethora of devices connected to it, from Smart TVs and Voice Assistants to ordinary computers and laptops. Where possible i use an internet browser with an ad-blocker installed but sometimes it is just not possible. Recently, however, i stumbled upon Pi-hole and it has changed the…

IOT Fishtank Part 2

IOT Fishtank Part 2

In Part 1 of this post, we put together an IOT switch for my fish tank. It is powered by a Sonoff Module with a custom firmware. In this post we are going to integrate the switch into an open source home automation system and do some automations. REQUIREMENTS: Raspberry Pi 3 8GB+ SD Card (Class 10) Battery Backup (Optional)…

Headless Raspberry PI 3 Setup

Headless Raspberry PI 3 Setup

If you are not using your Raspberry Pi as a desktop with a screen, setting it up in “headless” mode using the Lite version of Raspbian will save precious resources. This guide will help you to setup your Raspberry Pi 3 without the need for annoying cables and screens or anything else for that matter. As a word of…

Setting up a PowerShell CI Pipeline using Gitlab with Taylor Gibb

Setting up a PowerShell CI Pipeline using Gitlab with Taylor Gibb

Written by Taylor Gibb, Developer with Derivco. I have been doing a lot of PowerShell work over the past six month for a big internal project. This encouraged me to do some open source PowerShell work, and ultimately resulted in me setting up a CI pipeline for my open source PowerShell modules. The pipeline is responsible…

A Day In the Life: Leon Triggs, IT Software Engineer

A Day In the Life: Leon Triggs, IT Software Engineer

We grabbed a coffee with Leon Triggs, our very own Viking-esque IT Software Engineer, based in our Isle of Man office. Hi Leon! Tell us, how did you get into IT? My father was a software developer, so I was exposed to IT from a very early age. Growing up in the late 80s, we…

IOT Fishtank by Chris Fraser

IOT Fishtank by Chris Fraser

IOT FISHTANK (PART 1) – Chris Fraser (Senior Developer Technology Incubation) Derivco Durban I have a very average fish tank. I inherited it about 10 years ago from some friends moving abroad. It has survived many moves with me and I have become quite attached to my fish-friends. On a good day, it looks like…

Tech Trends: what you can expect in 2017

Tech Trends: what you can expect in 2017

From home automation, to Wi-Fi fridges and fully immersive games; 2017 looks to be a year filled with interesting tech advances. Want to know what there is to look forward to? Ian Bear takes us through his predictions.

In Pursuit of Performance – Sportsbook

In Pursuit of Performance – Sportsbook

The SpinSport lobby is a finely turned Formula One car built obsessively by a team of elite engineers who care not only about beautiful and elegant design in all of its forms but also about the orchestration of sophisticated code.