Personal Blog Posts

The oneworld Classic Flight Reward is the reason I collect Qantas Frequent Flyer points. It’s why a fat kid from St. Albans was was able to fly MEL-DXB-TXL-LHR-BOS-ORD-HKG-MEL and will soon be travelling MEL-NRT-FRA-ARN-LHR-ORD-DFW-MEL, all in business class, spending just ~$1800 (taxes) per trip on airfares. To explain just how good value this ticket is,…

Read More A oneworld Classic Flight Reward Guide

If you follow me on Twitter, or listened to the Reckoner podcast, you’ve insufferably heard me boast about my upcoming trip around the world. I leave tomorrow for Dubai, then Berlin, Amsterdam, Paris, London, Boston, Chicago and Hong Kong. All in business class thanks to the marketing department at NAB. Some fellow nerds on Twitter…

Read More Nerd Travel Kit

For what is a long winded and possibly boring reason, I wanted to make a Raspberry Pi share a connection from a Huawei E8278 LTE modem out over wi-fi. The E8278 has wi-fi built in and its range and speed is better than I expected, but I wanted *more* range and *more* speed.

Read More A very simple way to use a Raspberry Pi as a wireless access point (not a router) with an RTL8192CU based wi-fi chipset

It’s been about a month since I posted about the RpiPNQL and whilst I’ve ironed out all the technical stuff, from a practical standpoint it has stalled. I managed to solve the modem disconnecting issue as I outlined in the last post. The Orico USB hubs arrived and worked a treat. I also got some…

Read More Raspberry Pi Portable 3G/4G Network Quality Logger Project – On Hold

I explained a hunch in my last post that the reason my efforts to collect mobile network data are failing, is probably because the power hungry LTE modems I’m using draw more power than the Pi can provide and the modems cripple themselves as a result. The very intelligent and constant source of support for…

Read More Raspberry Pi Portable 3G/4G Network Quality Logger Project – Part 4