About Me


I work in an after school club as a play work assistant.  I also arrange the Torbay Raspberry Pi jam and have experience with Raspberry Pi, Python, Scratch and Linux operating systems.

I want to share more of my IT skills with schools and help with the new IT Computing curriculum.  I have experience with both Linux and Windows operating systems.

I am also documentation lead for the Ubuntu derived ToriOS operating system. (http://www.torios.org/).

I have over 15 years experience working with children / young people in various capacities, so would like to use this to help children and young people in schools.

I am part of the Computing at school community, to which I have uploaded some resources.  I have also had an article published in TheMagPI Raspberry Pi magazine.  As well as being a long standing member of the Local linux community.   I can be found on freenode and other communities as zleap.

I am committed to safeguarding children, young people and 
vulnerable groups and expect any school or establishment I am 
involved with to share this commitment.

Ubuntu 14.10

Ubuntu 14.10 is due for release today. Check out http://www.ubuntu.com for updates, upon release the website should have more information and links to download the latest release.

Don’t forget that 14.04 is Long Term Support (LTS) so you may wish to stick with 14.04 as this will have updates for a few years.

YRS Hyperlocal is here


If you are under 18, and are a self taught programmer then YRS hyperlocal could be ideal for you.


So please sign up and lets see what we can create :)

If you are unsure what this is ALL about please read below which is quoted from the Young Rewired State website

Young Rewired State is the global community of young coders aged 18 and under who solve real world problems using freely available open data.

Since 2009, we’ve met up once a year at our Festival of Code to create websites, apps, hardware hacks and algorithms. Now, we’re upping our game, and making it our mission to continue to find, nurture and support the next generation of tech talent all year round.

YRS Hyperlocal gives our community the tools, resources and confidence to realise the amazing potential locked inside their digital skills. By developing these skills further, and exploring the exciting opportunities available for young entrepreneurs, Hyperlocal will provide real chances for young people to make a difference and maybe even change their future.

Traveling Wilburys – She’s My Baby

She’s My Baby by the Traveling Wilburys


Tom Petty: Lead guitar and vocals
Bob Dylan: Lead guitar and vocals
Jeff Lynne: Lead guitar and vocals
George Harrison: Lead guitar and vocals

ToriOS Manual Update

Today, I took a big step forward in the Development of the manual for the ToriOS operating system.   Last week I added 2 tables of links to resources mentioned in the manual.  Today these tables were replaced with a proper bibliography,  from which resources cited within the manual are listed.  So for example,  early on I cite ToriOS this has the number 1 next to it,  click on this and you are taken to the Bibliography section that has a link to the ToriOS website.

So far I have moved all the items from the tables. I now need to go through and cite the appropriate resources in the text, then delete the tables once this is all done.  As I do this I can add more resources as required.

This is a big step forward.  I also need to move all the graphics to the screen-shots folder and re-references these in the document source so they display (this is very easy using LaTeX.)  This will make the root folder of the manual a little more tidy.

The next stage after that is going to be adding information on the applications that come with ToriOS.

We also want a HTML version of this manual.  If you would like to help with this please get in touch.  http://www.torios.org/


Raspberry Pi jam

Preparations are underway for the November Raspberry Pi jam, which will take place on the 8th November.

Details are on the Raspberry pi jam page of this website.   I have also added a link to eventbrite so people can get tickets to the event,  this will also hopefully help us keep track of who may come.

Hopefully there will be a nice turnout as a quite a bit of work is going in to this preparation.

Hopefully we will also have an update on the Minecraft 8 bit adder,  more sorting demos, and maybe even knights tour.



October Pi jam write up

A write up for the October Raspberry Pi jam in Paignton can be found here.

A big thank you to Tom , Melvyn and the 2 young people who turned up,  hopefully a few more will be back next month.

Looking forward to seeing how the 8 bit adder projects progresses.

ToriOS update


Just installed the latest ToriOS release on Virtual box.  A few screen shots below.

Torios RC2-login

Login Screen looks nice


Torios RC2


Notepad Update 3

I have been doing some more work on my note pad program,  The gui still looks the same as before.  Just made the actual window size bigger.notepad7

The following forms the changelog from previous versions

# notepad 5 added a 2nd menu and also added an exit dialogue box
# notepad 6, added open and save dialogues (they seem to work)
# note pad 6 = legacy code is still in source incase of issues
# notepad 7 = added menu insert
# added insert date time to insert menu
# notepad8 size 800×600 add character count option
# notepad8 – fixed word count properly,  changed window size

A few issues.

# To re-save the document you need to go to save as

# i need a way to capture the file name and store this in a variable,  I can then bring back in the legacy save code so that it then saves to the file name, and if no file name is specified then either use a default file name or call up the save as box

#I then want to be able to :

##insert the file name in the document

## print the document (this requires you to know the name of the document

## insert the filename of the document in the window title,

All this should be possible with a little tweaking of the code.

Notepad update 2

Ok at the pi jam today I fixed a bug with the notepad program.  I have now added some more features

insert date / time

save as dialogue box

open dialog box


Latest incarnation (it is actually version 7) so the window label needs updating at some point


tk dialogue box – pretty easy to integrate actually.  Just needed a few parameters changing.

Notepad update


Thanks to Tom B and some looking on stackoverflow, my notebook program has not got a scroll bar.

A few bugs still exist,  but I will find a way to iron those out


Note the black box within the window.  However this stays the same when the window is resized.