Work Experience: Day Four – 30 June 2011

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THE DATA MACHINE_Receiving packets was done by this computer at an almost completely constant rate.

Today’s work experience task was about me going out into a number of houses and testing the power line devices that I’d experimented with on Tuesday at my own home. It required me to phone up a number of friends (I mainly targeted retired people from church) and allot a time to come around and visit them. With the addresses and times all typed up and printed out, I was picked up at 10:15am by Simon Clement and then we headed off to the first house.

We connected one laptop to a power line downstairs, and set it up as a server (firing packets of data as quickly as it could), whilst the other laptop upstairs – also connected to a power line – was set as a client and received the packets as quickly as it could.

With all of the results collected, we moved on to the next house; the second in six I’d laid on.

The brilliant people who let us into their homes were all very kind and welcoming, not least because most of them I knew anyway through St Luke’s. It was great to be experimenting with different wiring in different houses, and good to be out-and-about yet again in this ‘no-two-days-are-the-same’ placement.

Andrew Burdett

Andrew Burdett is a 21-year-old from Maidenhead in Berkshire. He is now two-thirds of the way through his Journalism Studies degree at the University of Sheffield. In his spare time, he enjoys swimming, going to the theatre, and writing about himself in the third-person.