Work Experience: Day Four – 30 June 2011


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 twenty-something from Maidenhead in Berkshire, working for ITV News.