How I Got Into Oxford

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In this post I’m going to tell you the story of how I got accepted to study Physics at Magdalen College, University of Oxford. I will explain all the required parts of the process and tell you how I did in each part: grades, application, personal statement, academic reference, PAT test, interviews. This may help you with your own university applications, especially if you’re considering applying to Oxford.

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Automatic METAR Data Collector

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In this post I’ll show you how you can make a program which will automatically collect data from some website and then further process it. More specifically, I’ll show you how I made myself a PHP script to periodically download half-hourly METAR reports from the website of the Slovak Hydrometeorological Institute and then processed them to show a plot of how temperature and pressure changes over time. You can easily adapt this for any kind of data collection you might wish to do, for example logging of exchange rates over time. So, let’s start! Read On…

Digital Gates using Transistors

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In this post, I’ll show you how to make digital gates just out of transistors, as opposed to just using ready-made integrated circuits. We’ll make an AND, OR and NOT gate, and you can make other gates based on these. Knowing how to make digital gates is very useful in all kinds of applications, for example if you’d like to build a simple adding machine, or even an 8-bit computer! So, let’s get started. Read On…