Welcome to Paul Banks DOT Org. Here you will find some projects and utilities that I thought other people might like. This site also serves as my trial ground for web technologies.
This has been updated for the 2016-2017 tax year.
A *BIG* thank you to the few who donated. I really appreciate your help!
See the project page for the files.17/07/14 - SoftTSC - A homebrew open-source MPT1327 trunked radio controller
See the project page for more information.19/04/14 - UK Tax calculator spreadsheet UPDATED
This has been updated for the 2014-2015 tax year.
See the project page for the files.25/06/13 - UK Tax calculator spreadsheet UPDATED
This has been updated for the 2013-2014 tax year.
See the project page for the files.22/09/12 - UK Tax New Sheets
Added new sheet which calculates Corporation Tax, Tax on Dividends, employers NI, Class 1, 2 and 4 NI and compares Salary with Dividends.
See the project page for the files.01/01/12 - UK Tax calculator spreadsheet UPDATED
This has been updated for the 2012-2013 tax year.
See the project page for the files.19/11/11 - VFR Planning Spreadsheet - Documentation UPDATED
Documentation now includes the meaning of the acronyms used on the spreadsheet. Thanks to Neil for the idea!
See the project page for the files.29/10/11 - UK Tax calculator spreadsheet UPDATED
This has been updated to include Student loan deductions, Age related allowances, Blind persons allowance and standard pension contributions.
See the project page for the files.02/02/11 - UK Tax calculator spreadsheet UPDATED
This has been updated for the 2011-2012 tax year.
See the project page for the files.05/01/11 - IPv6 Enabled
Happy new year! This site is now IPv6 enabled.20/11/10 - VIM syntax highlighter script for MHEG-5
I created a VIM syntax highlighter script for MHEG (The language used to program interactive TV applications on the freeview platform in the UK) scripts. More at the project page.16/10/10 - Midifying a Yamaha Keyboard (YMZ-702-D)
Here's a small hardware project about MIDIfying an old music keyboard including an "unofficial" datasheet made from information found when probing about.05/10/10 - OATH OTP (One time password) Python Library and Test Program
I recently purchased some OTP tokens based on the OATH standards. To understand them better, I coded up a small python library and test program.
The project page contains the program and some security findings.15/09/10 - Energy Consumption Monitor *UPDATED*
Now updated to support multiple channels and multiple appliances.
The software can be found here.22/08/10 - Energy Consumption Monitor
So, I finally received my 'free' energy consumption meter from EON. I was delighted to discover that it's really easy to interface it to a computer. Special thanks go to the makers, Current Cost for documenting the protocol so nicely.
The software can be found here.08/08/10 - User comments
Most project pages now allow user comments. I will publish the comments module source code shortly so you can use it in your own Pylons sites.28/07/10 - UK Tax calculator spreadsheet UPDATED
This has been updated for the 2010-2011 tax year including provision for the new 50% rate and personal allowance taper for earnings greater than £100,000.
See the project page for the files.
On a side note, apologies for the late update. I had several people ask for it but due to comment form spamming I missed them! I have replied to you all individually.25/07/10 - ATEN KE8220 for Linux/Apple Mac
Want to connect to this device with a Linux desktop? Here's a simple script that lets you to just that!24/07/10 - Simple Python Captcha Library
Here you can find a simple Python Captcha Library for use on your website.06/06/10 - How to (Temporarily) align a TV satellite dish
Want to know how to align a TV satellite dish... How hard can it be?31/03/10 - Hexicsolver on Windows
I have added build instructions for Windows to the README file in case users want to improve the program!17/03/09 - First they came...
First they came for the smokers
I did not speak out as I was not a smoker
Then they came for the drinkers
I did not speak out as I was not a drinker
Then they came for the "junk food" eaters
I did not speak out as I was not a "junk food" eater
Then they came for the motorists
I did not speak out as I was not a motorist
Then they came for me
And there was no one left to speak out for me
26/03/08 - Tax Calculator UPDATED
The UK PAYE Tax/NI Calculator has been updated for the 2008-2009 financial year including the now abolished 10% rate. See the download section for the files.
14/04/07 - Tax Calculator UPDATED
By popular demand, the UK PAYE Tax/NI Calculator has been updated for the 2007-2008 financial year. See the download section for the files.
18/06/06 - UK PAYE Income Tax Calculator
Got an ideal salary in mind? Want to know how much the taxman will take from it? "Tax needn't be taxing!" Download the UK Tax Calculator spreadsheet and find out! See the download section for the files.
24/03/06 - MySQL tools Patches
GCC compilers shipped with Fedora 5 seem to break some stuff. The MySQL database toolset is one of them. If you're having trouble then I've uploaded patches for MySQL Query Browser 1.1.18 and MySQL Administrator 1.1.6 .
18/02/06 - Projects section started
I've added a projects section to the website. This will host any projects I want to publish for whatever reason.
25/06/05 - VFR Flight Planning just got more funky!
Version 1.4 of the VFR Planning spreadsheet now released! The major new feature is a user-customisable list of positions which are used to automatically calculate track direction and distance (either on a Rhumb Line or a Great Circle. The formula's for these are interesting! ).
22/06/05 - Interesting...
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19/06/05 - VFR Flight Planning spreadsheet
New to the download section, my first stab at a VFR flight planning spreadsheet. It makes flight planning a breeze by calculating the wind vectors, fuel, etc as well lots of nice usability logic. There are NO macro's in it so you don't have to worry about it eating your computer. As the calculations are done for you, I recommend that students NOT use this at all - stick to that whizz-wheel! See the project page for the files.
18/06/05 - Paul Banks DOT Org is born.
[Champagne] I finally got around to starting a website. :)