Category: Computer technology

  • Measure your city (meetjestad)

    Recently, I have found good use for my LoRaWAN gateway. Together with a few other enthusiasts I’ve assembled a measurement device for the Tilburg branch of the “Meet je Stad” project. This project started in Amersfoort, and combines measurements of (currently) temperature and humidity from relatively cheap devices at peoples’ homes. The data is sent […]

  • 15kHz on LCD monitors

    15kHz monitors Most PC monitors made for VGA and later graphics adapters have a horizontal sync of 31.5kHz or higher, but most home computers including the Commodore Amiga line, as well as CGA and EGA for PC, have a hsync of about 15kHz as standard (PAL or NTSC). Many ‘recent’ monitors therefore do not properly […]

  • Visual Studio notes

    Shortcuts ctor<tab><tab> : insert constructor snippet cw<tab><tab> : insert Console.WriteLine() for<tab><tab> : insert for loop snippet foreach<tab><tab> : insert foreach loop snippet prop<tab><tab> : insert property (short form) propfull<tab><tab> : insert property (long form useful when you need to code getter/setter) Ctrl-. : Quick actions Ctrl-E, Ctrl-D : Format Document Ctrl-M, Ctrl-O : Collapse to […]

  • .NET notes

    Just random notes regarding .NET CLR = Common Language Runtime FCL = Framework Class Library BCL = subset of FCL ASP.NET is a part of the FCL Windows: Assembly type Class Library produces .dll files / .exe is another type of Assembly. DLLs do not have an entry point (No Main()) so can’t be run […]

  • Becoming a developer

    From business to IT In my job, I’m making the transition from a business information manager (in Dutch: functioneel beheerder) to a developer. Our company uses C#, Javascript, HTML and CSS and various (Microsoft) .NET technologies. It’s an exciting change and I will try to keep this blog updated with my progress. Prior experience I’ve […]

  • SodaqOne version 2 LoRa kit

    First try at LoRa   I am a backer for The Things Network, but at the moment (december 10, 2016) the hardware isn’t ready yet. So I bought a LoRa node from Sodaq to try and see if I can get it to succesfully send messages to a TTN gateway. Here’s a log so far: […]

  • Athom Homey

    On the 10th of February, 2016 I received my Homey by Athom. It’s a home automation hub which listens to you and speaks back, and can control all kinds of devices. It has just been released, which means there’s still quite some bugs. So I will list here what has worked for me, and what hasn’t. […]

  • Controlling Philips Hue lamps with a Pebble smartwatch

    As far as I know, at this moment there is no direct way to control Philips Hue lamps using a Pebble smartwatch. A workaround is possible though, with the help of a webserver that sends the right commands to the Hue bridge as you visit a specific webpage. Here’s how I did it. Short demonstration […]

  • Apple IIc from Scryption collection

    I recently bought some of the ‘leftovers’ from the Scryption Museum which unfortunately had to close due to lack of funding. Here’s one of the systems I bought from them, an Apple IIc with matching monitor and power brick. It powers up, displaying “Apple //c” and “Check Disk Drive.” messages. Hitting Ctrl-Reset gives me a […]

  • SMC SMCWBR14S-N2 draft-N router

    Picked up another home router (the kind of device people have at home between their internet connection and computers) at a flea market today. I had hoped to be able to install a Linux-based third party firmware (like Tomato, OpenWRT, dd-WRT, etc) but couldn’t find a lot about this router. It appears to work fine […]