Category Archives: Software.

Software related things.

BORG Backup — Deduplicating Archiver

The documentation is very usable, easy to understand. Getting the basic things going is very easy. The code is on github. It’s worth taking a look and having a go at it! You do know that you NEED a backup, … Continue reading

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KiCad BZR5025 full windows installer

Someone on the KiCad mailing list has created a windows installer of the BZR5025 code base, including libraries, demo projects, docs… I’ve mirrored it on my server for your convenience. KiCad downloads Please note that this version uses library-tables and … Continue reading

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Got a new Kindle and no WLAN support on your router?

What’s the motivation? You CAN transfer e-books to the Kindle via USB cable, BUT that leaves a lot to be desired. Browsing the Amazon Kindle store is a very nice feature that I wouldn’t want to miss anymore. There are … Continue reading

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What does it take to call something ‘open’ ?

I recently stumbled across this blog post. The writer talks fervently (a small play of words if you translate his avatar from German to English) about the open-ness of KiCAD, especially about the open-ness of the design files. In this … Continue reading

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Mental illness in microcontrollers — or in the programmer ?

A while ago I thought it was time to re-implement my clumsy attempt to have some sort of communication between 3 microcontroller boards. It is half-duplex only, so that can’t be hard, can it? As the ATtiny24s don’t have a … Continue reading

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Openbench Logic Sniffer — A short review

Sadly this thing is not available as a DIY kit, but that is just a personal thing. I like to solder. And of course this will not have any negative effect on what comes further down. BTW. I contacted Ian … Continue reading

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openSUSE avr-gcc packages — please test

A lot of people are making an effort to provide up-to-date avr-gcc packages for openSUSE to support new devices and fix known errors. Please test these packages and report your findings / errors. Either directly to bugzilla or to this … Continue reading

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ATtiny4313 on linux

Some time ago I had acquired an ATtiny2313 breakout board and was running into memory limitations. I ordered 2 ATtiny4313 on ebay, but could compile any code for them. As it turns out after a longer odyssey, it seems that … Continue reading

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Getting Mathematica fonts to work with pdfLaTeX

I’m busy with writing some stuff and sometimes using Mathematica is simpler and quicker than using GnuPlot + Inkscape. But getting the fonts to work with LaTex / pdfLaTeX … !!! WTF !!! Now after several hours, it’s dark now, … Continue reading

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PulseAudio annoyance — headphones killing my ears

“Based on code originally contributed by Marc-André Lureau we now support Flat Volumes. The idea behind flat volumes has been inspired by how Windows Vista handles volume control: instead of maintaining one volume control per application stream plus one device … Continue reading

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Gnuplot: SVG export and Inkscape — annoyances and workarounds

I’m making some data plots with gnuplot right now that will be fed to pdfLaTeX later. So I could just have gnuplot create .ps or .eps files, but for some reason it always gets the font completely wrong. When reverse … Continue reading

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