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Icon Maker Revamped

Now even more flat

August 12th, 2018

The React logo.

I haven't touched the Shiny Icon Maker in a while, and it was slowly starting to show its age, both by what icons it could handle and the technology stack behind it. And as soon as something starts to feel old, simply change the stack! The new version uses React instead instead of Knockout JS and also adds a bunch of new icons, while also removing a lot of clutter. Try it out!

Wall Mounting a D-Link COVR AC1200 Mesh Node

Or rather, how not to

July 11th, 2018

The D-Link COVR AC1200.

To get better wi-fi coverage at home, I recently started looking at getting a mesh system. With mesh, two or more units are placed around your house and then they will magically work together to produce perfect coverage everywhere. Each node typically also has a couple of RJ45 ports for connecting wired network equipment. I ended up betting on the affordable AC1202 kit by D-Link (same as AC1203 except with two nodes instead of three). I had originally planned to wall mount one node, and the guy in the shop told be this would be easy because they come with mounting holes - which turned out to be inaccurate. Read on for a simple method endorsed by no one.

Android Works Surprisingly Well With Mouse and Keyboard

OK, it was sunday and I had nothing better to do

February 25th, 2018

All set up: Mouse and keyboard connected using a USB hub, plus a headset connected using the keyboard passthrough audio cable.

On some phone models, a broken display also means that the touch functionality breaks. As a last resort, some people have attached a wireless mouse to their device as a temporary solution. But why wait for the display to break before attaching proper peripherals? Surely a mechanical keyboard would improve the user experience significantly! With a poor man's docking station - a USB adapter connected to a USB hub - you can get that proper PC feel and still be using your phone. (OK, it makes no sense, but still cool that it works.)

A year with the Razer Blackwidow Ultimate Stealth 2016 Edition

Mechanical yearly

January 07th, 2018

The keyboard uses Razer's own font, but not for all keys. Note that the $ character has the typical Razer blocky font, while the £ and € do not.

Mechanical keyboards have been all the rage for quite some time now (since the 70s?). One year ago, wanting to jump on the bandwagon, I treated myself to one. This although my regular $12 keyboard was working just fine, that a mechanical keyboard is rather expensive, and that I wasn't even very fond of the tactile feel - or noise - of a mechanical keyboard. But as a programmer, I do type a lot, and good tools would hopefully help me in my line of work. How it went? Read on for more. (Spoiler: it turned out well!)

SSL Enabled

Even more safe for work

May 26th, 2017

Your data is safe with me.

In the unlikely case anyone ever felt that the only thing lacking on this site was privacy, I just enabled SSL. Your browser should now indicate this site is secure. So have fun and enjoy the secure world of HTTPS!

Icon Maker - Now with even more icons

Because more is moar

May 07th, 2017

Some of the new icons, these from the icon set Afiado.

While I'm mostly using fonts for icons these days, traditional PNG icons, which the Shiny Icon Maker produces, still have their uses. And to further increase the usefulness of the icon maker, I just added a quite a few new icons from different icon sets. You may now also filter the icons by name and icon set. Try it out!

Review: Razer DeathAdder Left-Hand Edition

Save the southpaws

March 29th, 2017

I have been considering getting another mouse to use with my left hand to relieve the right hand from some stress. And yes, that means I am not a left hander myself. I hope I am still allowed to write this review! While symmetrical mice are all around, finding a pure left handed design is easier said than done. Read on for my thoughts on the Razer DeathAdder - Left Hand Edition.

Repairing the Toshiba Regza 42XV556D Power Button

As good as new... still old though

January 04th, 2017

Shot of the curcuit board inside the TV to make this guide seem more complicated than it is.

I have a 42" 42XV556D Toshiba Regza TV at home. While it started showing its age a few years ago, I rather keep using it a while longer instead of contributing to the local landfill. However, the power button just stopped working recently. Turned out fixing it is rather easy though, and a no-brainer considering the warranty expired a long time ago. Read on for a quick how-to.

Unity3D: Replace Sprite Programmatically in Animation

Luigi says: Don't repeat yourself

August 04th, 2016

Just starting out creating a 2D game using Unity3D, I came across a simple problem: There seems to be no easy way to swap out the sprite in an animation (think: Luigi using the same animations as Mario). It may seem simple to just create a new animation, but with many different characters (sprites) using the same animation it gets old fast. Read on for a short explanation and some code.

Fixing Broken Breaks on Maclaren Techno XLR Buggy

Yes, we have entered baby territory

May 21st, 2016

The Maclaren Techno XLR.

For reasons that may be related to my absence from this blog lately, I found myself in a situation with a used baby stroller in need of repairs. The problem was that the breaks would not click into place. After looking into it, it turned out that it could be easily fixed with some spare parts bought online, plus some basic tools and, of course, my not-so-valuable spare time. Read on for a step for step guide.

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