I really enjoyed last years 35th chaos communication congress, so I decided to head over to leipzig for the 36c3 with some friends as well. I had a lot of fun, met some old friends again and made new ones as well. The picture shows our combined efforts to keep a "Schmuserkadser" (the cat in the bottom right) on the pixelflut wall.
I've been interested in smart home stuff for a while now, but me being me, a pre-made option is no option. I eventually accepted that coding it myself would be too much work, and ended up using openHAB for the web frontend, mqtt for data exchange and Tasmota on the peripherals (ESP8266). Right now I'm just testing stuff (and taped some WS2812 to my desk), but I'll start working on custom PCBs for the peripherals, soon.
Looks like it'll be Christmas again in a few weeks. Time passed so quickly and I start getting used to living in Berlin. The city has it's own flair, and university is super interesting (but also stressful) at the moment.
I was walking around Berlin at night with a friend when I spotted this beautiful Land Rover Series 3 and had to stop for a picture. I really like how it turned out (unedited apart from the license plate).
This time, the picture is more of a placeholder than the reason for the post itself. I recently finished my bachelor's degree in Innsbruck, Austria and moved to Berlin, Germany. For someone who has lived his entire life in a small town, a large city can be quite confusing, and I miss my friends, but I am positive that it was the right decision.
I finally continued work on the CNC'd plywood sheets mentioned earlier this year. I rarely find the time to work on it, but once the speaker is finished, it will get his own project build log. Can't wait!
I spent the days between the 22nd and 24th of August in a small village in the mountains at an Aikido stage. I had a great time with my friends and was even able to be the uke (attacker) at a friend's exam for the 3rd dan, who's face I blurred out in this image. I am the one who is currently upside down.
I am currently on vacation with my family and saw this sunken ship during a bike tour.
It's always great seeing your CAD models taking shape. These cnc milled plywood parts are for my current/upcoming project which will receive a dedicated buildlog, soon.
Today I received an OrangePi zero (which will be used for a future project) and was so impatient, I had to start setting it up in the train. Interesting piece of hardware.
Another old picture I forgot to post... My T450s' powerbrick has a glossy surface which looked quite worn-down after four years of daily use. I borrowed the IT-Syndikat's cutting plotter to redesign the front with a sticker. Love it!
For a long time nothing post-worthy had happened, and when it finally did, I forgot to post it. Great. This picture is actually from a week ago, when I decided to go on my first bike tour of the year (yeah, I'm lazy. I know). After some repairs, I drove ~20 km to a nearby lake for a swim. It was tougher than expected, but more than worth it.
Me and my dad spent half a week of vacation offroading through Slovenia, Austria and Italy. Sadly we did not have more time and the weather was far from perfect, but it was still a great experience in a unique and beautiful scenery.
If you were expecting an April fool's post, I'm sorry to disappoint you. This post is to show that Bluetooth headphones are only fun as long as you remember to keep them charged. Once they're empty, you just replace one cable with another.
We are currently transitioning from winter to spring, so I decided to get some longboard-training-time once again. It was fun, until it was no more. Luckily I only got a bunch of superficial scratches, but I learned my lesson: Do not ride downhill until you really know what you're doing.
I finally finished my exams for now (at least I hope so, I have to wait for two results), so I have more time to build stuff again. I am working on two projects contemporarily. One will be finished soon, here is a little sneak peak on some 3D printing design (you can see multiple iterations of the same part). This will be the first project featured on the projects page! Also, my workbench is a mess.
My father owns an iPhone 6 and wanted a 3D printed case for it. I checked all designs on thingiverse and most sucked or were difficult to print, so I designed my own using Fusion360. This one was printed from Flexismart TPE, very flexible filament. It fits snuggly around the phone without being too bulky to be impractical. I am very satisfied with the design and will soon upload it to thingiverse.
There we go! I had to install Windows 7 in order to update the BIOS. My BIOS mod to remove the wireless whitelist required the newest firmware version as a basis. After this mod I was able to install a 4 years newer Intel AC7260 wifi card for better range, power-efficiency and throughput. Windows 7 stayed on the SSD, but I added Fedora with XFCE for a dualboot setup. As soon as it was repaired I had to give it away again, because a friend's X240 recently died and I offered him mine until he purchases a new one.
Our hackerspace received a bunch of mostly broken Thinkpads from our local university. I have a weak spot for X series, so I grabbed a X201 with broken fan and missing battery, RAM and HDD. It took a bit of time, but eventually I got it back in perfect working condition.
This picture actually is a few weeks older, but I thought I might as well post it as a year-opener :D I replaced the paracord around the handle and the main zippers of my Rush 12 once again, resulting in an even more unique look - I guess I'll never mistake it for my friends backpack again.