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2015 September 3
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How I revived my iPod classic 4th genation with Flash Memory!!

2015 August 10
by tobi

Since a very long time, I had my old 4th Generation iPod laying around. With iPhone, SoundCloud & Co, I hadn’t had any use for it – until now: my Camping Van came ‘only’ with a CD Radio and an Aux-In – which is perfect for my Ipod. If it would only work. Battery was down, and even worse – the Harddisk crashed. But a quick google made me hope: there’s indeed a chance to replace the HD with Flash memory. Faster, cheeper and less power consumption. I had to try it.
So I followed those super easy steps Eddie posted on instructables:

Main trick is to get a ‘IDE 50 Pin Male zu CF Compact Flash Female Adapter’ – on ebay or similar for just 5 EURs. Compact Flash memory you get for abt. 1EUR per GB, which int total, made the 40GB replacement quite cheap. It just took me minutes to replace the harddrive, including a new Battery. Now my more than 10 years(!!) old iPod works better like never before! Amazing.

Happy Hacking!

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Satzuma Missile Launcher finally works with USB Missile Launcher NZ v1.8.2 on Mac

2015 May 23


Good news: I finally got the Satzuma Missile Launcher working on my Mac Yosemite. Solution it the latest (unfortunately unreleased) version of USB Missile Launcher NZ. You can download USB Missile Launcher NZ v1.8.2 from here, a source I found after digging through the comments of version 1.8.1 announcement:

To get started with Satzuma, install v1.8.2, restart you Mac (bummer), open `USB Missile Launcher`, go to Preferences -> Launcher and
enter `1046` for VendorId, `3777` for ProductId and change Controls to Satzuma (see screenshot) – Boom! You’re all set – happy shooting!

Screen Shot 2015-05-20 at 11.41.11

Next, I want to check – having a working CLI version would be so much better!

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Things ‘NOT TO DO’ to a Pinball Machine

2015 May 3
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by tobi

For the record: a great post by Tim Arnold – things ‘NOT TO DO’ to a Pinball Machine:

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HackedTheHouse – and won 2nd Price!

2015 March 3
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Last weekend I attended HackTheHouse, a 24hrs Hackathon in Berlin, organized by Relayr and BSH – all in the Name of IoT. I teamed up with Chris(ccb23), Clemens and Roby from Italy. We had a blast!

We were given a couple of BSH Home appliances, Relayr WunderBars, Arduino, RaspberryPi, Seeedstudio Grove, Nest etc. – so all the Toys a hardware hacker only could think of.

Our idea was to bring FUN the to dull, boring household tasks.  We solve this problem by gamify cleaning duties – regular household tasks are turned into a big game, you score every-time you fulfill a task, as sooner and thoroughly, as more points you get.

After 24hrs we presented a first prototype – including a dishwasher, a smart trashcan and a smart broom. The jury was amazed and we scored the 2nd price!

See our Hacklog, Repository, Pictures and more here:

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Maslow’s pyramid of code review

2015 February 26
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Must Read:

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Great sources for great Software Development

2015 February 2
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There was recently a call on the Softwerkskammer Emailgroup for good sources to improve ones software development skills. Here a summary of all recommendations:

* Buch: Headfirst Design Patterns

* OOSE, Vielleicht hilft Dir das hier weiter:

  – OOSE für die Schulung ‘iSAQB’

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* Videoreihe von Robert C. Martin:

* Robert C. Martin – Agile Software Development, Principles, Patterns, Practices. In this book the notion of SOLID Principles is very well documented. 

* Gang of Four – Design Patterns: Elements of Reusable Object-Oriented Software

* Apprenticeship Patterns 

* Skillsmatters  Von ndc  Oredev

* State: Tennis Kata

  – Bsp zur Tennis Kata:

*  “refactoring to patterns” von joshua kerievsky

* Video-seite wurde ich alles von Kevlin Henney

*  “Domain Driven Design” von Eric Evans für Einsteiger ist “implementing Domain driven Design”

* “Being the Worst” podcast 

* m.feathers mit “working effectivly with legacy Code”

* “Refactoring – Improving the Design of Existing Code”. Fowler ist ein Meister des OO-Design und das Buch ist voller Beispiele.

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IrDude – A simple android app to control my stereo via IR

2014 December 17
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I recently wrote a simple Android App which allows me to control my HarmonKardon Avr-35 stereo remotely via IR. Presenting: IrDude.

It uses the an undocumented Samsung IR API, so its unfortunately very much tight to Samsung galaxy note 10.1 tablet. Nevertheless, it does the Job for my, and is hopefully a good starting point for other to do similar. Check to find hex codes to support other devices.

[image from IR PUCK]

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The Dude is coming…

2014 November 29
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Oh yeah, I can’t believe Dutch Pinball did it. They are building a Big Lebowski pinball machine!!! I features all the legendary Movie characters, and of course, a bowling alley below the playfield. Can’t wait to get my hands on that.

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Projects worth to donate to

2014 November 29
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It’s soon the end of the year and time to say ‘thank-you’ to projects and people I profit from on a regular basis. This year it its:
* iTerm –
* SequelPro –
* DaviCal –
* Serial Podcast –
* Logbuch: Netzpolitik –
* Alternativlos –
* MacTechnews – get the App to support the project –
* Outbank –
* Time Pritlove –
* Jack Conte –
* more to come…

More on my Flattr Page:

Related: open call with @Flattr @GetCentUp @Patreon @GitTip on Sustainable Crowdfunding:

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