Archive for the ‘Tech’ Category


April 30th, 2014 1 comment
This week I discovered Phing ( In one word: WOW. What an incredibly powerfull ANT based deployment framework. Basically you define targets in an XML file. Each target can perform a multitude of tasks. Moving and copying files. Replacing strings. Work with filesets, include and exclude files. I use it to produce the installation and upgrade ZIP files for Joomla. Not only does is copy the necessary files, but it also changes the manifest file, for instance the version of the extension. From the a single codebase, with one click I have both a file for upgrading an extension or a fresh install. It also archives older versions of the extension. I have only started to scratch the surface of the possibilities. Very exciting framework, you should definitely take a look.
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Thermistor & LDR

September 17th, 2011 No comments
I finally have a normal reading from thermistor. I'm going to let my dad take a look at the electonic schematics. I suck at these schematics, learning quickly though. The LDR on the other hand was brease to connect. So now I have a led, which turns brighter when it goes darker. To allow for the dimming of a led you use Pulse Whith Modulation. For a good explanation on PWM, follow this link: It's been a good Netduino night 😉
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Demo for my dad

September 15th, 2011 No comments
My dad had a question about QR codes. This post is to demo my WP plugin. Nothing important to read here 😉
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September 11th, 2011 No comments
I received my Netduino kit this weekend. It is a lot of fun. It's dead easy to connect, just install the SDK, plug it into the USB port and you'r off. What was a lot more difficult though, atleast for me, is make the electronic circuits. It's been ages since I've read these kind of schematics. I want to measure temperature and humidity in my house and send it to Pachube. I've been having some problems with water leaking into my houes. This way I can measure the humidty and see if I have fixed the problems adequatly. I was finally able to complete the circuit for my thermistor. It gives me a reading, but converting it into Kelvin is impossible for the moment. I don't have the proper Steinhart constants for my thermistor.
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iPad 2

May 29th, 2011 2 comments

I just acquired an iPad 2. I must admit, I absolutely love the device. The screen is excellent, it's sleek and sexy and there is a broad selection of apps available.

What I don't like is the lack of a back-button. For the life of me I can not figure out why they didn't include one. The addition of one would create an even more consistent user experience.

My final concern is the app store. The search options just doesn't cut it.

Apple should really look at Android, because these items are well thought through by Google.

But even with these two shortcomings I still love my iPad ( flipboard ftw )

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XBMC Live Network

April 19th, 2011 3 comments
ARRRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHH just spent my entire evening figuring out why XBMC Live couldn't show 1 minute of video without buffering. Turned out I need to disable IPV6. In case you have the same problem and want to know how I solved it, read on ;). Open up a shell on the XBMC Live box. # sudo vi /etc/sysctl.conf Add the following line to the end of the file: net.ipv6.conf.all.disable_ipv6=1 Now reboot! (# sudo reboot -r now)
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Nice use of QR Codes!

March 17th, 2011 4 comments
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Some people know no shame

March 13th, 2011 No comments
My god, there are some real idiots out there. Come on guys, Mac is a company, all it want's to do is make money. Nothing else!!
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October 12th, 2009 No comments
I finally received FIFA10 today. It is gorgeous. Gameplay is smooth, 360 degree movement, improved freekick and corner system. The new play like a pro mode is excellent. Two big thumbs up for FIFA10. I'll be posting some links to some of my goals pretty soon!
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PS3 Firmware 2.7, FIFA09 trophies, Killzone 2

April 6th, 2009 1 comment
This weekend I played a couple of games of FIFA09 with Klaus, Wouter and Emiel. I first had to update my PS3 tot firmware version 2.7. For me personally it doesn't add any really interesting options, except for the auto levelere for music files. If you have a lot of PSN friends the new chat options is pretty handy. Now the really cool update I did was for FIFA09! My FIFA09 now has trophies! For those not familiar with the trophies system a quick explanation. You get a trophy if you complete a set task in a game. For instance you get one for the first goal you score with the head, or a volley. You have different level trophies, bronze, silver, gold and platinum. Bronze trophies are easiest to get and platinum the hardest. I find trophies add an extra dimension to a game, you put in this little bit of extra effort knowing it will result in a rewards. I guess that primal instinct to do/like things that give you a rewards is still very active in my brain 😉 Probably driven by the same hunger that makes me like trophies, I've also taken a liking to FIFA09 Ultimate Team. It is an add-on for FIFA09. It basically adds a cardtrade system to FIFA09. You buy booster packs from coins you earn playing games. The cards give you access to better players, stadiums, coaches and gamecards. Gamecards allow you to temporarilly alter the game dynamics. Make players faster, make opposition slower, influence the ref, etc, etc. If you no longer have a need for a certain card, you can add them to your collection (like an old fashioned Panini book) or trade them on the PSN. Last week I also bought Killzone 2. It's a graphically stunning game. Unline anything Ive seen before on the PS3. The level loading is done very nice as well, not a lot of waiting. In the normal skill level the game isn't that hard (except for the fight leading up to Radec). The single player campaign isnt very long, it can be completed in a couple of hours easily. But you don't buy this game for the single player campaign, you buy this game for the online content. This to is exceptional. For the player mechanics it boroughs heavily from Call of Duty 4 (COD4). Just like in COD4 you need to progress in rank to earn new weapons. Completing certain tasks to earn ribbons. When you get enough ribbons of a certain type it opens up some new improvement, like extra granade after you spawn, extra ammo, etc, etc. I prefer the movement in COD4, it's a bit faster, but otherwise Killzone beats COD4 hands down. The environment is mutch darker, maps have a better layout. It feels intenser. If you want to play a game of FIFA09 or Killzone 2 with me, contact me on PSN. My handle is Bermpje.
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