(Student) rental house management platform

As my longest running project, the student rental house management platform has grown from a couple of pages to a portal that is still useful for, in this case my father, to manage his student house with 8 rooms. In this post I want to discuss the features, but also the components it’s built of. […]

How to build a girlfriend-approved download box with a BBB – part 2

In Part 1 (way too long ago), we’ve set up a BeagleBone Black and put it in an old amplifier. It’s time to add some more about what happened during the past months. Stability During the past year I did experience some stability issues: Especially when the device was shut down brutally by pulling out […]

DMX LED Stage Light

We did DMX receivers, we did DMX pool lights, but now it’s time for something slightly more professional: Buying DMX lights! Oh, and in between we did a DMX transmitter which is remarkably simply. We also had some fun with parties, using Freestyler DMX software (it’s Belgian! but not that user friendly that you can […]

3 nerdy things you can do with Telegram except chatting

You might know Telegram as a messaging app (like Messenger, WhatsApp, Wechat and the likes). Seen the increase in terrorist activity, it’s apparently also the preferred method for terrorists to communicate. But this can never be an argument against a free internet! Leaving politics aside: Telegram also has some very unique features, which will be […]

What to do when you finish studying in Belgium? Wat doen wanneer je studies eindigen in Belgie?

I’ve noticed it’s pretty difficult to get a full summary of information when something in your life changes. One of them being finishing your studies (congratz for that!). Your diploma This is what you’ve been working pretty hard for. The majority of the schools provide you with a confirmation paper, which is not yet your […]

How to build a girlfriend-approved download box with a BBB – part 1

Ever since the move to our appartment, we did not have a Network Attached Storage device that could handle files and downloads for all computers. Devon kindly donated me a Beagle Bone Black (BBB in short) that would form the perfect basis for a low power system. Though, low power wasn’t the only requirement. Living […]

Displaying GDB dumped 802.15.4 buffer in WireShark

The 802.15.4 mac layer has these great headers with too many single-bit options; sufficient to make your head hurt after a while. Since I was debugging some code, I had access to the entire buffer containing the entire frame. It would be nice to show this in Wireshark, wouldn’t it? It’s actually not that difficult: […]

Debugging two targets with two Segger JLinks on Linux

If you’re doing any project with networking, you’ve probably had a moment where you wanted to debug two targets at once. I was debugging picoTCP on an 802.15.4 capable target which meant all communication was wireless. Up till now I could only debug one target at the time (while the other kept running), which was […]

Itead Sonoff & Slampher custom firmware fix

A couple of months ago, I received an Itead Studio Sonoff and Slampher module that are meant for some home automation by using their app (and platform). I’ve made some short videos about the modules and a dissasembly. Because both modules run on the ESP8266 chips, reprogramming them with custom firmware seemed obvious. Itead even […]

My very first electronics project

SeeedStudio has been asking about our very first making experience, so I thought about it. The first project (electronics related) I did was a solder kit from Velleman (it’s a Belgian company, but do spread their stuff over the world). My dad and I bought it in the local electronics shop and assembled it with […]

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