September 17, 2021
I dislike the new Ubuntu installer, subiquity.
Apparently I wanted to do something that was not supported by this new installer (yes, I know there’s an encrypted LVM variant but I didn’t want LVM). And even when I installed the minimal possible package selection, I found myself writing a cleanup script just to remove unwanted packages afterwards.
There may be another guide coming soon on how to convert an existing Ubuntu Server installation into a fully encrypted one, which unlocks automatically on boot through network-bound disk encryption.
September 3, 2021
There was a Hackaday article in February titled “The RISC-V ESP32-C3 will be your new ESP8266”. Well, after being frustrated with the small memory on an ESP8266 board just recently, I was eager to try this new part. So I ordered some modules and a development board by Ai-Thinker from Aliexpress.
Modules # What I liked most about this part on first sight was the fact that it has builtin USB, like its bigger sibling the ESP32-S2!
May 8, 2021
The use-case might be a little specific but I’ll describe it nonetheless, hoping it may help someone. A while ago I read Practical Forensic Imaging by Bruce Nikkel and tried out the sfsimage script that he presented therein.
The idea is as simple as it is brilliant: combine open-source disk recovery tools like dc3dd with the great compression and usability of readonly squashfs filesystems. The imaged disk is piped directly into a virtual file inside the archive and some metadata of the acquisition is added alongside it to create a “forensic image”.
February 18, 2021
This is just a simple post about some artwork I did as a present recently.
I wanted to try my hand at freeforming solder-art, so I got some brass rods and
tried to form a foxes head....
October 21, 2020
After finishing my own VFD clock project a while ago, I now bought a ready-made module from Noritake Itron because I wanted to take a look how they do it – especially the filament supply.
These modules usually sell for somewhere above 50€. But here I found one on eBay for just over 20€. The description had no model number or dimensions but I didn’t care much .. I bought it.
March 27, 2020
Aktuell verbreitet sich das neuartige Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) rasant auf der gesamten Welt mit teils verheerenden Folgen. Dies soll aber kein Beitrag über das Virus an sich sein, sondern eine Anleitung wie ihr euch auch in Zeiten, in denen Mundschutz Mangelware ist und besser dem medizinischen Personal vorbehalten werden sollte, ganz einfach selber eine Behelfslösung nähen könnt....
February 10, 2020
Vacuum flourescent displays are a beautiful piece of retro technology. Noritake Itron
and a few others still build them as dot-matrix or full graphic displays. But the
technology dates back to the 70’s and you can find some surplus units available on eBay....
November 6, 2019
To keep things short: I’ve had an Anet A8
3D printer for a while now and wanted to flash an updated version of its
For some reason however, the bootloader was broken. So I couldn’t flash it with
avrdude by simply using a USB cable. For this case you can find lots of
tutorials on how to flash Arduino boards with a second Arduino. I didn’t have a
second Arduino at the time though … so why not just bit-bang it from a Raspberry