New bench power supply and a small shelf in the electronics lab 1 month ago

I really love the shelf rail system I have on the wall by the electronics lab; it distributes the load evenly over a large surface and it’s incredibly easy to move things around and try out different solutions. By squeezing some of the existing shelves a bit closer and moving the wire rolls; I was able to fit yet another shelf :)

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Network infrastructure upgrade, UniFi FTW! 4 months ago

When watching a few Linus Tech Tips videos on YouTube, I noted that he mostly used UniFi wireless access points. So I started reading about this series of products and it didn’t take long fore I realized that I had to have it. I was already looking to replace my current router, as I wanted the WiFi access point to be placed more central in the house. And that didn’t work with a combined router and WiFi device. In the end I replaced all my network infrastructure :p

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Elasticsearch, Imgix and new URL structure 6 months ago

Three big things have happened on the site lately;

  • Searching have been switched from Algolia to Elasticsearch.
  • Images are now processed and served by Imgix.
  • URL structure have been replaced.
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New monitor and computer setup changes in home office 7 months ago

I’ve gotten myself one of those ultra-wide curved monitors. I’ve been wanting one for a long time, and I finally bought one; a Samsung 34”. Since my desk is pretty shallow, and not that big really, I also wanted to free up some work surface by getting things on shelves. So I’ve been doing a bit of work on my computer setup.

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New domain; uctrl.io! 9 months ago

I’ve been hosing my projects on uctrl.net since 2009, back then I was using MediaWiki and it looked something like this. A few years ago the site was moved to www.uctrl.net, and now it is uctrl.io. So why the moves?

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Tag based navigation FTW! 10 months ago

One of the first tables I created when I started work on this site was categories; of course posts and images needed a category. I then added a tags table and went on with my day. So posts and images could have one category and multiple tags. Great!

Well… Maybe not… As soon as I started adding content I realized that categorizing things is really hard… Yeah, somethings are clear-cut; like a project with an AVR microcontroller. But what about if a project has both an AVR microcontroller and an Arduino board?

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Electronics lab, storage and lights in home office 11 months ago

As I wrote in the previous article about my home office; our house isn’t huge, so I had to make the most of the office/man cave that I got. The electronics corner is pretty small, and a couple of things about it was annoying… Like not having my instruments, e.g. oscilloscope and power supply, easily available. So I decided I needed to fix that!

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Moved from BitBucket to GitHub, and new deployment 1 year ago

I’ve had all my private repositories on BitBucket for a number of years, but all my public/open source projects on GitHub. But after GitHub announced unlimited private repositories I figured it was time to leave BitBucket behind.

Now; BitBucket is a wonderful service, and you can have unlimited private repos for free! But I have to admit that I like the UI and community on GitHub more, a lot more actually.

After moving the entire repository and issue list to GitHub I also implemented a new way of deploying…

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Major improvements to images 1 year ago

Images are a big part of the web and, according to Http Archive, 64% of the average bytes per page are images. So optimized images are definitely a big factor when it comes to site performance and weight. However; finding the balance between filesize and quality can be difficult, enter Kraken.io!

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Searching is difficult, enter Algolia 1 year ago

Creating a good and fast search for your website is difficult, and very time consuming. Stop words, relevance, word weight and spelling errors…

I used full text search for a long time; but it’s far from perfect. It does handle stop words, but I found the relevance sorting to be less than ideal. And it does not at all tolerate misspellings.

Then I discovered Algolia!

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Bye bye Disqus, hello custom commenting system 1 year ago

I’ve been using Disqus for comments on this site since it launched, never been happy with it though. However it did work, and it did allow me to implement comments with minimum effort.

I’ve been playing with the idea of writing a commenting system myself for some time, and about three weeks ago I got started. Today I am happy to announce that the new code has been pushed to the production server last night :)

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A first look at my home office/man cave 2 years ago

The girlfriend and I have finally found a house, and got settled in. It’s not huge, neither is the garden or the garage. But there was enough space for me to get my own room; a man cave, office and workshop, all in one! I’m very happy with it, small spaces spikes the creativity, and I’ve managed to fit pretty much everything I needed.

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A quick update on my life 3 years ago

It’s been a long time since my last project. A lot has happened in my personal life, the biggest you can see on the image below. This have (naturally) taken a huge bite out of my spare time, but is also very rewarding :)

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New website launched! 3 years ago

For many years I hosted all of my electronics and micro controller projects on this URL, using the MediaWiki application. Life happened and the site was taken down, and has been down for about a year. Now it’s coming back up! :)

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