Saturday, December 31, 2022
Countdown to 2023... Worried yet Hopeful
Today's the last day of 2022, and another year has gone by. It's New Year's Eve, and one is supposed to reflect on what has passed, and look forward to what's yet to come.
I'm... confused. A little sad, somewhat lost, a little disappointed, a bit worried, and a tad hopeful.
Friday, December 30, 2022
Countdown to 2023... Solid Sound Models / Broken Amplifier / Broken Tape Deck / Marriage
The most popular page on this blog is the Rock Solid page. I've updated the information on other related models, as I think I've finally figured out all variants.
As for 2023... I hope to enjoy my Home Theater setup for a long, long time to come. I feel no need to visit the cinema, and am considering even larger screen options... Though I'd probably have to win the lottery first. And get some stuff repaired...
Thursday, December 29, 2022
Countdown to 2023... Writing... no, procrastinating (creating yet another wallpaper)
For a year I've been mostly at a kind of stand-still when it came to writing. It's not that I don't want to write, but it just never happened. My health wasn't cooperating, I've been busy at work, and there have been so many other things to do. So, besides some editing, there was little work done on my novel(s).
Wednesday, December 28, 2022
Countdown to 2023... Love Hina (1998)
Anime can be great. I love anime, though I'm not a hardcore fan. I did notice there's a lot of variation in anime, and though some of the topics have become more mature over time, anime as a whole genre seems to be moving back to its roots, ie. lately anime seems to be targeting a younger audience again.
Tuesday, December 27, 2022
Countdown to 2023... Corona - T plus 703 - Fxck you!
I'm still alive. I had my shots. Got pretty sick of the first batch, less so from the second inoculation. Then, a couple of months ago, I caught Corona / Covid myself, in spite of the inoculations...
Monday, December 26, 2022
Countdown to 2023... Windows 11 Quadrophonic - RealTek / Asrock Ryzen 5 / Labtec 2514
Under Windows 10, my setup would by default mirror stereo playback to the rear speakers. Not so under Windows 11. Even better: you can't tell Windows 11 that you have a quadrophonic setup. Well, you can, but it's a little hidden...
Sunday, December 25, 2022
Countdown to 2023... Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff - The Illuminae Files 01 - Illuminae (2015)
I'll be damned. They did it again. (Or before. Time is relative.) The Aurora Cycle was great (still have to add the reviews for books 2 and 3) and this book, by the same authors, does it again. Although, in this case, it's... different.
Saturday, December 24, 2022
Countdown to 2023... Why television will never get it right
It’s perfectly normal for a series to be cancelled when the ratings drop, and the number of viewers dwindle. It’s all about making money.
But isn't it time for the show-runners to show some respect to their (potential) audience?
Friday, December 23, 2022
Countdown to 2023... Shortcuts to webpages using Chrome profiles
Thursday, December 22, 2022
Countdown to 2023... PS4 Controllers / charging / registering / USB cable length and extensions / adapters
Wednesday, December 21, 2022
Countdown to 2023... VirtualBox versus Hyper-V on Windows 10 and 11
So, 11 days... Let's start with VirtualBox 6.1.40 and spontaneous freezes on Windows 11...
Monday, December 5, 2022
Alan Dean Foster - Pip and Flinx 1 - The Tar-Aiym Krang (1972)
In 1972 (that's a long time ago) Alan Dean Foster wrote the first of the Pip and Flinx novels.
It's an easy read, which would probably classify as a YA, with left and right a bit of exposition (and somewhat old fashioned) but it is still imminently readable.
Thursday, December 1, 2022
B&W Solid Sound Monitor... Transmission Line / Horn?!?
Wallpaper - Xbox
Monday, November 28, 2022
Ben Aaronovitch – Rivers of London 2 – Moon over Soho (2011)
Sunday, November 27, 2022
WallX and WaitWindow updates
Monday, November 21, 2022
Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff - Aurora Cycle 1 - Aurora Rising (2019)
Third Person Present Tense, Young Adult SF.
Most books in the YA category tend to be Fantasy, but this is an SF trilogy with some interesting aspects, and it's fairly well written.
There are some not-entirely-believable scenes, but it ain't bad, and the character interaction is fun.
Sunday, November 20, 2022
TP-Link Deco M4 - Review / Bufferbloat / Reset
Anyway, in case you would decide to buy a mesh Wifi network, TP-Link has a cheap(er) product called the Deco M4.
Tuesday, November 15, 2022
F*ck*ng W*rkg*v*rs (en overheden) - Thuiswerken... of niet?
Op je werkdag mag je niet thuiswerken, maar op je vrije dag wel?
Heeft dan niemand iets geleerd van de Corona golf? Nadat we een tijdje thuis mochten werken... nee, thuis moesten werken, is het eindelijk weer tijd om op kantoor te verschijnen. En dus staan we lekker collectief weer in de file.
Monday, November 14, 2022
Scott Baron - The Clockwork Chimera 1 - Daisy's Run (2018)
Daisy's part of a limited crew, on their way to earth. But the closer she gets, the more she starts distrusting her fellow shipmates. What doesn't help is her distrust of artificial limbs and cyborg implants, something which all her shipmates have...
Monday, November 7, 2022
Netflix - Outside the Wire (2021..2022)
Tuesday, November 1, 2022
Home Server / WallX / TouchPortal / Power Saving Kludge
Anyway, with the ever-increasing price of electricity, I was wondering if I could not simply switch off my home server upon command. In the past, I used a timed-out, which worked fine, but there are other users in my household, and they're not always computer-savvy.
Wallpaper - Democracy
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Monday, October 31, 2022
Claudia Grey - Defy the Stars (2017)
It's another SF / Romance (it's almost hard to find non-romance novels these days) which is a bit more SF than romance. Yet another first-person present-tense novel, and that's probably the reason why I read it. The story itself wasn't that special.
Friday, October 28, 2022
Nine: "Have you done formatting before?"
Nine: "No... You've never done formatting before?"
Mathieu: "No, never."
Nine: "Fuck me."
Monday, October 24, 2022
Cinda Williams Chima - The Seven Realms - The Demon King / The Exiled Queen / ... (2009..2013)
Romance / fantasy, but not overly 'soggy'... most of the time. Still, the core story is good, and that's what it's all about.
I've already reviewed book 1. Books 2, 3 and 4 are in the same style, same vein, same quality. What makes this series interesting is the different take on magic. What's missing is more history on what happened before what happened before this story. Yeah, that's a double before...
Monday, October 17, 2022
The Dark Crystal / The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance (2019)
There's a great prequel to it called The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance which unfortunately was canceled after a single season, in spite of good reviews. And still, I suggest you go and watch it. It's absolutely worth your time, even if we'll never get our second season.
Saturday, October 15, 2022
Repairing a Makita 6010D Cordless Drill
I still own one, which I must have bought close to forty (!) years ago. Unfortunately, the power switch was starting to misbehave (pieces of the plastic broke off) and the unit became unusable. But... throwing away good tools is against my nature.
Time to repair...
Sunday, October 9, 2022
Contour Jog Shuttle Pro V1 / Hitfilm Express / Windows 11
I like Hitfilm Express and I own an (older) Jog Shuttle Pro. They worked fine on my previous setup, so why not bring them over into this new Windows 11 era? Right...
Saturday, October 1, 2022
Wallpaper - Choose Your Weapon
Friday, September 30, 2022
Microsoft (Windows 11) Designers are Idiots - Rubbish on the Drag Bar
Microsoft just proudly proclaimed their latest version of Windows has a more seamless integration of Android apps inside the Windows environment, because Android apps can now finally place their own crap on the dragbar.
And they're proud of it?!?
Thursday, September 29, 2022
Amazon Publishing Notes - E-book vs. Print-on-demand - (Nett) revenue
Decide for yourself...
Monday, September 26, 2022
Stephen R. Donaldson - The Gap into Conflict / ... (1990..1996)
Sunday, September 25, 2022
Monitor Cable Soup - (Mini) HDMI / DVI-A / DVI-D / Dual Link DVI-I / DisplayPort / VGA / Thunderbolt / USB-C
With screens and video cards from different years you may end up with some weird combinations... and not all combinations work.
Monday, September 19, 2022
HBO Max – Raised by Wolves (2020..2021)
I’m not to sure if this is good or bad. It’s a bid of sci-fi with some bodily horror thrown in, and some of the graphics are below par. I also wonder where they want to take this.
Not impressed… yet.
Friday, September 16, 2022
Argus Monitor - Software Fan Speed Control
Argus Monitor only asks for elevation once during installation, but doesn't ask anymore after that. More important, it can monitor temperatures and average multiple sources over, for example, 10 seconds, and that is exactly what I needed. Argus Monitor isn't free though.
Thursday, September 15, 2022
Windows 11 (Virtual Drive service) eating up a drive letter
Sometimes Windows 11 spontaneously gobbles up a drive letter, especially after adding an additional drive to your machine. There's no obvious way to recover that drive letter.
It turns out it's the virtual drive service that spontaneously decides to stop working, but only so after stealing your drive letter.
Monday, September 12, 2022
D&D - 5e in NL - Toch een inleiding? (Dutch)
Wat moet je weten voordat je de regels in duikt?
Weet je, eigenlijk zijn de regels helemaal niet belangrijk... In principe zou je ook zonder regels kunnen spelen... uiteindelijk is het allemaal alleen maar 'make believe'. En toch hebben we regels, maar waarom dan?
Erik Schubach – Fixit (2016)
It’s actually a fun, well written story, so I looked for more stories by Schubach. Most of it is tagged as ‘F/F fantasy romance’ with a couple of ‘LGBT’ notes sprinkled left and right. That sometimes causes me pause...
Saturday, September 10, 2022
D&D - 5e in NL - Reactions & Opportunity Attacks (Dutch)
Dutch. (5e in NL)
Naast de reguliere geplande acties tijdens je beurt, kun je ook akties daarbuiten doen, als reactie op de acties van iemand anders.
Per ronde mag je 1 reactie nemen.
Friday, September 9, 2022
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Tuesday, September 6, 2022
Projecting / (Mira)casting to Windows 11
Sometimes Miracast hides under a different moniker. My Samsung Android tablet calls it Smartview (which is a pretty dumb name.) Often Miracast fails, regardless of its name.
I doubt MicroSoft will ever fix this, which is a petty for professional users, who could add a tablet and a pen for some quick notes and drawings. See here.
Casting TO the PC was never quite reliable, and it's even worse in Windows 11. The following work around seems to do the trick (or at least it does for me, 90% of the time).
TouchPortal 3.1 now supports OBS 28.
Windows Security Alert - Without a Reason
Well, it has a reason... It just won't show what the reason is 😒
After a fresh install, you may end up with a warning sign on the Windows Security tray, for no apparent reason. So, you double click the warning, and go through all your security options... and nothing shows. And the warning doesn't tell you what's going on.
Monday, September 5, 2022
Adam Wright - Harbinger PI 3 - Dark Magic (2016)
After restoring most of his memory Alec Harbinger triggers a wave of zombies, then brings his team (friends? co-conspirators? vague acquaintances?) to fight some human and not-so-human monsters from taking over the world.
Sunday, September 4, 2022
Migrating the Forgotten Realms Interactive Atlas
Of course, getting it to install these days is a bit of a hassle, but (fortunately) you DON'T have to install it... maybe.
Saturday, September 3, 2022
Upgrading Asrock AB350 Pro4 - 1600X to 3600 - BIOS & CPU
But I'm still going to do it 😁
Friday, September 2, 2022
D&D - 5e in NL - Surprise, Rounds & Actions (Dutch)
Een deel van het spel draait om combat rounds, waarin de spelers en hun tegenstanders met elkaar vechten en schade aan elkaar uitdelen.
Thursday, September 1, 2022
Wallpaper - La Sagrada Familia
If you've never been there... then just go. The place is amazing. And so is Barcelona as a whole. I've visited the Sagrada Familia back in 2000, when they were still building slowly and expected it to never be ready. I returned 20 years later, with my twenty-ish daughters, and found out the local government had a change of plans and mostly finished it.