Monday, July 25, 2022

Django Wexler - The Forbidden Library - The Forbidden Library / The Mad Apprentice / ...

Review.

Django Wexler is rapidly becoming one of my favorite authors. After the Wells of Sorcery series (I still have to add the review of book 3) this was yet another interesting series.

The concept is simple and will appeal to all fantasy readers: magic is real, and can be retrieved from books. Wizards are very adapt readers with lots of experience (we call them 'the old readers'). They all have shape shifting libraries, and get their powers from reading books.

Are you hooked yet?

Friday, July 22, 2022

SqueezeBox - Adding radio stations to SqueezeBox LMS

I haven't been able to find a good explanation (and there might be a better way to do it) so here's what I do...

It seems the current radio function is connected to TuneIn, so that's what I'll use. It should be possible to use other services but I'm still struggling there. In the SqueezeBox client you can enter URLs directly.

Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Connect and configure a Steam Controller

Gaming.

It's not a popular controller, but hey, if you have one, why not (try to) use it?

These steps are based upon the text on the Valve homepage yet slightly adjusted for clarification.

Tuesday, July 19, 2022

Kodi v19.3 on Android / Windows - Path to media

Want to use your Nvidia Shield or Google Chromecast with Google TV (what a horrible name) to play back files from a home (Windows) server using Kodi?

On Android you cannot browse SMB shared drives, and you have to specify them by hand using their IP address.

Monday, July 18, 2022

Brandon Sanderson - Mistborn 1 - The Final Empire

Review.

Brandon Sanderson has become a well-known and popular author, and yet I've read little by his hand. In fact, only Skyward, I believe, and that one was a little underwhelming.

He's better known for the Mistborn series, and yes. The first book The Final Empire is definitely better than Skyward.

Saturday, July 16, 2022

Update on Ziggo and Bufferbloat

Ziggo increased their bandwidth again (and their pricing, let's not go there) so I checked my QoS based anti-bufferbloat recipe again. Results: it still works 😊 

Internet en Ziggo - meer betalen voor meer snelheid... welke je niet nodig hebt

Ziggo kondigde een (kleine) snelheidsverhoging aan. En bij Ziggo betekent dat simpelweg dat de prijzen ook verhoogd gaan worden. En uiteraard, daar hoefden we niet lang op te wachten...

Monday, July 11, 2022

Anne Ursu - The Troubled Girls of Dragomir Academy

Review.

Each book that starts with a 'school' or 'academy' threatens to become yet another Harry Potter clone. That indeed was my first worry when I started reading this one.

The second fear I had was the contra-'misogynistic' bend of the story. Don't get me wrong, misogyny has no place in this world, and unfortunately there are still many examples of such behavior in today's society.

Monday, July 4, 2022

Lisa Shearin - Raine Benaris 1 - Magic Lost, Trouble Found

Review.

The cover suggests a fantasy novel, and yeah, it is. Raine Benaris is a seeker (a combination of sleuth / retriever / artifact blood hound) who finds herself involved in the search for a millennia old artifact that might lead the goblins to victory. Make that victories.

Saturday, July 2, 2022

Extra TV op Ziggo aansluiten / de Ziggo Go app installeren op de Nvidia Shield (Pro)

Als je meerdere TV's in huis hebt wil je ook graag op allemaal TV kunnen kijken. Dat gaat echter niet altijd even gemakkelijk... En dan is er natuurlijk die (on)handige Ziggo App...

Lees verder...

Friday, July 1, 2022

Wallpaper - A Better Tomorrow

Thus dual-screen wallpaper works better on two similar-sized screens (I'm currently running a dual monitor setup with two differently sized screens) but it works best on curved ultra-wide screens.

Unfortunately, I don't have one of those...

(Click image to enlarge...)