Brain Salad

  • Day 7 and last at Akademy 2016

    This was my last day at this year’s Akademy, because the next day I took off back home. This day wasn’t very active, for me, at least. The day trip took place today, so most people were not at the venue, and visiting Berlin. Me, the Kubuntu team and the WikiToLearn team, and a few other people decided to stay behind and hack. I took the opportunity this day to get an interview from Riccardo IACONELLI, the god father of WikiToLearn, for the Kubuntu Podcast.

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  • Day 6 at Akademy 2016

    This morning was very energetic. I woke up and hurried with my morning siesta, so I can get to the venue in time for the KDevelop BoF. Little did I know that Valorie woke up looong before me, and already even had breakfast. Yeah… We eventually got at the venue and we each went to our BoFs. At the KDevelop BoF we discussed about the future release 5.0.1 and what should go in it, and we also discussed about some bugs and how we should use library models to ease the parsing of STL, Boost and Qt.

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  • Day 5 at Akademy 2016

    Now this was a full day. QtCon was over and it was time to dive in to Academy. Since they are separate events (taking place at „the same” time), Akademy is held at a different venue. It’s taking place at TU Berlin – MAR Gebäude. We had many class rooms booked for the BoFs. Again we had a long night, so we were tired in the morning. Soooo…. we were late… again… At least we got to see a few great views in Berlin while we were exploring our way through the city to get to the venue.

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  • Day 4 at Akademy / QtCon 2016

    Day 4 started with a getting to know each other session with my new room mates. They seemed like nice guys. They are travelers, going around the world, making a living with their art (music and graphics). We exchanged experiences, and gave each other advice on many life related aspects. Since this was our (me and Phillip) only night in a dorm room, we started packing as soon as we woke up, and went to the reception to switch rooms.

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  • Day 2 of Akademy / QtCon 2016

    On the second day, I’ve decided to become a volunteer. I thought I know these kind of events, why not give a hand. So I went and registered, got my volunteer T-shirt, and I’ve been assigned a task. My first task was to be video operator in a room. That implies that I have to start/stop the streaming of the talk, make sure the streaming works, move the camera to capture the speaker and/or the slides.

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  • Day 3 at Akademy / QtCon 2016

    I’ve finished the Docker image for compiling KDevelop 5, first thing, before I even got out of bed. I’ve experimented something with the KDevelop 5 packaging for Kubuntu Xenial, but without much success. Time to check out of the double room. It’s a dorm room for me and Phillip for the next night. We stored out luggage in the luggage room, and off to the venue we were. As soon as we got there, we started hacking.

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  • First day of Akademy / QtCon 2016

    Being a huge lover of the KDE community and KDE software, I couldn't stay away and not participate at Akademy this year as well. This time it's held in Berlin, and it's being held together with QtCon. Also participating to QtCon is VideoLAN and FSFE. Amongst the organization was also KDAB. I've booked my trip in advance with a couple of months I think, and I booked a room at a hostel together with Phillip Muskovac (yofel) from Kubuntu.

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  • Brought my blog back to life

    My blog died some time ago. In order to explain why it died, here’s a little background: I had 2 servers: a home server and a VPS. The VPS hosted my blog (a multi-site wordpress instance) and my IRC bouncer. My Home server hosted my ownCloud (now hosting NextCloud) and a bunch of media services. They are all configured with Docker using the official images from each project. When I started making this set-up, I didn’t know about docker-compose, so I made my own scripts that would run the docker commands needed to update and run my containers, including the back-up scripts for my blog.

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  • My first 3D print

    No, I did not finish my 3D printer yet, but I have done my first 3D print. The cap for the wind shield liquid container of my car broke (it’s old, very old), and I needed a replacement. I came to my computer, took some measurements and drew it in FreeCAD. It was a bit of a challenge, because I’m not exactly an expert in 3D design, but I managed to pull it through (with some help from this youtube clip).

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  • (Some) Progress on the 3D printer

    One of my work colleagues has an Arduino kit, that includes amongst other things a stepper motor driver, an ULN2003APG board, and I convinced him to lend it to me. This weekend I had some time, so I played a bit with it. After reading it’s data sheet, and comparing some examples I found online with other motors; finding those motors data sheets and comparing their coils connections with my motor, I got to this schematic:

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