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Nanoleaf is a green technology company that is currently specializing in LED lighting, reimagining how light and bulbs fit into our lifes.

The Nanoleaf Bloom is a dimmable bulb that doesn’t require a dimmer and can dim down using a regular on/off light switch.

The Nanoleaf Gem is an LED decor bulb made of shatter-resistant glass.



“Faraday Motion is accelerating open innovation within Personal Electric Vehicles.
We want to make Urban Transportation Intelligent, Personalized and simply Awesome.

For this to happen, we provide Hardware toolkits/components, Software API and host Workshops.”

They currently built two electric skateboards called the Spine and its successor the Hyperboard.

All source files are open source and provided online hardware and electronics.

Looking forward to build my own in the future :)

Faraday Motion


IoT is the current buzz word and I will be doing some more tinkering with current solutions this year. I have done projects with ArduinoRaspberry Pi and looking into relayr / Wunderbar right now.

relayr provides a tech stack with Wunderbar, that easily connects included sensors with the cloud. They provide a wide range of API endpoints to collect data and even integrate hardware solutions like Arduino orRaspberry Pi.

“The WunderBar is built for software developers. It is a powerful rapid prototyping and product development tool that enables developers to immediately start creating products and solutions that utilise the Internet of Things, without any prior hardware knowledge. No soldering or electronic engineering experience is needed. Just choose what sensors you need for your project and start coding.”


Starterkit should arrive next week …

Enjoy coding …



Feeds – A Mac menu bar app for tracking RSS feeds and activity on web services like Dribbble, Basecamp, Github, and more. Feeds is a free and open-source App.

Nice way to never miss any of those important notifications :)



2015 has been one bumby ride, which I am gladly leaving behind for what is coming :)

Even though routine is always part of my work, I really had a lot of fun and engaging projects this year. Clients come and go, but I enjoy those that stick around to build something more.

I am looking forward to new projects, new puzzles to solve, connections that inspire and new things to learn in 2016. We all aspire to do what we really love to do. Thanks goes out to those this year, that showed me that this is still possible and that believing in people is still something to live by.

Some people will never learn and those were the bumby parts ;) You loose a little and still can win big :)

Enjoy your off time with your family and friends.


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“The Pi-hole can block ads for all devices on your network. All you need is a Raspberry Pi connected to your router. It was inspired as a low-cost, open source alternative to the AdTrap. The Pi-hole works on the the B, B+ and Pi 2.”

Will be a nice reuse for one of my older Rasberry Pis …

Pi-hole @ GitHub

1. March 2015

Ubuntu Screenshots

  • Print: Save desktop
  • Print + Alt: Save desktop selection

1. March 2015

Mac OSX Screenshots

  • Command-Shift-3: The whole desktop
  • Command-Shift-4: Section of the desktop
  • Command-Shift-4 -> Spacebar -> Window-Selection: Save Window
  • Command-Control-Shift-3: Add Desktop to clipboard
  • Command-Control-Shift-4, Add selection to clipboard
  • Command-Control-Shift-4 -> Spacebar -> Window selection: Add window selection to clipboard


A couple of interesting links for the PCTV Broadway HD S2

PCTV Links

Forum Links



The PCTV Broadway HD-S2 is currently my favorite network sat receiver. It is tightly integrated into many of our network clients.

As the PCTV Broadway HD-S2 provides a nice and clean REST Api, I decided to start writing a small desktop client to access the streams and recordings (My main focus is Mac OSX / Linux for now). Sure, you can use VLC for that or just use the web interface, but I wanted something more customizable .

The Broadway PHP Api is working nicely and I am tempted to integrate the same functionality into the desktop client  :)

Basic functionality working so far:

  • Auto-discover Broadway on the network (which is more of a hack, but works nicely)
  • Check stream availability
  • Channel listing
  • Working on a channel preview grid
  • Select favorites
  • Watch live streams
  • EPG now and upcoming  ….soon ;)