Man, I like hammocks

A while ago I got the idea of doing an unsupported trip from Berlin to the Baltic sea. It’s a little over 200 km, so far from impossible to do especially considering I was going to take my road bike, but managing the load for sleeping and other gear would become a hassle if I didn’t spend a fortune on bike bags like these.

But there had to be another way, so I looked around Continue reading

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Nook HD+ – my next stop on the tablet train

After bad luck with two very cheap Android tablets (Huawei Ideos S7 and Pipo S1) I actually wanted to save some money and buy the real deal, the rumoured successor to the (ugly) Nexus 10. But then, something unexpected popped up on my news feed: A Nook HD+ by Barnes & Noble for around 125€. A a 9″ tablet with a supposedly great screen featuring 1920×1200 pixels and IPS technology (the exact opposite of the lousy S1 screen). Dual-core processor and a nice little custom Rom scene, all great features for a start. Continue reading

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The Art of Shaving – The power of Double-Edge blades

A couple of years ago,  I saw an interesting post on a deal site about shaving. Previously, I had only used Gillette/Schick/Wilkinson Razors with their extremely high cartridge prices of up to 2,50 € per blade, which I could not reuse due to my thick beard hair and sensitive skin. So my costs per shave were somewhere above 2,50€ (excluding shaving cream, aftershave etc.) – quite expensive.

That post I found promised me several things:

  • I would be able to slice down the cost of shaving to a one-digit cent amount.
  • I would get a better shave that would be less aggressive to my skin.
  • I would actually enjoy shaving.

A single blade can do everything better than a razor with four/five of them, does that sound to good to be true? I didn’t care. As I wasn’t satisfied with the current state, I had to try it.

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Optimize a Chinese Android Tablet

UPDATE: There’s a new ROM out there which spares you all the customizing, is based on Android 4.2.2 and makes the tablet way more responsive. Look here and here’s a patch optimizing density and a lot more

Recently, i received a tablet as a special price on the Angelhack hackathon. The box titled it “Intellibook”, a term I hadn’t heard so far, but the first Google query revealed some specs that were quite ok: Continue reading

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The definitive guide to printing Keycaps (or small objects in general)

As I like my mechanical keyboard and the feel of Cherry blues quite a lot, I ended up at Deskthority, geekhack and /r/MechanicalKeyboards at some point to search for further improvements. As most keycaps available are either boring or expensive or both, I spent some time thinking about how to make some interesting ones myself. One essential aspect for me was not to make the same cap over and over with just a different image/color/nail polish on it, but to create a different haptic experience.

3D printing

One way of doing this are 3D printers, and I was lucky to find a hackerspace close by that offered  the equipment needed to get the job done. Continue reading

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Using NFC on the cheap

Every now and then, it’s time for people to get a new phone. For me, that time came around christmas and just a couple of days ago, I started to get interested in the use of NFC. As HTC does not deliver any Smart Tags with it’s phone, I chose to improvise a little bit.

First, I tested my wallet for NFC-enabled cards, and found that my ID and two cards from my former and current university worked, as they do/did when buying lunch. So I downloaded some apps and tried to get this thing started, but there was a problem: The cards were permanently locked, so no luck for me.

Until I discovered that awesome app called NFC Retag, which allows you to bind any amount of actions to your phone just by reading the Tags’ ID. So suddenly, no more tags were necessary! Continue reading

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Stack-a-Lack, or: A new approach to an Ikea standing desk

Recently, I stumbled over a couple of posts that pointed out the benefits of a standing desk or a sit/stand workplace. As I had much work to do work to do in front of the computer in 2012, my body felt weak and from time to time, I even got back pain of my sitting position.

So I realized that giving this thing a try was exactly the right thing to do in this moment and started to look at some hacks via Google and over at Instructables. The research can be summarized in this great post from priceonomics, except that it’s missing a very cheap and probably the most popular version, the Lack table add-on from Colin Nederkoorn.

Basically, this lack table was my entry point into the world of standing desks, and during the first two days, I actually really liked it. But there were a number of flaws in this design: Continue reading

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Hi everybody!

My name is Rob, and over the years, i have commited loads of sparetime to various DIY, electronics and life-hacking projects which were not always able to make my life easier, but definitely gave me a lot of satisfaction and experience. And they definitely increased the number of tools in my workshop.

Over the years, some of the interesting news outlets started to overflow with posts of questionable value and (in the worst case) simple idiotic projects. However, we already have Pinterest for window shopping for projects, so there is no reason for me to collect projects from other people here, but I want to share my own experiences and projects that may be different from what you have already seen on the web and hopefully of use for most of the readers.


So enjoy the show and share my projects with everyone who can use them!

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