Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Friday, November 9, 2012

Free DNS services

I'm in need of a DNS hosting service, if possible free of charge. In the past, I had used xname.org and they worked out fine for my needs. However, when I tried to configure a zone with them a few days ago, it just didn't work. I waited 2-3 days to give them enough time to update their records, but still no luck. Their nameservers are definitely up, but it seems like they just don't update their records:

$ host -t NS mydomain.org. ns0.xname.org
Using domain server:
Name: ns0.xname.org

mydomain.org has no NS record

Maybe they stopped accepting new customers, I don't know.

So I looked around and found a few alternatives:


Update: I tried mybind.com and CloudFlare and both worked like a charm for what I needed to do (define a few A-name, CNAME and MX records).

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Empty America - Seattle

This is part of the Empty America series by The Thrash Lab, which also include videos of Washington D.C., San Francisco and New York City.
They have the making-ofs on their YouTube channel as well.

Additional content for Portal 2 (unofficial, but good)

From the website:
"Designed for Danger is a Portal 2 Campaign that offers eight new levels and 1 to 2 hours of play time. In the campaign, you assume the role of Chell during an early part of Portal 2. This time however, things turn out differently. The actions of a rogue force will set you on a new path through Aperture Laboratories."

12 Angry Tests is another good map-pack worth checking out.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Raspberry Pi

The Raspberry Pi has recently been upgraded to 512MB RAM. When the Pi was initially announced, I thought "I'll order one right away", but since it was hard to get at the beginning, I waited and then ended up forgetting about it. This time I'd like to get one (or two) for sure, so I placed an order and I guess it'll be shipped sometime in a few weeks or months.

I ordered two cases (this one from Adafruit and this one from Built-to-spec), power supplies and got 2 SD cards.

Some useful links:

There are some nice tutorials at http://learn.adafruit.com/ and also on RaspBerryPiBeginners' YouTube channel.

Setting up VNC on the RPi

The Retropie Project - an interim report - Retro gaming / emulation on the Raspberry Pi

I heard good things about the book "Learn Python the hard way" (available as a free HTML-online-edition or as a book for purchase).

"Getting started with Raspberry Pi" (O'Reilly book)

Unrelated, but fun: "Getting started with Dwarf Fortress" (O 'Reilly book) :)

Thursday, October 18, 2012

99 hacks to make your life easier

There are some incredibly useful and clever ideas in this!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Friday, August 31, 2012

BMW 3series E46 AUX input kit

I was looking for an Aux input kit to add to a E46 3series (2004 330i, in my case). Found the part number here as well as a link to a how-to with pictures.

BMW E46 @ Bimmerwiki
Remote key initialization (in case your key's remote stops working)
E46 3 series tickes & tricks
What to look out for when buying a BMW

Gangnam style

"Gangnam Style" by Psy

Related analysis:
Gangnam Style, Dissected: The Subversive Message Within South Korea's Music Video Sensation

It's for science!

Friday, June 22, 2012

Finger Breakdance

The creator of this video has a whole lot more of them on her YouTube channel.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Diablo 3

Since Diablo 3 is coming out on Tuesday, I've been doing some reading about the mechanics and watched some videos to learn more about the game.

This here is a great article by David Sirlin (sirlin.net / @sirlin) about the ability system of the game.
And here is a great post from the Blizzard Forums about character customization, with links to interesting Q&A videos with Blizzard's developers.

And, as a side-note, I found an unboxing-video of the collector's edition.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Teaser for upcoming adventure game "Stasis"

The game is currently in development by Chris Bischoff (@StasisGame on Twitter). It's a one-man-project and it looks very promising.
More infos, screenshots and a dev-blog can be found on the game's official website, www.stasisgame.com.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Longboard ride down a mountain

The post I saw this video in said that it was probably taken in Maryhill, WA, which is also home to a Stonehenge-replica! How cool is that?

Thursday, April 12, 2012

A lynx in the snow

A lynx using a wildlife overpass to cross the Trans-Canada Highway in Banff National Park (via BoingBoing)

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Saturday, March 3, 2012

YouTube trend manager: Why videos go viral

Ben Her - Tattoos

Kotaku has a nice article about tattoo artist Ben Her, who went to Japan to become a tattoo-apprentice.
(Photo found here and here)

Thursday, March 1, 2012


I've got the keyboard-bug.

It started a while ago when I started reading about mechanical keyboards (sometime last year when I was looking for components for a new PC). Back then, I was debating whether I should get a Das Keyboard Ultimate or a Razer Blackwidow Ultimate. I opted for the latter and am using that at home right now.
A couple of weeks ago, I decided to buy a Das Keyboard after all and use it at work. I went with the "Ultimate Silent" model (blank keycaps and quieter brown Cherry MX switches).
Both keyboards are a delight to type on.

I discovered geekhack.org, a forum for keyboard-nuts. It's crazy what's out there!
Some pics: [pic 1] [pic 2] [pic 3] [pic 4] [pic 5] [pic 6] [pic 7]
(most of these have custom keycaps, meaning some of the original keycaps were switched out for different ones)

Many years ago, a friend would often have visitors from Asia over at his house. When I saw their laptops, I loved the Chinese characters that were printed on the keycaps underneath the latin characters. I was reminded of that when I saw a picture of this keyboard on Geekhack. This one is sold in the US, but, of course, without the Chinese characters. And all the shops I checked only had it with Cherry blue switches (a Cherry red version supposedly exists as well). Luckily, someone going by the name of "qtan5370" runs an online-shop (he also sells on eBay) where one can get the Chinese version of that keyboard. Ordered! :) (with black switches)

Some helpful links / online-shops:

- The ultimate keyboard and switch guide
- Cherry-compatible keycaps on eBay (cheap and OK-ish quality, but nothing fancy)
- Elite Keyboards
- WASD Keyboards (custom keyboards and keycaps)
- Deskthority (another forum)
- Keyboard Lover
- Pimp My Keyboard
- Fentek
- Keycaps Direct

On the watch-list:

- KBT Race 75%, with white LEDs and black or red Cherry switches
- Vortex Pure 60%
- Happy Hacking Keyboard Professional 2

Friday, February 24, 2012

Monk and tiger share a meal

inkredibl piktchr.
(found via BoingBoing)


I've read about the game "Gunpoint" (by Tom Francis) a couple of times already and it seems very interesting. There's a preview on BoingBoing.

Money and the App Store

Article found on Gamasutra:
Money and the App Store: A few figures that might help an indie developer

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Sleeping Dogs Teaser

From what I've seen so far, this is going to be an open-world game, GTA-like. The combat seems to be a bit more complex than in GTA, maybe comparable to Arkham Asylum, with some Parkour-elements sprinkled here and there. "Sleeping Dogs" is not going to revolutionize the genre, but it may be a neat little game.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Mohamed Ali vs. Ryu

Source picture (small resolution, unfortunately)

(via Kotaku)

Monday, February 6, 2012

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Emperor workstations

These are some really nice workstations made by MWE lab, called "Emperor 200" (45000 USD, yes those are three zeros) and "Emperor 1510" (6200 USD).
I'm looking into getting an Rseat or Obutto workstation soon. Not as fancy as the Emperors, but definitely more affordable.

Friday, January 6, 2012

iGlide - Castle Walls

Amazing moves by iGlide (member of the Remote Kontrol dance krew)
The track is "fAux's Dubstep remix" of "Castle Walls" by TI feat. Christina Aguilera made by DJ Auxiliary (Soundcloud, YouTube). (The remix is available for free, download-link is on his Soundcloud)