A Recent Eclipse On Debian

Posted by coldtobi | 9 May, 2009, 13:58

Eclipse is WAY outdated on debian. Even the unstable release ships a basically unmodified version since 3 years.

So today I decided to remove the ancient version -- which did not start anyway -- and try the new nice release from eclipse.org:

And, hey... It works like a charm. The only downside is, that it will run in a local directory in your home directory. But that could be fixed my installing in /opt and including it into the default path.


Linux / Debian | Comments (0) | Trackbacks (0)

php based home inventory system

Posted by coldtobi | 19 Apr, 2009, 21:07

I'm currently looking for a system for keeping an overview over my electronic parts I have "on stock", storing the datasheets and keeping and especially where I put them.

During this I found "home-inventory". Looks ok, but also lacks some features, like it can only store images...

PS: I have to rethink about the "looks ok". The first peek on the source code reveals, that the author did not care about sanitizing user input:

                // delete first picture if exist
                $sSql = 'SELECT ITM_Picture FROM Item WHERE ITM_ID = ' . $_REQUEST['id'];
                $pictName = fetchFromDb($sSql, true);



Blog and Website | Comments (0) | Trackbacks (0)

Funny Goolge Ad

Posted by coldtobi | 5 Apr, 2009, 17:33

Just saw on this blog in this article:

 google ad

Seems that someone forgot to fill out some details and currently burns its money....

Netzfunde | Comments (0) | Trackbacks (0)

Trac for fanctrl enabled

Posted by coldtobi | 5 Apr, 2009, 13:34

fanctrl now uses Trac for tracking defects (bugs), tasks and enhancement request. 

So feel free to file any bugs, wishes, patches etc...

Of course, you can still comment in this blog for 



fanctrl | Comments (0) | Trackbacks (0)

Controlling Thecus's fan

Posted by coldtobi | 7 Mar, 2009, 15:58

Some time ago, I wrote a C-program for controlling the Fan inside the Thecus N2100.
The reason for this is, that the current solutions found on the web are not suitable for me. As an example, it keeps the hard-drives awake.

As this program might be interested for other Thecus users too, I decided to release it to the public.


Thecus N2100, fanctrl | Comments (5) | Trackbacks (0)

Getting the (source-forge) git repository of fanctrl

Posted by coldtobi | 6 Mar, 2009, 06:04

To get a git-based source-forge project like fanctrl do:


Tips and Tricks, fanctrl | Comments (0) | Trackbacks (0)

RapRep -- Self replicating machine

Posted by coldtobi | 22 Feb, 2009, 13:17

A friend pointed me to an interesting (hardware) project: RepRap.

To quote the website:

A universal constructor is a machine that can replicate itself and - in addition - make other industrial products. Such a machine would have a number of interesting characteristics, such as being subject to Darwinian evolution, increasing in number exponentially, and being extremely low-cost.

A rapid prototyper is a machine that can manufacture objects directly (usually, though not necessarily, in plastic) under the control of a computer.

The RepRap project is working towards creating a universal constructor by using rapid prototyping, and then giving the results away free under the GNU General Public Licence to allow other investigators to work on the same idea. We are trying to prove the hypothesis: Rapid prototyping and direct writing technologies are sufficiently versatile to allow them to be used to make a von Neumann Universal Constructor.

All good projects have a slogan, and the best have a slogan that reeks of hubris. RepRap is no exception. Our slogan is:

"Wealth without money..."


Blog and Website | Comments (0) | Trackbacks (0)