HAL 2: A Wooden Computer – Converted From A Broken Notebook

  • Posted on: 14 July 2016
  • By: Don

To be honest, I never understood why Apple left the approach of building wooden computers after Apple I—at least from an aesthetic standpoint. The heat? The moisture? The durability? Come on! There is much more elegance, beauty, and naturalness in wood rather than cheaply manufactured, smelly, and ecologically harmful plastic. That's why I convert from time to time, when the computational spirit is still willing, but the plastic flesh is weak – in this case a hinge in my notebook that broke the cover and display components – a broken notebook to a wooden desktop computer. This is HAL 2, the successor of HAL 1.

A ridiculously simple Shoji-like window for apartments without curtains

  • Posted on: 15 December 2015
  • By: Don

Most people face an essential privacy problem after moving into a new apartment: the old curtains don't fit for the new windows. Even if you order new ones, you have to wait a few days. The Japanese architecture combined with a simple design hack can save your privacy and provide a nice milky light for your room.

No GRUB, no reboot: A solution for a non-booting server after HDD replacements in a Software RAID

  • Posted on: 18 March 2015
  • By: Don

The hosting company Hetzner offers strong servers with pretty nice prices – and pretty shitty HDDs. Therefore, the broken hard disks must be replaced ongoing. Forget to install a bootloader like GRUB2 on these replacements and you will have a problem: Sooner or later there will be just new HDDs without any bootloader. In this case, the server can't reboot.

What makes the recently launched .delivery domain so valuable

  • Posted on: 12 February 2015
  • By: Don

There is a silent “Not Com Revolution” going on – so called by Donuts Inc., a company that is bringing hundreds of fresh and sometimes very relevant new top-level domains to market, including .delivery. Most .com domain names are exhausted, most of the .com recreations are non-descriptive. Consumers and businesses need new options. And one of the best options for businesses is the yesterday launched .delivery top-level domain.

How to: Install Android KitKat 4.4.4 on a Samsung Galaxy S2 (with files)

  • Posted on: 2 November 2014
  • By: Don

The Samsung Galaxy S II GT-I9100 is still a good smartphone. All you need to feed up this phone for the current time is a simple Android upgrade to KitKat 4.4.4. And if you google for some tutorials, you will find a lot - crap. People all over the world try with equal sounding words and incompatible file-mixings to explain something simple as complicated as they can. This is how to do such a Samsung Galaxy S2 Android KitKat 4.4.4 upgrade using CyanogenMod 11.

Solve the ownCloud error "Magic Quotes is enabled. ownCloud requires that it is disabled to work properly."

  • Posted on: 22 October 2014
  • By: Don

If you get this error message, for example after an ownCloud update:

"Magic Quotes is enabled. ownCloud requires that it is disabled to work properly.Magic Quotes is a deprecated and mostly useless setting that should be disabled. Please ask your server administrator to disable it in php.ini or in your web server config.
PHP modules have been installed, but they are still listed as missing? Please ask your server administrator to restart the web server."