Thursday, December 23, 2010



This thing *really* needs some more colourful illumination… Smile

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Summer in Austria

This photo has been taken in August!
From chris' blog
From chris' blog

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Update update update update…

Update to enable future updates… You just can’t make that up.


Sunday, June 13, 2010

DVB Streaming…

dvblast is kind of neat… :-) Streaming 4 programmes (one DVB-T transponder/frequency) to a windows machine running 4 vlc decoders.



$ dvblast –c dvblast_746000000.conf –f 746000000 –b 8

$ cat dvblast_746000000.conf

# arte
arte:  1       2
# Phoenix  1       3
# EinsPlus  1       6
# Das_Erste  1       32

The corresponding “channel.conf” can be found on the VDR Wiki.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Damn it, it’s 2010!

  I was looking for the cause of a erratic jumping mouse cursor (about once every minute moving, clicking, …) when I suddenly realized that I had a GPS receiver still connected to a USB/serial adapter on the Windows machine. Cut that shit off, Microsoft! It’s 2010, no one is using serial mice anymore. And anyone who still does can sure be bothered to install the f*cking driver themselves!


Update: It’s a feature of the FTDIchip USB-to-serial driver and documented in the manual for the advanced driver options:


To disable auto detect, go to the device properties, advanced, and uncheck the “serial enumerator” feature.


Sunday, May 09, 2010

26 MHz

Motorola C155, Rita XOUT between C132 and C210, 26 MHz nominal

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Thursday, April 08, 2010

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Motorola C123 Pictures (bottom)

My new not-so-smart-phone: Motorola C123.

c123_battery c123_battery_compartment c123_battery_terminals

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Sunday, January 31, 2010


There’s currently a lot of very pretty snow around here. 

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I especially like the funny shapes the wind has created at one corner of the house.


Sunday, January 24, 2010

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Country Selection Fail

country_selection_fail  Georgia, Germany, Ghana, …?

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

VLANs on a cheap switch

Today I read on tmbinc’s blog about how he modified a cheap Ethernet-switch to be VLAN capable.

With VLANs you can fan out the single built-in Ethernet-interface of your computer to several isolated networks. These cheap switches (you can get them with 8 ports for about 10€) have this functionality because they use the same chips as common plastic routers that separate their three different types of network ports with the same technique and usually connect with a ninth MII-port that’s not being used in a common desktop-switch.

I had tried to do the same in the past, but initially failed as I blew the serial i2c-eeprom during my attempts of programming it, but today I didn’t make any mistakes that destroyed the little thing. As my configuration is different from tmbinc’s, I’ll make it also available in the archive linked to below.

The Process to make your switch (that has to use a RTL8309SB IC) VLAN capable.

  1. Get a switch that preferably already has a I2C eeprom to store it’s configuration. Mine had, because it advertised QOS (quality of service) functionality that requires the IC it to be configured by some external memory. I used a Longshine LCS-FS6108, but it’s already 4 years old, so most likely they’ve switched to a different IC already? One never knows.
  2. Remove the I2C eeprom. On that particular switch the ground planes are very thick so I wasn’t able to desolder it properly. I just cut off the pins and…
  3. Put it on top of a IC socket providing replacements for the severed limbs.
  4. Change the contents of the eeprom using your favorite programmer, the text files in the archive linked to below contain some explanations (see details.txt)
  5. Put chip back into switch.

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The configuration in the .zip-file provides you with 6 untagged ports and 2 tagged ports according to the table below:

Label on Switch RTL8309SB
Port Number
8,7 0,1 1, untagged
6,5 2,3 2, untagged
4,3 4,5 3, untagged
2,1 6,7 1…9, tagged
- MII Unused

Download Configuration: (798k)

  • switch_eeprom_vlan.dat : VLAN Configuration of Switch, copy contents to eeprom
  • switch_eeprom_orig.dat : Original configuration of Switch, Backup
  • switch_eeprom_detail.txt : VLAN Configuration with comments
  • switch_eeprom_detail.pdf : VLAN Configuration with comments, as pdf

I tested the switch with a Linux machine that has a NVIDIA nForce Gigabit Controller and my OpenSolaris NAS that uses a RTL8111/8168B PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet controller.

Update 2011-02-18: zip-file available again on new server