Thursday, April 5th, 2018 | Gadgets, Insights, Vocabulary | No Comments
Doing laces is art. It seems there’s even a cult among younger people nowadays how to lace their shoes. So it’s been a thing lately to not show laces at all and I got told to just knot them and put the laces inside of the shoes. Well, that worked quite well but I also like my comfort zone, and sharing it with knotted fibre kinda ruined the experience.
So, I was looking for another solution and my brain came up with … Aderendhülse. What?! (That’s German for ferrule) Yes, I had to learn a new word for this minuscule life hack. The German one that is.
Anyway, here is my solution. Just get yourself some ferrules fro the D.I.Y. retailer, thread in the laces and crush it!! After that, just cut the ends off. Done.
No more lace knoting for me, and I don’t have to share the snug inside of my sneakers with random clews.
Wednesday, March 28th, 2018 | Activities, Gadgets, Insights, Tech-savvy | No Comments
I started streaming on Twitch a while ago and the setup for a decent stream can be tricky at times. One of the biggest issues I had was audio sync or to be more precise, the absence of it. 😉
I use OBS, a free and pretty powerful piece of software. After a few streams I added music to the gameplay, but when I was humming/singing along, I was off. A bit, a few milliseconds, but I could not find a way to get rid of the issue. So I started thinking … there is a “processing pipeline”, from the computer that plays the music, to the headphones, into my brain and out of my lungs into the microphone. I figured that’s where the lag came from:
Lucky me OBS lets you add and subtract delays to each audio source (even though I have a hard time understanding how you can shift a sound source into the past … maybe by implicitly adding a delay to all other sources?). So how did I find out the “exact” delay? It’s pretty tough, ears only will be not good enough.
So here is what I did:
- recorded while some audio was playing (e.g. Massive Attack – Teardop) and used a drum stick and a practice pad next to the mic hitting the pad to the music omitting every third stroke so you don’t get used to your rhythm and stick to the song’s timing
- exported the audio and measured the milliseconds between the real snare and my stroke using an audio editor (i.e. Audacity) – with “Teardrop” they are pretty easy to spot
- open “Edit” -> “Advanced Audio Properties” and change the “Sync Offset” of your audio source accordingly
- rinse repeat, as for some reason I had to do this a couple of times before I got it spot on
This got my singing in sync to the audio that got played. (The lag can also be influenced by changing buffer sizes, but I didn’t want to fiddle with these.)
Now the only thing that is still annoying me: I am not lip-sync on video. I still have to figure out whether there is an option to add/sub delay to the video source as well. Just saw there is a filter available in OBS, but it can only add delay, not sub it. Might play with that as well and hope to come up with a “picture perfect” audio video face-cam mic setup at some point 🙂
Sunday, December 31st, 2017 | Gadgets, Insights, Tech-savvy | No Comments
Sharing is caring. I hope Google will help people who also have trouble with high CPU usage on a Dell system with Waves MaxxAudio find this little piece of information.
I had a strange problem with OBS (or so I thought) consuming high CPU. Every time I launched OBS the CPU would jump to like 30% instantly. The task manager revealed that not OBS but Waves MaxxAudio Service Application consumed like 30% CPU every time I launched a freshly installed OBS on a freshly installed Windows 10 an a Dell Latitude 7280 (just dropping a few keyword here again for SEO 😛 ).
Trying to find a solution for this strange behaviour I found dozens of people that had the same problem but I could not find a solution.
So I tried to fiddle with the Waves MaxxAudio Settings and alas I found a solution (that worked for me)! Simply open Waves MaxxAudio Pro, click on “Advanced” in the lower middle section of the UI and disable the VoIP “enhancement” – CPU usage drops instantly.
Dear Dell, dear Waves MaxxAudio, why are you packing your drivers with shitloads of features instead of just releasing a working piece of software? 99.9% of your costumers only want a system that runs smoothly with a simple and easy driver, not a “fancy” UI with tons of features that foobar the system. Thanks. Just my POV.
Tuesday, October 24th, 2017 | Gadgets, Insights, Linux, Tech-savvy | No Comments
Today I’d like to share a nice project that I stumbled upon: Pi-hole®: A black hole for Internet advertisements.
Basically it is a small DNS proxy that filters DNS queries based on lists of ad and tracker sites.
It’s pretty kewl, as you just set it up once and all your devices on your LAN will benefit from it.
I have been using Pi-hole (default settings/lists on Raspbian Strech) for a couple of days now without problems and a noticeable better internet browsing experience.
Give it a try and put your old Raspberry to some use!
Tuesday, August 29th, 2017 | Insights, Linux, Misc, Tech-savvy | No Comments
Ausgangslage: Ich mache Podcasts. Ich arbeite mit Linux. Ich möchte gerne in das iTunes Podcast Verzeichnis. (Eigentlich will ich ja nix außer meinen RSS Feed in ein Verzeichnis pushen…)
Kollege: “Um bei iTunes deinen Podcast ins Verzeichnis zu bringen brauchst du kein iTunes auf deinem Rechner, nur ‘ne Apple-ID.” (Source)
Na gut, prima, ich lege also eine Apple ID an (im Web) und versuche es.
Ich werde mit einer Fehlermeldung abgewatscht:
“Podcasts Connect erfordert einen iTunes Store-Account.”
Darunter ein Link: Zum iTunes Store
Ich klicke auf den Link, der schlicht auf itunes.apple.com verweist und kann mich – oh Wunder – mit meiner Apple ID dort anmelden. WTF? Also habe ich doch einen iTunes Store-Account?! Apple, ich bin verwirrt.
Ich google also die Fehlermeldung. Dort lese ich, dass man sich in iTunes und nich auf der iTunes Seite anmelden muss. Geil, wie dass die Fehlermeldung “Podcasts Connect erfordert einen iTunes Store-Account.” offenbart.
In iTunes soll man sich anmelden und dann dort ein zwei Informationen zu seinem Account hinterlegen. Nun gut.
Meine Nerven liegen also bereits leicht blank als ich zu einem Kollegen mit Mac gehe und mich in iTunes anmelde. Super. Der Wizard zur Anmeldung will dann direkt eine Zahlungsmethode von mir. Es gibt keine direkte Möglichkeit das zu umgehen. WTF again?! Ich fühle mich ins Jahr 2009 zurück versetzt, als ich schlicht einen iPod Touch in Betrieb nehmen wollte, was, ohne Kreditkarte, nicht möglich war. Dürfen Menschen ohne Kreditkarte keine iPod nutzen?
Fick dich Apple! Mir geht deine Philosophie in vielen Bereichen so gegen den Strich, dass ich im Strahl kotzen könnte. Ich mag keinen Zwang, vor allem nicht, wenn jemand meine Kreditkarteninformationen haben will. Dann spiele ich halt wieder mit den Open Source Schmuddelkindern. Da fühl ich mich sowieso wohler. Und sag nicht ich würde es nicht alle Jubeljahre mit dir versuchen, aber wir zwei passen anscheinend einfach nicht zusammen.
Wer jetzt meint, dass ich selber schuld bin und dass das bei Apple halt so ist: ich habe vor einiger Zeit einen YouTube Kanal aufgemacht (icanplaystayshun), einfach mal so zum Spaß. Mit einem Google Konto. Schnell, kostenlos, unkompliziert.
Hat Google ein Podcast Verzeichnis? Scheiße! Wieso bin ich da nicht vorher drauf gekommen!? Das guck ich mir mal an!
Edit 1: 30.08.2017
“Podcasts are not available in your country
Podcasts are coming soon to Google Play Music, but unfortunately, they’re not yet available in your country.”
Und Google Play Music kann man auch in der kostenlosen Variante nicht ohne Zahlungsinformaitonen nutzen.
“Our music deals require that you have a form of payment on file to confirm your country of residence as music rights vary by country”
Also auch nicht besser. Schade. Wenigstens geben die einen “guten Grund” an. Auch wenn mein freier Podcast mal nix mit “music rights in my country” zu tun hat. Hallo? Podcast! Selbst produziert! Ich will doch nur ins Verzeichnis! 🙂
Edit 2: 30.08.2017
Werde mir jetzt noch Stitcher ansehen. Dann habe ich aber die Schnauze voll 😀
So, das scheint geklappt zu haben. Die wollten auch recht viele Infos (Adresse) und die Terms und Conditions haben es auch in sich. Garagen Sprech ist nun dort in der Approval Phase und Dennis tötet mich beim nächsten Cast weil ich wieder in Anglizismen versinke.
Was ein Kack, nur um mal so ‘nen RSS Feed publik zu machen…
Edit 3: 31.08.2017
Wir sind online! 😀 Stitcher hat den RSS Feed nun in sein Directory aufgenommen.
Thursday, August 24th, 2017 | Insights, Linux, Quirks, Tech-savvy | No Comments
I was about to release another “post-installation tasks” post when I thought it might be a good idea to focus on a specific topic first: Hi DPI (aka 4k resolution monitors) and how Fedora, my weapon of choice, is performing. Fedora ships with Gnome 3 on Wayland. So this will be my starting point.
Set-up Gnome to use Hi DPI mode
This sounds to easy. But rest assured, this is only the first general steps as a lot of apps, even Gnome (3.24.2) itself, does not respect / support this setting consistently. (here are two native Gnome examples of mixed Hi Res and Low Res components Example 1 Example 2)
Still, for me the overall experience is finally worth setting up a Hi DPI desktop environment.
Install Gnome Tweak Tool
$ sudo dnf install gnome-tweak-tool
Fire it up, go to “Window” and set the Hi DPI mode to 2x. (In the near future Gnome wants to support arbitrary scaling factors, on a per device i.e. monitor basis. Looking forward to that!) You may need to log in and out of your session for the setting to take effect.
Update 25.08.17 There is another Gnome setting, and after that Gnome itself renders just fine! Bliss! Thanks Michael Reinartz for pointing this out!
$ gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface scaling-factor 2
Apps that work well out of the box (on my machine)
and after the “Update 25.08.17” hint:
Audacious 3.8.2 (Winamp Interface)
Apps that scale well after some handiwork
Chromium 60 (maybe Chrome – I don’t use it right now)
Chromium needs a special parameter:
--force-device-scale-factor=2, just add it to a copy of the .desktop file in your personal user space.
cp /usr/share/applications/chromium-browser.desktop ~/.local/share/applications/
Put that parameter just behind the executable:
... Exec=/usr/bin/chromium-browser %U --force-device-scale-factor=2 ...
eclipse 4.7 Oxygen
I use a launch script for eclipse, just add
export SWT_GTK3=0 to it. The
export UBUNTU_MENUPROXY=0 fixed a problem with disappearing menus in eclipse. I can omit the entry without problems, I just leave it here in case you might need it.
#!/bin/bash export SWT_GTK3=0 export UBUNTU_MENUPROXY=0 ./eclipse/eclipse -showlocation
Apps that do not scale at all (yet)
They say you need to recompile it with
There are themes available with hi res icons but I will just wait for 2.9 as it should support Hi DPI natively.
At least the full screen mode looks nice 😉
As you can see Hi DPI is still work in progress. Still, I figure Hi DPI usable by now and will not go back. Looking at a “printed screen” is just too amazing.
Hope I gave you some insights and if you have something to add just leave a comment. Thanks!
Friday, July 21st, 2017 | Activities, Food, Insights | No Comments
A friend of mine told me there is something like “reverse bbq” – first, cook the meat in an oven at the desired heat and when it is done let it kiss the sizzle zone of your bbq. Okay, this is my try.
I was shopping and saw this T-Bone steak.
I had a late night dinner. I did not like it too much, I guess the beef steak is still my favourite meat. Right now I am fed up with red meat. I opt for Schinken Krakauer again at the moment. Yummy left-over sausages!
Thursday, July 6th, 2017 | Activities, Food, Insights | No Comments
This time I just bought a steak and grilled it. No frills.
The steak. A regular beef steak, I thought I can hardly foobar the most standard beef available.
Grilled. Seasoned. Served. 😛
Medium rare. Yes! \m/
It worked. Even though the meat quality itself was somewhat subpar (supermarket meat counter) the outcome was just what I wished for. The days of shitty minute steaks from the discounter are definitely over. I may stick to the occasionally sausage though (just love my Schinken-Krakauer) but no more cheap meat for me.
Saturday, July 1st, 2017 | Activities, Food, Insights | No Comments
I recently attended Santos Pure Beef seminar – which was great yet I can hardly say I was able to absorb all the meat cutting techniques let alone become a bbq sensei. This is my first attempt to bbq something else than sausages and minute steaks.
The meat I wanted to buy was not available (Teres Major), so I bought the cheapest part that still looked decent, a “Bürgermeisterstück” aka Tri-tip – in case I foobared this one it would not be too much of a loss. That whole lump cost €8.99.
The seasoning was easy. Just some salt and pepper.
Maxed out my grill at 350 °C (~660 °F).
Cross grillage brandings. (Couple of minutes each side)
So, this is the result. Looks great from the outside. (30 minutes, indirect, one burner on minimum flame ~ 120 °C)
Unfortunately I overcooked it. It was in between medium well and well. Bummer. But hey, it was my fist try and the taste was still very good 🙂 Next time I might only bbq the outer parts and use an oven at ~80 °C for maybe 20 min to finish it.
I saw this random add on Facebook, some 5 piece Star Wars canvas depicting Lord Vader. Loved it. Honestly, I love personalized ads, as they show me stuff I really like.
This time I fell for a fraud. It seemed legit, I guess, there was PayPal to pay, free worldwide shipping (this should have rung a bell already) and 32.99 USD seemed a good deal.
Bought and paid October 1st.
Contacted seller November 6th.
Hi there, I am still waiting for my “STARWARS 5 PIECE CANVAS LIMITED EDITION”. Purchased at first of October.
Is there anything wrong?
Never got a reply.
Double checked the website November 16th.
Okay, seems I was to naive to trust in this bargain. Contacted PayPal, hope I will get my money back.
So, please, if the offer looks the least dodgy think twice. It can happen, even to old online veterans. When in doubt use a service like PayPal who might give you another layer of buyer protection.
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