Windows 10 apps in C# – Hello World Tutorial

Introduction

In this article I’ll take a look at how to write Windows 10 apps and I’ll guide you through the steps you’ll have to take to create a runnable ‘Hello World’ example app.

Please note, that this will not be a programming tutorial. We have written one here. Our programming tutorial series is written for Java, however C# is very similar to Java. This article should just give you a quick overview on how to write an app for Windows 10. Continue reading Windows 10 apps in C# – Hello World Tutorial

Homemade DIY word clock – Part 2

 

Introduction

In this part of the series we’ll cover the electronics. I’ll show you how I planned to build the internals of the clock and how I built it afterwards. Just like in the first part of the series I wrote this article while the build was in progress. I planned to leave errors I might make during this build in the articles, so that me and others can review them and don’t make the same mistakes again. If I find out that something is wrong, I’m going to mark it as wrong in the article and correct it afterwards:

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However in the last part we planned our clock in general. So now it’s on to planning the electronics that’ll give the clock a function. Continue reading Homemade DIY word clock – Part 2

Homemade DIY word clock – Part 1

In this article I have something stylish for you: It’s a project idea, I had for a while. And today I decided to finally build it! I’m pretty sure almost everyone of you has already seen a world clock, even if most of you have just seen them on pictures. For everyone else: It’s one of these clever clocks that do not display the exact time, but display a sentence, approximating the time instead, composed from different words that light up:

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Figure 1: A word clock

As these clocks can be pretty expensive, I decided to build some cheap ones myself. Three of them will be given to two friends of mine and one is for me. This article will be a description of the steps needed to create such a thing, so you can build your own one at home!

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Nerdhut software now available

Three days ago I released a little tool that might make your life easier! This won’t be a full article, just a short update post to notify you! You can find the full description here.

I also wanted to notify you that we have released another title. You can find these two, and future nerdhut programs by clicking the new ‘Software‘ menu-item in the menu bar on the top of this page. Continue reading Nerdhut software now available

Quick look at: A cheap DIY function generator kit

Introduction

I recently bought some cheap electronic DIY kits from amazon, just because I wanted to improve my soldering skills. One of them was a cheap function generator based on the XR2206-IC. The complete kit with an enclosure costs about 14€ and it can be bought here. If you find a cheaper one let me know in the comments below and I’ll update the article! Continue reading Quick look at: A cheap DIY function generator kit

PCB production/etching tutorial

Introduction

There are a lot of tutorials around that show you, how to etch your own PCBs, but either they use professional tools, that might cost a lot, or they do not give you a complete list of materials you will need. This really bothers me, so I want to show you how to produce your own PCBs at home, so you can make your DIY projects more professional and cut costs drastically when it comes to create a PCB.

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This might be you with your professionally crafted PCB

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Even more Fallout 4 teddy bears

So you might have seen the article which showed you some of the teddy bear easter eggs that Mike had found in Fallout 4. It also had a video attached where I fired 100 teddy bears with a mortar. I made this video response firing 1000 teddy bears and I wanted to share it with you! If the embedded player doesn’t work, you can watch it here! Continue reading Even more Fallout 4 teddy bears

JXD S7800b android gaming tablet test

Today I want to write about a rather unusual device that was around for a pretty long time actually, but that I have never heard of before. I also did never encounter this device in the ‘real life’ server of this game. However, recently someone sent me a link to this device and I found it quite interesting. I’ve seen devices like the S7800b some years ago, but I think the concept of a tablet with built-in hardware controls just did not get very popular. I mean why should it? The buttons seem to distract you anyways when performing typical tablet activities like browsing the web or watching movies. And usually android games tend to be made for touch only devices, so is the JXD S7800b any good at all? Let’s find out!

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Lambda expressions in Java

Introduction

They have been around for some years now and yet I’ve heard very little about them. Back then, when Java 8 was new, I took a quick look at what was new. And Java 8 was introducing Lambda expressions, that you could use in your code. But what are these Lambda expressions (sometimes also referred to as Lambda functions)? Should you be afraid of them? Should we all use them? Let’s find out! Continue reading Lambda expressions in Java

Some Fallout 4 easter egg teddy bears

If you’ve played Fallout 4, you might have noticed that it’s packed with funny and sarcastic easter eggs. And there are a lot of them. But one, that I keep running into are teddy bears, that are put into funny poses, where it seems like they are alive. The teddy bear easter eggs were already built into Fallout 3, but however I unfortunately don’t have any screenshot of them. But some of you might remember the huge teddy bear, that could be found in the SatCom Array NN-03d facility. Here are some of the Fallout 4 teddy bear easter eggs, I’ve found. Continue reading Some Fallout 4 easter egg teddy bears