Modify LOEWE sound subwoofer to be used standalone

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Modify LOEWE sound subwoofer to be used standalone

My brother asked to look at a LOEWE amp that he had lying around collecting dust. It turns out you need to connect a LOEWE television to these amps to get them out of some sleep mode.

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Fixing Bluetooth connection problems with Ford Transit custom

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Fixing Bluetooth connection problems with Ford Transit custom

After connecting a few different Bluetooth devices to my Ford Transit custom SYNC system, I was suddenly unable to connect anymore using my regular phone. It turns out there is a straightforward fix for this problem. You have to reset the SYNC system which can be done by following the steps below:

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Wifi connected wake clock using ESP8266

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Wifi connected wake clock using ESP8266

Suppose you are blessed with the fact that you have some children running around. You probably know the phenomenon of one of your kids standing next to your bed at five in the morning with the question if it’s already time to wake up.

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Bullet proof photo naming convention

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Bullet proof photo naming convention

The devil is in the details, and this also applies to something as simple as finding the right naming convention for your precious photos.

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10+ Best things to do in Ibiza beside parties

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10+ Best things to do in Ibiza beside parties

Like most people, the first thing that you think of, when you hear the name, Ibiza is “party island.” Let me try to skew that one-sided perception a bit in the positive sense.

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Swarm for privacy nerds

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Swarm for privacy nerds

Privacy is becoming one of the most discussed topics especially with the GDPR looking around the corner this year.

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Cryptocurrency portfolio tracker with Google Sheets

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Cryptocurrency portfolio tracker with Google Sheets

When you are active in the crypto world you’ll know that having 3 or more different exchange accounts is not a strange thing. Certain coins (especially new ones) will only be listed on certain exchanges until they reach a certain cryptocurrency market capitalization which will force other exchanges to adopt them.

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Automate desktop cleanup

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Automate desktop cleanup

Probably most of you are familiar with something looking like the image above. A desktop with a pile of irrelevant and unused files. I was totally fed up with the fact that after each work day my desktop looked like a war zone. The solution: cron in combination with some lines of bash.

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How to geotag your photos in an automated way

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How to geotag your photos in an automated way

For a long time I’ve been looking for a good way to geotag my photos. Preferably this workflow would work well with my current photo workflow.

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The elements of computing systems CLI test

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The elements of computing systems CLI test

I just wanted to write a short blog post about this awesome new book I’ve been reading lately. The book is called “The Elements of Computing Systems” and learns you in detail how to build your own computer system, compiler and OS.

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DIY home automation foundation

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DIY home automation foundation

Getting a stable DIY home automation system up and running is not for the faint-hearted. Deciding which hardware, software and protocols you want to use for your project can be a challenging task because of the overwhelming choice.

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My first year of growing peppers

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My first year of growing peppers

I’m really excited to show the result of my first year of growing peppers. I’ve tried 5 different varieties of peppers and they all did pretty well.

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Build custom NodeMCU firmware and flash it on ESP8266

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Build custom NodeMCU firmware and flash it on ESP8266

In this quick reference I’ll show you how to build the NodeMCU firmware from source and flash it on your ESP8266. In this case I used the ESP8266-01.

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Photo workflow using Lightroom and Dropbox

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Photo workflow using Lightroom and Dropbox

I’ve been interested in photography for over 5 years now, but during all these years I’ve been struggling to find a good photo management workflow. After each joyful day of photographing the same question struck me over and over again: How do I manage my photos.

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How to delete all photos from iPhone

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How to delete all photos from iPhone

In this short guide I will explain how to delete all photos from your iPhone. For this method of clearing your iPhone you don’t need iTunes or any other software, just the default Preview app that is available on every Mac will suffice.

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Disabling focus outline without breaking accessibility

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Disabling focus outline without breaking accessibility

Under web developers it’s still a common practice to disable the browser focus outline. Shamefully I need to admit that, before today, I also did this. But let’s stop this bad habit by providing a good solution that both designers and accessibility gurus can live with.

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iPhone power connector and charging problems

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iPhone power connector and charging problems

For the last few weeks I was having the problem that my iPhone wasn’t charging anymore when I connected it to my USB power cord. When I flipped the connector around it worked, most of the time. But after a few days even this was to no avail.

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DIY remote speaker using Raspberry Pi

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DIY remote speaker using Raspberry Pi

Because I spend a lot of time in my hobby room/man cave in progress, I was looking for an audio system. The two requirements were that it had to support AirPlay and needed to be cheap. Luckily I had this 10 year old Samsung surround receiver laying around, so that would be a perfect base for my audio system. This in combination with a new Raspberry Pi would be all the hardware needed to make this awesome sound system.

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React avatar ES6 rewrite

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React avatar ES6 rewrite

After some hectic weeks, preparing for the birth of our son, I’ve finally found some time to finish up the rewrite of my react avatar component. The code base was becoming a complete mess.

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Disable caps lock

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Disable caps lock

Do you ever hit that caps lock button by mistake too? This annoyed me so much that I decided to find a solution for this.

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Generate Phillips Hue API token

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Generate Phillips Hue API token

If you want to start to do some experimenting with your Phillips Hue lights chances are that you’ll need to use the Hue API sooner or later. To use this API you will need to get a token but at the moment there is no official way to do this.

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Wim Mostmans

About Wim Mostmans

Freelance full stack developer and Co-founder of Ambassify with a general interest for web technologies and electronics.