Thomas makes, writes


PenguinPages Preprocessor

screenshot of old website

When I started maintaining a personal website years ago, I kept all content in static HTML files which I uploaded. The webhost didn't support server side scripting and for a while I used a JavaScript to provide a navigation menu.

The JavaScript menu fixed just that, navigation. Devising a publishing …

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JAL Programmable Logic Controller

jal plc

When my brother was doing his last year of high-school in electromechanics, he came up with the idea of doing his final project using a homebuilt PLC instead of the usual Siemens stuff. I built the electronics and came up with a framework so he could easily implement his GRAFCET statemachine for his part sorting robot for the PICMICRO in the JAL programming language.

This was long before Arduino, long before 'all the cool kids were doing it', and JAL was a free compiler for the affordable PIC microcontrollers. The Arduino of its days.

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Skymeter

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Tkskymeter 2.1.0 schermafdruk

Skymeter is a utility targeted at Belgacom [1] customers. Belgacom has a very restrictive policy towards the amount of data its customers can download with its broadband internet service.

Skymeter polls the meter webpage of the Belgacom 'Self care' [2] website and presents the useful …

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Geek Toys

lirc diagram

Gadget-maniac like me? Then how about some electronic junk you hook up to your computer's unused I/O ports? These toys are simple to understand, have few parts and are therefore cheap and easy to build!

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Linux on an iBook G4

iBook

On one of the last days of august 2005 I purchased a brand-new 12" G4 Apple iBook Laptop. This page is dedicated to this beautiful piece of hardware, I will share my experiences here. You can also read here how I installed Gentoo Linux on it back then.

I needed …

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TI-83 Link Cable

ti

At the start of the third year of highschool (or fourth - I don't remember exactly) we had to buy a TI-83 calculator for math class, it was commonly known among pupils that many games were available for this device. One of the kids in our classgroup had some games on …

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My Highschool Final Project

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the pcb

This is the final project I created my last year of highschool (2003-2004). It's about stepper motor control with an AVR microcontroller and BASCOM (juk!). I designed a pcb with AT90S2313 microcontroller and ULN2003 darlington array to drive the stepper motor. (see picture) It has a chapter about stepper …

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Linux Introductie

Wat is Linux

Linux is een besturingssysteem (zoals Windows) dat op een breed scala van hardware werkt. Je kunt Linux dus op je computer installeren in de plaats van Microsoft Windows of Apple Mac OS X. Een Linuxsysteem bestaat uit vrije software, dit houdt in dat de onderdelen van Linux …

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