Goodbye wordpress, hello blogspot…

This will be my last post on wordpress. I have switched from wordpress to blogger.com platform to minimize my accounts all over the web. So forget this blog page link and add my new blog page to your bookmarks. I know that my last blog post was from August last year, but I try to add new content regularly to the new blog.

You can find my new blog home with some new fresh design at: http://isenmann.blogspot.com/

So, update your bookmarks and say goodbye to wordpress….

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Selected shots from my trip to Iceland in August 2011

You can find some selected shots from my Iceland trip at my picasa album. Just can say, that Iceland is an amazing country with a spectacular landscape.

Have fun with the shots.

Island

One of my personal favorite:

Aus Island

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Joined Google+

Just joined diaspora a week ago and now the next social community. I have joined Google + and it looks really great. Has some good features and it feels like diaspora with its circles. Now I have to find several people and have to check all settings for a little bit more privacy. :-) (As long as this is possible with Google) But the first impression of Google+ is really good.

Here is the link for my profile page at Google+.

Feel free to add me to your contacts.

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Creating my kitchen entertainment center (Finished)

Yesterday I have decided not to attach the metal frame to the case, so my little project is finished. I have sort the cables with cable clips and made the final steps to mount it to the wall. :-) But look for yourself:

If you have any further questions or ideas, let me know. Maybe I will improve my kitchen entertainment center from time to time with some ideas from the internet or from your comments. :)

UPDATE:

A small summary which components and software I used for this project:

Also look at my other blog posts to see the whole progress of this project:

http://isenmann.wordpress.com/2011/05/13/creating-my-kitchen-entertainment-center-part-1/
http://isenmann.wordpress.com/2011/05/16/creating-my-kitchen-entertainment-center-part-2/
http://isenmann.wordpress.com/2011/05/20/creating-my-kitchen-entertainment-center-part-three/
http://isenmann.wordpress.com/2011/05/25/creating-my-kitchen-entertainment-center-part-4/
http://isenmann.wordpress.com/2011/06/22/creating-my-kitchen-entertainment-center-part-5/

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Creating my kitchen entertainment center (Part 5)

Long time no update on this topic. But I have some good news to tell…..it’s nearly finished! :-) Just the frames around the case are missing, everything else is ready and it’s working right now in the kitchen.

The whole equipment inside the case is mounted with tape. I was really surprised how strong the tape is…really amazing. Back to the kitchen entertainment center, as you can see in the photos I have made a metal frame around the touchscreen to give them a little more polished look. The same frame will be added to all the edges of the case.

As you can see the touchscreen is mounted below the EEE 701, therefor I had to remove the keyboard from the EEE to have more cable to the screen controller, which is also mounted below the EEE. The final steps are now:

  • making the frames for the edges
  • sorting the cables with cable clips
  • mounting the kitchen entertainment center to the wall

I have made some photos of the UI, showing the main menu, digital clock and one of three possibilites during playback (the cassette is animated during playback and it’s printing the CD cover, title and artist name on the cassette).

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Joined diaspora

Long time ago I have quit all social communities, because I didn’t want to share my datas with a company and their commercials. After a while I have started to microblog at identi.ca and now I have joined diaspora after Andreas has told me about it. I have heard about diaspora in the past and thought that it’s just another social community website like every other out there and forgot it. But the concept behind diaspora (general information at Wikipedia) is great, so I have joined diaspora yesterday and start to be social again like in the past before I had quit my old accounts on the social communities pages.

My diaspora page is here: https://joindiaspora.com/people/57391

Feel free to add me to your contacts. ;-)

 

[UPDATE]:
I have no more invitations, so don’t ask for it… :-) Now it’s up to the new ones to invite others…

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Creating my kitchen entertainment center (Part 4)

I have received my touchscreen panel last Friday. :-) Luckily it has survived the long trip around the world and the next best thing is, that it works without any problems :-)

Mounting the touchpanel

Maybe you remember that I have told to turn around the screen on the eee, that doesn’t w0rk because of the case design of the eee. Thinking about a solution I have decided to detach the screen and all necessary parts from the case because I won’t see the eee at all in my selfmade case.

But from the start. Opening the case wasn’t that easy I have thought it would be. You have to be very careful not to damage anything. In the first picture you can see the eee without the keyboard and front case. There is the motherboard at the bottom, the LCD at the top (without the touchpanel at the moment). You can see both speakers, the WLAN antenna and the webcam. I have completely detached the lid from the case and removed the LCD, LCD controller (at the bottom of the LCD) and WLAN antenna from the case. You can see that in the second picture.

The second picture shows the eee in his current state. The touchscreen panel is mounted on the LCD (you don’t see much differences, but you can see the flat cable coming from the touchpanel attached to the touchpanel controller). Everything you see will be mounted to my selfmade case (the speakers, touchpanel controller, WLAN antenna and the USB extension for the front of the case).

Some words about the touchpanel, it has some sticky tape around to stick it to the LCD. So that was very easy to accomplish. The touchscreen is only 1.1mm thick so it would fit without problems into the normal case of the eee to use it. The touchscreen controller has three optional USB connectors, one is for the webcam because you will attach the touchscreen controller to the internal USB port of the webcam on the motherboard and you have to make sure that you have activated the webcam in the BIOS otherwise you won’t have power for the touchscreen.

You can also see the skin of the running XBMC with big buttons to hit the menu without problems. On the right you see the control widget to control the playback (pause, play, next, back) and volume control. You will see this more in detail after I have completed my kitchen entertainment center, I plan to upload a video from it after I have mounted it at the wall.

Meanwhile I have lacquer my case with white high gloss color, but I have no pictures right now.

That’s all. More information soon.

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