The best file manager for Linux: The search for proper sorting

Ever since switching permanently to Linux, Ubuntu specifically, I have felt like something was missing from the experience. Unlike some of the criticism launched at linux distributions based on feelings, this was a measurable fact. There was something actually missing from Linux: A file manager of the same quality as the one on Windows. One […]

The Alchitry Mojo: A better FPGA board

FPGAs are fascinating high-tech devices which allow for some amazing possibilities for various projects. As I have previously written the Pynq Z2 offers a variety of features that makes it an interesting, albeit very complicated development board. The full experience requires not only designing hardware for the FPGA, but also getting data to and from […]

The line between security and paranoia: On trust and the place of Yubikeys

While the About Me page mentions that this blog does not have a posting schedule, I must say, I have been on writing hiatus. Writer’s block, you could say. Since the start of summer last year I’ve wanted to add a decryption option to my LUKS boot drive that uses a USB key, in such […]

A not booting BeagleBone Black – A quick troubleshooting guide

The BeagleBone Black is my own personal favourite among the single-board computers that I have used. So much so, in fact, that recently I decided to buy myself another one. Given the relative age of these devices, they are easier to find on the second-hand market than through retail channels, it seems. This, combined with […]

The Pynq Z2 – A hobbyist’s review

The Pynq Z2 is a rather curious single-board computer. It has some very compelling features when compared to the Raspberry Pi, but it also has some major shortcomings. For a specific course I took at University, this board was recommended. Particularly, the course was on hardware design and that is where this board came in: […]

DIY Function Generators: On DACs, Performance and Cost

After acquiring an oscilloscope, the first thing an electronics hobbyist wants to do is take it for a spin. With the wide availability of cheap microcontrollers and an assortment of analog electronics, this is actually not too hard. But an oscilloscope, no matter how fancy, is in essence just a tool to look at electronic […]