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Have you ever opened a new tab in Google Chrome and became totally blown away by how cool your new empty tab looked? Of course not. New tabs are boring. A bit boring A few weeks ago, I stumbled upon Plasmo, a framework for creating browser extensions. They promise to be battery-packed, like a Next.js for browser extensions. They promise quite a lot: Automatic generation of (V3) manifest filesFirst class TypeScript/React supportAutomatic reloadingAutomatically deploying your…

Our kids need music to fall asleep. Our oldest daughter loves listening to theme park tunes before closing her eyes (she’s a massive fan of De Efteling). Before, this meant waiting besides her bed, with the music playing on your phone, until she finally dozes off. There were two disadvantages to this: It takes a lot of timeIt’s not possible to listen to something else on AirPods, while playing music on your phone’s speakers. (I…

Read the English version Na 8 jaar trek ik eind augustus de deur van de VRT achter me dicht. Acht boeiende jaren, waar ik in een volgende blogpost nog wel uitgebreid op terugkijk. Op 5 september begin ik te werken als Software Engineer bij Automattic, het bedrijf van Matt Mullenweg, de bedenker van WordPress. Ze maken naast WordPress.com (een hostingplatform voor WordPress) ook nog Tumblr, WooCommerce, Pocket Casts, Day One en een hele hoop andere…

Lees de Nederlandstalige versie At the end of August, after more than 8 years, I will leave my current company (VRT). Eight exciting years, which I will look back at in detail in a subsequent blog post. On September 5th, I will start working as a Software Engineer at Automattic, the company started by Matt Mullenweg, the creator of WordPress. Besides WordPress.com, they also make Tumblr, WooCommerce, Pocket Casts, Day One and countless other great…

After some years of running this blog on Ghost, I’ve decided to switch back to WordPress. Ghost has made incredible progress during the past 9 years. But their focus has been on paid memberships and empowering creators for a while. This change of direction made me feel I’m not their target audience anymore. I’m just a simple blogger who likes to write down stuff quickly. I’ve been using WordPress since before version 1.0 (but lost sight some…

This post is a post that’s been in my draft folder for way too long. I’ve wanted to write about my current programming stack for a while. This post is an overview of all the languages, frameworks, services, and tools I’ve been using in 2022. Where I come from More than 20 years ago, I started experimenting with PHP, HTML, and CSS. Since then, I’ve used and dismissed lots of technologies. I remember how a…

Ik heb iets met nostalgie. Ik heb ook iets met oude computers en consoles. Hoe graag ik ook de laatste next-gen games speel op m’n Xbox, ergens heb ik diep vanbinnen een heel weke plek voor de tijd dat personages gewoon een hoopje pixels waren. Daarom heb ik een Project MiSTer gebouwd, de heilige graal voor retrofreaks. Maar eerst een kleine geschiedenisles … Emulatie PC-bezitters zijn al sinds de komst van de consoles droevig omdat…

I’ve been struggling with a pair of misbehaving AirPods Pro for about a month now. Sometimes the left earpiece would play, sometimes the right, and every time I opened the case, iOS kept bugging me that these weren’t my AirPods. I tried every tip on the Internet and finally got it to work following these steps: Step 1: make sure both earpieces are charged This step might sound trivial, but if one of your earpieces’…

Recently I managed to corrupt my Octopi SD-card by pulling the power plug while it was updating. Everything was up and running again relatively quickly, but one thing I could not get to work -no matter what I tried- was horizontal screen orientation for my Pimoroni Hyperpixel 4.0 display and OctoDash. Finally, I got it to work with these steps. Install the Hyperpixel overlays: curl https://get.pimoroni.com/hyperpixel4 | bash Pick option 2: Make sure you load…

3D printing in one color is fantastic—3D printing in five colors is the next frontier. Ever since I started my 3D printing adventure, I’d wanted to buy a Multi-Material Upgrade, but I was hesitant after reading some reviews. Many people seem to be having trouble getting the unit to function, and that’s no surprise given it’s an assembly of 3 motors, five pulleys, and two sensors. If one thing goes wrong, the whole machine will…

Ik ben één van die tien Apple Music gebruikers in België. Vooral om historische redenen: ik hou al sinds m’n eerste iPod al m’n muziek netjes bij in iTunes, en toen Spotify er kwam hadden zij een limiet van 10.000 songs. Een paar keer te klein voor mijn bibliotheek. Het is als Apple Music gebruiker vaak kut om te moeten zien wat voor leuke dingen Spotify allemaal in hun snoepwinkel legt. Af en toe probeert…