Neil Peart: Rush Drummer’s Bold Life and Brave Final Years – Rolling Stone

A good read.

Source: Neil Peart: Rush Drummer’s Bold Life and Brave Final Years – Rolling Stone

Free remote work tools for IT teams during coronavirus pandemic

What a list of (currently) free IT services:

Source: Free remote work tools for IT teams during coronavirus pandemic

install | darktable

A free competitor to Lightroom: Darktable

Source: install | darktable

BEWARE! Rabbit Hole Ahead!!

Did you know that you can listen in to weather satellites, downloading near real-time imagery for around $100 ($180 if you don’t want to DIY).

Looks like this is a adjunct / complementary tech to Software Defined Radio (SDR) – the new HAM Radio. SDR can do much – EMS/Police Radio Scanning, ATC, ADSB/ACARS, AIS, Weather, TV/FM, even monitoring the ISS’s communications to NASA.  And even better, using SDR is illegal in some areas!

Sounds like a skill to have 😉

I’ve only spent a few minutes on this, but I believe the SDR rabbit hole (made available via the RTL2832U chip from Realtek, hence RTL-SDR) runs very deep.

Full earth visible light image captured from satellite using a personal computer.

RTL-SDR is a great resource for all things related to using the RTL2832U: https://www.rtl-sdr.com/about-rtl-sdr/

RTL-SDR’s GEOS (Weather Satellite) page: https://www.rtl-sdr.com/tag/geos

See also: https://www.sdrplay.com, specifically their forums.

How to code out BMW adaptive headlights?

My approach to owning a older BMW is to not use as much of the fluff as possible.  I’m in it for the driving experience (which at 16 years and 150k is still great!). Sunroofs, folding mirrors, fancy headlights that look around corners and sun shades that pop out of nowhere are all excellent candidates for features to never use on your older German vehicles. You want that stuff? Pay the $500 a month and lease.

With that in mind, to remove the adaptive headlights from the e9x’s computers you need to remove $524 from VO and default code NFRM (or FRM) and CAS..  I have not done this as I just leave my lights in the “ON” position and the adaptive mode only functions in “AUTO”.

I have also read that simply unplugging the adaptive modules will disable the system with generating any codes.

Source: How to code out adaptive headlight error?

BC hidden menus – e90

BMW loves hiding things… here is some good info on the computer built in to the Instrument Cluster.

 

Source: BC hidden menus – e90

Old car tachometer working correctly with SimHub

Turns out you can use a old instrument cluster with racing simulators.

Here is a start:

Source: Old car tachometer not working correctly with SimHub – Simhub Support – SimHub Forum

There oughta be… a nice website for makers

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ElectroMage Pixelblaze V2+ WiFi LED Controller from ElectroMage on Tindie

Source: ElectroMage Pixelblaze V2+ WiFi LED Controller from ElectroMage on Tindie

How to Program an AVR/Arduino using the Raspberry Pi GPIO | ozzmaker.com

Source: How to Program an AVR/Arduino using the Raspberry Pi GPIO | ozzmaker.com