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Hi, I'm Iljitsch van Beijnum. These are all my posts that aren't work-related.

Smart home: past, present, future

Recently, a few podcasts that I listen to talked about smart home technology. We also got the release of new smart home standards Thread and Matter. So I want to look at what smart home options have worked for me, and see if it's possible to draw any conclusions about what could work for most people. (As in: who don't enjoy tinkering with tech for its own sake.)

Read the article - posted 2022-11-27

Skyline #17, everyone-loves-sunsets edition

Image link - posted 2022-10-28 in

An accordion made of two Commodore 64s plays Scott Joplin ragtime

In an infinite universe, everything that's possible does in fact exist. I've long held the position that the internet is pretty much an infinite universe.

So of course a Youtube video where someone created an accordion-like instrument consisting of two C64s with bellows made out of 5¼" floppy disks playing Scott Joplin ragtime classics does exist on the internet. Enjoy!

Permalink - posted 2022-10-23

Skyline #16, firey sunset edition

Image link - posted 2022-10-17 in

The framerate conundrum

These days, most of us have devices that can shoot video. And that's no longer as simple as it was 25 years ago. Back then, if you lived in a "60 Hz" country such as the US, your video camera would shoot 30/60 frames per second. (See interlaced video on Wikipedia to understand why this is "30/60".) In parts of the world where the electrical grid runs at 50 Hz, such as Europe, our video cameras would use 25/50 Hz.

Because converting 24 frames per second film to 25 frames per second video is horrible (the image stutters once a second), in 50 Hz territories, film would be sped up to 25 FPS to show on TV or record on video tape or DVD.

These days, we all just watch Youtube where the video framerate can be 24, 25, 30, 50 or 60 FPS.

Most of us also have a video recording device in our pockets that usually supports at least several different framerates.

So... what's the best framerate?

Full article / permalink - posted 2022-10-04

Skyline #15, regenboog vlak na zonsopkomst

Image link - posted 2022-09-25 in

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