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Ambient backlighting for Samsung LED TV Jun 12, 2016

Being quite happy with my 75 inch whopper Samsung UE75HU7500, the only thing I wanted to do about it was giving it ambient backlighting. When watching TV in complete darkness your eyes get quickly tired because of the stark contrast between the bright screen and its dark surroundings. Even though this device features an ambient light sensor, which is used to automatically adjust the screen brightness, the contrast is still all too harsh.

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Ever wondered why I left Russia? Jun 10, 2016

Here's one of the reasons:

The most worrying part is that in Russia that is considered a funny minor incident.

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Amersfoort Marathon 2016 Jun 5, 2016

I'm just back from Amersfoort where I've quite successfully finished a half marathon, 21.1 km.

Medal of the marathon.

The day's been a scorcher with 27 °C (81 °F) in the shade. On the Dutch scale it's a lot, and with a clear blue sky you feel like being roasted.

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InfoPi (a.k.a. DIY Google Now) May 7, 2016

When a geek gets bored, he usually dives into home automation. And when there's nothing more left to automate, he blogs about it.

When leaving my house I usually check the weather forecast for today and if there are any train disruptions. The thing is, it takes precious time and I'm usually in a hurry. Therefore the idea of having all the useful information on a single display was in the air for quite a while. Recently I've finally got to implement it. Please meet InfoPi.

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King's Day 2016 May 1, 2016

The last Queen's Day to date happened three years ago, when Princess Beatrix, then still the Queen of the Netherlands, announced her upcoming abdication for her son Willem-Alexander. The latter celebrates his birthday on April 27th, which is very conveniently near the former date of April 30th.

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Separate the sheep from the phones Apr 30, 2016

Moore's law teamed up with the Chinese electronic device industry are inserting new steps into the Lansink's Ladder. Next to the sections for used fluorescent bulbs and batteries, which are classified as klein chemisch afval (household hazardous waste), Albert Heijn grocery stores have now added a separate opening for used mobile phones! The gadget-recycler.

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