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Download: Serious Overheat Icon pack

I decided to create an icon pack. Didn’t really post anything in the last weeks, my apologies. Also, there is going to be a new download section for everything you might need.

Download: Serious Overheat icon pack(format range: 16×16 – 256×256 pixels)
The pack contains 8 icons, with different styles and desktops.

License: Free for non-commercial use.

Preview (png):

Desktop (8) - Serious Overheat Desktop (8) (Beaten) - Serious Overheat Desktop (7) (Beaten) - Serious Overheat Desktop (7) - Serious Overheat BSOD (8) - Serious Overheat BSOD (7) - Serious Overheat Kernel Panic - Serious Overheat Serious Overheat

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Diaries Other

Oh look. Someone is trying to nuke things.

A quick blog entry, because I’m going to leave the house for a hour or two.

North-Korea. Some country, placed right above South-Korea, is threatening with war. Why? Because the U.N. gave new sanctions right after the rocket-launch test and possible nuclear experiments. North-Korea blames the United States, and threatens to launch a rocket to the U.S.

Experts say they do not have any rockets that are capable to arrive at the United States.

North-Korea, are you even capable of launching the internet and start a digital war?

Well, we will see.

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Guides Hardware Linux Other

Raspberry Pi: The included case -mod

I received my Pi a day ago, and without a case. I thought it was better to make my own case.

When I received my package, it included the following things:

  • 2 pieces of paper, one for the precautions, and the other one was a quick-start guide
  • The Raspberry Pi board
  • A protective case, with room for one SD card

Then, I had a great idea. The included case was well fit to be cut out.

Pictures shown below:

Before

Before cutting.

Cutting

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After cutting. Note the ventilation holes on the top. The only holes missing are for the GPIO port, and the RCA port.

After

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WhatsApp? I know.

People always ask me: “Do you have Facebook on your phone?”, and I always reply “No, sorry.”
The next thing someone says is 9 out of 10 times: “Do you have WhatsApp then?”. Same reply, why not Skype, Messenger or SMS?

The thing is, I have Skype and Messenger (it’s integrated in Skype now), why do I even need additional applications for WhatsApp or Facebook? Why should I?
Short Text Messaging costs money(duh). That’s the reason why people use Skype or WhatsApp as a ‘free'(cheaper) alternative.

WhatsApp got hacked like 2 times, and leaks are dripping like an old tap. You only need someone’s IMEI and phone number to log in to WhatsApp. And it only supports file transfers and texts. But Skype has support for video chat, Facebook integration, messaging, calling, and more. But not only that, should I register for 16 services because I only need one?

It’s not about bandwidth,  it’s about usage. I have unlimited (FUP of course) mobile internet, and I must say that Skype works better than WhatsApp on a modem connection, even with video. Horrible quality, but messages were almost instantly delivered, but with WhatsApp, it took 30 seconds on the same network.

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You won’t be getting postcards before christmas. Maybe next year.

Ordinary mail, postcards, packages, and all other stuff that gets send by mail companies: the delay was huge this time. (in the Netherlands at least) My friend send me a package with a charger in it, without being too big (bubble-wrap envelope).

When he send it, it took 3 weeks to arrive. Christmas cards didn’t arrive that fast either: this took 1 week. I live in a city, and the post office is very close to me. Even when cards got send from within a 10 miles (approx. 15KM) radius, it took a very long time to arrive at my home address.

PostNL, the company that handles the mail in the Netherlands, did not want to give any explanation of the issue. They only told me that I didn’t live in a good location to receive letters and postcards fast. They also told me it would be better next (this) year, and “happy holidays, thank you, goodbye”. I certainly hope so, since I don’t have time for reading Christmas cards in February.

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Happy 2013!

Happy new year everyone! I’ve had a great year with ups and downs and much blogging. I got myself a new laptop and a cool tablet for this year. I reviewed some noodles, and Ubuntu One’s cloud services. I guess you got some interesting stories aswell? Well and again, a happy new year!

~ Marlon.ws

Now for 2013 and many years to come!

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Reviews Software Ubuntu Windows

Ubuntu One Music Store: Better be using a real CD retailer.

Last time, I covered a review on Ubuntu One. Ubuntu One is great for cloud storage and backups, but their newly introduced music store is not just good, it’s actually bad. The prices vary per track from 0.50$-2$, and the bitrate is the highest you can get. Tracks will be send to ‘.ubuntuone\Purchased from Ubuntu One’ in your personal folder.

The music store doesn’t have much tracks available, even great artists like U2 or Duran Duran aren’t widely available in their store. The advantages are, though, their music does not contain DRM or any other security and can be easily send to your MP3 player.25GB

At the time of writing, they have a special offer that made me try this new service and it was very hard to find music I liked. They accept major credit cards as the only payment option, so people in the EU are probably already stuck. I do have a Visa credit card, so this wasn’t a problem for me.
I bought a track for €0.79, and the +20GB storage and 6 months free unlimited music streaming for iDevices and Android were instantly activated. This concept is absolutely great, but not yet the solution for piracy: it simply doesn’t have a wide choice to choose from if you’re a real music geek.

I’m not saying this is the definitive solution for anything, because it’s simply too new. Who knows, it will be popular some day. But there are many things that require some tweaking.

 

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Hardware

The Apple and the Ampere

A few days ago, I got a hold on a cheap generic Android ‘gaming’ tablet made by TomTec. I got it without a charger  and it is sold for around 100$ and features Android 4.0. The problem with this tablet is that it requires a minimum of  2.1A to charge, without even using it. I have a 1.0A charger, but I noticed that it didn’t charge. It didn’t even charge for 1%.

I searched on Google for this problem, and I noticed that the Apple iPad requires 2.0A to charge while powered on, or else you will get a “Not Charging” warning in the top-right of the screen. But this problem was different. A cheaper tablet, serving Android on it’s dish, and a manual without power specifications. The only thing that hinted me in the manual was ‘Only use the included 2.1A charger’ that it would require 2.1A. Which is above all USB standards: the USB 2.0 specification has a maximum of 500mA, and 3.0 has 1.0A. Apple surely does introduce much hassle and confusion in this project.

The thing is: Last Saturday, I bought a charger with 2.1A of power from ICIDU. It works perfectly, exept for one thing: it didn’t charge. I though the battery was dead, but when I screwed the case open, it wasn’t the battery nor the PCB itself. The MicroUSB was not soldered correctly (the last pin was broken) and while the tablet said it was ‘charging’, it was actually pulling power from the Data pins.

I’m still working on this one, it is a tiny pin, and I soldered it while burning my zoom vision glasses. At the time of writing, it is charging, so stay tuned.

Edit: It works fantastic, even my blog works on it ;).

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Some site updates

Hello,

As you may know, I have made several additions to the blogs functionality. This includes behind the scene improvements, caching, and compression and interlaced loading of images. I also re-added the ‘social’ bar with the +1, Like, and Follow button. I have more time on my hands for my blog, so that means more irrelevant things for you to read. You can also visit Marlon.ws directly on your mobile phone.

Marlon.ws Mobile
Marlon.ws works perfectly with text based mobile browsers and Opera Mobile or Mini.

I also updated マーロン, to show a dynamic logo. Note that you need Unicode support on your computer. I’ve also added other fonts for news articles and the slogan. This may decrease loading speed, but this has been minimized as much as possible.

Thank you for your interest in Marlon.ws.

– Until next time.

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U.N. e-mail addresses leaked, and guess what?

I read a major tech. magazine today, which reported that around 170 e-mail addresses were leaked to Pastebin from employees of the U.N.. It seems that the digital war between two countries has started: Iran and Israel are even fighting over social media. This is pure speculation, but it may be that the government of Iran may be behind the leak. Iran has a nuclear history, and Israel too. I don’t want to put any country in front, but Iran itself has a history of nuclear weapons, and this may be payback.
This ‘war’ is pretty interesting, because this is the first digital war that really utilizes the available social media and launching propaganda websites (this isn’t very new: North-Korea does this since several years).

This war is the perfect example of combining digital war with weapons. It’s like watching small little kids fighting over chocolate(Gaza border) and a video game(Twitter) at the same time. But the deaths caused by such conflicts is always very sad. But still: is the digital war coming to other countries?
Who knows.