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Starbeamrainbowlabs Tjovik

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A computer science student who loves to explore and learn new things.

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TeleConsole Client is available on NuGet!

(Above: Some cool-looking circuits that feature on the NuGet website) Hey! After a large amount of research, I've finally figured out how to create a simple NuGet package. Since I ended up using TeleConsole in a recent ACW and it doesn't have any dependencies (making packaging easier!), I decided to use it to test the system. I think it's turned out rather well actually - you can find it on NuGet… Read more →


Virtual Reality: A Review

(Above: A considerable number of stereo 3D glasses technologies. Can you name all the techniques shown here? Comment below!) Yesterday I spent a morning experimenting with my University's latest stereo equipment as part of the Virtual Environments module I've been taking this semester. With all that I've seen, I wanted to write something about my experiences on here. Virtual reality and 3D is some… Read more →


Demystifying microphones: The difference between dynamics and condensers

Welcome back to another demystification post! This time, it's about microphones. I had a question recently about microphones and phantom power, and after doing some rather extensive research on the subject (unintentionally of course :P), I thought it a waste not to summarise it here. Basically, phantom power is a +48V direct current that's transmitted through a microphone cable (not the kind you p… Read more →


Getting an updated version of MonoDevelop on Ubuntu

Thanks to the AUR (The Arch User Repository), an updated version of MonoDevelop is never very far away on Manjaro, Artix, Arch Linux and friends. Unfortunately, such delights can't be found so easily in the Ubuntu and Debian ecosystem. On a check inspection of the official repositories, the latest version available is 5.10, while the AUR is offering 7.1.2! In addition, the newer versions offered v… Read more →


Pepperminty Wiki CLI

I've got a plan. Since I'm taking the Mobile Development module next semester, I'd like to create an Android app for Pepperminty Wiki that will let me edit one or more instances of Pepperminty Wiki while I'm, say, on a bus. To this end, I'll need to make sure that Pepperminty Wiki itself is all ready to go - which primarily entail making sure that its REST API is suitably machine-friendly, so that… Read more →


OC ReMix Albums Atom Feed

I've recently discovered the wonderful OverClocked ReMix thanks to the help of a friend (thank you for the suggestion ☺), and they have a bunch of cool albums you should totally listen to (my favourite so far is Esther's Dreams :D)! To help keep up-to-date with the albums they release, I went looking for an RSS/Atom feed that I could subscribe to. Unfortunately, I didn't end up finding one - so I… Read more →


ES6 Features 14: Modules

This is an entry in the ES6 Features series on my blog here. Check out the full series list here. 1 year and 4 months later, and we're finally seeing es6 modules start to land in a browser near you (currently Chrome, Firefox with a flag, Edge 16+, and Safari). Since I've been having to refer back to several different blog posts on the subject at once just to remind myself of a particular aspect of… Read more →


Line Simplification: Visvalingam's Algorithm

(Above: A screenshot of the demo of my implementation of Visvalingam's line simplification algorithm. Link below!) For a secret project of mine I've been working on since about February time (if I recall correctly), I've discovered that I could make some considerable use of a line simplification algorithm. The tricky thing is though that I need an implementation in both Javascript and C♯ - which w… Read more →


Flexible Bison: Compiler Theory

One of the modules I've picked to do in my first semester of my third year at university is Lanuguages and their Compilers. Naturally, this entails building a compiler to compile a program that's written in a source language (spec provided, thankfully! :D) into plain old ANSI C. The tools we're going to be using for this and the steps involved in actually compiling something into another language… Read more →


The Great Migration of Manjaro

It was just before lunch in the library, and I was checking my university emails on my travelling laptop that runs Manjaro OpenRC. While that was going on, I was inducing a few updates that it notified me about with yaourt -Syua. First mistake. During the installation, it decided to upgrade openrc to the Briston in the AUR (Arch User Repository), but I didn't think anything of it particularly - I… Read more →