Lights for the throwaway

23 Jun 2015 10:52 | Geplaatst door Marcel
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Remarkable, but it does exist, light fixtures with lights that are non-replacable. I had no idea it existed, so with a friend I was naive enough to buy a lamp at the Leen Bakker shop. A fixture for the ceiling, with 4 spotslights with a LED inside. Hung it up, and it worked fine.

Half a year later it turns out that one of the lights had died. I go see how to replace it. Usually it is quite simple with Halogen lights, or similar LED-lights for these fixtures. But I just didn’t have a clue how to replace this one, or even what connection it used.

So we went back to the Leen Bakker, and we see on the box that the lights are non-replaceable. The salesman even claimed that those lights would ofcourse make a 100,000 hours. Ofcourse. Such a light has been made in Hungary or wherever, has traveled a 1000 km in the back of a truck, and in every warehouse somebody kicked against it. Ofcourse one of those 4 lights will die within half a year.

I too am happily joining the throwaway society. The cheaper something is, the sooner I can buy something new again. But this is going a bit far. You buy such a light fixture to hang it to the ceiling and forget it. Not to buy a new one every 2 years.

Remarkable, but it does exist, light fixtures with lights that are non-replacable. I had no idea it existed, so with a friend I was naive enough to buy a lamp at the Leen Bakker shop. A fixture for the ceiling,…
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Books about craftmanship and focus

05 Apr 2015 16:39 | Geplaatst door Marcel

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Matthew B. Crawford has written Shop Class as Soulcraft, about craftmanship in current times. Another book by him that was just published is World Beyond Your Head, which is about distraction and being an individual in the current society.

Sure something to read on a quiet evening.

Matthew B. Crawford has written Shop Class as Soulcraft, about craftmanship in current times. Another book by him that was just published is World Beyond Your Head, which is about distraction and being an individual in the current society. Sure…
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Gwolle Guestbook WordPress plugin

19 Mar 2015 15:44 | Geplaatst door Marcel

Gwolle-GB is a nice WordPress plugin for a guestbook. It was unmaintained for a long time however. Recently at my previous job the hosting switched from mysql to mysqli, and the plugin stopped working.

In September 2014 I started to maintain this plugin. A lot of code has been rewritten, and features have been added. The todo-list is now getting shorter, so it seems quite good now.

Gwolle-GB is a nice WordPress plugin for a guestbook. It was unmaintained for a long time however. Recently at my previous job the hosting switched from mysql to mysqli, and the plugin stopped working. In September 2014 I started to…
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Duell Venice

14 May 2014 21:40 | Geplaatst door Marcel

 

 
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Styling the Twitter Widget

30 Jun 2013 17:56 | Geplaatst door Marcel

Since Spring 2013 the v1.0 version of the standard Twitter Widget doesn’t work anymore.

The old widget was built in JavaScript, and added elements to the loaded page. It was easy to add css styling for that, you could just add it to the main stylesheet of your page.

With the new widget, which uses the new API that doesn’t work anymore. It is still built in JavaScript, but it adds an iframe to the page. And adding rules to your standard stylesheet has no effect on an iframe.

You can however add a stylesheet to an iframe, and that’s what I did. It’s available as download. All you have to do is change the location of the stylesheet in it. You can then add it to your page-layout. It does use and need jQuery.

In case you are editing the stylesheet, but it doesn’t refresh in the browser, you can open the stylesheet directly in the browser, and push F5 to have the cache of your browser refreshed.

Since Spring 2013 the v1.0 version of the standard Twitter Widget doesn’t work anymore. The old widget was built in JavaScript, and added elements to the loaded page. It was easy to add css styling for that, you could just…
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