Blog-of-gain

A tech-oriented blog from a Linux user


Latest blog updates

2020-05-11Converting modules into bitstream format: Add case study: Unreal Tournament soundtrack.
2020-04-13Motu M4 review: Add more Linux compatibility tests and notes.
2020-04-12Of life and love: New article.
2019-12-31Uupumus - burnout (in Finnish): Lisätty loppuvuoden tilannepäivitys.
2019-12-31Burnout: Add end of the year status update.

Converting modules into bitstream format

A study on tracker music conversion

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If some of your favourite songs happen to be originally tracker music, you must have wondered what would be the best way to convert them into bitstream format. I did an empirical study about it. Read on if you, too, sometimes bang your head to a power plant techno.

Updates

2020-05-11Add case study: Unreal Tournament soundtrack.

Of life and love

The meaning of life finally revealed (or not)

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I've recently thought a lot about the concept of love and how it relates to life. This is partly because of my past, partly because of how the Finnish society is. A stream of consciousness awaits you in the Off-world colonies - just follow the hyperlink to go down the rabbit hole.

Motu M4 review

With measurements and Linux notes

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As new motherboards don't have a PCI bus anymore, finding high-quality, low-latency audio devices that work in Linux might be hard. Released in November 2019, the Motu M4 promises class-compliance, low latency and superb sound quality. How does it measure against its specifications in practice? Read the article to find out.

Updates

2020-04-13Add more Linux compatibility tests and notes.
2020-03-31Add note about switching the sample rate.

Uupumus - burnout (in Finnish)

Romahdin keväällä ja menetin jotain tärkeää

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Keväällä 2019 koin pahan burnoutin pitkäaikaisen työperäisen stressin seurauksena. Halusin jakaa tarinani auttaakseni itseäni toipumisessa ja jakaakseni tietoa muille.

Updates

2019-12-31Lisätty loppuvuoden tilannepäivitys.

Burnout

I had a downfall in the spring and lost something important

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In spring 2019 I suffered a bad burnout after long-term stress. I wanted to share my story, to help myself recover and spread the knowledge.

Updates

2019-12-31Add end of the year status update.

Metal strap rocks

I like to fix things using metal strap

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I guess most people tend to resort to something specific when something needs fixing. The most common must be duct tape. I like metal strap, the perforated variety. In this short article I introduce some ways in which metal strap can be used for a lot of things.

ESP8266 deep-sleep repeatedly

How to deep-sleep for a long time and save power

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I made my indoor plant a soil moisture meter which reports the values to Azure cloud. However, I had some trouble making my D1 mini board to sleep and wake up reliably. Turns out, just calling the deep-sleep function once doesn't do the trick. I had to deep-sleep for several shorter cycles before reporting the measurement. Check out the article for a brief how-to.

Updates

2019-11-23Add power consumption measurements.

Widening narrow ice skates with a DIY tool

I guess I have weirdly shaped feet

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As a kid, I never learned how to skate properly. Due to my wide feet it was super hard for me to find fitting skates. Eventually I just bought some decent ones and, since I don't have any contacts to boot punchers, decided to build a tool to make them more compatible with my feet. In this article I introduce the super simple tool that you can make too.

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