Another DIY project I’m currently working on is a radio based on an ESP32. I used a very cheap, old, and faulty Siemens RS-555 radio as the foundation, meaning I removed the old electronics from the radio and am now building it up piece by piece with new components. The original controls of the radio are being preserved and I’m trying to maintain the original functionality of the radio as much as possible and where it makes sense.
Since I haven’t written anything here for ages, I thought I’d present one of my current projects: A small game console based on an ESP32.
The first and at the same time last entry for this weird year is again about my external cockpit app XCockpit which i once developed for X-Plane. This year the new microsoft flight simulator (FS2020) was released, i adopted XCockpit for it and tried again to upload it to the microsoft store. This time they could not reject it and now the app is finally available for everybody from the store. It will not work with X-Plane anymore but maybe i’ll fix this with a further release.
One more app i am working on is ready for a first release: XCockpit
Basically the app is an external cockpit viewer for the flight sim XPlane and allows you to place some controls and display on a second pc. Unfortunately there are problems publishing it to the Microsoft Store because the app relies on third party products (XPlane) which are not available from the store.
Another new app i am working on is now available in Microsofts Store for Windows 10: CryptoBook. This app helps you to manage your cryptocurrencies (Bitcoin, Ethereum, Monero …) and keeps you informed about the current prices. The app is available for free.
Even though it may not always look like this, I’m always working on my ‘WIA-Loader‘ tool. This is probably one of the projects that will never be completed. I am currently in the process of switching the program from Windows Forms to WPF, which means that I am rebuilding the entire user interface. One of the biggest advantages of this changeover is that WIA loaders can now be displayed sensibly on high-resolution screens.
Since December last year I also have a skill for Alexa 'on offer'. ISSTracker empowers Alexa to answer questions about the visibility of the ISS!
It took a long time, but now the first version of SmartBloggy, the RSS Feed Reader by Marco Büttner and me, is also available in the Windows Store.
In the last few weeks, I’ve managed to get 2 of my apps fit for Windows 10. On the one hand of course, pmBubbles, because I always ‘practice’ with it when I make apps for a new platform. And on the other hand my GPS-Logger Pro, which I originally developed for Samsungs bada OS.
I've been looking for a way to change the machine name that Microsoft's RDP Client uses to log on to a terminal server. I need this because I can only access some computers via RDP and then have to support programs that use the computer name to save printer settings, for example. So when I switch on RDP, the session always runs under the name of my computer and so the program behaves completely differently than when someone is sitting directly on the computer. With Microsoft's remote desktop connection, I can't change that, but I've finally found an alternative:
The 2x RDP Client from Parallels has the option to override the client machine name. For this purpose, there is a corresponding field in the 'Advanced Connection Settings' on the 'Advanced Settings' tab of the 'Connection Properties' mask. For RDP sessions, the tool is even free!