Power strip mod for US plugs in Europe

Chopped-off UK shaver and NEMA plugs

When I moved to Germany, I brought a bunch of electronics with me that I had acquired in Japan, Thailand, and the US. Fortunately they all had switching power supplies, so the voltage and frequency difference (110v @ 60 Hz vs 220v @ 50 Hz) wasn’t an issue. The issue was the plugs themselves, so a solution was required.

Dream PC: Dell Dimension XPS T450 - 1999 Glory (Part 1)

Dell XPS T-Series Advert

Recently I’ve been having a lot of 90s nostalgia, especially related to technology. I fully blame YouTube channels like LGR, 8-Bit Guy, Phil’s Computer Lab, Adrian Black, and a dozen others I’ve spent countless hours watching. Plus it’s part of getting older; you romanticise the past.

I started thinking about what hardware from the past I felt the most affinity towards. It took me no time at all: I wanted a Dell Dimension XPS from the 90s. This is my history with Dell.

Wishlist for desktop SQL query client

Say what you will about Microsoft SQL Server Management studio, but the query interface was actually pretty good. Now that I’m using PostgreSQL and MySQL I’m finding myself looking for desktop tools for querying. Nothing more than that, just simple CRUD operations for one-off data imports, querying, figuring stuff out. It’s been staggeringly difficult to find a desktop client that can do this well. If I were to create one, which I may if my struggle continues, this would be my wishlist.

My Flight Map v2.0 Beta

The 2.0 beta version of My Flight Map is currently open for beta testing at kaya.mroach.com. This is a full rewrite using Rails 4.1. With the new platform it will be easier to maintain and add features. The UI is the last bit needing some attention. Version 2.0 is open source and hosted on GitHub at https://github.com/mroach/myflightmap. All are welcome to submit issues for feature requests and bug reports. More to come when we’re live.