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What the hell is with broken Thingiverse!?

I’ve got myself a 3D printer months ago and decided I’ll upload my cool designs to Thingiverse because it’s a popular place for finding 3D print designs so others could use them too.

Just to notice it’s INCREDIBLY buggy and weird page. Like, super buggy and weird. I’ve uploaded few designs and out of all of them, only 3 are actually visible under “My Designs”. I’ve uploaded a 4th one, a custom motherboard cover for Creality Ender 3 V2 that can fit a 40x40x20mm 24V Sunon fan right in the correct spot to clear heatsinks and cool motherboard at lower RPM since it can push more air due to thickness. WTF!? It’s not listed under “My Designs” section. But if I check my analytics, it’s there and has some likes, but far less than expected and it seems like they happened in the beginning and then just stopped because the design is not uploaded correctly or something and people can’t find it anymore, even though it’s literally there.

Then I’ve created a custom chipset fan shroud for ASUS Strix X570-E motherboard with bigger fan intake and no oversized plastic crap that interferes with M.2 slots next to it. Took me like half an hour to prepare all photos and descriptions, posted it to Thingiverse and… it’s just not there at all. Not in My Designs, not on Analytics page, it’s like I haven’t even fucking uploaded it. What the frigging hell is going on?

I’ve also sent mail to Thingiverse. haven’t got any reply and it has been like 2 weeks now or something.

Anyone else having these weird nonsensical problems with it?

Make iPhone warn you when it reaches a defined battery charge level

If you’re like me and you want to keep your iPhone battery life top notch through its entire life, best practice to achieve this is to only charge it to around 80% and never discharge the phone till it dies because of that. In doing so, I’ve had my iPhone XR for 4 years now and battery health is excellent. It has only degraded to 94% in this time and I get through every day with that charge easily.

Recently I’ve discovered it’s possible to make a “tool” to handle that easily without using 3rd party apps. It was possible before, but it was wonky and Shortcuts kept asking you if you want to run the automation which entirely defeated the point of automations, but that has been resolved since iOS 15 and it’s still great with iOS 16.

Simply go to Shortcuts app and select Automations tab below. Then just create the following rule…

iPhoneBatteryChargeNotification

Set the battery charge level to a desired percentage (80 or 85% is recommended, but you can use whatever you want), enter a desired message of choice for the notification so you’ll know what it’s notifying you about and save it.

When battery will reach the level of charge you’ve  set in the Automation rule, you’ll get a notification on the phone. On top of that, if you happen to also use Apple Watch, you’ll also get notification about it on your Apple Watch, which is cool as you don’t have to be right next to the phone to be notified about it. It’s just a bit of a shame that same can’t be done in reverse when charging Apple Watch, so it would notify you about the charge level on the iPhone when Apple Watch is charged to desired level. You’ll have to use 3rd party apps like Juice Watch for that which have some other issues. But hey, better this than nothing.

Hope it’ll be useful 🙂

Legacy WinAmp resurrected from the dead with latest version 5.9 !

It has been years since Winamp was a thing, but it seems it’s slowly coming back. No, it’s not the all new redesigned Winamp, but hey “just” (it actually happened in July 2022 but I somehow missed it) released latest version 5.9 that is still good old WinAmp, but with fixes and improvements for modern operating systems like Windows 11.

One of biggest pros of WinAmp was just absolutely wild library of skins and plugins of all sorts. From crazy high quality input plugins like Shibatch’s mpg123 to DSP processors and all sorts of wild output plugins that supported features no other player could. Like for example ASIO output, OpenAL output, WASAPI output way before it was a thing elsewhere and to insane audio enhancing plugins like QO Lab’s AudioBurst FX. Outputting audio to my Sound Blaster AE-9 with all the goodies at 32bit 96kHz makes music sound sooooooo sweet again even though input is same old MP3 format. Very nice.

WinAmp official download:

http://forums.winamp.com/showthread.php?t=458120

You can find a lot of old skins and plugins here:

https://winampheritage.com

I’ve also been providing a full mirror of the latest official WinAmp plugins and skins here:

My mirror of latest plugins and skins

QO Lab’s excellent upsampling audio enhancing plugin:

QO Labs AudioBurst Studio Sound FX

Updated ASIO Output plugin:

https://sourceforge.net/projects/winamp-asio-plugin/

Updated WASAPI Output plugin:

https://sourceforge.net/projects/out-yasapi/

Been using it for few hours and it’s actually still a very good player. Mostly because of plugins that are still being developed by many people.

Enjoy the nostalgia! 🙂

Apple just did WHAAAAAT with iPhone 14 ?!

I’m actually surprisingly restrained talking about Apple here in my little spot and usually defend Apple elsewhere a lot more. Or not “defend” which is very fanboyish way which dumb people think I’m doing, but more clearing up straight up bullshit people talk about Apple most of the time. That’s from a user that was using Android phones since 2010 mind you and seen how things are on iPhone side of things by owning XR for 4th year now.

Usually events every year were interesting and they had some pretty okay releases, but I was fine with my XR and decided to stick with it. Releases weren’t really offensive. Until this year…

Release of iPhone 14 changed that. Apple literally fucking went and renamed iPhone 13 into iPhone 14. And charged more for it. It’s at 1000€ now. Fucking 1000€ !!! Whole charm of iPhones used to be latest A Series Bionic chip in all models across the board. That small difference in GPU in iPhone 13 between regular and Pro models was irrelevant. Leaving vanilla iPhone 14 on last year’s chipset is just an absolute dick move and charging fucking 1000€ for vanilla iPhone is just straight up insane. iPhone 13 is 800€ (when new it was around 900€). It’s the same fucking phone, just year later! Well, it’s now 1000€ because they changed the number. That’s fucking lazy and greedy even for Apple. And when I say that, you know it has to be fucking bad. And it is.

Considering this trend, there is just absolutely zero chance this will change for iPhone 15 next year. I don’t care if they add USB-C to it at this point. Wasn’t big selling point for me from get go, but the way how they fucked it up now, there is just no redeeming thing that can convince me to consider iPhone again. I love iOS, I still love my iPhone XR. I still love my Apple Watch 5. I’m writing this while listening at AirPods 2. But I guess that’s that. There is a point where I think something is bullshit and I guess this is it. 800-850€ was that magical line of “it’s expensive, but it’s still worth it”. Vanilla iPhone in the middle of worst recession in years for 1000 fucking EUR is just bullshit. And if you think Pro lineup is any better, starting price for base Pro is 1300€. It used to be 1100€ when it was new.

I hope this shit flops so hard on its face they’ll have one of worst sales in years and that no other Android brand tries to mimic this shit. For fucking real.

Only thing that will have a slight chill effect is WatchOS 9 and iOS 16 coming next week. So, I’ll forget about this bullshit they just pulled. For a bit at least…

I hate Hexen game and its stupid map design

Finally bought Heretic and Hexen package on GOG the other day. Remember playing Hexen with friends when I was a kid, but I never really played Heretic or actually finished any of them.

Started with Heretic and it was the usual Doom like experience. It was pretty straight forward and I actually quite liked it. Now it was time for Hexen. When I first started the game I was amazed by how much graphics have improved. The lighting, shading and little details like leaves falling from trees. Pretty amazing despite all of it being so pixelated for today’s standards…

Until I got slapped in my face with what I’ll probably consider greatest heresy in gaming. The god damn fucking hub design of levels. Maybe it was ground breaking back in the 90’s when everything was linear and this felt almost like open world, but I’m on second hub now and chasing those fucking stupid keys and switches running in circles for hours to spot some tiny gap somewhere, just straight up pisses me off to a point I lost all will to play this stupid game anymore.

Took me hours to find all the stupid keys (I think, have 4 of them) and apparently, I’m missing 2 switches judging by the 2 dark portraits in the temple. Fine, so I will resort to walkthroughs to find those two god damn switches. Just for all of them to be so confusing and non descriptive it’s crazy. “Walk through the path”. There is 15 fucking paths and your “pool of water” in cave tells me fucking nothing. There is also no images of map with big X that would mark the switch location and best effort on Youtube is over 1 hour long video. God damn.

I’ve seen some stupid things in 30+ years of gaming, but this is quite something else… I wonder if people hated it as much back then…

Oh my god, my brand new Seagate Firecuda 530 4TB just shit itself to death in under 2 hours

I can’t fucking believe this shit. Got myself new Firecuda 530 4TB drive as replacement for my old Samsung 850 Pro 2TB. You know, double the size, 12 times the speed, 650€ investment. Not something I do every week.

All excited installed it into mobo, installed Windows 11 on it, all was fine. Updated Windows, installed few usual apps like my music player so I can do something while I copy my stuff over from old 2TB drive to new 4TB drive. Installed all the drivers and copied my documents, my apps folder, my drivers folder and left the big 700GB Games folder for last since it’ll take the longest.

And when I was ready, I started copying it while listening to music and doing other stuff in the same room. And suddenly music stops and my system reboots. What the fuck? System boots and is whining that Winloader.exe or something is missing. Shut down my system, waited 5 minutes and turned it on. Goes to Windows without issues. Run CHKDSK on system partition, no errors. Okay…

Prepare the Games folder again, thank fucking god I was copying and not moving… Half way through, system shits itself again. This time, it’s apparently forever. System whining it can’t find any boot devices. Well fuck me Seagate.

Moved Firecuda to secondary M.2 slot. Nothing. Since I had a bit older mobo BIOS I’ve decided to update it to latest if maybe that’s the problem somehow. Nothing. Stuck Firecuda in my laptop’s M.2. Guess what, NO BOOT DEVICE.

Congratulations Seagate, you’ve created the most unreliable storage drive I’ve used in my entire life, beating even archaic shitty plate spinners. ALL OF THEM. This is also why I have trust issues with brands other than Samsung when it comes to SSD’s, but they just don’t have 4TB M.2 model… Samsung 850 Pro, old SATA drive I’ve had for like 6-7 years and it hasn’t caused me problems even once. System on 24/7 with fuck tons of unexpected system crashes in its life as I was fiddling with overclocks and it’s still working reliably. It’s working fine even now that Firecuda shit itself to death next to it. Seagate Firecuda 530, the pinnacle of Seagate’s R&D, shits itself while copying “a folder of regular game data”, not even a god damn disk benchmark tool or something that would actually torture it. Fucking great. Now I’ll have to deal with stupid ass RMA for a drive I haven’t even had for 1 full day. Fuck off.

PayPal, you too? Stop limiting password length for fucks sake!

What the fuck PayPal? Who the fuck is in charge of security in all these companies that think upper limit of passwords should be something stupid like only 16 or 20 characters? And if it’s some whatever service that people can’t give two fucks about, fine, but these are financial companies that shuffle around people’s actual money as well as very sensitive personal information. Yet this is the shit they keep on pulling. 20 fucking characters as the upper limit for passwords. For real PayPal? This is a fucking joke.

Finally upgrading my storage with Seagate FireCuda 530 4TB

Years ago, when 2TB drives were the biggest one could buy at the time, I got myself Samsung 850 Pro 2TB drive. I’ve wanted M.2 drive, but no one really had them and 1TB just wasn’t enough so I went with SATA. I think I had it for around 6 years now and it has been serving me with excellence. I don’t think I’ll sell it because it’s just not worth it unless I can get a decent price back, but it’s a SATA drive so probably not.

I’ve always wanted to buy another Samsung in M.2 flavor because their NAND and controllers are really top of the line. But I was saddened to hear Samsung is launching 990 Pro drives soon and they’ll once again come up to 2TB capacity only. No 4TB drives. WHY Samsung? WHY? Who needs another even faster 2TB drive in late 2022 ?

Looking at the product stack that does offer 4TB drives and I just instantly avoided all the PNY, ADATA, Kingston and the likes drives because of their constant components swapping shenanigans where they send top spec drives for reviews and then swap components with less capable ones for retail to jack up margins. I hope your sales are going well lol. Samsung is entirely out of option because it has no 4TB at all, leaving me with Sabrent and WD as reliable options. Both of which are for some reason dramatically more expensive than FireCuda 530 4TB. 100-150€ more. I have no clue why. And FireCuda 530 has really been scoring top performance in all reviews and it’s a reputable vendor which I don’t recall has been doing any really bad things with their drives.

Funny enough that these variants with heatsinks are actually cheaper than naked drives which is odd, but I’ll strip it out of the heatsink anyway and might come in handy sometime later.

I’ll have to reinstall Windows clean and migrate all the data, but I’m excited. It’s gonna be a pretty huge upgrade and I’m finally getting on the M.2 train with my desktop.

 

Improving Creality Ender 3 V2 PSU cooling

For some reason designers of Creality Ender 3 V2 3D printer decided to make power supply unit (PSU) for it by slapping together two metal housings that don’t have overlapping holes, instead, the holes almost perfectly align in such a way that they block almost maximum possible amount of airflow into the PSU.

Spot the problem? So, I’ve decided to change that. But since my metal work skills are basic, I’d just cut away the middle part of the black shroud. But that would still be blocking large part of the airflow. So I asked my dad for help and with some of his metal working magic, this is the improved PSU fan intake now…

Spot the difference? Look, you can actually see the fan now! Now, the fan is still audible, but at least it’s not beating same air around trying to get it through those narrow gaps in metal that were there originally.

Next step is replacing that 40mm fan on motherboard that’s just 10mm thick with another 40mm fan with 20mm thickness. Should spin much slower while moving a lot of air. But that’s for another time…

Reddit, you’re fucking perma banning me for this?!

The context here was a post where someone posted a door cam video of 3 dogs murdering his cat in a rather brutal way. And people were saying how such violent dogs need to be put down. To which I replied with this…

Oh fuck off Reddit. You’re PERMANENTLY banning me for this? Seriously?

And this is their argument for the permanent ban. THREATS OF VIOLENCE. TO FUCKING WHOM!?!?!??!?? Who am I threatening here? The dumbass who left 3 of his dogs run around murdering other people’s pets? Fuck off. And it’s been 4 fucking days and they’ve done jack shit about the appeal. This is absolute fucking bullshit. Twitter was stupid, but this is even more retarded than all the bullshit I had to deal with on Twitter. What the fuck Reddit? And this is the second time I’m out of the blue permanently suspended over total bullshit. Only difference is, they fixed the last one in just 2 days after appeal, here, they are apparently scratching their balls all this time or something. So god damn stupid. Fix this shit already Reddit. ffs

EDIT:

It’s been one week and no one did anything about the fucking ban or even contact me back what the fuck is even going on. Are these people too busy jerking off or something? What the fuck? They are ultra quick to ban you site wide for some dumbass shit anyone with half a gram of brain and most crude understanding of fucking English could clear out and lift the fucking ban, but no, just nothing. Only contact they even give you is same fucking form that apparently leads to fucking nothing. Dafuck? Last time I got perma banned for equally retarded shit was cleared in 2 days and now fucking nothing is happening. So fucking stupid. People contacting me about apps I make on Reddit and I can’t even reply because some dumbass is sitting on my fucking retarded ban. Fuck me.