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My name is Valentin-Gabriel Radu and I am an engineer that's passionate about computers, embedded devices, software and hacking. I created this web site so that I can share my knowledge on various topics with the world, exchange ideas, and receieve feedback. Read more about who I am here.

AudioPot+ is the second attempt at producing a volume knob for a computer using an Arduino.
homepi+ is an Arduino based implementation of a home control system.
Simple multicast DNS name resolution and service discovery library for EtherCard library that works with the ENC28J60 module.
Very simple executable that hides the search bar in File Explorer and in the Open/Save dialogs in Windows 10.
WinOverview2 reimplements the classic Task View from earlier builds of Windows 10 that showed the windows around the center of the screen, without a timeline, and most importantly, lag free.
Thunderbird Toasts is a simple framework that allows Thunderbird to send Windows 10 toasts as notifications instead of its custom popup notifications that are not native.
  • Get better NTFS support on Raspberry Pi

    We all know how Raspberry Pi is such a great little device. Numerous use cases have been found for it, including being used as a file server. Personally, the one I have at home, besides doing some other tasks, also takes care of exposing a USB SSD using Samba on the network, where my Windows PC regularly saves backups using File History. A new NTFS driver is about to be upstreamed that provides very good performance, so today, we are attempting to install it on the slightly older kernel the Pi4 ships with.
  • How to properly install Windows

    What do I mean by the title, you ask. Like, simple, Google 'windows 10', click the first result, change user agent of the browser to some other OS, Microsoft will finally let you download an ISO, download the ISO, use Rufus to burn it into some USB drive and install off that, right? Well, not exactly. I mean, that's fine, but what to do when you have multiple computers to install on? For example, I have a desktop at home, a workstation at work, and a laptop. I basically need the same setup on all of them, and that includes the same settings, plus quite a few programs.
  • Happy New Year

    A few words about what my plans regarding this web site and in general are for 2021.
  • Move menu bar below address bar in Firefox

    I have recently rethought my choices regarding the applications I use on a day to day basis. So, I have now officially walked away from Chromium-based forks into the truly libre Mozilla territory. To be honest, Firefox is really great, providing much better font rendering when compared to Chromium (yet still a bit worse than Internet Explorer!), and amazingly, it still even includes a functional menu bar so you are not forced to deal with the one-menu-to-rule-them-all approach of the hamburger button. The problem is, it kind of ruins the design, because it is drawn at the very top of the window. I don't want to enable the window manager's title bar, because that way I lose Fitt's Law benefits when the window is maximized and can quickly switch tabs. This article shows a potential solution, which invloves injecting custom CSS and JavaScript in Firefox's chrome.
  • Enable S3 sleep on Lenovo Yoga (IdeaPad) Slim 7 14are05 (and other models too)

    Lately, Microsoft has been pushing a new implementation for the way portable computers sleep: instead of the traditional, *deep*, offline sleep, the so-called *modern standby* promises that compatible devices will be able to enter/exit sleep more quickly, and be able to wake up from sleep and notify users for mails etc. In reality, as is usual these days, on some machines, the implementation is lacking, providing only downsides and no real benefit. You'd think disabling the newer method should be easy, but since we are talking about Microsoft here, of course it is not. This article shows the general method, customized for the newish Lenovo Yoga (IdeaPad) Slim 7.
  • What's the point of Disqus' option to disable tracking cookies?

    Disqus allows site administrators to prevent the embed module from storing tracking cookies on the visitors' devices. That's all good, except I don't really get the point.
  • homepi+ Documentation

    homepi+ is an Arduino based implementation of a home appliance control system. It interfaces and communicates with various hardware devices in order to provide a single point of control for all of them. It is used to control all the electric and electronic equipment in my study room, from light fixtures to computers and laptops. The user interacts with the service using a simple web application which is accessible from any device which has a web browser, so pretty much any modern smart device, and can control it not only from the local network, but also from the larger Internet using a robust and secure security mechanism.
  • Case study: Get dark command windows all the time in Windows 10

    If you use the light system theme in Windows 10, command windows usually have a dark background with a white titlebar, which totally kills your eyes no matter the time of the day. This articles shows you how to determine a binary patch for the system file responsible for this.