Dimmable keyboard LED light

Some time ago, I decided to build simple but decent LED stripes, to put them under my PC’s displays and illuminate the keyboard and the working space directly beneath. I used 5 V LED strips, since plugging the light into a free USB port, seemed to the be easiest way to power the light.

Revamp your helping hands

If you solder a lot, you probably own at least one pair of so called “helping hands”. In my experience the ones you get nowadays are less heavy (smaller and therefore lighter foot) and all in all cheaper, than the ones you could buy one or two decades ago. Unfortunately I couldn’t find better ones,…

DIY solder reel holder

There are different versions of stands/holders/dispensers for holding the reels of solder and allow yourself to conveniently unwind them, as needed. Most of them are made of metal and can handle multiple reels. I decided to build some myself using wood, plywood and small brass tubing, I already had laying around.

Virtual Box host and internet access without bridge mode

This short tip explains, how to connect the host system to the guest VM and allows Internet access for the guest at the same time, without using the bridged network mode. This setup makes sense, if you don’t want to expose the VM to the rest of the host’s local network, but still want the guest to…