Mr. Beam II arrived

Yes! After a very very long time (November 2016) yesterday my Mr Beam II laser cutter arrived. I pledged this thing on Kickstarter.  But: I have no time to unpack this thing. Damn. At the Weekend there is the European Song Contest, so I need to cheer to Belarus’ music entry 🙂 Whatever. I hope to unpack the Mr. Beam II soon and start my first steps into laser cutting.

First thing I will cut: my name. Second: Amstrad CPC 464 keyboard case 😀

Back from the VCFe

OK, its some days ago, that I arrived back from the Vintage Computer Festival Europe. It was really impressive. The location was at the Leibniz Data Center In Garmin, Garching near Munich. The Hotel König Ludwig the 2nd was great. 4 stars. Nice rooms! The party was “so lala” cause we were kicked off at 18:30 in the evening. Normally the party goes until 02:00 am but due to security reason we must leave the data center way too soon.

Mr. Ams showed me how to solder a CPC-Keyboard to USB-Adapter and I was so happy about that. My soldering station Nilquader told me to buy was well used and it was quite fun. Mr. Ams and myself had some ice cream later on Saturday in front of the hotel.

Now I need to unpack all the stuff I brought back from Garching. And as my Mr. Beam II arrived yesterday I also will be able to build a nice casing for the Amstrad CPC keyboard. hopefully.

Everything “new” again

I wanted to start today with my small Arduino project but realized, that i only can activate my computer’s operating system while being connected to my company’s active directory and domain. Damn Windows 10 Enterprise 🙂 So i just started over again installing Windows 10 Pro. And I also set up my Arduino IDE. At the beginning I had some troubles connecting the NodeMCU board as i didn’t knew, that there must be separate board-settings loaded to the Arduino IDE. But the internet helped my very well with this blogpost. And I installed the settings and also already tested them with my board. works very well.

Setting up a new computer for my hobby

I have a nice but small workspace in my living room. It comes with a docking station for my surface, so my husband can also use the monitor, keyboard, mouse and headsets for home office use or support issues. So we connect our Microsoft Surfaces to that and everything is good. Also I run my CTC-3D-printer software on it, the Arduino IDE and other software I do not use for work but for private issues. Sometimes it happens, that I want to work on some nice projects but my husband is using the docking station and as I get older and older I really need a big monitor, a good mouse and a nice keyboard instead of the stuff the Surface comes with 🙂

So today I decided to get that old HP ProDesk 490 G2 MT from the cellar and throw it under my small little table, grab an old Fujitsu TFT-Display connect this ugly Microsoft Mouse and that horrible Microsoft ergonomic keyboard to put all together and install some nice Windows 10 to use this machine for my private hobbyish things to do.

The Hewlett Packard ProDesk 490 comes with 32 GB of RAM and a i7-4790 8-core-CPU running at 3.60 GHz, so that might be enough for my private things. Horrible what kind of hardware is sitting somewhere in the cellar in my house for years, waiting to be found and used again..

My desk at home. Surface, Docking-Station and the new “old” i7-System for my private Stuff.

So I’ve set it up and it hast Windows Server 2012 R2 on it and also Hyper V with two Containers. It was kind of a test-machine earlier I think and just got forgotten as my company moved from Dettingen to Reutlingen. Not bad for me now 🙂 I will install Windows 10 on it, but also Hyper V to run some containers with Linux or other OS for experimenting a bit. It has an internal 1 TB WD-SATA-Drive. I will upgrade this later to an SSD I think. But for now I am good with the system.

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Roland Radio Radio

I showed Octoate my little 3D-printed Roland, the mascot of Roland Radio (http://www.rolandradio.net) and that i have had the idea to integrate a little Web-radio-Player into this guy. Octoate told me, that there is a project with not that many hardware needed to realise a streaming web-radio without any harm.

So today i asked him about the items and the sites he showed me at Revision 2018. I collect those information here and try to build this streaming radio to integrate it into my 3D-printed Roland. And that’s what Octoate told me:

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The Nectarine Scenemusic Radio Meeting at Revision

I like the photo. But i don’t get all the names. I have a really bad name to face and face to name memory 🙂 So i am sorry, i only can name three persons in this picture. Maybe someone can help me out with some names? Put it in the comments, so i have learned those names until next year!

From left to right: #1 Dont know, #2 Starchaser i think, #3 Kangaroo MusiQue, #4 Octoate, #5 i forgot her name, #6 Dingens, #7 some guy from the Netherlands, #8 Thexder, #9 Fan with beer, #10 is this maep behind him?, #11 have no clue but remember the name of the Wodka 🙂

Update: Thexder sent me a message on Nectarine and gave me a list of the peoples names.

From left to right:
#1 Prowler
#2 Starchaser
#3 Kangaroo MusiQue
#4 Octoate
#5 Killerspoon
#6 Nosferatu
#7 Phlubby_Gnome
#8 Thexder
#9 Epso
#10 maep
#11 DJ Joge

I’ll learn those until Revision 2019. I promise!

My Paintover-Failure at Revision 2018

I participated at the Paintover Competition at Revision 2018, but they rejected my entry, so it was not shown to the audience. Sad. So Sad 🙂 OK, maybe my painting-skillz are too bad at all. And yes, it was my very first try. I don’t paint. But: i’ve tried.

The aim of the Paintover Competition is: you’ll get a chaotic image and you need to use your imagination to get some objects on it. Then you sketch them and paint your image in four steps. Maybe i was not accepted because i missed to add my tools i used, as they requested as a must. I didn’t read the rules completely and so i just didn’t added my Tools, which was my iPad and ProCreate, a nice little Painting-App. But i think its my drawing-style what got me rejected from the competition. You decide:

Maybe it also was because i added Text. Who knows. The quality, the missing listing of my used tools or the Text. I will try again next year.

My entry for the Streaming Music Competition at Revision 2018

Jesus died for us to party

Der letzte Mensch von Ludwig Ferdinand Schnorr von Carolsfeld

It’s the fifth time that i am participating at the streaming music competition at Revision Easter-Party. Most of the entries are kind of Dance, Techno or other kind of “umz umz umz”-music. I prefer to do something other. This year I submitted a song called “Jesus died for us to party” which was inspired by a discussion about Jesus and God i had with cosowi / Plush last year. The song was played first and reached the 8th place.

Altogether 27 pieces were submitted, so that my result is not so bad. Unfortunately it was also this year that the big screen only reached the 7th place and so my name was again not on the wall 🙂

Here is the YouTube video of the Revision Streaming Music Competition 2018

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Just a new Blog from Kangaroo MusiQue

I’ve had a blog years ago and blogged all day long, started very early and stopped in 2015, deleted all stuff and that was it. Now, a few years later i thought about blogging again, Mainly to divide my private blog from my artistic work i do as Kangaroo MusiQue. So that’s the main reason why i start blogging again. The other reason is: there are people who are interested in the music i do. And for those and for my own pleasure i want to start to archive those nice little bleeps and blops i am doing on the Amstrad CPC, the funny stuff i do with my Apple MacBook and all the other things around me. So maybe it is getting boring, but i hope it will not. We will see and so this is my first blog entry right after Revision 2018. I will blog mainly in English, also i know my English is not as good as i could be. But that will be improved by time writing English i think. We will also see if this happens. So: welcome to my new blog. If you like to follow use the RSS-feeds or the notification list.