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No Recovery, No Fastboot, No FastbootD – No Problem! – Case Study with Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 5G

Caution: The process shown below is not for the average user. If you do not understand the process, you should not do it at all. There is a risk of rendering your phone completely dead. Should you need assistance with your phone, contact me on Telegram, I’ll be happy to …

Xiaomi Redmi AC2100 Router OpenWRT Conversion

I just published a short, but real time video walk-through on how to replace the factory-installed closed-source firmware with OpenWRT, which is an open-source Linux operating system for embedded devices, primarily for routers. In the video I simply followed the steps listed on the OpenWRT website, I haven’t added or …

Tutorial: Raspberry Pi Streaming & Rendering Audio Media Center

In the following I am going to show a quick and well tested way of transforming a Raspberry Pi to a sound streaming media device capable of playing music from local disks, network shares and streaming services, like Spotify. The official documentation of the hand picked software components used is …

Privacy Respecting Nanoleaf Replacement Light Panels

In the following I am going to describe my own version of the light panels that, in my view, eliminate all the disadvantages of the commercial products while keeping all the advantages. I am aware that others have made similar light panels. I am making and publishing my own version, …

New Product Review: Wio Terminal

Recently, SeeedStudio sent me a Wio Terminal for review. The Wio Terminal is powered by Microchip’s ATSAMD51P19. I had no prior development experience with the core (ATSAMD51) or with the built-in network chip (Realtek RTL8720DN), so it took me some research to get familiar with this development board. In the …

USB Mini-B Socket – USB Type-A Plug Conversion on a USB-TTL Adapter

Introduction Earlier today I needed an extra of those USB-to-TTL-Serial adapters for a project I am currently working on. Among my spare parts I found an old one, based on the PL-2303HX chip, but when I attached it to my Windows 11 PC, it didn’t seem to work. I remember, …

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