Using an External USB Flash Disk as Storage under OpenWRT (TP-Link 1043ND V2)

There will come a time when, after some amount messing around with OpenWRT, you will run out of storage, and won't be able to install any more packages or even create any more files. At this point you can consider upgrading to a router with a bigger flash memory, but if the router is otherwise working fine, and has a USB port, why not use a USB Flash Disk as your storage instead? Here are the steps to set up a USB Flash Disk as OpenWRT storage. I did this on my TP-Link 1043ND V2, with a US...

Some Boring Photos

Part of renovating my downstairs bathroom involves installing an extractor fan. This needs an exhaust to the outside, which meant a hole needed to be made through the concrete wall, above the plaster ceiling. And so the Boring Machine was brought in ... Mounting holes are first drilled, and the Boring Machine is then fixed firmly to the wall. Water is fed through the machine to prevent it from overheating while it is boring. Then the Boring Work begins ... the machine has a diamond ...

Installing OpenWRT on TP-Link Archer C7 AC1750

My upstairs wifi access point died ... it just disappeared from the airwaves a few days ago. The router it sits on still works for other things, i.e. you can access the web interface, and the wired ethernet bits are fine, but there's no wifi. It's over 5 years old (maybe even more) so it's due for replacement. It is getting harder to find reasonably priced decent openWRT capable routers locally. One of the better models for OpenWRT is the TP-Link Archer C7 AC1750 Ver 2. It's quite high spec,...

Removing the Frame from a X-Plane Garmin G1000 Popout Window

The Garmin G1000's displays have a 4:3 ratio. Since these are getting harder to find these days, I wanted to see what the X-Plane Garmin G1000 looks like without the bezel, when stretched full screen on a 16:9 monitor. Laminar's Philipp Ringler mentioned in a blog post that it could be done: Screen-only popup instrument windows Several people who build home-cockpit setups have asked about removing the bezels from the popup displays, so they can have only the screen of a GNS430/530, FMS or ...

X-Plane 11.10 - new default Garmin G1000 !

X-Plane 11.10, released yesterday, features a new default Garmin 1000 module ... which can be used as an option in the Cessna 172 right now, and most likely will be adopted by add-on GA aircraft eventually. I have three ongoing unfinished home cockpit projects but this is tempting me to start a fourth! It looks like I am going to end up with a hybrid Boeing 737/Cessna 172 ! A Few Hours Later ... So let's just say ... IF ... I were to do this ... what would it entail? Two LCD panels to...

737 FMC CDU - Questions and Answers

It's Mail Time! 😃 I received some questions regarding the 737 FMC CDU design I posted earlier. I've decided to answer them in a post as the questioner suggested, in case others have similar concerns. * How can i get the PCB. Do you have for sale? See my blog post here: http://blog.shahada.abubakar.net/post/737-fmc-cdu-ordering-the-pcb. * You use the 5" display onscreen menu to control the display brightness. I wanted to use a potentiometer, any specific potentiometer you have in mind that...

2 Minute Ride On the Express Rail Link

I had booked a late return flight (9pm out of CGK) thinking I was going to be at the installation site -- about an hour and a half's journey outside of Jakarta -- on the second day of my trip as well. Turns out we finished whatever needed to be done on site on the first day itself, and just needed follow up meetings with the client at their headquarters in town. But then ... things went too smoothly and the meeting was concluded by 10.30AM ! I will surely go mad if I have to wait ten and a...

Carry on Luggage #rant

So I get to the check-in counter, and make the mistake of heaving my backpack off my back. Now I've recently subscribed to the "travel lite" school of air travel and just squeeze everything I need for a 3D2N trip into my backpack, and travel without any check-in luggage. It's liberating to not have to deal with lugging a suitcase all over the place. Check in goes smoothly -- until the check-in staff asks if they can weigh my backpack. It turns out I'm 2kg over the limit which is 7kg. Now fo...

The Case of the Missing Driving Licence

So I happened to be in Petaling Jaya New Town, when I discovered my driving license was not in my wallet. I've been driving illegally since god knows when! A quick search of the area below the car seat and seat pockets turned up nothing (Well it turned up a lot of stuff, but not my driving license). Now the JPJ office (the department of motor vehicles) was just down the road, so after evaluating the risk of continuing on without a license in the hope that it will turn up somewhere versus get...