Standing Desk Add-on

I wanted to have a standing desk, but still be flexible. Also, I didn’t want to replace my actual desk with my gaming pc setup on it. So I built a simple add-on for an existing desk.

I just measured the height the keyboard and the monitor or laptop should be at and bought corresponding furniture legs and mounting brackets. I used untreated spruce glued laminated timber in 80 cm x 50 cm and 80 x 30 cm. Both are 18 mm in thickness.

Unfortunately, I mixed up the finish and bought both polished and matte metal pieces, but this doesn’t bother me too much.

It occurred to me only afterwards to share this, so I only have got a few pictures and no footage of the process. But it’s pretty straightforward since there are only a few screws (M4 x 16) and two drilled holes involved.

Panic Button/Silent Alarm with innovaphone IP PBX and optional Shelly button 1

Innovaphone has got a tutorial on how to implement a panic alarm with a function key on an IP phone which uses a BC conference object. This is good, but depends on the availybility of the function key. The key wouldn’t be available if you’re not on the IP phone’s home screen.

I needed something that can utilise a dedicated hardware button. Another helpful tip came from Nicos innovaphone Blog using multicast announcements.

This enabled me to build the following using a http command with a Shelly button 1:

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WordPress Child Themes (ignoring template-tags.php)

Creating child themes isn’t that hard after all and makes automatic theme updates possible without too much worry.

When I set up this site initially, I introduced some changes to the header and footer in their respective php files. Child themes were always an option, but I never used them because I didn’t want to bother with them. There are only a few changes, so I could easily address them when a theme update comes around.

Alas, this is annoying and so I finally created a child theme for twentysixteen. And as it turns out, it wasn’t very hard after all. I just created a folder twentysixteen-child in my WordPress theme folder and added these files:

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Splitting PDF files with pdfsam

I had some trouble saving MS Word form letters to individual files, since Word lacks this functionality and macros didn’t quite do what I needed.

After some more searching I found pdfsam, which is — in its Basic version — free and open source software.

Now after I create a form letter in Word, I save the merged file as a PDF. Afterwards I just run it through pdfsam to split the file into new ones every n pages.