urn:uuid:8ab90728-0e57-53f5-a060-317847daf3f4 Topic: Hardware – Ctrl blog Daniel Aleksandersen https://www.daniel.priv.no/ Copyright © 2021 Daniel Aleksandersen. https://www.ctrl.blog/assets/favicon/favicon.svg 2021-07-11T01:09:00Z weekly 10 urn:uuid:075bba76-530e-4577-998f-1a0e218c76da 2021-07-11T01:09:00Z 2021-07-11T01:09:00Z Nothing but bad experiences with Realtek Ethernet NICs Nothing but bad experiences with Realtek Ethernet <abbr title="network interface controller">NICs</abbr> The tale of my bad experiences with consumer-grade Realtek networking equipment over the last decade. Intel has always had to come in to save the day. <p>I recently got a new Asus AMD B550-PLUS (on Amazon) mainboard. It has a built-in Realtek PCIe 2,5-gigabit (RTL8125B) network interface controllers (NIC.) As is often the case with Realtek NICs, it has been quite unreliable and is plagued with intermittent issues.</p> <p><a href="https://www.ctrl.blog/entry/realtek-nic.html#src=feed">Read more …</a></p> urn:uuid:205b275e-8a5c-4cc2-b14c-743b8f9e5eed 2021-06-17T14:42:00Z 2021-06-17T14:42:00Z Review of Logitech K835 tenkeyless mechanical keyboard The Logitech K835 TKL is a low-latency and well-built budget keyboard. Mechanical keyboards aren’t just for gamers with too much disposable income! <p>Logitech has set out to prove that mechanical keyboards aren’t just for gamers with too much disposable income and an unhealthy obsession for blinking lights! The Logitech K835 is a tenkeyless (TKL, meaning a regularly sized keyboard without the numpad) mechanical budget keyboard. It has an open-body design built on an aluminum plate on a plastic shell featuring either TTC tactile (“blue”) or TTC linear (“red”) key switches.</p> <p><a href="https://www.ctrl.blog/entry/review-logitech-k835-tkl.html#src=feed">Read more …</a></p> urn:uuid:1f092cab-9a88-404e-bde9-d9d2c0ea9b04 2021-02-02T18:41:00Z 2021-02-02T18:41:00Z Raspberry Pi h̶e̶a̶t̶s̶i̶n̶k and case fan continued Raspberry Pi <del>heatsink</del> <ins>and case fan</ins> continued The heatsink I ordered for my Raspberry Pi arrived with double-sided tape instead of a thermal pad; so I installed to the official case fan accessory instead. <p>Two months ago, I mentioned that I was looking to buy a heatsink for my Raspberry Pi on AliExpress (AE). I specifically looked for and ordered a heatsink that came with an adhesive thermal pad. Among the customer reviews of heatsinks on AE, I found other customers had resorted to installing their heatsinks with super glue. That’s a bad idea as regular super glue is a thermal insulator. In the meantime, the Raspberry Pi Foundation had released a potentially better and official cooling accessory.</p> <p><a href="https://www.ctrl.blog/entry/raspberry-heatsink-case-fan.html#src=feed">Read more …</a></p> urn:uuid:60587710-68c6-44af-896c-1738ded92c19 2020-12-30T00:21:00Z 2020-12-30T00:35:00Z The official Raspberry Pi accessory distributor conundrum Why isn’t the Norwegian keyboard layout variant of the official Raspberry Pi keyboard accessory available for sale in Norway? Norway must be its only market. <p>Why isn’t the Norwegian keyboard layout variant of the official Raspberry Pi keyboard accessory available for sale in Norway? Norway is the primary, if not the only, market for it. I went up the distribution chain to figure out why it isn’t available.</p> <p><a href="https://www.ctrl.blog/entry/raspberry-pi-keyboard-distribution.html#src=feed">Read more …</a></p> urn:uuid:32f01632-6e4a-4742-88f1-b4d8db7bbd98 2020-11-25T01:38:00Z 2020-11-25T01:38:00Z Rollerblade wheels are a great upgrade for your office chair Rollerblade-style wheels don’t resist movement and help you stay slightly less inactive while spending hours in your office chair. <p>I swapped out my boring old office chair double-wheeled castors for rollerblade-style wheels. I didn’t quite know what I expected, but I’m happier with my chair. The new wheels also as the potential for a minuscule improve my health; so what’s not to like? Here are some of the unexpected benefits of replacing the wheels on my office chair.</p> <p><a href="https://www.ctrl.blog/entry/rollerblade-wheels-chair.html#src=feed">Read more …</a></p>