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I am multithreaded, and sometimes the threads get tangled.


a Studiolab production.


food design course at TUDelft
I blog in Italian
I have a LinkedIn profile
my lab is Studiolab!
I love Jasper van Kuijk's product usability weblog

the wind I am enjoying


De meningen ge-uit door medewerkers en studenten van de TU Delft en de commentaren die zijn gegeven reflecteren niet perse de mening(en) van de TU Delft. De TU Delft is dan ook niet verantwoordelijk voor de inhoud van hetgeen op de TU Delft weblogs zichtbaar is. Wel vindt de TU Delft het belangrijk - en ook waarde toevoegend - dat medewerkers en studenten op deze, door de TU Delft gefaciliteerde, omgeving hun mening kunnen geven.

Posted in January 2009

How to setup a fresh Foxboard development environment


I am writing this, of course for my own purposes, which include controlling a large number of outputs. I would like, as a first exercise in controlling stuff from the FoxBoard, to take over one of Daniel Saakes Lampan lamps (read the instructible) and control the individual lamp units. This means -for now- 12 output ports. The ports will be provided by the Foxboard LX, a single board computer that runs Linux – in other words a quiet, cheap, silent and hackable computer smaller than a postcard.

To have an idea of the size of the board, keep in mind that the big metal thing in front is an Ethernet socket and the two meta ports on the right are USB sockets (perfectly working, by the way).


To develop on the Foxboard LX you need to use a development machine that runs a specialized SDK environment. This is where you do most of the programming and configuring. The results of your effort are converted into an "image" file, that consists of a complete image of the board’s filesystem. The image is then written into the flash memory of the board. The board then boots in about three seconds and does what it has been told to. To get to this, there are a few hoops to be jumped through.

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what is cooking?

Or, in other words, what do I do with my time when I am in TUDelft? This is a question beloved both of supervisors (aka bosses) and parents everywhere. For what pertains my parents, it is enough to say that I am faculty – they have direct experience of what I am talking about. But it is not useless to set down in detail what is cooking in my numerous pots and what knotty threads I am spinning.

At TUDelft I do basically two things: education and research, approximately half and half. Of course, there is also a large amount of time that goes into unspecificied activities, such as filling in timesheets, crunching through email, reorganizing my desk, drinking large amounts of coffee, chatting with visiting academics, chatting with people I don’t recognize but have to pretend I do… but the backbone is really education and research. 

yes, I can go into detail…

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a canonical first post

It is an old tradition, at least as old as the ancient art of blogging, that the first post on a blog cannot contain any useful information. Only meaningless drivel is allowed, mostly because the blogger is not really sure he will go on blogging, at least on that particular platform.

I will try to go against the force of tradition by stating that I work at TUDelft, more specifically at the Studiolab in the Faculty of Industrial Design. Boy, is that ever a mouthful of capitals! At any rate, I can be found there on workdays (here is some contact information). But not on weekends, because on weekends the faculty is closed, which is something I will blog about in the future. Half of me agrees, half of me does not.

a reverse video photograph of a toy camera

  this image is here for no particular reason, other than I like having pictures in my posts


I have been blogging for years, even before there was a name for the activity. This blog will have a professional focus, and it will be in English. English is not my first language, but it is a language that I share with the majority of the TUDelft people, which is expedient. It is also a language I like to murder and molest whenever I can.

I will try to avoid waiting for the perfect post, as I tend to do, and just write, preferring frequency to completeness. Of course, comments are most welcome.


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