Downloading tile maps

I love the website Cartesius, which has a trove of old topographic maps of Belgium.One of the maps that I consult the most is a stitch of all topographic maps of Belgium of 1969, zoomable and pannable like openstreetmaps. However, lately, the site has been acting strangely. The front portal continuously reloads, so it is …

My railway edits on Openstreetmap

A list of all things railway-related I put on openstreetmap (since october 2021) 2020-10-21 Removed a siding in Anderlues Depot of the Métro Léger de Charleroi 2020-10-22 Changed the depot of the Amsteltram to “in use” 2021-10-2 Removed most of the Dijksgracht Removed a lot of tracks near Schaarbeek and added two tracks in Deventer …

Reasons for the housing shortage in the Netherlands

Sadly, there is not one single reason for the housing crisis in the Netherlands, or we could — with effort — fix that problem. There are reasons that have been building since the 1980’s. In a recent discussion I came up with the following reasons for the housing crisis that each for themselves would not …

Scanning keys

Now that I deciphered where everything goes and how everything works, it was time to make sure I build a foundation to make the I/O a little more usable, instead of fetching raw data. Fist stop: make the input buttons accessible. Working with keypresses is actually not as simple as I intuitively thought. If you …

Interfacing with a human interface card

I found an old beaten-up CD player (a Philips AK601) next to the trash container a while back.I picked it up, found it not worthy of being taken back into use, so I decided to open it up and maybe gut it for parts. I found a couple of motors inside, but what really drew …