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Third Hand with magnifier

I found this cool Third Hand from Hobby Creek, which is doing a great job to fasten objects for soldering. It only lacks a magnifier. The stand of the Third Hand has some more holes which could be used to add another arm with a magnifier. A complete set was not available, so built one myself. I bought this set of arms and a magnifier with battery driven LED light. The magnifier should be removable. I used Polymorph Thermoplastic to build a mount where the magnifier can be inserted. The thermoplastic was also used to attach the mount to the arm.

Quite simple but very usefull.

New blog, old downloads

New blog

I have many small projects which don’t have a real home on the web. My PHP code to manage my WebID still does a good job, but the blog software part would need a rewrite. Right now I don’t have time for this, so I choose Hexo. It’s implemented in JavaScript, generates static files and supports markdown posts. Linked Data support would be cool, but let’s be pragmatic. I hope you like my adaption of the theme.

Old downloads

Maybe you are still interesting in software or source code which I hosted on my old page. Here is a copy of the download page:

Vantage SettingsEditor

A Qt based editor for settings files of Vantage satellite receivers.


My experimental wavelet based video codec.


My IA32 research project.


A AviSynth plugin which currently only includes a noise filter.


A ProgDVB Diseqc plugin.


The image/photo processing software is still hosted on