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Archive for January, 2022

BMW E46: beeping when driving slowly and the ABS computer being broken

Posted by jpluimers on 2022/01/31

Some time into the waiting for a new ABS/DSC computer to arrive for my E46, I heard beeping while driving slowly (it would start when standing still and disappear when driving around 20 km/h).

This was odd, as I didn’t touch anything besides the steering wheel or the gas and break pedals.

Nothing in the instrument cluster changed either, so that put me in the wrong direction.

When the ABS/DSC computer is broken, the cluster looks like this:

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When you thought you knew morning, morgen and Morgen, wait for Vormittag and Nachmittag.

Posted by jpluimers on 2022/01/31

Decades I thought it was easy:

English Dutch German Period
Morning Morgen/Ochtend Morgen 06:00-12:00
Afternoon Middag Mittag 12:00-18:00
Evening Avond Abend 18:00-00:00
Night Nacht Nacht 00:00-06:00

Well, at least in Germany they add more periods during the day (give or take a few hours):

German Period
Morgen 05:00-10:00
Vormittag 10:00-12:00
Mittag 12:00-14:00
Nachmittag 14:00-18:00
Abend 18:00-23:00
Nacht 23:00-05:00

And in English, the starting and ending times are way more flexible than in the tables above:

English Period
Morning sunrise-noon
Afternoon noon-sunset
Evening sunset-twilight-end
Night sunset-sunrise



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cd-to-file.bat for when you have a full filename that is too long to truncate by hand

Posted by jpluimers on 2022/01/31

Small cd-to-file.bat tip:

pushd %~dp1


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When having a bad day, fool your brain and listen to happy songs, go dance or jumb around, and force a smile: your brain cannot help and feel better.

Posted by jpluimers on 2022/01/28

Dutch source:

[] Jason 🚀 on Twitter: “Deze tijd is zwaar, dus even een reminder dat je brein voor veel intelligentie zorgt, maar tegelijkertijd eigenlijk heel dom is. Dus als je een slechte dag hebt: draai een te vrolijk nummer, ga springen of dansen en forceer een schaterlach. Je brein is daar niet tegen bestand.”


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Een aantal linkjes over grootboeknummers

Posted by jpluimers on 2022/01/28

Voor de administratie van mijn broer en wijlen moeder maakte ik gebruik van grootboeknummers.

Hoewel je dat normaal alleen voor bedrijven doet, functioneerde dit wonderbaarlijk wel.

Hier wat linkjes die ik gebruikt heb om de juiste grootboeknummers te kiezen:


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