Wednesday, 18 July 2018

IKEA hack: toddler learning tower stool

I occasionally do a bit of very amateurish woodworking, and my wife found a website with the following learning tower stool1.

As the website indicates, it is basically a Ikea BEKVÄM stool2, added on top is a wooden frame where the child can climb into so he/she is secure and can help me out with cooking.

I am neither a professional painter nor a professional carpenter, and for this I do not need to be. The screws to affix the pieces of wood are still clearly visible (just recessed far enough in the wood) and the painting could have been better (the website mentions spray painting for a more even nicer coat), but it sufficed for my purposes.

itemmeasurements (in cm)amount
rod31 long, 1 diameter1
vertical supports39.5 x 3.5 x 1.84
hortizontal supports, short16.4 x 6.7 x 1.84
horizontal supports, long31 x 6.7 x 1.82
Other stuff
screws, long0.4 x 710
screws, short0.35 x 414
white primer paint
white wood paint, matt
tape measure or ruler

Unfortunately, our son is growing a bit big for the item, but he enjoys climbing/crawling into and out of it, when I start cooking, to help me out. But I should have made the stool a little earlier, so it was an easier fit for him. Kids grow so fast.

The screws in the picture above are clearly visible.


[1] Ikea Hack: Toddler Learning Tower Stool
[2] Ikea BEKVÄM Step stool, white

Thursday, 21 June 2018


Time for me to get dragged kicking and screaming into the Century of the Fruitbat1.

I have purchased my first SSD4.

I will spend a pleasant evening unwrapping and installing this thing. And consequently reinstalling all my operating systems.

TypeSSD 860 EVO
InterfaceSATA 6 Gb/s Interface, compatible with SATA 3 Gb/s & SATA 1.5 Gb/s interface
Capacity500 GB (1 GB=1 Billion byte by IDEMA)
Sequential Read SpeedUp to 550 MB/s
Sequential Write SpeedUp to 520 MB/s
ControllerSamsung MJX Controller
NAND FlashSamsung V-NAND 3bit MLC
Cache MemorySamsung 512 MB Low Power DDR4 SDRAM
AES EncryptionAES 256-bit Encryption (Class 0)TCG/Opal IEEE1667 (Encrypted drive)
GC (Garbage Collection)Auto Garbage Collection Algorithm
Internal StorageYes
Form Factor2.5" SATA III
Reliability (MTBF)1.5 Million Hours Reliability (MTBF)

Of course, my colleagues wouldn't be my colleagues if they didn't mention that you can get much better deals for much less money per megabyte3. Four terabytes in one package. Sheesh.


[1] LSpace Wiki - Century of the Fruitbat
[2] Samsung SSD 860 EVO Specifications
[3] Tweakers - Origin Storage DELL-4TBNLSA/7-F17 4TB
[4] Wikipedia - Solid-state drive