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Hey hey, I'm René Schimmelpfennig

software engineer 👨‍💻, bicycle activist 🚴‍♀️, tinkerer (IoT & smarthome) 👨‍🔧, Podcaster 🎤, Retro Game Lover 🎮 & squirrel breeder 🐿️

CorsixTH - an open-source 'Theme Hospital' clone

Many years ago, maybe in the year 1998 I was a kid who browsing through a game magazine. From the CD I started the demo version of “Theme Hospital”. I was too young to realize that is it a funny hospital simulation game. In addition, I wasn’t a big fan of such simulations at this time. Years later, I found the game on GOG for sale. I found the CorsixTH Mod which allow to play the game in higher resolutions (HD graphics) and with a few nice additional features (helpful zooming, level editor).

How I became a software engineer

In this post I would like to look back to the origin of my PC affinity, which later influenced my professional career. Technology enthusiastIt started quite early, in my childhood. Even at a young age, I was strongly excited and attracted by everything technical, electronic. Walking with my parents through the department store, left and right pretty clothes, all kinds of household utensils but I was driven to the game consoles: Here you could try out for myself and dive into strange worlds.

Hello Mastodon

I have had my Twitter account since 2009, when I created it for a university project. A whole time not actively used and only in my active time as a bike activist almost like an addict used. I’ve been upset by all the bad news for a long time, so I only check Twitter from time to time. At the moment I have three accounts. Each for its specific target group: one as a bicycle and do-gooder, one for the Ostworld podcast and one, still quite little used, for my development topics.

BedRoom Clock speaker extension

For the next version is planned to extend the alarm clock with a speaker. This should be able to play an alarm sound but also radio streams. It will be an exciting extension, because I still have an experience with sound and ESP32. Also, it is not yet finally clarified how I implement the control. Here is a recommendable introduction to ESP32 and audio by Adreas Spiess:

Let's go - My new homepage

Info Hello, yes you are right here. Even if you were redirected from reneschimmelpfennig.de. There is news for you. Since 2003 I have my own homepage, which is publicly available at www.reneschimmelpfennig.de. At that time I was still a student and made my high school diploma. I was the only one from the class with an own domain, probably also the only one who dealt with HTML in his spare time.