Hey hey, I'm René Schimmelpfennig

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

I modded my Xbox 360

The Xbox 360 was my third console (first the SNES, second the Xbox classic). I purchased it in 2009 after a long period of consideration. I was still a student and was happy when I could clear my head with video games. Little by little, my game collection took on a large size. I bought a lot of used games on “eBay Kleinanzeigen”. That was cheap. But little by little, the console gathered dust under my TV.

Why I'm using PlatformIO instead Arduino IDE

Mostly I developing for the ESP32 board. I love the ESP32 because it has a big community (many helpful libraries and documentations) and have integrated Bluetooth and WiFi. But the programming is horrible with the Arduino Editor because some nice features I missed: package management (It’s not very easy to describe which libraries in which versions I have used at development for people who try to compile my projects from Github) modern code editor features like syntax highlighting, code auto completion (why the Arduino IDE can’t remember that I decleared some variables in the top?

CorsixTH - an open-source 'Theme Hospital' clone

When I was a kid in 1998, I was flipping through my gaming magazine and curiously put the magazine CD in my drive and came across the demo version of “Theme Hospital”, I couldn’t have guessed that this game would inspire me almost 20 years later. “Theme Hospital” is a fun hospital simulation from Bullfrog at first glance: you create rooms, hire doctors and staff. Take care of patients with their diseases.

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: