Win10 No Recording, No Microphone, Conexant SmartAudio HD drivers issue

Recent Windows 10 updates disabled my PC's ability to record sound.

It turns out that after some automatic updates, the microphone device was replaced by a "Stereo Mix" device, which was disabled.

Updating the Conexant SmartAudio HD driver did nothing.

Deleting the Audio input and output devices (Speakers, and Stereo Mix) and rebooting did nothing.

However, when looking down the list in the Device Manager, I found a "Sound, video and game controllers" section with a device called: "Conexant SmartAudio HD".

By deleting this device, all the Audio input and output devices were deleted.

Then, after a reboot, the Audio input and output devices showed:
  • Microphone Array (Conexant SmartAudio HD)
  • Speakers (Conexant SmartAudio HD)
and Recording Now Works!


as Towel Day 2017 Approaches

I quote Ken Kesey and think of his son Zane:
"The sixties aren't over until the fat lady gets high."


Sony Proprietary Camera Firmware Workaround

Well, I was searching for a new point and shoot camera. I use it mainly for skiing so I wanted a camera with a viewfinder so that it would be possible to actually see what I was shooting despite the strong sun in the mountains.

After some search, it seemed that the Sony DSC HX80 was the best compromise.

Not only that, but its viewfinder had a diopter adjustment so that I don't have to wear glasses to be able to see the image!

Furthermore, I was so happy to see among the many features of the camera, WIFI photo transfer to computer!

This was so exciting, at first, but sadly Sony only allows that feature to work with their proprietary photo software on closed Windows and OSX systems.

I proudly use GNU-Linux.

And the beauty of Linux is that it is supported by a community of nice people trying to fix all the broken proprietary solutions provided by rotten companies like Sony.

So, I found Airnef and good-bye to proprietary Sony software! I can now transfer my photos over Wifi, on GNU-Liunx with no problem!

Once again the world of open source has saved the day!

Thank you Airnef!!!


Tignes Dec 2016

To visit the album directly use this link.

It was really hard to embed this slideshow!:
  1. display album in Flickr
  2. use organizr to make all photos publicly visible
  3. display album and add '/show' to url
  4. click share and then copy embed code!


Character Pixels

Some experiments...  Code available in my  Github repo


Building a Better Sink Strainer

Well, after changing the little metal kitchen sink strainer for the zillionth time, I decided that maybe I should try to make a better one myself...

This is what I wanted to replace:

This is what I was aiming at:

And this is what I got: 

After a few attempts, this is what I got: 

It worked!

Some cool things:
  • I made it in 2 parts that snapped together! No supports needed during printing and no glue needed to assemble!
  • It actually works!
But, the inner wall of the rim was very very thin, and the bridging during the printing of the basket seemed fragile.

So, I came up with a new design:

But that didn't fix the bridging... So one more design with round holes in the basket walls:

This is what the printer printed!

Here's the photo album!


Microwave Repair

The handle was ripped out, so I 3D printed some parts and it's a good as new - maybe even better!


Fin de la Saison...

De ski...



Oliver's Machine

Not the real one, duh! It's just a simulation!

The code is available in my github repo.


A long road to an F-104

I've been building an RC F-104, here are some pictures.  A full log will soon be posted as well!


Sauvetage avec Mouflage

Après avoir suivi la leçon de sauvetage d'une chute dans une crevasse, je m'entraine....
Ce qu'il faut retenir : 
  • Il faut avoir du matos : 
    • 2 mousquetons 
    • 2 cordelettes
  • Il faut savoir faire un noeud Prussik
  • Il faut réfléchir - ne pas laisser les mousquetons ouverts comme j'ai fait!


2016 02 : 15 jours dans les Oisans

Une Leçon de Ski de Randonnée

Ski de Randonnée au Col d'Ornon

Quand Tu Rentres sur la Piste...

Le Grand Sablat

Couloir des Trifides I

2 Alpes dans le Brouillard...

Combe Interdite et Couloir sans Fin

... et les Photos...


Chamonix 2016 02

Some views of the Snowshepherd Advanced Powder Week
in Chamonix, Feb 2016
Special thanks to our guides: Seb & Andrew !


Hokkaido Powder - January 2016

Some views of skiing the best powder I ever experienced!
Thanks to all, but especially to our guides:
Shin Imai
more images are available here
check out this video, too!  


Tignes Off Piste Dec 2015

A few days Off Piste at Tignes, with one day on exceptional faceted surface hoar!
(The "Ripe and the Raw!")

All my thanks to everyone!


RepRap Huxley Duo 3D Printer

And it works!

This printer came from RepRapPro, and I would recommend them! 

Here is the link to the build-log.