More and more companies are adopting the free and open-source software.

A screenshot of a scene and the user interface in modern Blender versions. It’s a scene of a beach with a lot of rocks and dune grass and an ocean with a sunset. The userface is dark gray and you can see a node editor at the bottom.
A screenshot of a scene and the user interface in modern Blender versions. It’s a scene of a beach with a lot of rocks and dune grass and an ocean with a sunset. The userface is dark gray and you can see a node editor at the bottom.

3D modeling and VFX software is incredibly expensive. Licenses for Maya, Cinema 4D, or 3DS Max cost hundreds if not thousands of dollars per year. This makes it very difficult for beginners to learn and too expensive for most independent artists and developers.

For a long time, there were no good alternatives. Blender wasn’t good enough to compete with the industry-leading programs. However, everything changed with the very impactful Blender 2.8 update in 2019. The free and open-source software took a big step to catch up and is now up to par with the other programs (if not better in…


What is a good admin panel design and is it worth your time?

An image of my website’s admin panel with the navigation link tab open and a short list of links with a few options.
An image of my website’s admin panel with the navigation link tab open and a short list of links with a few options.

They live in the deepest and darkest corners of the internet. Always in the background. Never seen by the majority of normal users.

No, I’m not talking about porn or the dark web.

I’m talking about admin panels and dashboards.

These days, almost every website has some type of configuration tool in the background. Whether it is a small personal blog created with a content management system (CMS) or the biggest websites out there that are managed by massive companies with thousands of employees.

So what are the design challenges when it comes to admin panels and should you invest…


A 1,500-year-old game is now conquering the internet

Inspired by the recent Netflix hit The Queen’s Gambit, millions of people are getting into chess. Chess websites, content creation, and esport events are booming. It may not have 100 champions, 50 weapons, or crazy explosions, but it has an unrivaled tactical depth, which makes it not only a great game to play but also a very interesting and engaging esports title.

Chess is the ultimate easy to learn, hard to master game. …


How to use the Twitter API to track your follows and unfollows

Twitter bird
Twitter bird

Are you posting regularly on Twitter? Do you get the occasional follower here and there? Are they unfollowing a few days later because you didn’t follow them back? Enough with that!

Let’s find out who is unfollowing so we can burn voodoo dolls with their names… oh, sorry, I’m getting ahead of myself. I mean, so we can learn the Twitter API!

This is what a lot of my experience on Twitter has been like since I started posting regularly at the beginning of this year. …


The Netflix drama series shows the struggles of an orphan on her way to become the best chess player in the world

The movie poster of The Queen’s Gambit, an image of a woman sitting behing a chessboard.
The movie poster of The Queen’s Gambit, an image of a woman sitting behing a chessboard.

As I was scrolling through Netflix, a new thumbnail caught my eye: A beautiful woman sitting behind a chessboard. This had me intrigued. I love chess and as it so happens beautiful women. I started watching and got immediately hooked.

The Queen’s Gambit follows the life and career of Beth Harmon, an orphan turned chess prodigy. She struggles with substance abuse on her way to becoming the best chess player in the world.

Based on Walter Tevis’s 1983 novel of the same name, the fictional story plays in the 60s and manages to capture the emotional struggles of the main…


Increase your mental health and productivity by avoiding the news

A photo of a phone with a news website open that shows negative news reports.
A photo of a phone with a news website open that shows negative news reports.

Terror attacks, wars, accidents, pandemics, natural disasters, and climate change. Most of the daily news is negative and full of terrible reports that bring you down.

A few years ago, I was checking the news multiple times per day to stay informed about the relevant topics of the week. Since then I have steadily decreased my exposure to the news and last year I stopped looking at the news at all. It has been a great decision that has improved my mental health and productivity.

The news is full of negativity

Growing up, my parents would always watch the news and read the newspaper every day…


Heavy rain and sudden floods have killed more than 100 people in western Germany

An aerial image of a German town where a quarry dam collapsed from the extreme flooding and a massive sinkhole has swallowed buildings and cars.
An aerial image of a German town where a quarry dam collapsed from the extreme flooding and a massive sinkhole has swallowed buildings and cars.

Some regions in western Germany have received 148 liters of rain within 48 hours whereas the area normally sees around 80 liters over the whole month of July. Weeks of rainy weather before had saturated the soil so it couldn’t absorb any more water and most of the rain accumulated in streams and rivers. The resulting flood caught many people by surprise and more than 100 people have died from the rapidly rising water.


I was forced to buy a new phone because my old phone’s Android version was too old and I couldn’t install any apps

An image of a smartphone.
An image of a smartphone.

I was very happy with my old phone from 2013. It’s in good working condition, the camera is decent, and the battery can hold a charge.

However, over time, most apps have increased their minimum required Android version to 5.0 or higher and my old phone only had Android 4.2.

This meant that I couldn’t install most apps anymore and after a while of trying to find workarounds for it, I finally caved and bought a new phone.

I am not a heavy smartphone user, so I mostly looked at cheaper phones and ended up buying the LG K41S. It…


Exploring how Minecraft Let’s Plays have evolved over time

Minecraft has been the king on YouTube for the past decade with over 200 billion views in 2020 alone. Since the first Let’s Play videos during Minecraft’s pre-alpha days more than 12 years ago, both the genre and the game have grown dramatically.

In the beginning, people only showed off their first dirt huts and how they survived a single night in the game. Nowadays, we see creators, such as the Hermitcraft community, treat the game as a canvas with endless possibilities. …


Can your PC run it? And looking at the new features.

A title image with the Windows 11 logo from the Microsoft website.
A title image with the Windows 11 logo from the Microsoft website.

Windows 10 is going to be the last version of Windows.

Or so we thought.

A week ago, Microsoft announced Windows 11 and it is going to be released in the fall. It is going to be a free update for Windows 10 users (if your PC is eligible), so it’s more like some of the recent feature updates. However, none of the latest updates got any major new coverage. “Just a random Windows update” isn’t going to produce nearly as much publicity as “Windows 11”.

So let’s have a look at the new features coming in Windows 11 and…

Christian Behler

Indie Game Developer using C++/OpenGL, Web Developer using JavaScript/PHP/MySQL, +1000 other interests, follow me on twitter: https://twitter.com/PingPoli

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