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It was only when I viewed my website from another person’s computer that I realised that the disqus commenting system was adding ads (an “Around The Web” section) to the bottom of this site’s pages. I have a strong aversion to ads (especially IRRELEVANT ones like disqus was adding), even though they could potentially earn me money (I had earnt around US$12 so far, sarcastic yay!).

After looking through the disqus setting on this site, I discovered that I had to remove them through the admin panel on

Now we are back to normal!

So progress has been a little slower than usual lately, here are all the updates from Feburary 2014 to June 2014:

  • New info on jumpers (jumpers in resistor packages) on the Resistors page
  • New page on electropermanent magnets (cool electronic magnets which retain their magnetic state after powerdown.
  • New force equation on the Capacitors page (related to the force exerted on the plates due to the electric charge)
  • Picture added of card-edge connector gold fingers on the connectors page
  • New component packages added to the popular Component Package page.
  • New page on electrical comparators.
  • I am now using Latex to draw diagrams! I have begun using QuickLatex, TikZ and Circuitikz. This allows me to draw images like this:

    Admittedly, this is just an image, but the real diagrams on the Op-Amp page are described in the Tex language, and only rendered when you visit the page!

  • And on a similar note, there is now both a TikZ and PGF tutorial and a CircuitikZ tutorial.

First off, Happy New Year!

It’s been a busy month around here! Most updates have been to the C++ and C language sections, as well as the new Linux->Programs section. Here are all the updates this month…

There have been many updates this month!

This website has just hit 100,000 views! A bit of a milestone for the website!

cladlab-100000-views-annotated This website has just hit 100,000 views!

This is the “official” 100k, the first real 100k would of been a little earlier, since the counter has not been around since the website’s inception (e.g. back in 2004 when it was called Kaboom), and has been reset a few times (e.g. when moving from to the current

It’s been a buuuussssyyyyyy month around here. A list of the updates for this month:

As always, enjoy!

Recent Updates

It’s update time! Here is a list of some of most important updates that have happened on this site in the last month or so…

  1. New image format for the Component Package page images! For each component package, I have begun to use an individual slideshow for the associated images. This looks way better than the existing way of just posting the associated images one-by-one down the page.
  2. There has been new packages added to the Component Package page, including TO-Leadless, LGA, and SIM cards (including all variants).
  3. There has been heaps updates to Altium-Script-Central, a GitHub repo which contains useful scripts when designing PCBs in Altium.
  4. Updates to the Connectors page, including the new sections Headers and Circular Connectors.
  5. The is a new page on Memory under Components.
  6. There are new pages under Web Design on node.js (or just called node) and JSON.
  7. There is a new calculator on the Resistors page, called the Standard Resistance Calculator. You pass it any resistance, and it will find the closest standard resistance according the series you specify (e.g. E12, E48 series).
  8. There is a new Satellite Modem page, Cellular Modem page and an HE910 Design Notes page.
  9. I have added the SEO Smart Links plugin, which automatically creates internal links on pages and posts based on certain keywords. This is really useful, as it means I can stop doing it manually!

Just after I managed to get captions working again for images, there has been a side-wide disappearance of most images. The culprit is the newly released NextGEN Gallery v2.0, which as part of it’s major restructuring has stopped the support of traditional templates (I used to use a single pic template file to add the additional markup). The idea behind this latest version of NextGEN sounds good, but from my brief use it feels a little buggy and it sounds like plenty of existing plugins will have to be re-written, which is bound to annoy people.

I won’t be able to fix this until I port the code to it supports the new structure. What is a site like this without images! This is my “must fix real soon” list…

Finally! I scared myself a bit, I first had a look at and it turned out I hadn’t written down the majority of the PHP code which actually does all the work when creating the captions. Fortunately, I had done a site backup which had file with all the code in it, and once I had worked that out, I managed to restore the functionality pretty quickly.

keep-calm-and-be-welcome-back Image from

Just to be sure, the image above should have one. Oh yeah…do you see it? A transparent border and an italic caption!

To make sure I sleep easier next time, the PHP code has been added to so that me and anybody else can find out how I did it.

Grrrr…I updated the NextGEN gallery plugin, and it wiped all of my code that created a nice border and caption around images that where supplied with the parameter template=caption in the short code (see the post NextGEN Template Code Gives Images A Caption And Fresh Look for more info).

The border made the images look nicer, and the caption was very helpful at explaining what the image is all about!

Hopefully I can replace this code rather easily. I have regular backups which I save in Google Drive, and I wrote down the code changes I made on the page WordPress Plugins That This Site Uses.

Expect to see the captions back soon!