Posted by: arvalond | 2020/01/06


The years are passing and with this sometimes our tries to improve our live, change something we want to change or just stop bad habits like smoking or drinking.

It can be challenging to raise enough motivation to do as we want – and the hardest things to change are the habits that we have and want to lose or that we want to establish in our daily live.

A working solution could be to bring to habits together:

  • For example you have a growing library of audiobooks you want to listen to – or finish because you started them already long time ago but you don’t find the time to do so.
  • You want to move more, doing a minimum of 10.000 steps every day but you don’t have the motivation to move yourself.

Bring this two together! Take your headset with the stuff you want/have to listen to and make your steps.

By the way ;) 10.000 steps are made in round about 80 minutes.

Posted by: arvalond | 2020/01/03

Improve your Business English

To improve my business English I subscribed long time ago to this podcast but never really listens to it :

With the new year and it’s good resolutions I get two things done at the same time.

Trying to walk 12.000 steps by day I put my headset and listen to ally stuff I collected/subscribed but never found the time to do so.

Posted by: arvalond | 2020/01/02


Workflow to learn new vocabulary from NYT or other newspapers

Reading articles in The New York Times and The New Yorker, as also different books I get confronted with a bunch of new words.

As I am always looking to increase knowledge, I thought about what could be the best way to learn this new words?

What has simply to be done to learn new words – and which circumstances have to be provided in the environment of keeping the flow reading flow?

  1. The words have to be translated.
  2. The words have to be collected.
  3. The words have to be processed in a learning environment.
  4. Keep on reading the text;)

I tried a lot of different things which all related in wasting too much time.
I wrote the words done, to check later on for the correct translation, to add them in a learning app. But this workflow had a lot of cons, like getting to often interrupted while reading the text, and not finding any slot to process the words from the paper to the app.

Translate and collect – fast
To do so, I am using the app Shortcut With this I generated a subroutine which works in the simple way that i mark the word and call the subroutine wit Siri or Share option.
The word gets transferred to Shortcut, translated with, spoken and shown on the display and saved with a dash between the word and its translation in a list in Apple Notes which I named VOCABULARY.

To learn the words I choose the application VokabelBoxFree. To import my words the following steps have to be done:

Mark your words in Notes

Copy them, go to Numbers and paste them into a new sheet. The following dialog will open to let you correct your input.
Set your delimiters manually to “-“ and export this sheet as .csv.

Import this file to VokabelBoxFree in the Settings menu under Word list import.

Finished – and ready to learn ;)

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Posted by: arvalond | 2019/06/29

Cable Internet slow/bad performance (Vodafone)sp

If you have problems with the performance/speed of your internet connection the first thing you should check are the cable connections OUT from the room distributor box and IN to the router.

A badly tightened connection can have a result as shown in the screenshot bellow.

Posted by: arvalond | 2019/04/21

Repair Philips Sonicare DiamondClean

I had a problem with my Philips toothbrush: the sound got louder, the vibration effect got lost and when I shook the toothbrush in my hand I got aware that something was not right anymore inside.

So I opened it and found out it is just a little screw which had to be tightened again. I am sure Philips manufactured the device like this in purpose.

Photo 1 – To open the device you need some tools like these

2 – Press the housing together

3 – Be very careful when trying to pull the seal out. In my case, I broke it

4 – Pull the seal of


6 – in my case, the engine was already coming out by itself after. Probably you will have to press against the shaft

7 – pull it out

8 – Tighten this screw, use probably also loctide or another glue to keep it tight

9 – Bring it back inside

10 – If you before the housing like me, fix it with glue 😉

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