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Print your own PCBs

August 12, 2014 Leave a comment,bid_26,aid_274323&dfpLayout=blog

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Hackers Develop Cool New Things with DLP

June 17, 2014 Leave a comment

I still enjoy my DLP Bigscreen, but what other cool things can we do with DLP now that the technology isn’t as mainstream in TVs?  Check out

Ubuntu Phone breaking crowdsourcing records?

August 19, 2013 Leave a comment

Canonical wants to raise $32 million to build a Linux based phone for the masses.  The article below is interesting from a number of perspectives.


BeagleBone Black: Raspberry Pi Killer?

April 29, 2013 2 comments

The new BeagleBone Black is out and a great contender for the Raspberry Pi.  At $45, it’s probably on par with the Pi for price, since you don’t need a uSD card for the BBB (BeagleBone Black).  With a lot more I/O, a faster processor, and better precompiled Linux package support the BBB is a very potent piece of technology.  I plan to use one in a couple of projects soon.

Check out Element14 for a comparison between the BBB and Raspberry Pi.  Also see the BeagleBoard website for great documentation on the product.

Please Gadget Freak! Don’t make me open source everything.

February 9, 2013 Leave a comment

Gadget Freak is a Design News program that features DIY projects by inventors and hackers from across the net.  Sometimes the projects are very polished, sometimes they look pretty cobbled together.  That’s the beauty of it.

My only complaint is submissions have to be full disclosure.  The following is an email I sent Design News to open their open source policy up a bit.

To the Gadget Freak Editor,

I love your Gadget Freak column.  It seems like a pretty unique thing on the net, which is saying a lot these days.

I like Gadget Freak because I can see what other DIYers are building.  It inspires me to do better, and gets me excited about the efforts we experimenters are doing collectively.  You can see some of my projects at

I’d like to recommend you create another category of Gadget Freak submission that doesn’t require complete disclosure.  I’d love to read about Gadgets even without being able to recreate them.  I value and participate in the Open Source movement, but it doesn’t apply to everything.  I’m sure people would still submit projects without the $500 reward if they could have it appear on your site for all to adore.

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Rover 2 SpyTank Teardown

February 9, 2013 44 comments

Brookstone Rover 2.0 SpyTank Teardown

Brookstone SpyTank

Brookstone SpyTank

The Brookstone SpyTank is a track-driven spy cam with night vision that you can remote control using a tablet computer.  It includes auditory listening and loudspeaker functionality in its arsenal of intelligence gathering weaponry.  Drive it around to surveil targets, gather intelligence, and master your environment.  Your home may never be the same.

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Longer UPS Life

December 26, 2012 Leave a comment

A good UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply) is an important part of any reliable computer system, but they’re expensive.  When I found one of mine with four legs in the air one morning, I decided to give it a shot of Liquamycin instead of taking it to the slaughter-house.  Fixing the UPS seemed “greener” and I hoped I could make it better-than-new without giving too much money to the vet. Read more…