Ever since I’ve started using Linux I’ve been obsessed with doing custom routers and trying to cram as much functionality in the less amount of space possible. ‘Space’ so far being hard drive space, so I set out to build me a new router to substitute the old P5-233 Dell that was working as my firewall. Like pretty much every other hardware project I’ve done, planning was absent in the process as I prefer to do things McGyver-style and surprise myself.
The Stealth Router: How to fit a computer inside an UPS case – Link.
Kevin Kelly published a tutorial on making your own carbonated beverages by Alastair Ong.
In this really terrific tutorial he writes,
“I drink a lot of seltzer. So much that my fiancee says I couldn’t survive without bubbles in my water. After trying a SodaClub home soda maker (picture above right) and realizing it would cost $70 to buy a special part for it, I found a really detailed resource for building my own, simple home carbonation system for under a $100 using a CO2 tank, regulator, hose and a carbonator cap. It took ten minutes to build. I love having very good homemade soda on the cheap and not having to lug around seltzer bottles or worry about it going flat. With a scuba-like tank in the kitchen, guests always ask “What is that?!” and I really love demonstrating.”
Bug Labs, a start up that’s attempting to bring some open source hardware action to more developers out there just updated their site with a bit about their dev environment. They’re still looking for beta testers too so sign up if that’s your thing… -
BUGbase is the foundation of your BUG device. It’s a fully programmable and “hackable” Linux computer, equipped with a fast CPU, 128MB RAM, built-in WiFi, rechargeable battery, USB, Ethernet, and a small LCD with button controls. It also has a tripod mount because, well, why not? Each BUGbase houses four connectors for users to combine any assortment of BUGmodules to create their ultimate gadget.
I was asked to contribute (for free) some slideware (PowerPoints) along with some other artists, designers, etc for an “Art of Office” site – didn’t think it would actually make it on the site, but here it is… The DeCSS code for decrypting DVDs (361 slides of numbers) along with the Advanced Access Content System (AACS) code too, it’s art! – Link.
Art of Office site – Link.
Announcing Art of Office (mac mojo) – Link.
This is an excerpt from my video installation VOLTA (2006). It is made using audio signal to control a cathode ray oscilloscope (exactly the same as the techniques behind the ‘backscatter’ DVD but a little more advanced.
I have been doing some testing with the iPhone and the super efficient MintyBoost we have @ MAKE. The first revision of the iPhone firmware didn’t seem to like any 3rd party chargers, but since the latest updates everything seems to be working. I’m still doing testing but it looks like you might be able to get 2x the video, audio and web use with the MintyBoost, but I need to do more testing and be in one place for that long to confirm… – [via] Link.
Here’s a weird arc-welding meets soldering hack. You can use a 12 volt car battery (or charger) and a length of graphite pencil to solder connections. The graphite is connected to one jumper cable and a length of solder to the other. Touching them both to the connection closes the circuit, heats up the connection point, and melts the solder. I’m guessing this works best if you connect the graphite and solder to either side of the component connection, which would conduct over the component lead, heating it and causing the solder to wick into the joint.
I’m not sure how well this works or how hard it is on your battery, but it looks like it might be a good way to solder small and difficult connections without overheating components.
Anyone care to chime in on the effectiveness of this or any specific precautions that should be taken?
I have a Pioneer DVR-531H and I recently subscribed to Verizon FIOS TV, that uses a cable box (Motorola QIP2500-3). The Pioneer DVR is like Tivo in that it has a built-in TV Guide, but this doesn’t work with the cable box and Pioneer doesn’t make an IR blaster so that the DVR can change the cable box channel to record. I can leave the Pioneer DVR set to channel 3 and program it to manually turn on at the correct time, but I can’t make the DVR turn on and select the right channel on the FIOS Cable box.
My idea/question is:
Does someone know how to create a way to automate the FIOS Cable box remote so that it can change the cable box channel when I want to record to my DVR? In other words, the set up would be:
Pioneer DVR set to channel 3
Pioneer DVR programmed manually to record at a certain time
Automated remote would turn on the FIOS cable box and select the appropriate channel prior to the DVR turning on to record
So – how to create something that could be programmed to operate the FIOS cable box remote to turn the box on and select the right channel when the DVR is programmed to record?
Jason Striegel’s suggestion is to set up a Linux box sending infrared commands using LIRC at the specified times; use it to send commands to the DVR as well as the FIOS box. Let us know in the comments if you have any ideas of your own!