Can you add Korean in the language option?

I'm not sure whether this is the right place to ask this, but could you add Korean in the language option? We're preparing to launch a new makerspace in Seoul, and I'd like to use instructables.com to keep our tutorials online.  Cheers!

Topic by Velociraptor Lab 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


ISP's an their sneaky ways of limiting your internet to a crawl

With more and more restiction hitting internet users I though I write a bit about the methods used to make our life harder than necessary. First example: Heavy gamer... Some people love their Xbox or PC for only one reason, online gaming. Too bad when all of a sudden your ping rates go sky high or the chat has a lag making good conversations during the game impossible. Second example: Streaming media... People like to watch what they want and when they want. Online streaming is a good way to get the latest trailers, catch up with your favourite shows or just to kill some time. Too bad when you notice the connection takes forever and that you can only watch in low quality without running into buffer problems. Last but not least P2P.... Although used for mainly illegal stuff, P2P is still not dead. A lot of software and even collections of documents are shared by the use of various P2P networks. Torrents are the most common ones but it really does not matter once your ISP has hit you hard. So what have all these in common when we speak about ISP troubles you might wonder? Well, firstly they cause a lot of traffic and secondly a large number of connections at the same time. Why would my ISP limit me? 1. You are using your internet for illegal downloads. Although in many cases the ISP won't be able to tell what you are downloading, but they can clearly see the volume of the downloads and that a P2P system is used. Does not take a genius to realise several GB a week on a constant base can't be all legal. 2. Cheap ISP A lot of our providers rent their bandwidth from another provider. This way they can provide cheaper prices but have to make sure not go over the allowance as it would could dearly. A good way of preventing this is to limit speed during so called peak hours - basically whenever a lot of people are online. 3. Your area.... Let's say you are living in a densly populated area. There you often have a single exchange for all internet and phone users. Although the numbers of possible users can be increased by adding more hardware, the bottleneck is the feed to this exchange. As they are owned by a single provider and every other ISP has to pay for the use it becomes clear that this provider will have the best speeds and traffic allowances for the people connected. In return the other ISP(s) will be reduced in speed and sometimes even the type of connection possible, for example blocking all P2P traffic completely. How do I find out what is happening to me? This is indeed a hard one! No ISP will tell you "Yes, we limited you to xxxx and these services are not working on your connection: ...." Their fineprint states you have internet and Email, depending where you are maybe online TV services. But this is only true for standard ports and protocols used! So for your favorite online game it might be possible to download the latest update in the GB range within minutes but still encounter a massive lag during the play sessions. Similar story for low speeds. It is common practise to prioritise traffic to local speed testing servers. This means no matter what "problem" you might have all test will give positive results. So you might be able to get high speeds in your tests but watching a Youtube video can mean to first buffer the entire video before you can watch it. You ISP won't support any requests as long as common speed tests work fine for you. A sure way of testing is to download a Linux distribution from a remote server. How long does it take to download? Now do the same using a P2P download of the same distribution. Did it take much longer or did you have problems connecting to peers? If so you are limited by your ISP. Be aware that this might be true for only one type of P2P network, while others are uneffected. For games check your Ping times against ping times done manual against a known server, for example Google. If they are close all is good, if the game ping is much higher (often in the thausands compared to around 300ms max) you are sucked into limitations. Ok, I am fairly sure I am limited by my ISP, is there anything I can do? If you mainly use the internet for illegal downloads you might want to consider going the legal way. For all others, check below. Main reasons for limits put on your account or connection are congestion (nothing you can do about except trying the ISP that owns your phone network and to pay more - and of course the amount of connections you make. Let me give you an example: Downloading a huge file from a server usually needs a single connection on port80. Doing the same using P2P services requires a lot of simultanious connections to many servers/PC's around the world. Only with enough, fast connections your download will progress at good speeds. You ISP can see the number of connections and cut them at a limit or completely disable the protocol used for the download. The result is crawling speeds for the download and you only see a few peers available. Multiplayer games often use several ports for the traffic, game status, chat, graphic updates like location of other players and so on. So if you play in a world with 8 of your friends and fight against 200 online players all these infos has to get to your system. Having a few kids all enjoying different online sessions at the same time certainly does not help either. ;) Unless you are permanently limited there are a few options to make things better: 1. Limit yourself to the off-peak times for big downloads. 2. Try to avoid multiple game sessions and downloads from a single internet connection, e.g: let the kids play with one console at a time. 3. Change the ports used by your program, sometimes the standard ports are used by everyone else around, changing them gives the ISP the option to spread the load. 4. Last and best option: Limit the amount of allowed connections. For games this is not always possible but for other services it is. Imagine your P2P program using 300 download sources at the same time. Every one has the actual data and a lot of other informations to transmit while your system has to send the receiving info to every single one. On top of all that you have the informations needed to find new peers, coordinate the parts and so on. You can limit those in the settings of the program. So instead of allowing 500 or more connections at the same time go down to 100 or less. Instead of allowing 100 half open connections (used to negotiate the download for a new peer) go down to 20. And of course limiting your own upload and the connections used for it does help a lot. Myths and alternatives.... You might have heard the things like "protocol obfuscation", "port hoppers" and similar exist, same for the "Tor" network and maybe even the "usenet". The myth behind all of them is the claim that oyur ISP won't actually see what you do and what your download. On top of that you have so called "VPN' services. Although some of the services will help you to overcome certain limits it does not change the fact that you ISP still can see your up- download volume and the number of connections in use. And trust me, they are not dumb either, so they will know anyway that you mostly use the internet for illegal downloads. After all, what reasons could you have to use encrypted services or to direct your traffic over VPN networks? Of course being in China or similar countries is a different story due to gouvernment restictions on the internet. As long as you do direct download with only a hand full of connections you should be fine, for everything else it comes down to luck. Protocol obfuscation worked for a few months until ISP's fixed it. The usenet might be an alternative but not for everyone. Even the famous Tor network or dedicated VPN services won't help you once your ISP got you flagged. The will simply limit everything besides standard protocols and ports, so you can use you Email and surf the net, even download directly for a server but everything else might be crippled. As I said earlier there is no way for the user to truely check what limits he has or what ports and protocols might be affected - you ISP won't tell you either. Before you get trapped into a new contract because your ISP is no good turn off all P2P and gaming for a day or two. Try again at night times after a reset of your modem/router. Quite often you will see it works just fine for a while. If so you can limit yourself, use off-peak times and so on. Sometimes it also helps to simply limit the download speed itself. Of course the best alternative is not to use illegal downloads and to seek local content for game servers or online video.

Topic by Downunder35m 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


HEY,am here to help you understand swahili to english

Free English to Swahili translation. Translate English to Swahili online

Topic by tuzajohn 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Are you in Venice? There's a prize!

Sort of following on from another topic I posted, Kitewife and I are off to Venice tomorrow to celebrate our silver wedding*.  We arrive at the airport soon after 9:30pm local time. I always like to meet fellow instructablers, so stop and say hello.  There's a (small) prize in it for you as well - not only do I always have a stash of Robot stickers in my wallet, I will be carrying a fabric Robot Patch (the very one in the photo), and if you are the first person to say hello to me in Venice, you get the patch. If you're not sure what I look like, look for a camouflage jacket, leather fedora and a Robot pin badge. *Twenty five years, it's insane - we both still feel like teens!

Topic by Kiteman 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Arduino UNO R3

I want to make projects on Arduino UNO R3 . In fact i made one that is 3x3x3 LED Cube. But facing some problem.  I don't want to use Arduino all time. Please any one tell me the alternative for this. I want to do like this picture but i don't know the connections for this. PLEASE HELP ME

Topic by Tech Works 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


LED equalizer

Hello, I was thinking about making an interactive light display, using an arduino. I was thinking about using an equalizer like the msgeq 7 and having it light up different panels, but I'm not sure how to power each panel, because I want around 20-30 leds in each, and there hopefully would be 5 panels. I also wanted each panel to light up based on the volume of the music, and I wasn't sure how to do that. Lastly I was only looking for around 3 frequency ranges, and I don't know how to restrict the ranges in an equalizer. Thank You!

Topic by Fozzibehr 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


10 x 3 month pro membership up for grabs! (ENDED)

If there is anyone who has never got a pro membership and wants a 3 month pro membership , let me know. I want to give away 10 as an appreciation to the community for helping me :-). Leave me a message and I'll send you the code. But there is a condition. You have to activate it within 3 days. Else it will be null and void. This is so that I can easily keep track of which membership is given. :-)

Topic by shazni 5 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


veritcal lines on a vizio tv m55osl

What can i do to fix the vertical lines on my vizio tv m55osl they are always visible they don't move or anything the only thing about it is when you are in front of the tv there not so bad but if you move to either side the lines get more apparent is there in easy fix or witch bored do i need to replace?also to watch cable tv i have to use a/v inputs because the cable input dosent work

Topic by JasonD16 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Cat Feeder Idea, Need Help

First Post Though I have been lurking for years! (Great stuff here BTW) Thought if anyone could help it would be the WunderMinds around here. We have a Kat Lady starter kit with 5 indoor cats. the problem lies in they are are all different ages and sizes, for example one is a bit..obese. . I've gone thru the published Instructables and didn't find quite what I had in mind. What I was thinking was an Arduino or Pi based system with RFID chips on the collars. If the entire flock comes...no feed but if theres just one it gets the appropiate ration for it's weight and size. I have yet to use an Arduino but am starting too use a Pi2 as a media center.  Any suggestions? thanks Mike in MO

Topic by mighel 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


How Can I Sell My Homemade Stuff?

Which marketplace is the best to sell my Homemade stuff?

Topic by cezary 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Help me create a salvage/component list

Don't get me wrong I love going to RadioShack to purchase things I need for my projects, but I usually prefer to scrap older or broken electronics for my components. If you've ever scrapped to find a specific component, most likely it takes you a few very frustrating times if that. That's why I am going to create a list to post online or create a webpage for it, you can steal my idea if you wanna create it. It's going to be a list that will be alphanumerically listing: component type/ component part number/ a short explanation/s of what its used in/for, and then electronics that you can find them in. Ex: IC 16-pins         Uln2009           *motor driver         Found in: *manufacturer name* scanner model: #### So if you know any electronics that contain components commonly looked for please post the details here so I can frequently update it for everyone. 

Topic by Ryan53090 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Drifting pictures

Paid for pro. Can't use site due to drifting pictures. Not happy

Topic by erkle01au 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


"Drifting" project photos while browsing instructables: bug?

While browsing sewing projects I noticed that the main image for each project was "drifting" downwards and sort of slowly cascading down. I went to the next page of projects and after approximately 30 seconds the same thing happened again. On two separate days the same thing has occurred, on multiple pages. Is this some sort of ad related action, or is it a glitch in the site? If it is an ad, it is a very inconvenient one that makes it nearly impossible to browse your otherwise excellent web site. As a side note, if you follow the pictures as they fall and click the picture it will take you to the right instructable... sometimes.

Topic by SuperfluousInEverySituation 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


I have not received any email notifications from Instructables

Ever since I made an account on Instructables I have never gotten any email alerts from Instructables. For the email alerts I chose "as they are made" for all of them and never got a single email. Then I changed it to "once a day" and still did not get any emails. I signed up for the Instructables newsletter and have not gotten it yet Also, I did not receive a PM to tell me I was a finalist in the Necklace Challenge.

Topic by starforest 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Items falling off search...

I have a feeling this will be gone tomorrow ;-) When I searched something all the pictures for different instructables, the robot, and my profile picture fell off the page.

Topic by DELETED_bertwert 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


WHY

Just because you can it doesn't mean you should, WHY did anyone think it was a good idea to start having pictures wander over the screen, personally I just find it childish and annoying, but it blocks out all the text items as well making navigation difficult. So yeah cute trick, now grow up and stop messing about.

Topic by StevenG8 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


LAWNMOWER VIBRATES

The bolts that hold the motor will not tighten.  Can I use nuts to hold the motor in place. I saw a video on drilling out the hole and redoing the threads…..  Can  i use the nuts without causing future problems?

Topic by EJCLEMONS 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Aluminum Casting with 3D Prints

Is there any reliant and consist way to create high RPM gears using 3D prints? What I had planned to do is 3D print some gears out, make silicon molds out of them and then pouring wax in the silicon molds. I then would put the wax into sand and then pour molten aluminum into it. To me, it sounds good in theory but I thought somebody else might have tried making PLA 3D prints into metal.

Topic by rexdino5 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


falling picture effect

Is there any way to turn this off? it makes the site completely unuseable for me

Topic by JayB7 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Bicycle Trailer

Hi everyone I am going to start buildin a cycle (bike) trailer but is there a law what says it can't be bigger then.......? Please? Thank you  :-)  From Kris in England 

Topic by prison.whittaker 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Have a heart and help Abigail heal.

Long-time Instructables member supersoftdrink and her family have been through a lot the past six years: her daughter has had four open heart surgeries and her husband suffers from anxiety & depression. A GiveForward campaign has been set up to help them get back on track and we hope that you consider donating.  If you'd like to learn more about congenital heart defects and how they are treated, visit her Instructable on how doctors treat a hypoplastic heart. 

Topic by tinaciousz 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Minecraft Strategies Book Author Copies

I was cleaning out my Inbox a few minutes ago and came across an exchange from June of last year saying one of my Instructables was to be included in the Ultimate Unofficial Guide to Minecraft Strategies and asking what name I wanted to appear in the book. I replied and got confirmation of my choice but I haven't heard anything since. I recently received my Author copy for How to Fix Absolutely Anything which made me wonder if that was being done for this Minecraft book too. It was published more recently so maybe I'm just jumping the gun but I wanted to make sure I hadn't missed the boat on this. If free author copies aren't going to be a thing in the future or for every book is it at least possible to find out which books contain your Instructables?

Topic by bwrussell 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Knex full auto mech

Need a full auto knex mech hat shoots WİTHOUT a cranck or engine thanks

Topic by Doc Penguin 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Radio Shack Bankrupt? How will it affect Instructables users?

Recently Radio Shack has declared bankruptcy. I know that tons of projects here on Instructables rely on Radio Shack, and some have even been sponsored by them. How is this going to affect our ability to find and buy electronic components? http://finance.yahoo.com/news/radioshack-files-ch-11-bankruptcy-222534944.html

Topic by gravityisweak 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Plumbing -

I need help!  I have an extremely small bathroom that has the lavatory plumbing on the side, not the back.  I don't like the cabinet (you can sit on the toilet and wash your hands at the same time) and want to get rid of it, but I have not been able to find a pedestal sink or other cabinet to replace what's there.  Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.  And no, the plumbing cannot be moved.   

Topic by Luny 6 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


instructables 'make comment' button not working

The simple solution to this is to click the button twice (this works for me). If by any chance an instructables web developer is browsing this forum, I would be happy to help code/fix this problem. I don't know how you have it currently programmed. If you could show me how you have it programmed I might be able to help. I know there is somehow an event handler linked to the button, but since it isn't inline, I can't find the function that is called when the button is clicked. To make it more clear how to post a comment if you are experiencing this problem: 1. Type your comment. 2. Click the 'make comment' button twice. 3. Look and make sure you haven't posted two comments (sometimes it does that). If you have posted two comments simply delete one.

Topic by www139 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Periodic table closet

Hi, I'm 22 years old and I am in my master studies of chemistry. I thought would be a good time to start a collection of elements. I also want to display them properly. like in some sort of closet that you can hang to the wall. It is hard to type down where I am thinking of. The added image below is something like what I want (but in this picture they apparently forgot the Lanthanides and Actinides). How would you tackle to make something like that? I think wood is a good choice for material here (but please correct me if I'm wrong). I have a limited amount of experience of working with wood, but I figure the horizontal and vertical walls should slide into each other to make the grid. But I cannot figure out how to attach the grid to a sturdy back plate, or how to have smooth outside edges without wood sticking out to form the grid. I hope my explanations are some what clear. my explanation cortex seems not to be fully up to speed today. thank you in advance for you advice.

Topic by Jakwiebus 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Quadropropellor concept

Last night I had this dream about a bizarre helicopter that used a simple but unique form of a propeller.  Conceptually, I see no reason why it should not work... but I'm not sure if it would be any better or more efficient than a typical propeller.  The idea is that the geared propellers rotate at the tips of the main rotor as it spins.  The outside ring is fixed such that as the central propeller spins, each of the out side disc spin creating lift from both the central propeller as well as each of the four outside propellers.  Because the geared wheels will spin faster than the central rotor, theoretically it might produce more lift than a single propeller (maybe).  I would like to hear other people's thoughts on the concept.  If someone has a 3D printer, it should be relatively simple to make and test.

Topic by DarkRubyMoon 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


NEW: Poetry Techniques in 30 Minutes

Hello, I created a video instructable to impart key phonetic techniques for poetry in 30 minutes! That should be all it take from knowing nothing about poetry to being able to write a Shakespearean Sonnet. Please try it out and let me know how you found it. Would love to know the time you actually took and also some examples of poetry you wrote! https://www.instructables.com/id/Poetry-Techniques-in-30-Minutes/  

Topic by SpikedM 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Global Warming Experiment #1

(I slightly changed the instructable into a forum topic and an instructable)The Instructable Half"Global Warming" Experiment #1:As you can tell by my quotes around "Global Warming", I personally don't believe that this theory is happening. Theres facts I can use to prove this. However, even I believe that no matter how you put it, there's going to be some bias. Also facts are boring :PSo, what I have planned, is to do a series of experiments on what global warming might cause if it were real.I'm doing this because I've heard people claim some extraordinary things, which based on data won't happen.I could post an instructable with a bunch of facts, and I might. But for now, I want to set up a couple collaborative experiments. One reason I want collaboration is I'm biased. The other, is so you can't complain about my methods.I haven't done the experiment yet, I really don't know if this will help, or hurt, my case.The experiment is to determine if "global warming" could melt glaciers, thus cooling the ocean. Notice here I'm assuming global warming is happening. It isn't. But when people make claims on the news and stuff, they are assuming that too.Please comment if you would like to change my methodology, OR you want to do the experiment.I'm going to describe how the Instructable (and hopefully the rest in the series) will work.1) I, or anyone, proposes a framework for an experiments and writes up an Instructable. (Will be referred to as "I" in the following steps)2) I monitor the suggestions, editing and fixing as needed. After about a week or so, I go onto step 3.3) I preform the experiment to the best of my ability, and write up an additional 2 steps.3a) The first outlines my changes. This could mean I didn't have a 4x8 loaf pan, and I had to use a 3x8. Or it was plastic. Whatever. These small details are important3b) The second outlines the data and conclusion. This may have images of the experiment, graphs, tables, sensor data, Whatever. I also make a note of my previous bias.4) Wait for more people to run through the experiment, adding them as collaborators.5) Write up a conclusion to everything, OR do some more investigating.Its not that bad, however the whole process might take a few weeks. (I don't know)Scientific MethodThere are seven steps to the Scientific Method, which we will follow:1. Define the question2. Gather information and resources3. Form hypothesis4. Perform experiment and collect data5. Analyze data6. Interpret data and draw conclusions that serve as a starting point for new hypotheses7. Publish results(Thanks Wikipedia!)#1 was done in the introduction.#2 I've already done, however you only have to look into data you'll need during the procedure.#3 I've done it, but I'm not telling you (I don't want a bias, even though I've hinted towards my guess)#4 - We're going to expand this out. More later!#5 and #6 sort of come together in this format, will be done as we go along.#7 is done as we go!Okay, #4. Remember back to High School, remember Lab Reports? Well basically there will be a step for each segments (leaving some out). We sort of do this already in most instructables "What will happen", "What you need", "How you do it"; this time more formally. Due to Lab Reports being unstandardized, I'm breaking it down into:IntroductionMaterialsProcedureDataIts shorter than your average one, due to the fact in Data, you have hypothesis and stuff I don't want to reveal yet ;-)The following is the framework, you can also see my instructable:(This is a framework, remember. Its not supposed to be "done" and perfect)Materials*Large basin of some sorts.*Water*Ice*Lamp + Light bulbs (100W & 40W)*ThermometerProcedure1) Fill large basin/pan with water.2) Take and record standing temperature of water.3) Add ice off to one side of the pan.4) Take temp. of water every five minutes until it starts to level out, at least 4 readings.5) Replace water, and repeat steps 2&36) Shine lamp w/ 40W bulb off to the non-ice side of the pan, but allowing some light & warmth to reach the ice. (Roughly 20-35%)7) Repeat steps 4&58) Repeat step 6 with a 100W bulbTake pictures throughout!What now?Okay, I'll be updating this with your comments over the next week or so. If somethings wrong with it, POINT IT OUT!!! I'm going to add my thoughts in as well. (I still feel its missing some things, I can't put my fingers on them, though!)

Topic by zachninme 12 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Where to get powdered Iron oxide and powdered Aluminium in Devon ?

 

Topic by dazzer730 9 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Identify specific vehicle & counting

Hi all, I am new to here. I am working as web developer & we make IT solutions in various technical field. like cctv, etc. Now I have client & he need to create some system. Need to identify specific vehicle using No plate or I can set to some device to vehicle. Then that vehicle pass some specific point ( this point is not change. Fixed point ) our system need to count no of times these vehicle are passed this point. After these data need to get via computer programme. I can wire Network cable or other cable. Have any idea how can do this ? please help me. sorry for bad English. hope you understand.

Topic by ypmane 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Need help with antique brass lamp

Hello All: I found this antique brass lamp and would like to restore it. I'm looking for information on how to clean it up and remove the tarnish. There's the chemical way (for instance, Brasso or others) or the "natural" way (I saw a vinegar, salt, flour paste). Has anyone had any experience with this that they can share? Also, I'm looking at what the final restoration will be. I have 3 ideas: 1. Restore it to it's brassy, original self with a torchiere globe (as in the last picture), 2. Restore it to original but modify it with an RGB LED nightlight in the base (next-to-last picture), 3. Clean it up but give it a steampunkish look by painting it a copper color, adding Edison bulbs to the 3 armatures, and maybe some etching on the globe. Any other ideas? Thanks, Kevin

Topic by nivsrom 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Kickstarter Space Engineer creates "real" Mithril

This is very, very cool. There's a Kickstarter project working on  space elevators, using carbon nanotube (CNT) technologies.  One of the supporters asked if they could buy enough CNT to make a pair of wedding rings, because they would outlast both gold and diamond. It turns out that, to be able to make a CNT wedding ring, you need the ability to build a space elevator. They found a compromise, though, and made a brand new material - they alloyed CNT with silver; A metallurgist with 25 years in the field has said that the new alloy has some “interesting” properties. There is a strange ‘crystallization’ to the metal once it cools. We don’t really know why; or what this means. It needs study. There is other ‘stuff’ about this alloy which lead in some exciting directions, but as yet, we have not explored those. In essence we’ve created a unique silver+carbon nanotube alloy. We would like to brand this material “Mithril” after J.R.R. Tolkien’s super-material in the Lord of the Rings… so far, the foundation’s branding people have not returned our calls. (According to their website, it’s an 8 week process.) For a long time during the design and creation of the rings, their existence was a secret.  Now, though, the groom has given these reasons for buying a pair of Mithril rings; Reason #1 - Use this line when you propose, "Many men promise their brides-to-be the stars. It's a very rare man that actually delivers." At which point you can explain the ring, and the potential bride is thusly wowed. Reason #2 - It REALLY shows that you're planning on a better world for your children - aka, you're awesome husband material. Reason #3 - Awesome conversation piece. Reason #4 - Someone shows off their gold ring, and you can say, "How quaint." Reason #5 - The working name for the metal is awesome. I won't say more without Michael's permission. But let's just say, the name is very... enchanting. When the people who see you hear what metal your ring is made of, they'll do a double-take and then demand more information. Reason #6 - There are very interesting properties to these rings that are fun to show off. Again, not going to go into detail without Michael's go ahead. Reason #7 - It's one thing to give a wedding ring to your loved one. It's a completely different thing to give a wedding ring to your loved one that's a piece of history. Reason #8 - Gold wears away easily, these rings may be able to be passed onto your great great grandkids. The full story is on the Liftport site,

Topic by Kiteman 6 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Not receiving any replies notifications in the forum? [FIXED!]

I am just wondering why am I not notified when people reply on my comments in the forum? Is there a way to enable it? [EDIT] They just fixed the bug! I just received 180 notifications at the same time! :D  Thanks instructables team! Keep up the good work! :)

Topic by Electrospark 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


In need if some direction for GPS tracker and app builder

I am looking for someone to give me a little bit of direction or reference as to where and or how I can find someone who can create a GPS tracker or tell me how to buy them in bulk..... Also I am looking for someone who can design or create an APP for smartphones. 

Topic by hansen413 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


People asking to buy from me. Liability?

I did an instructable for a light switch I built that has a rotary light switch hidden inside a water valve.  I've had a couple of people contact me wanting to buy one preassembled and got to wondering if I'd be opening myself up to liability issues with something like that.  While the rotary switch itself is UL listed and is unmodified, obviously my thing isn't..

Topic by walter.warren1 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Small bug

Just a small bug, on my profile page it says 46% of my ibles are featured...... im not a mathematician, but dont think 6 out of 12 is 46%.

Topic by knutknackebröd 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Touch sensor connected to magnetic lock

Hi everybody, I would like to know if anyone can help me for this idea. Indeed, I would like to create a touch sensor which will be connected to a magnet system. To be more accurate, the idea involve the same process as a touch screen phone where one needs to do a pattern with 4 touch sensitive cases . The pattern would create and electrical impulse, which would unlock the box by detaching the magnet. So in a nutshell I will need a touch sensors pattern programing that would send an electrical impulse to detached the 2 magnets. I need this system so it could help me for my 1st creation. It needs to be very small to fit in a box of altoids candy for example. As I said, as a 1st creation I am completely lost for all theses "programmation" skills required. Thank you for your help. Beniver

Topic by Beniver 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


[HEADPHONES] Y-Part Cable Fix

Hi guys! I've read quite a lot of threads on this, but could not find anything related to my problem. I need some help with fixing my headphones. I've managed to break them exactly on the Y part where Left and Right headphones connect to the main cable. I want to solder them however not sure how to connect separate cables... I have a small schema here: http://i58.tinypic.com/24vnptf.png Please note the Copper(orange) and the Blue(Blue) are together: blue is in plastic? coating with wrapped copper around but its two separate wires. Also, the magenta/violet on the diagram represents a white wire, All of the other cables except blue were coated in enamel?. The headphones have a built-in microphone with a button and its sony mdrzx610 model. I really hope there's someone to help me out I need my sounds back!

Topic by KevinasB 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Update Pro Membership Rewards

I just wanted to know if there is any new Pro membership rewards for 2015. Last I checked they all expired New Years Eve.

Topic by normal52 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Vote for Raspberry Pi!

Http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/feature/2400814/inquirer-unveils-tech-hero-awards-shortlist Pi 2 is nominated as both Best Developer Tool and Best Product, and Eben Upton has been nominated in the Tech Champion category. Vote for the Pi and Eben to win! http://www.raspberrypi.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=63&t;=105891 Also VOTE here by commenting 'Pi2" https://www.facebook.com/MCMElectronics/photos/a.277947428940.142952.47440088940/10153036671103941

Topic by DELETED_bertwert 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


How to build a network cable certifier?

I have a fairly extensive lan in my home that is constantly expanding. I want to do some custom wiring and started looking into building my own cat 6 cables. When I started shopping for the wire I noticed a lot of complaints about wiring not being capable of carrying gigabit speeds, CCA being sold as solid copper etc. Now I'm questioning the wiring I already have, wondering if it might be the culprit for random problems. I want to find a way to test my current wiring and anything I make in the future. But as anyone with experience knows a cable certifier is thousands of dollars. Then I got to thinking if i have two computers capable of gigabit speeds shouldn't I be able to run a cable between them and verify the performance of the cable? I was hoping someone here will have the experience I lack to make this a reality. Also if it was possible to make a smaller arduino based tool that would be amazing. This seems like a tool damn near everyone could use these days.

Topic by lerch419 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


how to embed an image in the instructable?

Hi, i cant figure out how to insert or embed a photo in an Instructable , i can only add them to the top . i already tested the HTML code : but it only appears in the editor , when i preview the instructable  it does not show , and when i reload the editor page ,even if i save the instructable,  the embed photos disappears. please help if you have any idea  thanks

Topic by amgworkshop 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Ethernet Wiring Order

Hi, I have a cat6 ethernet cable with 8 non-twisted wires all apparently being of different solid colors. Is it OK to attach both ends to the connectors in any order as long as both ends have the same color order? Since the colors are non-standard I can't go by any convention such as T-568A or T-568B. I am using this in my home and since it will be a one-off I don't care about convention standards as long as the configuration I use will work. By the way, do I need to be concerned about the fact that they are non-twisted wires? What's the difference anyway? I would appreciate your answer. Thanks.

Topic by oclaman 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


What to do with a Vialta Beamer video phone?

So years ago before broadband internet, Skype, and video conferencing for free, there was a thing called a Beamer video phone which used your landline telephone line to do video conferencing between 2 people. So my mom bought 2 of them, mailed me one, and we tried to do video conferencing between PA and FL, and needless to say, it was terrible.  Video was choppy, etc, everything you would expect for video trying to go over a landline phone circuit.  I would sell it on eBay, but it doesn't look like anyone is buying it, so rather than have it take up any more shelf space, I'm trying to figure out what else I can do with it.  I haven't taken it apart yet, but it looks like a 3" LCD screen with a little web camera on it and a microphone, and some kind of circuit board.  The housing is actually very pretty (see picture) with it's glass outside. So what can I do with this thing?  Can I build some type of open source wi-fi video conference station using skype?  Or some type of in-home intercom system with video? The possibilities are seemingly endless, any suggestions are welcomed!!

Topic by ericb1 8 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Small improvements to think about

Hi there, Having just published my longest 'ible so far I generated enough thoughts to write some feedback which may or may not be reasonable. Embedding content: I see that .stl files appear nicely with ability to preview and interact with them in 3D, that's great. It's also fully possible to embed Youtube videos and they work just fine. What I'm missing however is ability to embed a circuit from 123D circuits - one of the reasons I used the tool for my last 'ible was because I thought it would sure be possible to embed something made with an Autodesk service. Nope. Adding the iframe makes the view appear while I'm writing the step, yet disappears in preview/publish. Another service I tried to embed was gfycat - they pretty much solve the issue of huge gifs and therefore long load times by some html5 sorcery (I'm not familiar with that). This could save space/traffic of your servers and decrease page load times. It would also be awesome if uploading an .ino, .txt or any other raw text file would automatically generate a scroll box with the code there maybe even already having the formatting and all. Similarly like .stl generates 3D preview. This would save instructables from another possible wall of text, especially on mobile, because now, when I manually add a scroll box with code in it it still appears like regular text on mobile. As an extra - it would make the work of authors easier as well. Instructable layout: First of all - I understand and support the idea of having a standardized format of instructables, if this undermines that - forget and forgive me. What I propose is a way to add pictures mid-step to avoid walls of text, since somehow making a new step doesn't always feel appropriate or maybe it's just a personal issue I need to get over? Just say if it is so. At least having a way to remove the "Step #:" when making a new step allowing to have pictures mid-step would help. Before you mention it - I know that it is possible to add pictures mid-step using html, but that compromises visibility on mobile, so I try to avoid that. Statistics: After hitting over 50k views in just a few days with my bottle upcycling 'ible I wanted to at least try and replicate that with my other ones. However, when I click the statistics button I have these empty lines next to the visitor count, often the lines with the biggest numbers. While I can guess where most of the views came from it's still massive guesswork and I'm probably wrong in the end anyway. i.e. in that particular case I got over 30k views on my imgur album, my blog post got featured under DIY tag in tumblr and then got some upvotes on reddit as well. I know that your SEO is pretty good from the amount of 'ibles I get as first google results, but fixing statistics has a potential to drive even more traffic for you. I probably forgot something else along the way, but that's it for now. I hope someone bothers to read this and says what she or he thinks. Cheers, Raitis Disclaimer: This is meant as feedback and some ideas for improvement as seen from my point of view, not complaints, not even real critique. Read, think and move forward.

Topic by Raitis 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Building a convection model for plate tectonics and ocean currents

I'm building a model to show our museum visitors how convection works related to plate tectonics.  (It can also be used for ocean currents.)  I'm stuck on the heating source, though, because we cannot have open flames. The model is a cell of water, about 0.5" wide X 10" long X up to 8" high (depending on water depth). I would to implement some type of circuit with a resistor that produces heat at the bottom, and inside the cell, and battery powered.  At the top at either end would be ice cubes, to cool the water so it falls back down and recirculates.  To see the currents, the ice cubes have blue food coloring, and I use a long pipette to inject coloring at the bottom near our current heat source, and mug of hot water. I'm having trouble finding information on: - what type of resistor (how many ohms?, anything specialized for being submerged?) - how large a battery/ies for a 4-hour day on the floor (rechargeable, of course) - other steps to prevent corrosion It will need an on/off switch and a battery connector, too, of course... I'm sure I may be missing some other important things to consider, too. Any feedback would be great. Thanks~ -Adam-

Topic by adam.blankenbicker 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Yo, knexers!

OK, so I just failed trying to build some guns. I want to build KK's new TR. When I built it last, I kept it four months or so, and so for the next while do not expect any guns from me, unless I create something very piece efficient. Just thought ya'll should know. :)

Topic by CorgiCritter 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


the mobile version of the instructable website drives me crazy....

I love the instructables website and almost everything works just as it should be... but the mobile version of the site (at least the one for android, i don't know how the iphone version is) is not cool to navigate at all, there seem to be things missing at every end and since the last changes i don't even know how to open the non-mobile-version with my smart phone (a button at the bottom of the page that says "full site" could give you the impression that it would take you to the normal version of the website, but it doesn't....) anymore - before some changes were made at least that was possible. i also have the instructables app, which is totally fine, it is a bit basic but since it is just an app i can live with that. so one could argue that i could just wait a bit until i'm at home with my laptop to enjoy instructables and don't care about the mobile version, but every once in a while i really want to access the site from my smartphone and it keeps on being annoying. so maybe if there would be a way to make the mobile website version better or the normal version easy accesible with a mobile phone it would make my very happy!

Topic by sursula 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago