Categories and Channels

We've just released the big recategorization work which has been occupying the whole dev team for the last few weeks.  Christy has written up an explanation of it here so I don't need to say too much.  That's the big thing; there are a few more bugfixes in Pro payments and some caching changes to help with our bandwidth but check out the browse pages!  I found a bunch of interesting instructables I hadn't seen before just while verifying the functionality.

Topic by rachel 


YouTube channel.

Is there any Channels on YouTube.com, which is teaches something?

Topic by zaid   |  last reply


Hunting channel

I was just wondering if anyone else would like a hunting channel

Topic by TREX ZoaR0K   |  last reply


Channel Suggestion

There are Channels for all kinds of things from Art to Food to Laptops etc. I think a new Channel dedicated to Raspberry Pi would be brilliant! There's one for Arduino so why not RP?

Topic by Defractal   |  last reply


instructable not in bikes channel

I recently made a instructable about making a wooden bike https://www.instructables.com/id/wooden-bicycle/ and it was featured :) but i pressed the bikes channel button and it wasn't there i think it's because i put it in wood working   i want to try to keep it in woodworking but i also want it to be in the bikes channel help!

Topic by bravoechonovember1   |  last reply


XKCD & Discovery Channel

As a fan of both xkcd and the Discovery Channel, I just thought this was funny.

Topic by Labot2001   |  last reply


New Paracord Channel!

Check out the new PARACORD Channel we have added to the Outside Category! Then enter the Paracord Contest!

Topic by Penolopy Bulnick   |  last reply


Which is best channel ?

I want to make my first in instructables. so which is best channel for DIY?

Question by kavya123   |  last reply


Youtube Channel Dimensions

EDIT: How to design a youtube channel. Like a background with the right dimensions so that certain things are in certain places.Example: http://www.youtube.com/user/fallofautumndistro If the dimensions are different from browser to browser then I suggest firefox because it has the most users.

Topic by schoolgirl867869   |  last reply


Fully insulated channels?

I was looking to TENS units for experimentation and to try to rid myself of knee pain without meds. I was also looking into potentially building one due to the fact that i could probably do it cheaper depending on how i decide to do it. One of the TENS units i saw said that there was dual channels that were fully insulated, while another one i saw said duel channel but was not fully insulated. What does this fully insulated channel mean, and how would i do that in a DIY TENS unit?

Question by pmk222   |  last reply


n channel jfet

Can someone show me how to hook up an n-channel jfet transistor? My power supply is +5volts. Where do I hook up the load. I know the gate has to be negative relitive to the source( the source and the drain can be used interchangably, right), but I only have a positive power supply. I want to use an n-channel jfet because it normall conduct, right?I found this website:http://www.allaboutcircuits.com/vol_3/chpt_5/1.htmlbut I don't get it entireleyI am thiisss close to understanding how to use transistors!

Topic by guyfrom7up   |  last reply


i blew a channel

I had a 2 channel mini amp and i blew one of the channels, that sucks, any help? im using it for camping an need some tunes, that would be kool. oh yeah, check out my bird, he's so kool.

Topic by Yerboogieman   |  last reply


Alpha Channels In Photoshop

How do I make a transparency (alpha channel) in photoshop that I can upload into a program called Second Life?

Topic by Chief Blackhawk   |  last reply


Awesome Youtube channel

Hey guys do you like awesome arduino projects? coding tutorials etc? well come check out my channel! whatch some videos leave alike or two and mabye even subscribe! http://www.youtube.com/user/XxTriAxlexX (sorry for the annyoying channel advertisment XD)

Topic by TriAxle   |  last reply


My rc channel!

Id just thought id let you friendly bunch know of a new channel ive just creaated for anything rc related. http://www.youtube.com/user/mrfishin101?feature=mhum Feedback welcome! Thanks :) Sharlston

Topic by sharlston 


IRC knex channel

Hey, I decided that the knex community needs a IRC channel...why? We don't have one yet (as far as I know). IRC is ALWAYS good to chat because it is fast and there are MANY clients you can download and access it. So, I programmed a bot to manage it and now it's online! I put it in IRCLink, the channel is #knex. For those who don't know how to use it... Go to google, type IRC client, you can download one, then type into the chat box "/server chat.efnet.org" and after that "/join #knex". For those who don't want to download stuff: here is a client for the web-browser. As a channel you must enter #knex For real name and email you could just invent something Looking forward seeing you all there!

Topic by Sorunome   |  last reply


YouTube Channel: techBowker

Hey everybody, (quick note: not sure where I should post this so ill put it here) I just started a YouTube channel called techBowker. I have lots of tech-related videos like reviews, unboxings, how-to's, and more. I wanted to let all of you guys know about and and encourage you to come subscribe! Thanks, Adam

Topic by Adambowker98   |  last reply


My rc channel!

Didnt know which section to post this in so correct me if ive posted in the wrong ones! Ever since i started in RC a few years ago ive had a passion to help people so ive started a rc channel and would be grateful if you guys/gals could check it out! http://www.youtube.com/user/mrfishin101?feature=mhum Rc world! Im hoping to put videos up daily!

Topic by sharlston   |  last reply


Dual-Channel RAM? Answered

I have a Gigabyte GA-H55M-USB3 Motherboard and an i5-760 CPU. I have been using 4x1GB DDR3-10600 modules, and then recently bought 2x4GB DDR3-10600 modules hoping to get 10GB, however, I can't seem to get it to work. All the modules are in working order and work individually. I currently just have a single 4GB module in. If I insert more, I either get a constant bios speaker tone indicating RAM error, or it will post successfully, but Windows will bluescreen. I have looked in the booklet and it is unclear as to how I should install the modules, but I thought I had to install them in matched pairs corresponding to the coloured slots on the motherboard. I have tried the 4GB modules in the white slots and the 1GB modules in the blue slots, but it won't post. Putting the two 4GB modules in a white and blue slot will post fine, but BSOD on startup. Any idea how I can get this configuration to work with my board? My CPU and board both support dual-channel DDR3 memory, so I can't see the problem here.

Question by andy70707   |  last reply


What's the difference between N-channel and P-channel?

I'm new to the world of electronics (though learning something new every day) and I've seen a lot of references to either N-channel transistors or field effect transistors, but I have been wondering what the difference is?  If someone could explain to me how the two are different in electrical characteristics, as well as in their applications, I would appreciate it immensely.

Question by KentaGrace   |  last reply


Discovery channel show, hacking electricity?

There used to be  a show on Discovery channel (I think it was discovery) where a guy would "hack" things.   In one show he hacked electricity and showed how he put a coil and some magnets on a bicycle to power a GPS unit.  I have tried to find information on this show but can't seem to find it.  It's as if the show never existed.   I am pretty sure I saw the episode within the last 3 years.  Does anyone know what this show was called and/or know of any video links to this particular (hacking electricity) episode? Thanks

Topic by pennsteve   |  last reply


My yt chan

So, sorry for your inconvinient, but if any youtube vids of me that should be public are not, please tell me. The thing is that I accedently deleted my yt account, but I managed to restore it, but all my vids were set to private. And sorry for no new stuff latley, it's just that atm I don't have any knex, I will have knex again in 2 months and guess when i'll start my next ball machine ;)

Topic by Sorunome   |  last reply


Who are the editors of each channel?

I've looked, but cannot seem to find a post listing all of the editors of each channel. Is this something that is available, and if so, could someone point me in that direction? Many thanks!

Topic by WUVIE   |  last reply


'Leather' channel under 'Workshop'?

I believe a 'Leather' channel under the 'Workshop' category would be a good idea. I say this, because I'm often looking for leather-related instructables, and I suspect that many other people are, too. Leatherworking is as much its own specialized skill as sewing, woodworking, electronics, etc. Maybe you could even inaugurate the grand opening with a contest. :)

Topic by ericrasmussen   |  last reply


Better Chatroom -- IRC Channel

EDITFrom what I've heard, the meebo chatroom has some flaws... I figure its worth a shot of trying again in IRC. I won't go into the details, but it should be a way better method of chatting ;-)I suggest Chatzilla for a client. There's also [www.mibbit.com mibbit] which is online and has an embeddable widget, but I don't really like it as much.I want an IRC channel, and god-dangit I'm going to make one!Its #instructables on irc.freenode.netIf you're already using something like Pidgin or Trillian, IRC should probably be on there, just pick a username, server is "irc.freenode.net", then just join the chat #instructablesIf you aren't -- MIRC Chatzilla is a good client...Anyway... just wanted to let y'all know it exists :P

Topic by zachninme   |  last reply


Pedal-Powered Blimp to Cross English Channel

Over in England, plans are afoot to cross the English Channel in a pedal-powered blimp. The semi-recumbent bike will power two propellers and French pilot Stephane Rousson hopes to complete the trip in five hours. Looking forward to hearing the results. Linkvia Treehugger

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Pilot flies over English Channel with jetpack

A Swiss pilot has crossed the English Chanel with a jet-powered wing. He started the trip by jumping out of a plane over Calais and landed with a parachute in Dover. All together, the whole flight lasted 10 minutes to make the 22 mile flight.The 49-year-old flew on a plane to more than 8,200ft (2,500m), ignited jets on a wing on his back, and jumped out.Mr Rossy had hoped to reach speeds of 125mph.It felt "great, really great", said Mr Rossy: "I only have one word, thank you, to all the people who did it with me." Hit the link to see the video. Video of flight

Topic by fungus amungus   |  last reply


First call! Bug in brand new Food channel -- two "Dessert" categories

The brand new Food channel already has a bug!  The Dessert category appears twice in the sidebar list.

Topic by kelseymh   |  last reply


Help selecting a n-channel mosfet and resister

Hey guys! Been a while. . . Anyways I was looking for some guidance on selecting an N-channel mosfet, and also what resistor to use when I'm applying voltage to the gate. So I'm working some long LED strips, and I need the mosfet to be able to handle at least 7 amps, so I was hoping for like a 10 amp mosfet or so. I just didn't want to guy buy the first mosfet I found on digikey, I was just hoping for some cheap good options or popular ones. I needs to be able to do PWM. Also I don't know where in the datasheets to find the information on what resistor to use on the gate. For instance I see people using anything from a 1K to a 5K resister with a TIP120. How do you select that information? I will be using an 5v output from my Arduino.  So after searching ebay I found the IRFZ44N mosfet, 55v and 49A. I know this is way over my needed specs but I can get 50 of them for 10 bucks. Steal. Since it's so overrated what problems might I run into if any? Thanks guys! What I've found so far: IRF740 - 400v 10A

Topic by HavocRC   |  last reply


HELP with P channel MOSFET.?

I've got a P MOSFET to connect some LEDs to 5v, regardless of where I connect the gate, the MOSFET (and the LEDs) always stay ON. Iv'e tried connecting the gate to 5 volts (on the source), to the drain, even to a higher voltage (13v) and nothing, current keeps passing through. I have checked my connections and pinout diagrams and they are all correct, but i thought that the MOSFET would let current pass when the gate was connected to Gnd and block it when it was connected to 5v (same as source), am I wrong? please help, i'm lost and i have found nothing useful on the web. PD i'm trying to control it with an arduino, and I have had no luck whatsoever.

Question by Emiliano Valencia   |  last reply


Request: Instructable on building a device to change TV channels with IR signal according to a schedule

Greetings, I would like an Instructable on how to buuld a device to automatically change TV channels using an infrared signal according to a software schedule. Thanks

Topic by NeuroPulse   |  last reply


sky tv extra channels

Is there a way to get extra channels on a sky digi box without subsciption at the moment we are useing it for free sat. nicho

Topic by nicho215   |  last reply


New communtity gaming channel

I just created a new youtube channel mts gaming and its a gaming communtiy channel for all types of games and consoles,mainly minecraft and COD If you would like to make a video for me or if you have any tutorials spare then please email them to me at mattyts@live.co.uk or contact me through my youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/GAMINGMTS?feature=mhee Many thanks

Topic by sharlston   |  last reply


The launch of my rc channel!

Since i got into rc cars a few years ago ive always had a passion to help other people so ive decided to make a channel and let everyone at this amazing community know about it, The channel has reviews,runs,jumps bashes and how tos it also has tips&tricks;&tutorials;! The channel is called rc world: http://www.youtube.com/user/mrfishin101?feature=mhum Im hoping to get videos up daily! please view and rate!

Topic by sharlston   |  last reply


New Instructables Categories and Channels

What's new Over the past few months, one of our big projects has been building new categories and channels for Instructables.  We're doing this to make it easier for users to find content and to make more compelling products for advertisers.  Much of the existing content has been recategorized by algorithm or by someone here at the lab, but we'll need your help both in making sure we (or the robot) got it right.  So, I wanted to give you a heads-up before the new scheme goes live, explain why we think it's important, and ask for your help! Why we're updating categories The existing categorization scheme with its 18 channels has served us well, but we've outgrown it.  First, the channels are too broad to meaningfully help a new user find more of the content they are excited about.  Should a new user arrive to a knitting Instructable from a Google search, they often have trouble finding other knitting Instructables within the Craft channel.  Related Instructables are helpful, but aren't clicked as often as we'd like, and don't give an immediate sense of the variety and number of knitting Instructables we have available.  The primary and secondary channels associated with an Instructable put yet another stumbling point in this new user finding more great content.  To new users, it's not immediately obvious that we allow multiple channels per Instructable, so when they are browsing through the Craft Instructables, it can be confusing to see a project with LEDs or a home repair project that happen to have Craft as their secondary channel.  This has been a similar point of confusion for our advertisers, who don't understand our current channel system. I'll be sad to see our two-channel categorization scheme go, but it's a necessary change to improve the way the site functions.  It feels a little bit like we're growing up! How the new categories and channels work To address these issues, we've created five new top-level categories and, within each category, lots of new channels.  Each Instructable will be placed in a single category and a single channel within that category.  The new categories are Living, Outside, Play, Technology, and Workshop.   • Living has all things related to crafting, decorating, cooking, parenting, and organizing. • Play has all things related to fun and games. • Workshop is everything one might do in a workshop or shed: home improvement, woodworking, and working on cars or bikes. • Technology and Outside are very similar to the existing Outdoors and Tech channels. Only five top-level categories might seem like too few, but remember that the vast majority of new visitors come directly to an Instructable via search - these folks will see other channels related to the Instructable they're viewing. For example, someone first coming to Instructables via a search for a sewing project will see that the project is in a sewing channel, that we have a knitting channel, and that both are in our Living category. Someone who has an account on Instructables is smarter than the average internet-searcher (in my opinion), so our community will quickly learn how to navigate the new structure. Hopefully we'll all discover lots of new Instructables in the process! How to recategorize your Instructables Log in, and go to your Instructable.  Click the "Change Keywords, Category(s), License" text in the Author Options box, and you'll see a section called "New Categories."  Pick a top-level category from the upper drop-down menu, then select a channel from the second menu.  Hit Update, and you're done!  When the new organization scheme is visible on the site in a few weeks, this is the category and channel your Instructable will appear in. We're still working out the kinks in this new system, and expect to be creating and combining channels as needed to make finding things on the site easier.  While you must pick a category, if you don't see a channel that matches your project, you may choose to leave it unsorted.  We'll keep an eye on unsorted projects, and will either sort it or update the channels as needed. Thanks for your help!  We hope this new scheme makes it easier to find the projects you want to see on Instructables.

Topic by canida   |  last reply


New assistive tech channel?

We're about to break out a new channel for assistive/adaptive tech projects, and other "disability hack" type of Instructables.  The big question:  what do we call this channel, and what category do we sort it under? Why is this a hard question?  Check out the Humana Health by Design contest entries - they include everything from ultra low-tech tools and life hacks to construction projects and full-on techie builds.   Perhaps we need more than one channel.  If so, how should we divide the Instructables?  Do we need one channel for high-tech projects, and one for low-tech?  I've been playing with the ideas of "assistive tech"  for the high-tech/gadget-based projects to be filed under Technology, and "adaptive tools" for the low-tech/reuse projects and life-hacks to be sorted under Living.  These still seem to be arbitrary distinctions, and I'm not sure they make sense.  What do you think?  Please discuss in the comments, or feel free to send me your suggestions by email/PM!

Topic by canida   |  last reply


DIY 2 CHANNEL AMP?

Hey guys,  I have been thinking, and I am going to build some solar speakers.  Now this is not my first time building solar speakers, so I know how to wire everything.  The only difference is this time I want to want to build my own amplifier.  I want to build a 2 channel 60-80watt amplifier.  I haven't found any schematics online that are similar to those, and I would want to wire in an off switch, a volume knob, a bass knob, and a treble knob.  Also, I would want to wire in an 3.5MM jack at the minimum.  If anybody could help me with some schematics and a list of parts, that would be wonderful.  Also, if anyone knows how, is it possible to wire a USB port onto here that will not only charge the device, but would also play music from the device to the amp.  Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Question by Athelestan   |  last reply


Youtube Ideas

I wanted to ask for some advice and feedback on my youtube channel as well as some new movie ideas. First off my Youtube Channel is very special to me and i think with the right work and attitude i cant get to to go farther: my youtube channel is http://www.youtube.com/user/Thelostrolo. Why the name Thelostrolo? well i created the channel when i was 11 (now nearly 15) and i thought i might as well keep the name! (I am working a big hunger games related project which will be uploaded to another channel) I am not sure if i should create a new channel. but that would mean starting from scratch and trying to get recognition again, but maybe you guys could help!? Anyway back to my idea: I had a phew ideas and of course ill need help as i cannot film on my own! The first idea is a simple idea called: 'The Confrontation" which is a simple action thriller type movie with gun movie effects and explosions! THe other on was: "Never look back"  a more serious film in which there is a kid who is bullied and one day is knocked out. He wakes up at home, but no-one was at home, so he decides to go out for a dog walk, he then comes across the bullies except they're afraid of him. etc etc and it ends with him finding out that he is not who he used to be! I could really do with some peoples feedback... not just because this took me a long time to type up! Also if you did check out my channel post your below and i might subscribe :D Thanks for the help Rowan Prosser- Rowans Movies - Thelostrolo RATE, COMMENT AND SUBCRIBE!

Topic by Rowans Movies   |  last reply


Regarding Featuring at various levels...

At the moment, a full feature for a project gets that project onto the front page as an "Editor's Pick", but all a feature at Category or Channel level earns an author is a small star on the project's thumbnail. What I think should happen is... I look at the front page, I see the most recent top-level featured projects (as now) I click on a Category, say, Food, I see all the top-level food projects, plus all the Category-level featured projects. I click on a Channel, say, Sandwiches, I see all the top-level, Category-level and the Channel-level sandwiches. That way, authors will be rewarded for their work with the increased traffic they deserve. The photo is irrelevant, I just don't like publishing topics with no image.  It's the Angel of the North, with Conker-X sitting on the toes.  I took it on the way home from the Newcastle Maker Faire.

Topic by Kiteman   |  last reply


An Opps Purchase on Ebay Is it Salvageable?

So i have an 1998 dodge ram 1500 i purchase with no power options at all so i got power window regulators and replaced the door panels and bam I've got power windows. and since the door panels had lock buttons i bought some cheap 12v actuators off eBay and wired them up and bam. power locks.. THEN in all my creativity i was like i'll just buy an RF 4 channel kit and make it key-less. so i ordered this kit not realizing what type it was http://www.ebay.com/itm/320783435624?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649#ht_2920wt_1185 to summarize this kit requires you press one button to activate the a channel and press a second button to disable the active channel.. not at all what i was looking for.  Is there any way i can convert the kit i've already paid for into a momentary style. so as long as i'm holding the channel button down its active. ????  here are all the chip/ component numbers. 4x SRA-12VDC-CL 1x  SC2272-L4 - BD25D5D1 1x 9530FH~~~~~~ unreadable some residue on the chip a few caps a few resistors and an LED..  anyone think this is doable or should i just shelf it and get a diff kit?

Topic by jgosselin   |  last reply


System for automatically changing TV channels according to a schedule?

Greetings, I am seeking a system of automatically changing TV channels according to a schedule. Either one that exists or how to build one. Thanks

Topic by NeuroPulse   |  last reply


Highlights section, bad url for the Hydroponics channel

Highlights section, bad url for the hhttps://www.instructables.com/tag/type-id/category-workshop/channel-hydroponics/ hhttp??? until fixed, just get rid of the extra H this is site wide, but occurred on https://www.instructables.com/tag/type-id/category-workshop/keyword-backyard%20projects/   among other pages

Topic by leesha_kajira   |  last reply


Look what oboma did

I was scrolling through my dish network guide and what do I see? The Obama channel. Yes, that's right, he bought his own tv channel: dish channel 73. This channel broadcasts his ideas 24/7. IT's just a 2 minute message looping all day. In my opinion that is just wrong. I don't mean to offend anyone, especially those who like him, but I don't beleive in 24/7 broadcasts by candidates.

Topic by gimmelotsarobots   |  last reply


which RC transmitter to buy for my quadcopter?

I am trying to buy a RC Transmitter for my quadcopter that I made myself. However, I am not sure which transmitter should I buy that would satisfy my requirement. I just need 4 channel (Basic channel) communication; nothing complicated. Will this be suitable: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/V911-Single-Blade-4-Channel-RC-Helicopter-parts-Transmitter-2-4G-WL-Toys-/190852761126?_trksid=p2054897.l4275 If not can anyone suggest me a good one please but not too expensive one. Probably around £30. Thanks in advance :)

Question by Bam Boy   |  last reply


Planet Green Debuted Wednesday

Discovery Channel's Planet Green debuts today. Planet Green is a whole new 24-hour channel which which specializes in a environmental friendly lifestyle. I was actually contacted by the producer of the show G Word about my 100 Ways to Reduce Your Impact instructable. G-Word is a show that features "green" content from people like you and me. However, the producer decided to go with only video content, so my instructable was dropped. Anyway, if you want to find out what channel Planet Green is being featured on, visit http://planetgreen.channelfinder.net/, and just insert your zip code and cable provider.We can all learn something every day to reduce our impact, and save some money while we are at it.

Topic by Brennn10   |  last reply


Is "Prototype This" coming back? Answered

I love the show and i want to know if they're is going to be a second season.

Question by WerdnaN   |  last reply


mosfet similarity Answered

Hi, I am trying to build this,  but the mosfet is discontinued. Can I replace it with TK15J60U(F) and still have a working circuit?

Question by jbaker22   |  last reply


I've got an IRQ problem, help please?

My DVD drive won't work due to an IRQ conflict, but I can't manually re-assign the IRQ. It's XP, and it occurred after replacing the mainboard. (The option is "grayed-out") L

Question by lemonie   |  last reply


Instructables Chat Room! (IRC)

Did you know that instructables had an IRC (Internet Relay Chat) room? Well, now you do! And you have no excuse not to join it! So, come on in, join the chat room! Here is a (Outdated) guide to it! https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Use-the-Instructables-IRC-Chatroom-With-C/ Note: You can no longer connect to the Freenode server through mibbit, but you can get to it through: http://webchat.freenode.net/ In Nick you put the nick you want to be in (Preferably your instructables nick) In Channel you put #instructables and then you put in the captcha (Which always thinks I am a robot...) Come join us! We won't bite!  But be patient. It can often take a while for us to respond. Give us time. Come back. You will like it.

Topic by schumi23   |  last reply


Please help my YouTube channel!!!

WARNING : This thread could be considered "spam". I am trying to get more attention towards my videos. I'm back from a short break! Okay, so here's the thing, I've tried everything to try to get more video views. Facebook, spamming subscibers and random people on Youtube. I was hoping you guys could help me! And just so you know, this isn't the only reason I'm coming back First video of my with my new drumset:   This is my BEST drum solo video (with my old set) Enter Sandman drum cover with my old Set Obscure Alliance Drum Cover with my old set.

Topic by Flumpkins   |  last reply