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im tired

Tell me if anyone else feels like this I AM TIRED OF ALL THE 1 VIDEO INSTRUCTABLES man it makes me pissed off when all i see is a video yes i know it is easier but i quote "There is no rush to publish an instructable so do your best." -ewillhelm (i think) you know it might be easier to make a video but if your going to make a video please take 5 seconds to take some pictures maybe put something else in like words because for those fast readers who dont want to watching something they could read faster than a movie 1 pyro-

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Ok I just Found a Cd reader section from an old computer. What can I make with any of the components?

Im thinking bout possibly making it into a stealth safe. but all I would need is the shell. Im not very electronical but I would love to make something cool out of the components on the insides. Theres Gears and wires and buttins and a small motor. Ohhh and the thingy-majig that reads the cd. Ohhh goody goody Im soo excited.

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How to use a magnetic card reader/writer MSR605?

Im trying to figure out how to use my New reader/writer MSR605,o know how to transfer the information from card to card but i can't figure out how to put the right symbols were they belong plus i need to know if my machines is set up correctly, can someone please help me out,would greatly appreciate it,thank you.

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Equipment tracking using RFID

Hello there. I have this project where i intend to track down equipments entering and leaving the room. My first problem is im a newbie to Arduino and i don't have any clue on where to start.  I've already installed the software but i dont know what to do. Anyone who can help me? Or can anyone give me the code on how my Arduino will connect to my RFID reader? THANKS A LOT. By the way, im using Aceduino - an Arduino clone here in the Philippines.

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Hi all! I'm new!

Hiya everyone! I'm new around these parts. I decided to join today (my 27th birthday/ 17 Jan 08), becuase it'll be easier to remember how long I've been a member today. I've been a long time reader and lurker, but now, it's time I started to comment on things! Great to meet everyone!

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amarican vs japinies what do you think is better

Which do you think is better episode wise i personaly like the japinies ones because they dont cut out swearing and the funny stuff plus im a fast reader so i can keep up with the sub titles and after listening for a while you imagen them talking in english

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How can I convert an old laptop monitor to work like a (logitec-G15) display?

I have some old Laptops, one I would like to make the LCD work for a screen that reads my instant messages so as not to have to constantly minimize or affect while in game (yes I am a Gamer) I could run dual monitors but then that creates other issue. Thank-you in advance

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i have a motherboard that can boot from usb, can i install windows to a flash drive? Answered

If i had a high enough capacity flash drive (8GB +) would i be able to install windows onto it and use it like a hard drive? if so, would the same idea work with a SD card and a good card reader? im asking because my motherboard is reading the flash drives faster than the IDE hard drive i have.

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The Ultimate Man Laptop Case (While going green!)

Hey everyone, I recently just had the idea of making the ultimate man laptop case, and once i get some $$$, it will be put into affect. Its body will be made out of a harbor frieght tools case (metal), gonna cut out the front and reinforce with wood, then goes on (2) 6v solar cells. Behind on the inside there will be foam surrounding the DC Volt reader, and if i can manage, two cheap portable speakers that i have that run off a USB cable/aux. They can easily be converted though. Im going to cut out a slot for my SSD to be placed as well as some headphones if theres room. On the bottom part, im going to send those wires to the power controller for the /solar/ and the /battery/ which will be a 12v Gel RC Car battery (long ones that are fairly big). After that comes the DC-AC inverter which will be disected to save space and the plugs will be movable. SPDT switch comes next to switch from 12v to the 5v USB hub thats gonna be installed. Foam will encase everything, then im throwing some .25 aluminum sheeting on top for a nice finished look. This whole project should run me about $350 or so. I realize this case might be heavy, but I think once most of the parts have been sheded of there cases then I think it might be a little lighter. Going to overheat and/or short circuit something? I plan on making a channel for each seperate item in the foam, and throwing 2 USB fans on them. Any help would be greatley appricated with this project :)

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how do i add RCA inputs to my portable dvd player?

Hi After moving i unearthed my old, but very big screened, portable dvd player. It used a Li-Po battery which is lost and has been flat for 4-6 years, so its unlikely to work anymore, and even so, i no longer need it. What i do now need is an LCD reverse parking monitor. I have everything but an LCD with RCA inputs, so i figure, why not repurpose my DVD player. I need to know,  how would i go about locating the correct area in the circuit to connect the RCA input? I know how to follow tracks, im just not sure what it is im looking for, My first thought was, follow the RCA outputs, and hope that at some point it leads to where the DVD player is producing the RCA that goes both to the output jack, and also to another processor/ encoder/ decoder which then feeds the data stream to the LCD, and all i need to do is sever the original RCA track and use my own, however before i do anything, i want a second opinion, as well as also finding out if my logic is sound. If infact the datastream from the dvd reader is being turned into a decoded datastream for the LCD in the same place that also creates the RCA output, then this wont work, as there is nowhere to put the inputs. In this case, how would i go about getting my video output to display on the LCD? how would i go about locating a decoder and conecting it up and ect,  just video anyway, for the time being i dont need audio, also the audio track is easy enough to manually hijack anyway. This is a situation where i would rather spend an excessive amount of effort in getting it to work rather than buying a display. Thanks

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Help deciding what is better for a project I am doing with a 1900 LEDs. 1 big circuit or lots of smaller ones?

Hi folks, Long time reader and first time poster. I have 1900 LEDs and 1900 CR2032 3 V batteries left after some recent throwie / stickie / fun but I am now thinking about doing something a little more with them. Thinking of doing some art installations with LEDs as a feature. Anyone know of the best way to wire up a simple circuit for these 1900 LEDS. Wanting them to last about 3 - 4 days. I know a throwie will last about 4 days, sometimes more with these batteries and LEDs. Is it a simple case of having to solder 1900 circuits? or go for something like 190 circuits with 10 LEDs and a battery pack of 10 3v batteries. From my understanding that will blow the LEDs if the V differential is greater than about 8Vs. This should be ok when setting the LEDs in series though? 10 X 3v batteries giving 30Vs 30v - 28.3v = 1.7v (where the 28.3 is made up of Yellow X 2, Green X3, White X 2, Blue X 3)0.2 amps needed, should be supplied by the 10 batteries easily and should last over 4 days.Baring this in mind is it worth my while picking up some resistors for the circuits? Last did serious electronics and physics about 11 years ago but I guess im bright enough and have the basics.?I have 200 Red needing about 1.7 volts500 Yellow needing about 2.1 volts500 Green needing about 2.2 volts500 White needing about 3.5 volts ??200 Blue needing about 3.5 voltsI would like all the LEDs to turn off and on together preferably when it gets darker to maximise the effect of the lighting. Going to use something like a LDR for that so I would prefer 1 larger circuit but I guess multiple circuits is also possible. Any help, comments, corrections and belittling gladly welcomed. Thanks very much, Dr Lego

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How to make indoor lightning with Led Strip + Battery + Solar Panel?

Hello everyone, First thing first. As you know im new to this =) However, im familiar with wiring & soldering some easy parts. I will try describe my problem detailed as possible for future readers with same problem. My Grandmother living on a top of mountain for like 5 months in a year. As you gues, there is no electric. So, i decided to give her indoor lightning with solar enegry and led strip for at least 2-3h in a day. Place where she lives is mostly sunny. I can say thats about full sunny 3 months of 5 and semi-sunny or cloudy 2 months of 5 in total (There will be no autumn or winter usage). I'm not planning to use 5m of strip at one connection. There are 4 rooms in the house. I'm thinking 9 leds (or 12) in each rooms. Lets say 12 for fixed amount talk. That makes 12 x 4 = 48 leds in total. If light would not enough for her, can consider increase led numbers 24 in each rooms. Also dose not excepting light from leds as normal lightning. Just wanting she would be able to see whats around. My plan was simple before starting seacrh (LOL). 1 or 2 entry level solar panel(s). A backup battery (Li-Ion) charged via solar panel. And leds. So, things were not gone as expected of course. I had searched like 5-6 hours about this in past 3 days. I had read every similar situations (or a part of this) that i find on here or somewhere else (other forums). Situations was different all the time. But, i learned a lot. And this is not enough yet. I have learned there are a few types of 12V strip led (Do not remembering the link, sorry). But those are; 2835, 3014, 3528, 5050 and 5730. If i did not get it wrong, when number goes down brightnes goes down too. But, energy consumption goes down too. There are a few things about led strips to know: There is a Power Consumption number for all leds. But, that is not means all 5050 leds will consume same amount or other numbers. And its important about feeding your led strip. It depends on brand or manufacturer. If i didnt get it wrong (again). If you feed your led more than its required Voltage, it means you are grinding its life cycle. It will gonna die faster than normal life time. That is also causing overheat on leds strips. However, not sure if its life time will be longer than normal if you feed it with less Voltage. Forexample; feed 12V led strip with 11V. Did not see anything about it while searching. And last thing that i have learned about leds while searching is, led strips can be different on led numbers on them. Mostly (that i had read) they are 2 types on number. One is 60 leds on 1 meter and other on is 30 leds on 1 meter. I have learned realy a lot about Li-Ion batteries at this link https://www.e-cigarette-forum.com/forum/blog-entry/9-battery-basics-for-mods-the-ultimate-battery-guide.4848/ I have learned "do not over voltage your leds" and alternative methods in theory at this link http://electronics.stackexchange.com/questions/135611/what-happens-if-i-supply-18v-to-a-12v-lighted-switch I have learned "sometimes exact V is not enough when using solar panel" at this link (still confused about DC Booster part about will i need it or not) https://www.instructables.com/answers/Why-can-I-recharge-lead-acid-batteries-with-solar-/ I have semi-learned "how to calculate Watts, Amps etc" at this link http://diy.stackexchange.com/questions/18225/what-do-i-need-to-install-led-strip-lighting I have learned there is a "Ohm's Law" and calculate/use it at this link http://electronics.stackexchange.com/questions/117594/how-to-get-12v-5amps-battery-setup-for-led-strip I have consolidated my new infos at this link https://sirs-e.com/general/battery-powered-led-strips/ I have learned, that i can improve my batteries capacity or voltage (or both same time) with series/parallel connecting them at this link https://www.batterystuff.com/kb/articles/battery-articles/battery-bank-tutorial.html And few more links via links at above including i have learned there is a battery type 12V named "Lead Acid Battery" and variations of it. I chose parts at below aka my simple plan (LOL). Batteries (not all of them, need to decide which one. Batteries chosen via Li-Ion battery explanation link at above): 26650 5200mAh 3.7V High Capacity High Drain IMR Li-ion Orbtronic Battery -  http://www.orbtronic.com/26650-5200mAh-IMR-Li-ion-battery-orbtronic Panasonic NCR18650PF 18650 10 Amp. 2900mAh Hybrid IMR Li-ion Rechargeable Battery - Flat Top - High Drain -   http://www.orbtronic.com/batteries-chargers/high-drain-18650-2900mah-ncr18650pd-hybrid-li-ion-rechargeable-battery-panasonic-flat-top Solar Panels: 220x200mm-12V-5W-Solar-Panel-Fit-Car-Battery-Trickle-Charger-Backpack-Power http://www.ebay.com/itm/220x200mm-12V-5W-Solar-Panel-Fit-Car-Battery-Trickle-Charger-Backpack-Power/141777113443?_trksid=p2047675.c100009.m1982&_trkparms=aid%3D777000%26algo%3DABA.MBE%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D36144%26meid%3Da11bbdc4faa8438bb298191c9d100913%26pid%3D100009%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D1%26mehot%3Dag%26sd%3D221887501129 10W 12V Polycrystalline Cells Solar Panel Poly Battery Charger Power Generator http://www.ebay.com/itm/10W-12V-Polycrystalline-Cells-Solar-Panel-Poly-Battery-Charger-Power-Generator-/221887501129?hash=item33a9869349:g:za4AAOSwVL1V-TGi Now, i need your help and advices. Because, after all reads, King-Kong is still jumping in my head. As i described before; i want to use a (or two) solar panel(s) and charge batteries then use batteries for light small led strips. All led strips should be connected together on one circuit from batteries. Ofcourse there will be small switchs in each room to lit on/off led strips. 4 x 3.7V Batteries makes a total of 14.8V or 3 x 3.7V batteries with 11.1V will do the job too? Can i connect 3 batteries in series and parallel for improve capacity and voltaj? If possible, prefer to use batteries in day time too. Not for long day time or load. I gues like 5-10 mins in day time for dark rooms. Detailed explanation or step by step guide link would be freaky awsome. I have learned many things while searching but in theory. As you know im all about strange to terms. And there will be few future readers like me too i believe. I'm sorry about my English and long links. Do not know how to shorten them. Best regards, Mehmet

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