Secret Pal

So I was thinking, what if we managed to have a sort of secret pal each year around the holidays. Where there's is a random generator that picks names and is given out to each person. Then we would buy a gift for that person ship it off to wherever they live. But there would be a minimum and maximum so someone doesn't send a piece of paper or a laptop. Like $15-20. So what are your thoughts?

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Is there an age limit for pay pal?

Is there an age limit for getting a pay pal account? If you are 16 and already have a bank account can you get a pay pal account for making purchases through Ebay? Thanks.

Question by nurdee1   |  last reply


Define NTSC and PAL Formats? Answered

I would like to know the difference between  NTSC format  and PAL format  DVD players, both being region free.

Question by rookie1   |  last reply


Ok paid with pay pal

I paid and it showed up on my bill me later account. Did not get any email confirmation and no pro membership.  I know this may in fact be a glitch but please tell me it can be fixed. PLEASE

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HOW TO CONVERT 30P VIDEO TO 25P VIDEO?

I have just get some footage in 30p PAL and I want to convert it in 25p PAL. the source of the 30p PAL video is canon markII 5D (if this maters...)

Question by frogart   |  last reply


Nintendo DSi backups?

If I get a Nintendo DSi that was made for Americans (NTSC) would I be able to play PAL backups on my R4i?

Question by the_burrito_master   |  last reply


How to Run the "PAL" region games on "NTSCJ" Xbox 360?

I bought my xbox 360 from singapore(NTSC J).....but i live in india....i bought 2 PAL(India) region games...but that r not working dude......Give me some solution........i had done Googling but not found any easy method.........Thanks In Advance. '

Question by tushufighters   |  last reply


A 8 or 9 letter word or phrase with no repeating letters?

I found a Alphabet Pal at a thriftstore for 1.50 and couldn't help buying it. There are 26 little boots on it each one containing a letter a-z. I am making a project that only needs 8 or 9 feet,but i was hoping to spell something cool out. It is a little bit of an odd creations so weird words are accepted.http://www.flickr.com/photos/purplefourball/2168808682/ click on the link for a picture.

Question by CrawdadMan   |  last reply


where can I get cheap CRT/LCD viewfinders for night vision headgear?

apart from hacking an old camcorder. preferably PAL but NTSC is ok

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can you help me build a Solar powered wireless camera

Hi guys,I have a little project here for some of you that I would like to find out how to go about making.i bought a wireless mini cctv camera Camera apparatus: 1/3 1/4 picture sensorSystem: PAL / CCIR NTSC / EIAValidity pixel : PAL:628*582 NTSC:510*492Picture area: PAL:5.78*4.19mm NTSC:4.69*3.45mmHorizontal definition: 380lineScan frequency: PAL / CCIR: 50HZ NTSC / EIA: 60HZMinimum illumination : 3LUXSensitivity: +18DB - AGL ON-OFFPower output : 50MWFrequency output : 0.9G/1.2GFrequency control : Adopt CPU frequency lock the wreath to control, with high frequency stabilitySize: 20*20*20(mm)Deliver the distance: 50-100MVoltage : DC+8VCurrent : Current :Power consumption : <=640MWWhat I want to know how to do is to power this by solar (al the time) so I can leave it unattended permanently without having to keep changing the batteries.i dont need to power the reciever by solar just the camera but if you like you can do that too.Any help would be greatly appreciated.Oh and I know nothing about capacitors and the likes so try make it easy for me : ) i hope you can make sence of the specs cos i cant. :)And the smaller the better.Thanks guys

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run backups without modchip on nintendo wii by thundaboy1047

... where can i get the Backup Launcher 0.3 Gamma: pal (for australia) file from because i dont have any of the files cause broken link please help!!!! been working on this for month now!!?

Question by d.c_8888   |  last reply


Needed DC motor strength? Answered

So me and a pal are looking at building an electric racer, and wonderd, if two 36V 850W were enough? its gonna carry one person, the motors, 3 12V lead-acid and the frame of the car (made out of less than 12meters of 30/30/3mm steel) thanks :)

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ps3 xbox led audio blinker

Can some one make me a schimatic/ instrictable  of a led blinker that blinks to the music or audio from eaither the tv or the ywr cable that comes with the ps3 or xbox   i can pay 3 dollers through pay pal if i can get a really good one

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frequency of composite video signal ?

I try to configure a tv / video card on my computer to display input from composite video (yellow plug) input when i choose any of the inputs i still have to set the frequency (above). it should be some fixed standard frequency. what is it for pal b/g ?

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Why can't I download pdf files after signing into my Pro account ?

I signed up for the PRO account on DEC 28th 09 and received a reciept thru my pay-pal. However every time I try to download a pdf file for an instructable, it says you have to have a PRO account. This is after I have logged in. Any ideas?

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I broke the comments, my bad

Howdy, So I embed a video in the comment section of my instructable and it somehow broke the commenting all together. Nothing appears underneath the video, where there should be more comments and a website footer and stuff. Have a look: https://www.instructables.com/id/Pingbot-Micro-RC-Rechargable-Musical-Robot-Pal/ Is there anything that can be done? Thank you in advance.

Topic by Tomdf   |  last reply


Shops popular with British teens?

For reasons known only to myself, I need to know of some shops popular with British teens. What shops do you guys on that little island like to go to? I kinda need to know actual shop names, I can assume you shop for candy, clothes, gadgets, and whatnot like us on the other side of the pond. Your quiz crazy pal,RocketScientist2015

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Can anyone out there please make me one of these?

I don't really have any place or time to do it, but i would like one. i'll pay $100 via pay pal?https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-make-a-high-power-burning-blueray-laser-Ea/?ALLSTEPSthanks

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Halo Reach dualtage: Collaboration with the foofinator:

Here's a little something I did with my pal Foofinator last month.  If you haven't seen it on my YT channel last month, here it is. PS If an admin sees this can they fix the embed code, the option to embed video has suddenly disappeared from the formatting.  In the meantime just use this link:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qPMgV8pI_eI

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How can I sign up to pro membership United Kingdom is not Zambia!

Every time I select United Kingdom it changes to Zambia that is one more reason why I had Pay Pal you just can not trust it. five times I selected united Kingdom from the drop down list and five times it Changed to Zambia.

Topic by Liamthe1st   |  last reply


laptop parts

Hi I'm parting out my old toshiba a135-s2276, have one that needs a fan or just want the 14" lcd screen for a project let's make a deal. I'm willing to let it go piece by piece or you can buy it all for $150 us. that said most everything works I can't confirm the viability of the CPU and the MOBO is fried. computer is already disassembled. will accept check or pay pal.

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Bot is Using An Account to Post Spam

Admins, please help instructables by deleting this user: https://www.instructables.com/member/ghuif87dsa9/?show=comments&limit;=500 The account was created today and has already posted the following comment on 25 instructables: "Your satisfaction is our eternal pursuit. ( http://asso.in/url/3qy ) We specialized in the exportation of sport shoes and other products(clothing, bag,sunglasses,watches,belts,etc )which have great enjoyed popularty in the world market Many of our goods are on sales ,we can guarantee the crediblity by Pay-pal and delivery time .we would like to make a long termship. 1)Name : The perfect gift. 2)Grade : AAA+ 3)Package : in original boxes 4)Color : various 5)MOQ : 1 pc 6)Payment : Pay-pal/Western Union / Credit card/Moneygram 7)Ship-ping : 4-7 days with guarantee of customs clearance, drop shipp-ing is accepted to customers'demands. 8)Who-lesale: very low price, you can make a small order first to test quality and service. ( http://asso.in/url/3qy )"

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what the heck is polenta?!

I'm lookn at this recipe for polenta orange cake, and its (suprise suprise) asking for 1/2 a cup of polenta. my pals say it mexican, but my gals tell me it french. google yeilds little, and wiki says it some sort of dutch pastry, what im trying to get at is WHAT IS POLENTA. but more importantly im down in ft. hood texas, where can i find it (killeed, harker heights)

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Pro membership charged but no access

I bought a Pro Membership and I logged in. I try to access the Pro membership features such as downloading PDF's and it says I need to buy a Pro membership to gain access. I have a Pay Pal receipt for the purchase and the finds were removed from my account. Can someone help out? I already sent in a support e-mail but was wondering if there was a faster way to get this fixed than waiting several days or worse yet weeks?

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Look who made his way in to my art...

ROBOT! I hope he sees this... I just finished a canvas for my pal Mohamed, it is his 16th birthday, and we all know homemade gifts are the best! I used a gallery style cotton canvas, KRINK (KR-INK), Spray paint (krylon) Decocolors, Prismacolors, India Ink, Oil paint, arcrylic paint, paper, stickers, sharpies, pencil crayons, oil stick (streaker) paper, and finally...glue I hope he likes it...

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Low Cost Electronics Parts & Supplies

if you are looking for electronics parts for you projects please visit my website. it is still under construction so give me time to add more parts to the inventory. Thank-You. http://andymanselectronics.com

Topic by silencekilla   |  last reply


Pokemon Ultimate Giveaway!

Time for the ultimate giveaway! I'll trade ANY Pokemon for  ANY Pokemon. That's right! You just need to meet the requirements below: 1. Game MUST be Pokemon Black or Pokemon White. 2. Must have Pal Pad. 3. Must be able to do a trade. 4. Must be able to connect to NWC. And that's all. Just give me your friend code! If you want your game cheat free, you cannot do this trade. Starts 5/13/11. Ends 6/1/11.

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Lamp Shade Out of MRI Image Film?

I have a set of MRI scans of my knee. I make lamps and want to make a lamp shade out of these scans. A friend says, no - they will burst into flames. Another pal says, yes - go for it, get an old lampshade from Salvation Army, remove the cloth and clip the MRI scans to the wire armature. Oh, and if I make one, to be sure to use a low watt bulb. I think the scans are cool. But if they burst into flames, that would be bad. So - any idea how this could safely be done? Thanks.

Topic by mandodeb   |  last reply


comp. screen with many ports, TV compatible? Answered

Apart from a VGA plug, my computer screen has a bunch of plugs. One of these is supposed to be a composite video port, but none of my cables fit. Do I need to splice some wires or just move 5 feet to my TV? (also, I'm not sure if it's PAL or NTSC. or if this would matter.) If I have to replace the plug on the screen, that's not a problem. link to screen page [EDIT] I made a butt-ugly adapter for the composite port, no luck there. Another Edit V=Vertical, not video

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Just a heads up: Toy Rods and Connectors Contest is coming up.

Yo. I'm not active in the Knex community anymore but wanted to give my old pals a heads up: From June 30th to August 11th the official Toy Rods and Connectors contest will go live on Instructables. (In case you don't know, it's basically a Knex contest but its open to other rod/connectors type toys). So if you have that big project coming up or a new idea to work on, make sure you save it to post until then so you can be in with the chance of winning. https://www.instructables.com/community/List-of-Upcoming-Contests/ Have a nice day.

Topic by Hiyadudez   |  last reply


nintendo DSI black for sale - reduced

I am selling my nintendo DSI black witch includes all of the following: DSI console charger lead 5 stylus's (2 of which are extendible) black case 2 game cartridge storage cases all of the manuals the original box and comes fully charged so you can play quicker it costs £69 for everything you see with free postage and packaging. I will only post it to to people in the UK. it is in a good working condition and has been tested. it is PAL format. if you have any questions or you would like to buy it then please leave a comment or private message me.

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Is there any free video conversion software that converts and encodes all video file types including swf?

I make a lot of videos with adobe's flash CS Series however, I'd like to convert and encode them to any video file that exists including SWF and MPEG-4, MPEG-2, MPEG-1 and the High Definition MPEG-5 also including many more video files and encoding such as FLV (Adobe Flash Video). it comes with encoding like AVC and VC-1 also with region types PAL and NTSC. it can also let you edit how big the video file should be (For if it gets burnt onto a DVD or USB or Hard Drive). is there any freeware or GPL software that can do this?

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Cheap Heatsinks

Does anyone need heatinks? If so I have some that I am willing to sell for a very reasonable price. I have them in many shapes and sizes just look at the pictures. Any that are pictured in pairs can be sold in pairs. I don't have a large amount of any type, but I have enough for your typicall electronics project that just needs a little extra cooling. These heatinks are salvaged but are still in good uncorroded condition. All come with screws. If you need more pictures or info on a certain one let me know. I accept secure payment through pay-pal. I prefer to ship to the continental US but if you are somewhere else we can work something out. Post or PM me if interested. Enjoy

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what was the name of the harry potter parody that had proffessor stumblebum , as a mockup of dumbledor? Answered

Hello, after watching potter puppet pals, i rememberd breifly watching a parody of harry potter on a show that was on air a a little while before thank god your here was first being airs which was a few years back. anyway, this show made spoofs of lord of the rings, all in a simila  fashion to than god your here, but only slightly. in this show, there was harry potter, and the scene i saw, was profesor dumbledor falling down the stairs, with someone going "proffesor stumblebum, are you ok?". and thats all i can remember. does anyone know the name of the show im talking about? perhaps it may have actually have been an earlier version of thank god your here, ifso, does anyone know the episode number?

Question by oldmanbeefjerky   |  last reply


50-800Mhz VHF TV Signal Transmitter for receiving TV Channels on Chinese Mobile Phone?

I have got a cheap Chinese Mobile Phone which has got Analog TV reception through an antenna it catches signals on the vhf band. My area only has two wireless analog channels, all other channels come through an analog signal through coaxial wire from the cable operator, when i place the cell phone few inches from the coax cable it gets almost  all the channels otherwise it gets only the single channel. I am looking into making a transmitter or signal amplifier + antenna to boost the coaxial signal so that i can tune into the channels within a short range i.e the room. The signal coming through the cable is PAL BG VHF 50-850Mhz.

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I'm looking to get a Arduino Duo Shield but can't buy it from the official site

I'm planning to buy myself some cool things from Sparkfun with an Arduino Duo, but their Duo Branded Shield doesn't sit on the Duo correctly so I would have to buy that from the official site, the one problem is....I don't have a pay pal account to pay for the shield I'll need to prototype and finalize the board. Also with paypal I have a limited number of Guest checkouts once that's up they'll force me to make an account with them. If anyone has these Duo shields and don't use them as much I'll love to have one, you can message me here so I be happy to give ya the address to send them to me. I wish RadioShack sold the Duo Shield so I can order as many I can. I really want to learn to code on Arduinos.

Topic by SuperScourge 


Lonely Planet Travel Tips Contest Winners

Instructables and Lonely Planet are happy to announce the winners of the Lonely Planet Travel Tips Contest!The world is a big and crazy place and to truly understand that you need to see it in person. Thanks to the entries in this contest we can learn from the mistakes and successes of others and help plan for a better trip in the future. The advice in these Instructables cover trips both grand and small, but all of the finalists have some advice that would be helpful.With all of the cool travel books from Lonely Planet as prizes we can only hope that these travelers will be planning yet another trip to explore a new place and get another perspective on life.Now, on with the winners! Third Prize The authors of these Instructables will each receive their choice of Lonely Planet phrasebook and an Instructables patch and stickers. In random order. When in mosquito bite, use THIS PRODUCT! Tips for the traveling photographer How To Do Waikiki And Oahu On The Cheap The Oh S..t Kit Altoids Tin Emergency Candle Best FREE Things to do at Walt Disney World Some Simple Travel Games for Car and Train Journeys How to: Bathtub laundry How to "Do Toledo" in 30 days (or less) How to travel to London, England - and have a great time! The "i have no clue what geocaching is", geocaching guide! The Robolocity Roaming Instructables Robot Gnome - RoboGnome Second Prize The authors of these Instructables will each receive Bluelist 2008: The Best in Travel, choice of a Lonely Planet guidebook, and an Instructables t-shirt. In random order. How to get the BEST out of your travels Urban Survival 101: Mobile Computing on the Fringe Improvised Flip Flops out of a camping mat Bumcamping in Japan pocket sized map book Business travel when you're not going executive class Space saving folding techniques for cloths. Prize (10) The Pocket Pal aka A Gals Other Pocket Pal RadBear's Travel Tips Traveling by Scooter First PrizeThe authors of these Instructables will each receive a choice of Cities, Asia, or Africa photo book, Bluelist 2008: The Best in Travel, choice of a Lonely Planet guidebook, and an Instructables t-shirt. In random order. Handy Tricks: World Traveler Edition by stasterisk Packing for Tropical Travelby aneel Turning a Cruise Full of Old People into a Death Defying Adventure by iwasthinkingaboutsoup

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[newsletter] Light Suits, LED Chess, Bioluminescent Algae...

June 26, 2008 Sign-up for this newsletter: function openSubscribePopUp(src){ var emailValidate = /\w{1,}[@][\w\-]{1,}([.]([\w\-]{1,})){1,3}$/ if(emailValidate.test(src.value) == false){ alert("Please enter correct email"); return; } window.open("/newsletter/newslettersignup?email=" + src.value,"newslettersignup1","status=yes,scrollbars=yes,resizable=yes,width=420,height=250"); } Welcome back! The Robot Contest closes for entries in just a few days. Enter your robot now to win a trip to RoboGames 2009!Now that the summer has officially started we're celebrating with our BBQ PDQ Contest. Show us your tastiest food for the grill and win an Instructables apron! The Pocket Pal for Safe Travel by foxquarry The Invisible Face Mask! by aKaMaKaVeLy Bioluminescent Algae by ScaryBunnyMan Create Wall Art With Electrical Tape by lilybee Cheap Portable Bluescreen by themakeclass Turn Signal Biking Jacket by leahbuechley DIY Gary Fong Lightsphere by arturg Yip Yip Costume by sliny Build a 96-Volt Electric Motorcycle by Kentucky-bum Handy Tricks for the World Traveler by stasterisk LED Chess Set by Tetranitrate Mobile Computing on the Fringe by johnnyallenshaw Closes for entries onJuly 6th! Winners announcednext week Grill up something tasty! Extendable bed for an SUV or truck by galadriel How to get the best out of your travels by josh EL wire outfits by enlighted Guitar Tube Amp by gmoon Now go make something awesome, and I'll see you next week! - Eric Sign-up for this newsletter: function openSubscribePopUp(src){ var emailValidate = /\w{1,}[@][\w\-]{1,}([.]([\w\-]{1,})){1,3}$/ if(emailValidate.test(src.value) == false){ alert("Please enter correct email"); return; } window.open("/newsletter/newslettersignup?email=" + src.value,"newslettersignup2","status=yes,scrollbars=yes,resizable=yes,width=420,height=250"); }

Topic by fungus amungus 


Old DVD and CD Drives for Sale.

I have some old DVD and CD drives that I don't want and I thought somebody might want to buy them for a little bit of nothing. The DVD drives have the following: Atleast two continuous motors. A LED A push button A laser diode Assorted gears, pulleys, rods, and belts. The CD drives have the following: Atleast two continuos motors A LED A push button Assorted gears, pulleys, rods, and belts. These drives don't work in computers but most of the internals are still useable for projects. I am not trying to make a lot of money from these I don't want them so I thought maybe somebody else could use them. I just want you to pay me shipping plus a few dollars for the packing and my time. Shippping may be kind of expensive because these are heavy. If you prefer I can take out the parts that you want and send you just those. Either way I hope somebody can use these. I preffer to ship to only the continental US. I accept payment through pay pal. If you are interested then post and I will respond and we can work things out over the PM system.

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How To Fix The World &amp; Grassroots Innovation Takes Root - Instructables in Forbes

Instructables, Squid Labs, Saul, and Eric are all in Forbes:Grassroots Innovation Takes Rootby Peter HoyThe next great wave of technology maybe something that you invent yourself. Really.Most of the big commercial technology companies do all they can to hide the complexity of their products under shiny tamper-proof surfaces. They believe consumers don't want to read manuals. The fewer buttons the better. Think Apple, automakers and most consumer electronics makers.But there's a subversive movement building, too, led by self-proclaimed do-it-youselfers. They want to reinvent the gadgets in their life, much like software hackers have reworked code. They don't all have expert technical skills, but they have a passionate desire to reshape technology in their own rough image.What makes their dreams possible is easy access to open-source software, cheap microchips and wide-open collaboration on the Web. It's the manufacturing-sector version of desktop publishing.How To Fix The World by Quentin HardySaul Griffith (above) is only 34 years old, but he's already helped create enough technologies and companies to last a lifetime. A short list includes a cheap way to prescribe and create corrective lenses in the developing world, a wind energy generation system using massive high-altitude kites and a human-powered energy project.His greatest creations, however, may be a popular comic book series called HowToons, designed to help kids think like inventors and, with Massachusetts Institute of Technology pal Eric Wilhelm, a Web site called Instructables, created to spur collaborative invention among adults. More news and press about Instructables here.

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Slowly but very very surely going nuts from workshop withdrawal.

I had surgery on my right shoulder two weeks ago & am looking at least another month before I can even lift a saw let alone pound away at anything with a hammer. I have a ton of those springtime jobs around that any other time would take me an afternoon at most to do. There is a nice big pile of timber salvaged from a lovely neighbor up the road who has finally finished her two year building project I could be building all sorts of things for the garden with. I at last got some of my book collection back from my ex but I can't so much as make a bookend let alone the shelves they deserve so Dickens & Homer are stacked on the bedroom floor with Wordsworth & Chaucer. I picked up a new vice for my workbench a day before the surgery & it is sitting on the bench taunting me, I can almost hear it whispering "come on fit me to the bench I dare you" "just let your better half catch you with a spanner in your hand then you will catch it won't you?" This is too much for an active mind to bear & I am going nuts!!!!!!!! But on the upside................. In a few weeks I will have plenty of jobs to do that will take me an afternoon at most so they won't overstrain my healing shoulder. I will have a nice big pile of salvaged timber with which I can build lots of new things for our garden; I may well start with a new hammock frame after all I could do with a good rest :-) Bear in mind that this is England so I will have a good amount of rainy summer days I will have at least one job I can get done in the house as I have some book shelves to design & build after all Dickens & Homer & their friends Wordsworth & Chaucer may well be re-united with their old pals Verne, Twain & Hugo if they eventually get here so they will need plenty of space. And of course I will be able to silence the voice in my head from that vice sitting idle on the bench & put it to work; LOTS of work. I do love summer so very much OH HAPPY HAPPY DAYS!!!

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HELP!!! GIRL TROUBLE!!!!

Please help me im in a BAD situation!!!!!!!!!!please read this long story and help me out, by giving advice.Promlemo 1Well you see the girl that i kinda fancied, fancies one of my 'friends', hes not a best frind or anything just like a pal.Anyways, he likes her too and they are thinking of going out.Problemo 2The girl that i kinda fancied, well one of her best friends fancies me. But i absoloutly don't like her back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!(emphasizing)Absoloutly! I DON' T WANT TO GO OUT WITH HER!Problemo 3Anyway the girl that i don't want to go out with, some how got my msn address. And yesterday, i got invited in a big group conversation with her in. She asked me "wud u go out wid me?" i said no.Then she said i Know you like me aswell.And i said 'nope'.She also started embaressing me in the group conv by saying 'luvey duvey' comments about me. Everyone in there was LOLing, LMAOing, ROFLing.It was really annoying and, i was thinking of not going school the next day but i did go.Shes very shy and quiet in class. Promlemo 4 WORRY!Im really worrying, if she asks me out at school, im not very good with these kind of encounters. How can i say NO to her?I really don't want to go out with her. I know all of youll think give her a chance or don't be mean, but NO i absoloutly don't want to go out with her.Problemo 5The girl who i kinda fancy, well i chatted to her for the first time yesterday on msn. and it went pretty smooth. But today she hasn't been on. Has she blocked me :(, or deleted me or WHAT?Can you all please be apreciate. And give me soloutions to the problems above!!!!!Im hoping Goodhart or Mr. Rig will help me out really well.But i want anyone to help at the moment. Give serious answers on what i can do to all 5 problems.BTW i have to find a soloution to Problemo #4 by monday, because i might see her that dy at school.Im really annoyed.PLEASE HELP!Thank You for reading this ridiculously long explanation.HELP!!!

Topic by Baron A   |  last reply


Radioactive lift controls recalled in France

NEW DELHI (AFP) - India's atomic safety body said Thursday that radioactive scrap metal which found its way into buttons installed into lifts in France had been traced back to a western Indian foundry.At least four Indian firms were involved in the manufacture of the components, an official said, but it was still unclear where the contaminated scrap originated."We are tracking back the whole chain," Satya Pal Agarwal, head of the radiological safety division of India's Atomic Energy Regulatory Board, told AFP."We are taking steps in each place. Exporters have been advised to buy monitors to check their materials before exporting."France's Mafelec firm delivered thousands of lift buttons to Otis, a subsidiary of the US elevator company, which installed them in at least 500 lifts in the country over the summer.Otis has said it is now in the process of removing the buttons, after France's Nuclear Safety Authority announced Tuesday that 20 workers who handled the lift buttons had been exposed to excessive levels of radiation.The French nuclear safety agency has said the lift buttons contained traces of radioactive Cobalt 60.AFP articleSteel items imported {into Sweden} from India showing faint traces of radioactivity were found in Sweden, before the same substance was traced on Indian-made lift buttons in France, officials said Wednesday.The levels of Cobalt 60, a radioactive form of the metal, were considered harmless and the steel components have not been recalled, the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority (SSM) told AFP."Dutch customs discovered that a shipment of industrial flanges from India to Sweden showed traces of Cobalt 60," SSM spokesman Mattias Skoeld said.Focus Agency feedFrench elevator maker Otis said it would remove the buttons from hundreds of lifts it has installed after a radioactivity scare over Indian-supplied materials.The company made the announcement after France's Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN) said 20 French workers who had handled buttons used in lifts had been exposed to to excessive levels of radiation.An Otis spokesman said the firm's plan to remove the buttons "concerned 500 to 600 lifts out of the 2,500 that Otis has installed, modernised or repaired between August 21 and October 9 even if there is no danger for users."The ASN classed the incident at factory of the Mafelec firm in the east-central French town of Chimilin at "Level Two" on a scale of seven because of the exposure of more than 10 people to doses exceeding the reglementary limit.SA Times article

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DIY DVR (PVR ?)

No, not the mythTV variety, but the real deal. I've been messing with uCLinux on various chip, which led to a vague daydream that I sketched out on the train today. These are my notes on a personal DVR. I say personal because its design for MY needs, and not the typical user. It also happens that no commercial DVR will meet these specs without being mired in lawsuits (see replayTV). Why an embedded solution and not MythTV? I've had mythtv boxes, they can be a lot of fun, and a lot of frustration. Mostly, I don't have room for a second computer, I don't want to use a ton of energy to record a few programs, and no matter where it ends up in my apartment, I will be able to hear it at night. MyDVR: I already watch all my TV on the computer. Either by TV tuner or Xvid. I don't need a Tivo style DVR that will play back content on a TV with a nice menu display. I need a mass storage device that records TV shows. I want Xvid. MPEG2 is huge. Its also kinda ugly. I really really like the look of the XVID codec. It takes a reasonable amount of space for a decent encode (~178 meg per ~20 minutes HDTV). I want multiple tuners...I mean, what if there are two (or five) programs to record simultaneously? Basic design: A motherboard with 32 bit CPU running uClinux (probably a chip from Freescale). These usually have USB and an ethernet MAC (but no PHY). USB 2.0 mass storage device emulation on the USB port. This way the unit can be hooked up to a PC for easy video extraction. This might also have some configuration abilities, but that would require a custom mass storage controller driver - YUCK! Ethernet with HTTP server for show scheduling. IDE interface to a big hard drive. The tuners and encoders would be on add-in cards. The add-in cards would have: 1. A tv tuner. 2. A DSP with xvid encoding. 3. Probably a small uC to control the DSP and tuner. Whats already in my knowledge domain (stuff that I already know about -or- could I really do it?): 1. I've been messing with uClinux for a while. What fun. 2. USB mass storage controller implementations are numerous. check. 3. Embedded HTTP server - check. But I have not routed a PCB using an external PHY. This looks messy. Perhaps a ENC28J60 instead? 4. I've been reading up on some XVID DSP implementations. There are also some commercial MP4 chips, but I bet they're pricey! 5. I picked up a bare PAL tuner at the surplus shop. Time to play. There are a few things that make this project easier than a Tivo clone. There is no video output. No need to do fancy display overlays synced to the incoming/decoding video stream. This is encode only - no need to load, decode, and display the XVID. I'm kinda testing the waters on this project. I'm going to get some DSPs and try to do real-time XVID compression. Also, I need to figure out the tuner card. Any suggestions within the scope of this project would be awesome! Especially if you've worked with uClinux and have a processor recommendation.

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Digita Media Enthusiast/Tech Support Specialist

Job description ABOUT PAI PAI is a community rich in culture and diversity, distinguished by its high level of job satisfaction. We believe that our team members are our most valuable assets, so we recognize and reward great performance. We believe in open communication and foster an environment of creativity, loyalty and respect both for employees and clients alike. THE BIG PICTURE Do you like to get into in-depth trouble-shooting that would revolve around TiVo, DVR, or multiple types of digital video media? Do you excel in communicating with people in both a technical and non-technical way? Are you known for thinking outside the box when it comes to creative trouble-shooting solutions? If so, there’s a strong possibility you’d fit in well with an exciting new project at PAI. As Team Leader, you’ll assist in providing first-and second-level customer support for the full line of video media software products for our newest client. You and your team will interface with customers via telephone and email to provide troubleshooting, patches and/or bug fixes, version upgrades and software use tips. Ensuring the highest level of customer satisfaction is key, and will be measured by providing quality issue resolution within the established response time intervals and service level standards. DESIRED EXPERIENCE/QUALIFICATIONS • Basic professional understanding of video standards such as NTSC and PAL, frames and fields, and frame rate and basic video signals such as composite, S-video, Component, SDI and DV. • Basic understanding of broadcast digital video formats and compression such as Standard Definition, High Definition, MPEG-2, GOP Structure, Program and Transport Stream, as well as popular internet streaming, and download and desktop media formats such as Windows Media, Real Networks, QuickTime, MPEG-l, MP3, MPEG-4, etc. • Understanding of audio channels, digital audio sample size sample rates. • Understanding of non-linear video editing concepts. • Familiarity or use of a content management system or digital asset repository THE EVERYDAY VIEW • Phone, Email, and Remote Desktop support to resolve client issues, • Lead a professional team in providing world class support to leading industry customers • Verify and escalate bug reports to Engineering for resolution • Document problems/resolutions for internal/external knowledge base articles. • Effectively communicate with customers, both written and orally, to manage expectations through the trouble-shooting and issue resolution process. WE’RE LOOKING FOR SOMEONE WITH: • Excellent trouble-shooting/problem solving skills with high attention to details and good follow-through. • Excellent written and oral communication skills. • Ability to install and configure Windows Operating Systems. • Basic hardware, software, operating system and device driver troubleshooting skills. • Basic understanding of MS SQL and/or Oracle server installation and configuration. • Basic Linux/Unix installation and administration skills. • Understanding of Windows File Systems, configuring IIS, JBOSS, Apache, File permissions and Disk management. • Ability to troubleshoot basic networking and connectivity issues including TCP/IP, DHCP and DNS. • Ability to effectively work with a variety of personalities and occasional stressful situations. • Ability to multi-task under time constraints. • Able to work Evening and Late Night shifts. • Experience providing support within a Network Operations Center environment, • Digital Media or related Software or Production Service or 2+ years Digital Media Encoding/Production Experience.  To apply: 142a+8972@c1.catchthebest.com http://pai.catchthebest.com/apply/142a/8972  Cindy Law HR Manager 858-495-3525

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McMADSAT make and do, show and tell. Scotland's first Maker Event 2009. Full report

Report of the McMADSAT event 14th March 2009, at the Glasgow Science CentreWe had a fantastic day. Outside it was a grey gale of a day, but inside was a riot of colour and activity. The aim was to enthuse the public with the fun of making things from a variety of technologies. Anyone who wanted to, could join in, make something and take it away with them, and all for free. Hundreds of people of all ages came along and had a great time. A general video of the event can be seen at https://www.instructables.com/community/Mc_MADSAT/ (Thanks to Les Oates for making this excellent film for us).I am happy to discuss further with anyone planning their own event, and you can see more about it and the process by which I got the event going, at http://mcmadsat.blogspot.com/ExhibitorsStar Guest, all the way from London, was Professor Maelstromme (AKA Amanda Scrivener), who brought her beautiful creationsWhat can you make from a dead umbrella? Display of the possibilities for reusing the fabric and structure of dead umbrellas.The Tea Party. 1950s style tea party made from a combination of hand made fabric and edible pieces.Cardboard structures from the students of the department of Architecture at the University of Strathclyde.Greensteam's steampunkery, 101 uses for a dead keyboard and other examples of her work as shown on Instructables.The Offline Mechanical Blog – a very old manual typewriter with continuous paper available for the public to type their messages and thoughts on for all to shareLemonie (another Instructables enthusiast, who travelled up from York especially) brought his amazing conversion of a VHS player-into-toaster that makes toast with VHS imprinted in it. He also brought his nice LEGO USB stick, a lantern made out of a tin-can & glass. and his *untested* wind-turbine, made from VHS player parts.On the Young Makers stand we had a display of virtuoso Lego constructions and an extensive collection of home made Steampunkery.The self-replicating machine from the department of Design Manufacture and Engineering Management at the University of Strathclyde, the Reprap, was on display and moving but sadly not reproducing on the day.ActivitiesThe public were offered a wide range of free hands-on activities, which ran continuously all day, to 'Make and Take'Soldering - make a solar theremin (or a robot). 16 of these were made and all worked first time. Some were taken for a trial run in the sun and a video of this can be seen at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZzUZMon3vpA The Stemnet ambassadors helped visitors to make their own Musical Straw Oboes.One of the most popular activities – especially with children – the Stemnet ambassadors supervised the making of many handsfull of Gloop.The Stemnet ambassadors used the plastic Polymorph for visitors to make a fingerprint keyring to take away.Fishy things - Busy Bees Art studio provided painting and collage fishes to make, particularly for our very young visitors.The Glasgow Crocheted Coral Reef invited visitors to try their hands at crocheting and contribute to the growing coral reef, all made from wool and even strips of plastic bag. Many total novices not only tried their hands but actually completed a piece of coral to contribute to the reef. This workshop area was very busy throughout, with visitors typically spending 30 minutes or more participating. Many thanks to my civil engineer pal who ran this.House of Cards - visitors could make and take their own set of the design classic 'Eames cards', which slot together to form fantastical structures. Ideal for recycling old greetings cards.Cable necklets, keyboard bracelets and keyboard film wallets. All made from recycled/repurposed materials from dead keyboards. Popular with adults and children alike.Risk assessments were provided to the Glasgow science centre, for all the activities. There were no injuries and the 'emergency first aid bucket of water' was not needed as there were no soldering or gluegun burns.Participant Presenters30 people were involved on the day, either as exhibitors or as workshop facilitators. An essential component of the team was the group of11 Stemnet ambassadors, most of whom were there all day. It would have been impossible to run so many activities without them. Another group in the team was the members of the Glasgow Electron Club who, with some friends and a Stemnet ambassador, ran the soldering workshops continuously all day. We were particularly fortunate to have two exhibitors travel up specially to take part. Several exhibitors were entrepreneurs who gave their time for nothing, even though the venue rules meant they could not sell anything, nor charge for the activities being provided. This was especially generous given the harsh financial climate just now. Everyone said they had lots of fun.PublicOver 1,000 people visited the Glasgow Science Centre on the day. The BSA/NSEW assessment forms collected only represent <10% of the visitors to the McMADSAT area. Stallholders and workshop facilitators estimated a total of about 425 active participants (people who did an activity, or asked questions and generally interacted with the displays) by 1530 (GSC shuts at 1700). However, even these only represent a proportion of the people visiting the event which, although not recorded, probably amount to about double that, since most of the activities were taken up by children accompanied by other family members. The numbers at any given time were variable, depending upon the GSC's own activities/talks etc. I would estimate that the McMADSAT area was visited by at least 700-800 during the day. From the few assessment forms returned, and from chatting to the public, it was clear that most had come simply because they were coming to the GSC anyway, but some (mainly young adults) had come as a result of internet and email information or because of the Metro article. The GSC visitors seem to be mainly families with children of primary school age. The University of Glasgow Steampunk Society had come especially to make contact with the steampunk element, as featured in the Metro article. We also collected some contact details for future events. BudgetThe total budget for the event was the £500 grant provided from NSEW Scotland scheme. This had to cover all the exhibitors' costs and the costs for the free make and take activities, plus all publicity etc.In-Kind Sponsors:The Glasgow Science Centre provided free space, tables, cloths, technical assistance, without which the event would not have been possible at all.The publishers of Make and Craft magazines, O'Reilly's, did not feel able to sponsor us in the same extent as they did for the much larger event in Newcastle on the same day, but did send boxes of back issues of their magazines to give away, which probably amounted to an equivalent of about £300 at UK newsstand prices.Clockworkrobot.com provided more theremin kits than contracted for, which were themselves at cost price.Madlabs provided free batteries for all the kits they supplied at cost.Instructables.com assisted with publicity and allowed the use of their logo.VenueNone of this would have been possible at all, particularly on this minimal budget, without the kindness of the Glasgow Science Centre. The Director agreed immediately to offer us the space free, plus the use of tables and technical help to enable this event to take place. We were able to partially set up the night before which was very helpful in avoiding a scramble on the day. We were able to get the loan of 4 GSC soldering irons which avoided us having to get personal ones PAT tested. This was the ideal venue for us as it meant we really didn’t have to do a great deal of publicity as we could be sure of an audience from the GSC's normal throughput.PublicityThe event was listed in the NSEW diary and in the university of Strathclyde's NSEW information. Posters were distributed around venues in Glasgow and information posted on relevant websites. A blogspace http://mcmadsat.blogspot.com was set up as a temporary web presence to refer people to. The Metro published a small piece which was a wonderful boost.Lessons for the futureNeeded more helpers and more exhibitors. Outdoor displays would have been impossible as the weather was dreadful, but it is still necessary to have some more dramatic displays as well as the hands on activities. Successful soldering for novices really needs 1:1 or 1:2 supervision. The budget only worked because minimal publicity was done at low cost and all the participant presenters were generous with their time and resources. Anything more ambitious than what was done on this occasion would need a larger organising team and significant sponsorship.

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