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2x Questions - Techy

First question - Does RadioShack sell female USB ports? Ones like those that you would use for a mouse, so I could plug in a USB powered device (mp3 player) to charge through, say, a car or wall? It doesn't matter what other type of end it has on it, I'm just going to cut it off anyway. 2nd - Does RadioShack (that's the only electronics around here) sell power adapters, you know, that plug into the wall and output DC power, that output around 5v of power and around 500mA? I'll probably go 'round to garage sales and stuff to find junky electronics, but would like to know if there was an alternative if I happened to not find one. Again, 'tis to be used as a charger for my mp3 player. Thank y'all for your help!

Topic by Bran    |  last reply

Did U know the 'Iron Penny' is the top First IMAGE on Google

I published this ible   Lucky Penny 4 You  some time ago. Then onrust just found this as the first pic under Google image  if you lookup the Iron Penny. Happy to be an Instructable Member

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What should go in a Techie toolbox?

I want to put together a gift for a friend - a cool tool box with things he might need but definitely doesn't have (he pretty much only has a drill). I don't want just hammers and such, he works with robotics and computers, as well as building various devices with motors and moving parts. I'm looking for things that might help him, a "Mythbuster's" tool box if you will. Does anyone have ideas? What would you like in your collection? What is a basic list that I could start with?

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techy w00tness - a day of computer tech guy

Some1 brought the following quote to another forum i am inits sure been copy pasted alot of times before me. the original author is unknownI was working in a job running the campus email system some years ago when I got a call from the chairman of the statistics department. "We're having a problem sending email out of the department." "What's the problem?" I asked. "We can't send mail more than 500 miles," the chairman explained. I choked on my latte. "Come again?" "We can't send mail farther than 500 miles from here," he repeated. "A little bit more, actually. Call it 520 miles. But no farther." "Um... Email really doesn't work that way, generally," I said, trying to keep panic out of my voice. One doesn't display panic when speaking to a department chairman, even of a relatively impoverished department like statistics. "What makes you think you can't send mail more than 500 miles?" "It's not what I *think*," the chairman replied testily. "You see, when we first noticed this happening, a few days ago--" "You waited a few DAYS?" I interrupted, a tremor tinging my voice. "And you couldn't send email this whole time?" "We could send email. Just not more than--" "--500 miles, yes," I finished for him, "I got that. But why didn't you call earlier?" "Well, we hadn't collected enough data to be sure of what was going on until just now." Right. This is the chairman of *statistics*. "Anyway, I asked one of the geostatisticians to look into it--" "Geostatisticians..." "--yes, and she's produced a map showing the radius within which we can send email to be slightly more than 500 miles. There are a number of destinations within that radius that we can't reach, either, or reach sporadically, but we can never email farther than this radius." "I see," I said, and put my head in my hands. "When did this start? A few days ago, you said, but did anything change in your systems at that time?" "Well, the consultant came in and patched our server and rebooted it. But I called him, and he said he didn't touch the mail system." "Okay, let me take a look, and I'll call you back," I said, scarcely believing that I was playing along. It wasn't April Fool's Day. I tried to remember if someone owed me a practical joke. I logged into their department's server, and sent a few test mails. This was in the Research Triangle of North Carolina, and a test mail to my own account was delivered without a hitch. Ditto for one sent to Richmond, and Atlanta, and Washington. Another to Princeton (400 miles) worked. But then I tried to send an email to Memphis (600 miles). It failed. Boston, failed. Detroit, failed. I got out my address book and started trying to narrow this down. New York (420 miles) worked, but Providence (580 miles) failed. I was beginning to wonder if I had lost my sanity. I tried emailing a friend who lived in North Carolina, but whose ISP was in Seattle. Thankfully, it failed. If the problem had had to do with the geography of the human recipient and not his mail server, I think I would have broken down in tears. Having established that--unbelievably--the problem as reported was true, and repeatable, I took a look at the file. It looked fairly normal. In fact, it looked familiar. I diffed it against the in my home directory. It hadn't been altered--it was a I had written. And I was fairly certain I hadn't enabled the "FAIL_MAIL_OVER_500_MILES" option. At a loss, I telnetted into the SMTP port. The server happily responded with a SunOS sendmail banner. Wait a minute... a SunOS sendmail banner? At the time, Sun was still shipping Sendmail 5 with its operating system, even though Sendmail 8 was fairly mature. Being a good system administrator, I had standardized on Sendmail 8. And also being a good system administrator, I had written a that used the nice long self-documenting option and variable names available in Sendmail 8 rather than the cryptic punctuation-mark codes that had been used in Sendmail 5. The pieces fell into place, all at once, and I again choked on the dregs of my now-cold latte. When the consultant had "patched the server," he had apparently upgraded the version of SunOS, and in so doing *downgraded* Sendmail. The upgrade helpfully left the alone, even though it was now the wrong version. It so happens that Sendmail 5--at least, the version that Sun shipped, which had some tweaks--could deal with the Sendmail 8, as most of the rules had at that point remained unaltered. But the new long configuration options--those it saw as junk, and skipped. And the sendmail binary had no defaults compiled in for most of these, so, finding no suitable settings in the file, they were set to zero. One of the settings that was set to zero was the timeout to connect to the remote SMTP server. Some experimentation established that on this particular machine with its typical load, a zero timeout would abort a connect call in slightly over three milliseconds. An odd feature of our campus network at the time was that it was 100% switched. An outgoing packet wouldn't incur a router delay until hitting the POP and reaching a router on the far side. So time to connect to a lightly-loaded remote host on a nearby network would actually largely be governed by the speed of light distance to the destination rather than by incidental router delays. Feeling slightly giddy, I typed into my shell: $ units 1311 units, 63 prefixes You have: 3 millilightseconds You want: miles 558.84719 / 0.0017893979 "500 miles, or a little bit more."

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Fun (Techie) Question(s)...(will be continued if there is interest) This is #1:

Engineering problem: The problem is to take an extension cord (you will have to figure the gauge at some point), and wire in 2 more "sockets" (for plugs) in series or in parallel, plus 3 neon bulbs in such a way that they only light when something is...#1: plugged into the corresponding socket &#2: the something (appliance, light, etc) is turned on, in other words, when that portion of the circuit is closed. The cord will be for very light rated appliances or bulbs. Nothing beyond a kilowatt althogether. Specify extension cord wire gauge and anything else needed for the project and it's necessary rating / part number. And most of all, have fun....and don't over think the problem ;-) OK, I blew it.....I knew I had created a similar cord to the one I described, and finally found it....only it doesn't do what I said it does. I merely had Neons that come on when the cord is plugged in.......this is what happens to your memory as you get older LOL.

Topic by Goodhart    |  last reply

What does Arduino mean? Answered

I see many Ibles in this group and i assume they are "techie" but what does it actually mean? Thanks

Question by craftyv    |  last reply

Aspiring techie. Where do I find the skills, the tools, the work?

As a child I grew up on legos and K'nex, and I wish my first computer had come earlier in life. I want to pursue more things like programming, robotics, working on cars and lighting the neighborhood with massive LED Beacons of custom-PC goodness. I've tried some researching of certain topics on my own, but I usually run into some difficult roadbumps. Particularly, there often runs a gap between beginner and advanced knowledge I find hard to bridge. I started off great with some programming classes at college, but their department is lacking. The other significant obstacle that comes to mind is cost. It's hard to shell out for new tools and parts for every project. Do you have any advice? Where could I find an entry-level job at an electronics re-saler, or something like that? I don't really have the skills for a mechanic, but what might be a first step? Or, something pre-programming that I could learn from- particularly for game or software development? Which schools in the Midwest have more hands-on training?

Question by drumagon    |  last reply

what is arduino Answered

I know im going to sound stupied but what is arduino exactly like i know its a micro controller but what is it for i am a techy person but always have to build chipless boards trying to expand my creation skills thanks all

Question by theexpert    |  last reply

What is a good first tech project?

Pretty basic, I'm 16 and I want a good challenging techy project. Any ideas are appriciated but please bear cost in mind, I'm unemployed and am looking for a job and keeping grades up in school.

Question by Dubedition    |  last reply

Need to find out how to transfer videos from video camera to computer (You Tube). Not too techie, can you help?

Video camera is a Canon ES55. Trying to send video of grandaughter singing for a contest but can't figure out how to do it.

Question by rjdixon    |  last reply

How can you build a midi switch that responds to a pure data banger?

How can you build a midi switch that responds to a pure data banger? I am not techy and i have basically no clue what I am doing otherwise.

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Of all the LCD Projector Projects?

No one tells how to wire them up ! Like which wires go to what , like video input where to hook up an rca type connection or which wires to splice to, power and how much power to where!! Maybe I'm just not techie enough!

Question by windsorbug    |  last reply

Gran Torino

Well seeing as instructables doesn't have a movies board (that would make it look like it was a warez site right?) I thought I would ask in here specifically at you techies, and see if anyone has seen Gran Torino? If so, what did you think about the ending? I was a little hurt by that.

Topic by Punkguyta    |  last reply

can my xbox 360 hddvd add on be converted to play bluray disks?

Any techies out there know if there is a way to hack the xbox 360 add on hddvd player to play blu-ray disks? They both use blue lasers right? Any help would be appreciated. thanks, BIVIABCO

Topic by biviabco    |  last reply

What is the best way to handle telemarketers?

Seriously, you hang up they call back, you say no thanks and they are relentless. I tried saying hold a minute and setting the phone down until they hung up but they called back with a vengeance.I know this is not very techy, I will make my next question more hands on.Thanks in advance!

Question by htmlinc    |  last reply

USB in NES controller

So I read the NES controller flash card reader instructable, and I was wondering, would it be possible to make it in a way so you could make an external usb 'connecter'? I've never done any techie thing, so if someone would attempt it or just have some ideas, I'd be glad :) - Semantic

Topic by Semantic    |  last reply

SF Maker Faire Entry Deadline Extended

Did you forget to apply for a Maker booth at the 2008 SF Bay Area Maker Faire?The deadline has been extended to March 19, 2008 so get your application in now!Instructables will be there, as well as lots of your favorite artists, crafters, roboticists, techies, and performers. Join us!

Topic by canida    |  last reply

electric release latch

Hi! I'm trying to figure out how to go about creating a latch where applying an electrical current would release it. Probably something involving an electromagnet. I apologize (1) for the sudden flurry of board posts, and (2) if this is not the best board for this specific question - I know it's not exceptionally techy, but it looked like the best option. Thanks!!!!!!!!!

Topic by Purple Chez    |  last reply

Mozilla wants its users to help re design Firefox

The article pretty much explains it. "The Mozilla Labs, which acts as the idea wing for the organization behind Firefox, is expanding its call for open-source contributions to those outside its base of community-minded coders and techies. Now, they want to get designers and creative types in on the deal."

Topic by Ferrite    |  last reply

What To Do With Old Cell Phones?

My dad has a couple of old cell phones sitting in a drawer, and I'm wondering what I should do with them. Other than recycling them. Techie stuff I guess. One of them is a Samsung SCH-N150, the other is a Nokia from the late 90's I think, but I can't get the battery out so I can't see the model number (it's usually under it).

Topic by Aeshir    |  last reply

Idea- Instructables Awards

Everyone's posting ideas for instructables, so I thought I'd post one of my own- The Instructables Award. At the end of every year, the community will vote and pick winners for a category. There doesn't have to be a material prize. It could perhaps be some sort of badge, that is displayed on the winner's page ( example: Best something 2007)The categories would be something like this:Most productiveMost comments - (or the Goodhart award)Most innovativeMost featuredMost helpful (GMiko could be...)Most thoughtful...or somethingMost commentedMost resourcefulCommunity member of the year (The kiteman award)Most beloved (its a tight race between Ible Robot and Kiteman)Most random (*cough*Cough*)Most controversialRising star - New guy that's becoming popularRandom winner - no reasonMost funMost pyromaniac?Most greenBest techie (techie of the year)Best Artist (artist of the year)Longest running member (nonstaff)Best avatar?Best comment (the single best comment of the year?)Best forum topicwell? what do you think? Ideas for categories are welcome!

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How could I make a clock where the hour hand moves only once per hour, in one swift motion? Answered

I am a novice techie, very novice, but i have began to design a clock where the hour hand and minute hand need to move is one swift motion.  For example the minute hand moves just once every 60 seconds, and the hour hand moves just once at the top of the hour.  Im not sure if it would be called nonsweep or what.  I've seen those swiss clocks where I believe the minute hand does this, but I need the hour hand to do it too.  Im just so lost on this.  Dont know weather to go electronic or analog or what.  I need some real techie help here.  I would like to keep this as simple as possible...mostly for my own sake.  Im planning on making some clocks for christmas presents so hopefully you guys can help me solve this problem.  Thanks in advance guys!

Question by holychachi    |  last reply

Bluetooth repeater

This is actually a question, for a group who appear to be the real hackers of science. OK, so much for the butter.. here's my question: I've seen an add for a Bluetooth device which will connect up to five headsets, forum style. But at 400 plus shipping, U.S., I was wondering if there might be another... more techie... cheaper way to do it. I only need to couple two headsets, but I understand that headsets don't have the smarts to be able to pair with each other. Any takers? Anyone do this before? Thanks, Stan

Topic by stancomm  

how to bypass a changed password by ex girlfriend on a MAC air?

Have a mac Air a gift from now ex-girlfriend. She changed my logon info so now i can only sign in as guest. While she can remotely connect to my laptop and cause havoc with my books and numbers and customers. Apple support and store are both no help even though I can prove its mine. So does any techy out there know a solution to my problem??

Question by bchase1    |  last reply

making a mini fridge. need help!!!

 well i've decided to make a mini fridge out of an old computer case but i still dont really understand how. i know i need a peltier, heat sink, and a fan. but in what order? do i need a cold plate? how do i arrange all of the units to make the inside of the case cold? i'm not too techy so please be descriptive. :) my inspiration for this project is from this post,

Question by carly_gurl101    |  last reply

BBC plays steampunk band's wax record with fuse wire and mint tin.

Steampunk band The men That Will Not be Blamed for Nothing have released a new single. On wax. The BBC heard about this, and built a machine to play it.  For techies, their build is not exactly... good. The cylinder was recorded by Poppy Records with a mixture of digital computer techno-wizardry and a machine cobbled together from a video recorder and old arcade games. Played on a properly-built machine, the recordings are surprisingly pleasant to listen to.

Topic by Kiteman    |  last reply

Pandigital eReader froze...

I was looking for a site that would help me get my eReader working and I thought I will find the answer from the site.  My Pandigital eReader sort of froze and I cannot make it come to life again.  I saw the site saying I can turn this into an android? and then I cannot find the the how-to anymore as soon as I joined in. Please help me.  I am not as young as you are guys but I am willing to learn something 'techie'.  In the meantime, please help me with my eReader that just froze. Thank you

Question by CarlotaB    |  last reply

Adult Swim and Interference Inc - This NOT the work of the GRL

An advertising agency managed to shut Boston down with a guerrilla marketing campaign gone bad. Inspired by the GRL (the people behind LED Throwies), Interference, Inc, whose website appears to be blank right now, created some LED-based graffiti to promote a cartoon. Our friends at the GRL were not impressed, and posted a response here.Like a dog in heat, a producer/reporter from Inside Edition tracked me down earlier today hoping to find, and I quote, "a techie willing to explain these light-bulbs attached to magnets that are all over Boston." I tried to explain that the GRL and LED Throwies had nothing to do with it, but perhaps subtlety is lost when you're hot on the trail of a story. Carl, if you're out there, these are the links you weren't interested in getting from me. The people who actually are behind this posted the video below (which was removed by the original author, but reposted by the GRL). I grabbed it from here.There are lots of very interesting questions around this whole issue: When does art become advertising; how can we as "techies" educate those around us as to what's a bomb and what's art; and who is responsible for actions like these that shut down a city? The artists? The corporation that put them up to it? The government for making itself and the public so paranoid? In any case, join me in watching how this unfolds.

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PIR activated motor - can anyone help me build one?

I am baffled by the techie bits of the various PIR projects that I have stumbled across.  You're all very clever! I'd like to develop a kids toy whereby a small motor is triggered by movement in the room. it should: fit inside a plant pot be battery operated use very little or no power when inactive cost less than £10 / $15 in parts Is this possible?  Would anyone be willling to help me develop this toy? thanks. Julius (London, UK)

Question by julius100    |  last reply

Costume- Peacock

Last year I created a Jellyfish costume created out of discounted yarn, tull, a Clear umbrella and a string of electroluminescent wire. It got rave reviews and was just fun to play with. So, I have a vision but really no skills as far as technology or art are concern. I'm trying to deveolp a Peacock costume that will be primarly worn at night. I want the feathers to open and close preferably by a switch. I plan on having electroluminescent wire throughout the costume. I've been racking my rain and asking my techy friends for ideas but I keep coming up short. Anyone have an idea on how to "motorize" the feathers? Any advice is welcome and appriceated!!!

Topic by kristipoodle    |  last reply

Fort Of July

Anyone heard of this: ~ Fort of July ~ = playfulness + community building + irrelevant revelry team awesomes all over the globe unite and celebrate in the name of awesome, fun-enabling, just-for-the-heck-of-it attitude, the spirit of nevernever land, and because building forts is just downright sweet! so on July 4th: * get a gang together * brings fort supplies – sheets, pillows, boxes, ladders, tree fronds, whatever-is-clever! * build an awesome fort * play together, in the flesh and using fun flashy techy tools to connect forts in worldwide ideas = welcome! spreading the idea = super welcome! making it blow up = well duh! high 5! team awesome ________   From Fort Of July I'm totally going to celebrate, are you?

Topic by frenzy    |  last reply

Need help building an ion generator?

I'm not at all techy, but I need an ion generator for a kit that I sell and I dont want to pay the huge cost for the hobby kits. Can anyone help me with a simple way to build one my self, I want it to be 12v battery powered, and small enough to fit in a 4 in pvc pipe 6" long. I want it to blow out on one side with its own ion wind. I need to keep the cost to about 12.00 a unit. Any ideas would be appreciated. I can solder and read schematics, but I've never built a board before.  If someone could build these for $12, we might be able to work a deal.  silo

Question by silosounds    |  last reply

​Teachers! Let's Connect!

Hi, everyone! I'm Jess.Before joining the team here at Instructables, I was an Elementary STEM and ESE Teacher, and I have loved art and maker/DIY projects pretty much my entire life. Recently, I’ve seen some really awesome and inspiring projects and noticed that the authors were teachers, so I thought it would be cool to connect here and share what we're working on with other teachers who also love to tinker and make. I'm so excited to learn about what you all are up to and celebrate your crafty, techie, maker awesomeness! :DFeel free to say hi and share about the things you love to create or link to your most recent project in the comments below.

Topic by WeTeachThemSTEM    |  last reply

Powering 12" - 17" LCD screen with a battery - possible?

Hi there - i had an idea for a project but am stuck on the techie details, hopefully someone can help! The idea involves a freestanding LCD monitor running on battery rather than plugged into a wall. ideally the the battery would be as small as possible and concealable. Also, i would like to strip the monitor of its casing and if possible connection to a computer and have it just display a single video clip on loop that would come from a source directly connected to the display - would anyone know how this could be achieved?? thanks in advance to any and all responses! PS i cannot use a tablet, for cost reasons and also i need the screen stripped so as to attach it to the final installation. 

Topic by tsunamigirl    |  last reply

Problem connecting a USB device. Breadboarded USBasp programmer circuit detected as 'Other Device' on connecting to PC.

Dear techie I am trying to build a USBasp programmer with the ATmega 8 microcontroller and have successfully breadborded  it along with the other passive elements. The problem arose when on connecting with the PC through a USB cable, a message flickered saying that the device has malfunctioned and won't work correctly. Further the progammer was listed as 'Other Device' in the Device manager of Windows xp. Even when I try to manually  load the driver for the USBasp, the wizard said that it couldn't find a better driver than the present one and didn't load the actual driver(lib_usb.dll). USBasp is compatible with Windows xp which is my current OS. Please help.

Question by ygsh    |  last reply

how to change keyboard key assignments by rewiring keyboard

Trying to create a keyboard (steampunk design, but not necessary for you to know) with reassigned keys.  i would like to place symbols/icons on the keys and when someone is presented with an encoded message, they choose the appropriate keys and the message comes out in our normal alphabet.  if i don't reassign the keys, then someone familiar with the keyboard qwerty style can figure out the message without using the keyboard. i'm not very techy so pls. be as clear as possible.  i have found freeware out there that reassigns the keyboard keys but it is global and i need this to be keyboard specific since i'm designing the keyboard to look futuristic. it's for a scavenger hunt party.   thanks for any help out there.

Topic by invitediva    |  last reply

A proposed projects for physics...

Hello there techies, the project USB charger was proposed by me to our professor in physics II. unfortunately he didn't accept such project HOWEVER he was happy. He just said that our project is not yet satisfying. He wants us to do a power inverter. We will buy a 2 6-volts battery and series it and it will output a 200+volts with a 30watts and then we will insert any charger such as a nokia cell phone charger and then voila, it should be charging. Do you think it is possible to do? And another project I proposed is that we will make a REAL TIME CLOCK using a 7 segment. I already had a schematic from youtube. and it uses a decade counter ICs but unfortunately I think such ICs are not available in our country, can you help us sir? T____T 

Topic by glennvontot    |  last reply

Marketplace to Buy/Sell Items!

Hey Everyone! It's been a while, but I've been busy working on a new project called Marketplacr - a site where members of communities can buy/sell goods from/to each other.  Think of it as similar to a site like Etsy, except geared towards techy/awesome Instructables users. I thought Instructables users would really enjoy a site like this, so I set up one of the first marketplaces for us.  Sign up on the site, list items from your Instructables, and see what other users are selling stuff from their projects. Feel free to let me know about any problems/issues/suggestions/complaints  :) And a how-to-use guide:

Topic by icinnamon  

Original idea to ask her dad

Hi there, My name is Nicolas, I'm french and i'm asking for the help of the community. Me and my girlfriend are thinking to get married soon and I wanted to find an original way to ask her dad for his permission. The thing is that her parents live in Washington and I'm not able to go there. I was thinking of sending something or make something virtual (i'm a software engieneer).  Moreover her father is not a real techy guy but rather a tech enthousiast. So I search something around the tech theme. So here is my question, do you have any orignal idea with this tech direction in mind that i can produce to ask her father. Sorry for my bad english. If something is unclear, please ask for mor explanation. Best regards, Nicolas

Topic by NicolasP38    |  last reply

Need Advice: Push a Button Get an Alert on Mobile Phone

Hi all, I'm attempting something "techy" for the first time and need a bit of help getting started, or deciding if this is possible. I'm trying to create something that will send an alert to a mobile phone if a button on another device is pushed. I'm fairly confident this is possible, but not sure what technology I could use to achieve this. I bought an Amazon Dash button to play with but not sure if that makes sense.  A rough idea of what I'm trying to achieve: If the Amazon Dash button is pushed and HELD for more than 5 seconds, the phone it's linked to would display an alert message or sound (preferably until the button is released). The button and the phone would be located in the same room. Does that sound feasible? What are some components/skills I would need to gather/learn for this project? Massive thanks for the help!

Topic by CoughCough    |  last reply

BRIDGE RECTIFIER ? used electronic transformers 240AC in, 65va max - 12AC out,, to power LED strip lights?

Hi, I need help to understand what I would need to use a bunch of these (free) old transformers to power various 12vdc LED strip lights in my garage.          I have read-up on the subject of using a bridge rectifier in each circuit to convert the AC to DC,,, BUT,, being completely useless at formula / algebra / maths, I cannot work out which bridge rectifier would work for me. I can adjust the length of LED strip to suit, but the longer - the better!  The LED strips I have are 5m long, 300leds, & the specs say 5amp for the full length. So, is there a bridge rectifier available to buy, what number is it? (same if I need anything else)  Please help,, and try not to baffle me with techy science.  Many thanks.

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GRL Still Up and Running???

Hey guys I have been following GRL ever sense I got into technological graffiti and graffiti that is not permanent and doesn't cause damage to a building. Unfortunately this started during this last summer. The reason this is unfortunate is because nothing on the main GRL page has been updated since that time. I am curious does anyone know if GRL is still up and running if so please and not trying to be rude, but come on guys and post something up!! It's been I think almost 6 maybe more months since their last post and it's getting aggravating. How can they expect us to try to shake the ground of society with are techy mischief if we have no one to turn to? P.S. I am from New Orleans currently living in Lafayette, LA if anyone is in the area of Baton Rouge NoLa or Laffy, please PM me I want to start a GRL group down here.

Topic by Newblit    |  last reply

Cultivate the Holistic Methodologies of the Database Application Facilitator

One of the things I get inflicted on me more and more frequently as I wander dazedly through the corridors of school management iss the buzzword.Already rife in the corporate version of reality, they're the words that numpties use to fill what should be a contemplative moment, or to cover a chasm of ignorance.It is beginning to look like we are in an increasing syllabocracy - the world is ruled by people who use long words.But, have no fear. I have come across two tools to save your sanity.The first is Buzzword Bingo - every time you visit, it generates a bingo card of buzzwords to be checked off during a meeting. Tell your colleagues, and each take one into the next concept cascade meeting you go to.When you eventually get caught playing, you will possibly need to update your CV. "Computer technician" is so boring - use the Techie Job Title Generator to come up with a more impressive way of entitling your functionality.Via: New Scientist

Topic by Kiteman    |  last reply

how do I boost my LW reception in my car

I hesitate to ask this question in this forum as I might not understand the answer! I live in Ireland and am not a big fan of most of the dross on the radio, since I have to commute about 2.5 hours a day in my car I need something to listen to. I like BBC radio 4, but the nearest transmitter is a very very long way away, its coming from either Northern Ireland or across the irish sea from Walse. So the signal is always 'noisy' and often too 'noisy' to listen to. I can only pick up the Long wave (LW) signal as I am too far for the FM band. So is there a way that I can boost the signal? I have seen some noise reducers (they probably have a real techie name) that you put between the arial and the car, would that help? any ideas ??

Topic by edel    |  last reply

The Last HOPE talks released online for free

I love this so hard. The fine folks at 2600 put up all of the talks from The Last HOPE (Hackers Of Planet Earth)  (all of them as far as I can tell, anyway) up as free mp3 downloads here:  The hacker* talk subjects range from escaping high security handcuffs, to cold boot utilities, to Anonymous, to Wikipedia's sleaziness to ballot hacking and everything in between. Featured speakers include such guys and gals as Adam Savage, Jello Biafria, Kevin Mitnick, Marcia Wilbur and many, many more. My mp3 player is filled with techy goodness for hours and hours of sweet listening. Both High quality/Large size and Lower quality/small size are available.  *Don't talk about the identity-stealing, male, trouble making criminal hackers and make me have to track you down and beat you to death with a length of CAT 5 cable

Topic by Lithium Rain    |  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

Fairytale Fashion

Howdy, folks. Long time instructablizer, here... first time forum poster. I recently started working at Eyebeam on a project called Fairytale Fashion. It's focusing on demonstrating how to use some techy, geeky staples and apply them to fashion. We're making clothing that transforms, changes color, responds to touch, body heat, and even the weather. The project is being run by Diana Eng. You might remember her from Project Runway or her book Fashion Geek. Every week until the end of December we'll be releasing videos documenting our experiments, providing tutorials, and showing you how you can be a champion fashion geek and make fantasy fashion a reality. We're trying to involve as many people as possible; asking for design ideas, getting feedback our work, making sure people can build off of what we make. It would be awesome if you had any input, designs you'd like to see, or ideas on cool fashions to look at and reference and posted them on our blog. Here are the first couple episodes:

Topic by bofthem    |  last reply

Digital Picture Frames & Laptop Screens Question

Hello everyone, I'm new here. I have a question for the more experienced techies here. I have an Acer Aspire 5100 laptop. Now the motherboard is toast, due to a cup of coffee indecent over the laptop. Anyways, I see many instuctables here on converting old laptops into awesome picture frames. So I figured I might as well do something with the screen and whatever parts I have salvaged. I noticed almost every project requires a motherboard. Is there a way to possibly avoid that all together?.. Basically, couldn't I just buy a cheap 7" lcd digital picture frame for $40 that would include a remote, an sd card input and or usb input and some how rewire my 15.4" widescreen lcd monitor from the laptop to work with the brains of the picture frame. Could this be done? Any idea on the wiring needed to be done, or if you might have diagrams that can help me.  Any help on this would be greatly appreciated to be honest. Thanks in advance. -Alex

Topic by JOBORTUNITY    |  last reply

I need help with my Ubuntu 11.0.4!!!!

I need help with Ubuntu!!! Whenever I boot into ubuntu, the pc makes strange clicking noises and gives me an error screen that contains things such as "FAT32 PREFIX NOT SET" and then "(hd0,0)". Afterwards it quickly transitions into :"GNU GRUB Version 1.99~rcl-13ubuntu3" with a command line under starting with "grub>_". It then has a paragraph consisting of "Minimal BASH-like editing is supported. For the first word, TAB lists possible command completions. Anywhere else TAB lists possible device or file completions." The first time it happened, I re-installed Ubuntu, and it worked for a while. It then happened again, so I re-installed hoping this would be the last time. Now it has happened again and I really don't want to re-install everything again.I am new to Ubuntu, and not as computer-experienced as the true "techies", so I was wondering if anybody could help! Thanks for your time! I tried opening BIOS and restoring the factory defaults, but it had absolutely no effect at all. The computer is an HP Media Center PC m495C (several years old). Again, thank you so much for taking the time to read this! ï

Topic by steven1324    |  last reply

3D Printing For All

Right after we hear about Ponoko, and their laser-cut designs that you can make and sell, here comes another company that offers the service of making 3D prints via its website Jujups.Their statement:We believe that "everyone has an inherent desire - to design" Design is about self expression. It is about satisfying your desires. Once upon a time only a small portion of humanity could read or write. We would like to say that once upon a time "only a few people could design but, JuJups changed that.JuJups is powered by design technology that structures design in an intelligent way, just as much as CSS and Html structures text and graphic data in an intelligent way so that non-techies can create wonderful blog graphics and web pages that we enjoy today. JuJups will do the same to the world of products.Basically, it's easy 3D printing with templates. They'll expand into more stuff later.A wider range of products will follow in the near future.JuJups is planning in association with ZCorp to expand 3D printing capacity to support the growing demand for customized objects. Customized giftware, memorabilia, toys, etc will soon be added to the list of items that can be custom designed. Many companies have now created opportunities for custom-made products, such as custom printed T-shirts, mugs, magnets etc. however, the customization is mostly in 2D.

Topic by fungus amungus