On my latest i'ble I noticed that the "feature comment" button is gone!
Topic by bravoechonovember1 | last reply
I have read a couple of instructables about getting free electronic samples from manufacturers. I am intersted in doing this but I have a problem. I don't have a company or a company email adress. I was wondering if somebody new of a list of manufacturers that I can get free parts from without having a company. Thanks
Question by nurdee1 | last reply
I recently was given a computer from my job because they wasn't using it anymore. I took it home and signed it on to my wireless router with success. But when I go to get on the internet it won't sign on. Even Windows can't diagnois what the problem is. I do know the company only used it for intranet usage. Is there something in the security or something preventing this..HELP?
Question by devandre1 | last reply
Computer-Controlled Appliances Dried Fruit Rolls Install Drip Irrigation USB-Powered Marble Machine Cheap Multitrack Recording Crazy Looper Grass Charging Station Variable Neutral Density Filter Wood Stove from Scrap Granite Countertops 5-Minute Bread Pudding Tesla Turbines iPad Notebook Safe Upcycled Notebook Art AC-Powered Batteries
Topic by randofo
Hello geniuses. I have a computer setup at a remote location that is attached to a weather station that uploads data. Occasionally it will freeze up and won't report. I can't access the computer remotly by computer to restart it because of firewalls and whatnot. What I'm looking for is a switch that will once a day reboot the computer by actually pushing the reset button. In my company crapper there is an air freshener that juices the room every 45 minutes so I know switches like that exist. Is there a simple solution or do I steal the air freshener and hot wire it to the computer and have it restart every 45 minutes? Any help is greatly appreciated. A.
Topic by rudeboysaude | last reply
I'm shopping around for some decent <$900 class mid-range laptop computers, and one thing I have noticed is the difficulty in determining the quality of the screens. Often I see nothing more than wank marketing terms (Dell truelife® display, Acer CineCrystal Technology®, etc) which are meaningless. I have had enough experience with 1366x768 to know that it a really poor resolution, and often indicates also the quality of the screen in general. Want is something with at least 1600x900, preferably 1080p, with a proper color display that is not 18,000K, with a viewing angle better than an old back projection TV. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Also, what are some good computer companies? What experience do you have with HP, Compaq, Dell, ASUS, Toshiba, Acer, Alienware, Samsung, etc? My father is pretty HP oriented, and doesn't like Dell too much, mentioning all the problems they had with them at the place he used to work. I have not had the best experiences with HP (probably because of Vista though), but no experience with any other company other than samsung for phones and tablets. My old tried and faithful low-end Compaq computer (HP owned I believe) has held up very well over it's 7 years, and is still in use to this day, even though the WXGA screen has faded and yellowed over time. The HHD and RAM have been upgraded, and it has been running ubuntu for many years now, too. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I found this deal at costco for $700, it seems really nice and I cannot find anything bad about it. It has a decent display (saw a very simalar model in costco), 5th gen core i7, 16GB DDR3 RAM, 1TB HHD, and some good peripherals build in. http://www.costco.com/Dell-Inspiron-15-5000-Series-Touchscreen-Laptop-%7C-Intel-Core-i7-%7C-1080p-%7C-Backlit-Keyboard.product.100155985.html?catalogId=10701&keyword;=978495&langId;=-1&storeId;=10301&refine;=
Question by -max- | last reply
Here is my code: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ title password generator xl color 0a @echo off :suggestions cls echo suggestions: echo here are suggestions for getting a good password: echo -when it asks your name, try a 4 letter name, shorten yours, or use 1 from tv. echo -when it gives your password, press enter until you get one with 3 numbers. pause goto notes :notes cls echo notes: echo --pressing enter at the end will only change the numbers, not the letters. echo --you can get a password with up to five numbers-- echo --if you dont like your password, try again-- pause goto prt1 :prt1 cls echo what is your name? set /p name= goto prt2 :prt2 cls echo are you a boy or a girl? set /p gend= if %gend% == boy goto boyy if %gend% == girl goto girll :girll cls echo favorite fruit out of these? (type letter of choice) echo a. apple echo b. banana echo c. cherry echo d. strawberry echo e. blackberry echo f. cranberry echo g. lemon echo h. lime echo i. kiwi echo j. raspberry set /p fruit= if %fruit% == a goto apple if %fruit% == b goto banana if %fruit% == c goto cherry if %fruit% == d goto strawberry if %fruit% == e goto blackberry if %fruit% == f goto cranberry if %fruit% == g goto lemon if %fruit% == h goto lime if %fruit% == i goto kiwi if %fruit% == j goto raspberry :boyy cls echo favorite fruit out of these? (type letter of choice) echo a. apple echo b. banana echo c. cherry echo d. strawberry echo e. blackberry echo f. cranberry echo g. lemon echo h. lime echo i. kiwi echo j. raspberry set /p fruit= if %fruit% == a goto apple1 if %fruit% == b goto banana1 if %fruit% == c goto cherry1 if %fruit% == d goto strawberry1 if %fruit% == e goto blackberry1 if %fruit% == f goto cranberry1 if %fruit% == g goto lemon1 if %fruit% == h goto lime1 if %fruit% == i goto kiwi1 if %fruit% == j goto raspberry1 :apple cls echo %name%paris%random% pause goto apple :banana cls echo %name%nabie%random% pause goto banana :cherry cls echo %name%rabs%random% pause goto cherry :strawberry cls echo %name%sifty%random% pause goto strawberry :blackberry cls echo %name%rafty%random% pause goto blackberry :cranberry cls echo %name%risty%random% pause goto cranberry :lemon cls echo %name%rifty%random% pause goto lemon :lime cls echo %name%lissy%random% pause goto lime :kiwi cls echo %name%sest%random% pause goto kiwi :raspberry cls echo %name%bera%random% pause goto raspberry :apple1 cls echo %name%pelt%random% pause goto apple1 :banana1 cls echo %name%nabe%random% pause goto banana1 :cherry1 cls echo %name%rabb%random% pause goto cherry1 :strawberry1 cls echo %name%sift%random% pause goto strawberry1 :blackberry1 cls echo %name%raft%random% pause goto blackberry1 :cranberry1 cls echo %name%rist%random% pause goto cranberry1 :lemon1 cls echo %name%rift%random% pause goto lemon1 :lime1 cls echo %name%rask%random% pause goto lime1 :kiwi1 cls echo %name%swerv%random% pause goto kiwi1 :raspberry1 cls echo %name%silge%random% pause goto raspberry1 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ as you can see, i need to have cmd choose from a random set of names for each fruit. because i dont want it to be the same every time and i want this to be my ultimate batch program!!
Question by Tyler14414
I am trying to build a computer with more knowledge than last time i was trying to do it, here are my parts listProcessorMotherboardHard DriveCD/DVD DriveMemoryCaseI have a Gateway computer company Vista OS from my old gateway computer, will this work with a non Gateway interface computer? If not, then i will probably download linux to my usb and upload it to the computer. P.S. i already have a monitor
Topic by Caveman477 | last reply
So I am going to buy a new computer and need some help from some of you computer wizards out there. First off my price range is up to $2500 AUD and I would prefer as cheap as possible. The peripherals such as the monitor et cetera are allready taken care of what I need help with is the tower. So what brands/companies/designs should I look out for? Any Ideas for a computer with at least 2Gb of RAM and decent motherboard cards?
Question by Tombini | last reply
Well i love computers , started using and getting a hold for them when i was about 9 or 10 and know I'm really good with then i can build computers program computers, make games for computers, and get around them very nicely, so i would like to start my own company or just help people out with them, how could i get started and ware?
Topic by lapogo | last reply
I have a compact portable single sheet scanner from 1998 and obviously its platform is Windows 98. I am looking for a program like one I had from a previous employer called SloMo, it would slow down the microprocessor to allow the company's Win'98 products to be serviced by Windows 2000 or XP. Does any one have a source on where I might look for a simular program ? This can be a shareware or purchase software.
Question by Foxtrot70 | last reply
I have a Gateway 24" LCD monitor, model # LP2407, with a bad power supply. Does anyone know where I can purchase parts for Gateway products? Or does anyone know the company that produces the monitors for Gateway? Gateway is useless, they directed me to companies that are resellers or Gateway's computers. I've checked with several local repair shops, all said, "Good luck, buy a new monitor."
Are we really making it impossible to live in this ever increasingly "darned if you do, darned if you don't" society? Disposal of computer repercussions" Picture a stack of used PCs packed with corporate data sitting unattended on a shipping company loading dock. Imagine what happens to your company's stock price when the Environmental Protection Agency tracks the serial numbers of lead-filled monitors from an illegal landfill back to you. Think about a villager in a third-world nation burning circuit boards in an open-air shop to recover a few cents' worth of precious metals. Now, what's going to be generated by that 3-year-old PC your administrator just pulled from an employee's desk? Data theft? Lawsuit? Poison? Finally, consider research firm IDC's estimate that 269 million PCs were sold worldwide last year, along with 8 million servers. The bulk of them likely were replacements for systems moved into recycling or reuse. You start to get a sense of the dangers associated with disposing of outdated computer equipment.Concerns about computer disposal fall into three main categories: Eradicating data, finding a market for outdated but usable equipment and recycling or disposing of materials in an environmentally safe manner...."Anyone have any suggestions for are "fearless leaders" ? Image is of SKILLS from the PA recycling center and can be read about at this link for SKILLS
Topic by Goodhart
One of the Squid Labs spin-out companies is hiring! Come work with us in the control tower!The technology that this spin-out is developing is not yet public, so in the job description below, it is simply referred to as "Squid Labs." The job will require full-time attention to the spin-out, and so while you will technically be at Squid Labs, the job is not with Squid Labs. Hopefully, I've made that perfectly muddy. If you can understand that (and make it clear that you understand it in your cover letter!) and have the required qualifications, you're probably a good fit. Electrical EngineerSquid Labs is a rapidly growing Bay Area start-up that aims to revolutionizerenewable energy generation. Squid Labs is engaged in a research anddevelopment effort to produce novel systems for both centralized anddistributed energy generation systems. Squid Labs is seeking a talented andmotivated power electronics engineer. The ideal candidate will haveextensive experience with motor controller development (AC induction andPM, three phase brushless motors) and the associated power electronicssystems combined with an inventive resourcefulness to quickly executeprototype solutions in the field. Further, this candidate would be familiarwith the startup environment and the associated hours, deadlines and high-energy culture that go with launching innovative new products.The Power Electronics Engineer will be responsible for:- Self-directed research and cooperating with an interdisciplinary team- Rapidly developing and building solutions to complex high powerproblems- Development of analytical models to make decisions on specific andglobal aspects of system architectureThe candidate should have the following qualifications:- PhD or equivalent in Electrical Engineering- 5+ years of experience in analogue/digital/power electronics o standalone and grid-connected power electronics o motor control for motion and generation o single-board computer development for control o digital/analogue signal conditioning o sensor and actuator development and integration- Experience with data analysis and model verification- Understanding of control theory for SISO and MIMO systems- Appreciation for the natural environment and a strong desire to workon renewable energy technologyPlease send resumes to email@example.com
Topic by ewilhelm | last reply
Ever wonder where your recycled electronics go? From Wired:"Pictured here is the "demanufacturing" center of the company's [Sims Recycling Solutions] Roseville, California facility, where workers disassemble everything from printers, cameras and computers to Jumbotrons for their reusable materials. The facility receives roughly 150,000 pounds of used electronics a day."Wired Article.How to recycle old electronics.
Topic by drinkmorecoffee | last reply
I have fixed a bug! I took kiteman's profile and edited it (to look like a ghost for halloween) and I went to post it on his orangeboard but then an "i made it "pop up popped up! and it said "did you make it or are you just adding photos" so I pressed "just adding photos" but i couldn't press anything. then today I used chrome's "inspect element and went through it and found that if you delete "modal-backdrop fade in" you can click stuff again! the gray area should go behind the pop-up instead of in front of it
Topic by bravoechonovember1 | last reply
I called the company and they said it was off waranty but that the laser disc needs to be realigned. Is this something that someone with computer knowledge can do for me at home?
[Location: Buea, Cameroon | Central Africa] I buy a local fruit juice that is sold in glass bottles about 6 inches high and that can hold about 310ml of liquid. Funnily enough, the company that fabricates these drinks does nothing to recollect used bottles and neither is there some company set up here for recycling of glass or anything like that. Business-wise, this tells me a lot I could benefit from. However I am now in possession of about 100 of these bottles and I have no clue what to do with them. Any suggestions? -Cheers Attached: Image of Bottle
Topic by Code Six | last reply
i recently found a server in a trash bin wich works almost perfectly. there are two problems: 1) the video port does not function 2) you need a password to log into it. so my questions are: 1) does anyone know a company who makes pci ( and not VGA OR pci express) video cards 2) does anyone know how to break through a password thanks for responding!
Question by didgitalpunk | last reply
Before my computer went south i had an article where this group built a sustainabe hydroponic and aquaculter in an african country it showed how they made a hydroponic and aquaponic for the local people I THOUGHT THE ARTICLE WAS SAFE BUT COMPUTER THOUGHT OTHERWISE i would like to return to the site if anyone has the adress on their computer [they grew vegetables fruit and fish in an enclosed green house they used plastic barrels cut in half to grow veggies in thank you toni [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Question by afpuli | last reply
Hi...i'm a final yr computer science student n looking for some good topics for my final yr project in java.....i wanted some unusual then the normal company inventory or payroll system...please help me wid some topics n briefing abt it too.. thank u
Topic by vrunda.deshmukh | last reply
What a wild ride... So here's the recipe. Take one computer illiterate lady who's got a lot of random skills she's learned along the way and throw her into a room with 12 other people who's second language is CAD or 0110001 or some other variation of looking into the eye of a screen and typing sweet nothings into its curvacious keyboard. Man did I feel like a fish in the desert. I left orientation completely overwhelmed, flattened, and having no idea what I was doing there amongst all these obviously tech savvy folks. Once again odd man out. Now let me be clear, this has nothing to do with the people. Everyone was super sweet and willing to help. I was out of my element, which is exactly what I needed. For as long as I can remember, I've always thought in art. From the clothing and accoutrements I make for myself to the images I capture. From the food that I create to the materials I bind together, or the mood i can set in an empty space if given a couple days to have my way with it. Creation and art are an integral part of my existence as an external expression of my internal voice. So having three paid months to spend on my own work was a dream come true. For the first time in my life I was able to really focus on my work with 100 % of my attention and not juggle how I was going to pay rent and which piece goes where or how am I going to afford that thing I need for it. It was fantastic to have that kind of creative freedom and I feel incredibly lucky to have had that opportunity. I was able to finally create my stained fruit windows, something I've been imagining and working on in my head for many many years. I was able to experiment with different coatings and textures, slice thickness and transparency to best preserve the beauty of the sliced fruit. I spent day after day in the kitchen testing gluten free meal-worm flour bread amongst other insect delights. This was really an important experience for me due to my issues with factory farms and its effects on the environment but still feeling my bodies need for animal protein to perform. Once I felt comfortable with my results in the kitchen, I decided to explore the rest of the workshop at Autodesk / Instructables. Let me start by saying Holy $hit is that shop incredible. There are classes that are required to be able to use any one piece of equipment from the 3D printers to the drill. There were tools in the metal shop that I knew how to use but was unable to because I didn't take the class or get signed off. I recommend that any new AIR be realistic in what they want to use and take those classes right away. If you need a hole drilled and you aren't signed off on the drill, just ask someone who is signed off, they'll drill that hole for you because it's that kind of place. Time goes fast and if there is something you want to learn, go for it because when are you going to have that opportunity again? All the instructors are great and willing to answer all your crazy questions. A special thanks to Gabe for helping me so many times with all my computer questions and when the laser cutter doesn't feel like cooperating. (I did mention I'm computer Illiterate right?) On that note, I have learned soooooo much here and though I still feel that computers are generally going to shut down when I touch them, I have learned how to create an image and laser cut that image. I started with leather and made a few water bottle sheaths, dog collars, a leather necklace and a beautiful bag. Now I'm working with wood and the detail is pretty incredible. I dabbled in the 3D software world and learned a little with Fusion 360 but I wasn't willing to take my precious residency time to learn it. But I do plan on pursuing that education. It's interesting to me and important for the way the world is going which I'm still trying to wrap my head around being a very old school DIY hand made kind of gal. I really cherished my time as an Artist in Residence at Instructables. Honestly, when I was there, I never wanted to leave and would stay into the wee hours. The people are very kind and its like a large quirky family. I've never worked anywhere where employees voluntarily and enjoyably come in on the weekend to work. By the time my residency was over, I think there were forty-five Airs. So many interesting and creative people. What an amazing idea this is. What an amazing opportunity for growth this program has given so many people. A truly beautiful gift that I am forever grateful for. Thank you to all the people in the foreground who help us on a daily basis and form this place and for those behind the scenes that make it possible. Thank you, you are so appreciated. Sincerely, Rima Khalek
Topic by rimamonsta | last reply
How can I program a keyboard key so that when pressed, the computer will close that page and open up a webpage which can be independently changed by the user, *please*? For example, to program f12 to close my website and open up the company's website? Thanks.
Question by kevinhannan | last reply
.I've found this website on the WePC community (where I'll post soon some ideas about netbooks) then, I've registered my account here (and this is my first thread/post) to talk about some ideasmy first job was in the electronic field (some decades ago...) but now I haven't enough experience to design electronic circuits (despite I've many ideas of new electronic "things" that I hope to develop someday)I've written several articles about Space on my ghostNASA blog and other articles about Computers, Space and Energy on my personal websitebut my #1 project/goal/effort actually IS my DIY but TRUE (and absolutely NOT just "virtual", web-based, Second Life like) NewSpaceAgencyunfortunately, I haven't the funds other new.space piooners (Elon Musk, Robert Bigelow, Burt Rutan, Richard Branson, Jeff Bezos, Paul Allen, John Carmack, etc.) have... so, to start up my new.space company, I've decided to search a few Sponsors that buy a (now LIFETIME) advertising space on my NewSpaceAgency website home pagein other words, I'm trying to start my new.space company the same way other (now big) electronic and computer companies (like Apple and HP) have done decades ago!I'm aware it's not easy... but I'll try, and try, and try, and try again, until I'll reach my goal !and, the day I'll succeed, my NewSpaceAgency will be the FIRST "garage-made", "DIY", "ads-funded" Space Company of the story!and, of course, also Instructables is welcome as Sponsor of my NewSpaceAgency ... :).
Topic by gaetanomarano | last reply
Dear all, We are a small company located in Singapore and we are starting a community for the trading and reselling of your old and unwanted cables, electronic components or computer parts that are lying around your house. So help us do our part for mother earth by visiting the following link:- http://sites.google.com/site/ventincrecables/green-ventincre As a start and due to the lack of funding, we will temporary use google group to host all advertisement postings. Hopefully, as we move along, more funding will start flowing in to enable us to utilize a better platform like tal.ki so that more people would be able to take part in this small project that we have. We will be really grateful if you can join this community by posting your advertisements and also, donating funds from time to time as these are crucial for the survival of this community. Our future plans would be to include the donation of computers and laptops to communities in developing countries, charities or schools. Do feel free to drop us an email at email@example.com should you have any queries or suggestions. Yours Sincerely, Ventincre!
Topic by needitbadly
I want to build a $200-$250 ultra budget computer system as my first build, to get the ropes, then after i get it working, and all, then move on and build another, much more powerful $700-$750 gaming / video editing PC. however, i need help with making sure everything works together, as well as suggestions and tips please. i highly appreciate if you answer in detail everything i asked, that answer will get best answer from me. a will add details as i learn more about what i am really getting into. i bolded all my unanswered questions. (i decided on just making to separate builds, originally i planed to make i cheap computer, with a good mobo, then expand on it. however i just decided it is better to make two separate builds.) 1) what advantages can i get out of a good housing/case? i prefer to use just the case i have right now, the old one from my old HP pavilion a1747c. it has several card readers and a few usb ports on the front, headphone jack, mic jack, some jack labeled 1394, 2 expansion bays (one of which with a DVD drive in it) 2) i plan on using a motherboard with a chipset that allows for: overclocking the CPU, RAM, and separate video card; as well as support for intel HD graphics; and of coarse uses the LGA-1155 socket. for less than $130. ) is in any good? can someone list a few good afordable boards that will do what i listed above? her are a few i have in mind. is ASRock a good company? ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 ATX Intel Mobo <-- i am leaning towards this one. ASRock Z77 Pro4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 3) for simple stuff like wifi, bluetooth, etc; do i need to buy those separably (for the motherboard)? do they use PCI slots? if not, can i use the old WiFi adapter from my old computer? id rather not use external but if i have to, i will. so i assume if i want front facing USB 3.0 slots i need a new case, right? --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 4) here are the parts for my first build. please tell me if you see a problem with the selection CASE: ------Cooler Master RC-343-KKN1 MOBO:------ ASRock H61M-DGS LGA 1155 Intel H61 Micro ATX (any better value out there)? CPU: --------Pentium G620 (lga-1155) (can you best it within $60?) (stock) RAM:--------Team Elite 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333MHz OS: ----------Ubuntu 12.04 LTS 64 bit. HHD: --------the old HDD i have in my old computer, a 250gb 5400RPM drive. OPTICAL: -my current DVD drive in my old computer. PSU: --------will a 350W be enough power for this? i think so. [total cost]: >$250 including the parts i don't think i need. (optical, case, PSU, CPU, heatsink) --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 5) my next build: PSU: ------Rosewill Green Series RG630-S12 630W MOBO:----ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 ATX Intel Mobo (is it a good for the price) CPU: ------Intel i5 3570K RAM: ------Patriot Intel Extreme Master, 8GB, Cas Latency 9, 1600MHz then overclocked? HHD: ------Western Digital Caviar Blue WD2500AAKX 250GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache OPTICAL: whatever i find cheapest. is a blue ray drive worth it? do PC game need it? GPU: ------Radeon HD 7870: or any cheaper card with similar performance
Question by -max- | last reply
I have a bricked Dell Studio 19 All-In-One PC, and wanted to know if I could use it for something. It was bricked by a failed BIOS update. There was a program from dell which came installed and updated any other of their software and drivers on the computer. Only after the failed update I found out that updating the BIOS is really unnecessary. The only fix I know for the motherboard is replacing it, and the only place I found out that refurbishes them are from a company in the US, and it's not cheap at all. (I used to live in the US, and moved to Brazil later) Well anyway, I wanted to know if I can use the computer for something else, like use the monitor for a different computer and use its bluetooth mouse and keyboard on a different computer too. I think the only thing really useful in it is the processor which is already old (Intel E7500 and a 320GB HDD). http://www.dell.com/us/dfh/p/studio-one-19/pd http://www.dell.com/support/home/us/en/04/product-support/product/studio-one-19/diagnose Thanks for the help!
Topic by nickfaraujo | last reply
A company called Simtrix has had a go at restyling computer mice to make them more laptop and tablet friendly.The Slider curls around the thumb, with buttons handy for the forefinger, and uses the laptop's keyboard as the mouse mat.The Triped is similar, but aimed at tablet users - instead of a flat base, it has three points that can work together as a base for the mouse, or individually as styli with different functions.They look good, but do you reckon they will catch on?Video of mice in use (BBC)
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Topic by wilgubeast | last reply
I need help. I've wanted to make a good 3D game for a long time now, and I don't know what to do next. I've downloaded the latest version of Blender on my computer, but my computer is very laggy, has an inconsiderate graphics card, and I have no idea how I'll be able to play it other than on the blender game engine. I took careful notes, I already have a pretty good idea what I want to make, but the idea is so huge, that I don't think my computer (or any computer) could handle it. I have excellent artistic skills, and I've made a lot of thumbnail drawings, conceptual artwork, and details. But I have absolutely no skills at programming, and I've never made a game before. What should I do now? I'm working on learning how to use blender, but since I just got it today, I might be a couple of decades...If I can't make this game, is there a company that I could sell my plans to in some hope that a game might be made? If I can't make a game, I suppose a good 3D movie would work as well...... But I just don't know yet.
Topic by MattGyver92 | last reply
A friend of mine will be going into the mountains to work at a camp. The problem is this friend has to do school online. There is one little patch of area that Verizon can get through and there is internet access. My friends phone can get internet (it's an HTC Droid, though I am not quite sure which one) but my friend can't do school on the phone :P. My friend does have a dell laptop with Vista. My friend doesn't want to set up a whole new account with the cell phone company. So I am wondering how to connect the phone to the computer so that the computer has internet access, kinda like an antenna.
Question by GenAap | last reply
In an effort to bring baseball card trading into the 21st century, and aid falling revenues, playing card manufacturer Topps developed an interactive 3-D baseball card experience using specialized cards and a computer webcam."Since the 1950s, Topps has sold baseball trading cards filled with photos and stats, bringing the game to life. Now the company is bringing its cards to life.""Beginning Monday, collectors who hold a special Topps 3D Live baseball card in front of a webcam will see a three-dimensional avatar of the player on the computer screen. Rotate the card, and the figure rotates in full perspective. It's called 'augmented reality,' a combination of a real image with a virtual one."Webcam Brings 3-D to Topps Sports Cards The New York TimesTopps 3-D Live Toppstown.com
Topic by noahw | last reply
(I thought there was a forum for topics about the Instructables website itself, but apparently not, so I'm putting this in Square Pegs.) Posting this publicly poses no risk to the security of the Instructables website or any user's account. Any attacker who would use this information (which is pretty much all of them) would be able to figure it out on their own more easily than finding and reading this post. It is extremely obvious to anyone who simply looks at the address bar while visiting the website. (I would be very surprised to learn that no one has taken advantage of it already, if that can even be proven.) Instructables appears to be severely behind the times when it comes to keeping its users' accounts safe from hacking, and their communications secure from eavesdropping and tampering. Just about everyone who runs a website or is very active online these days knows the importance of having a secure HTTPS connection between your computer and the website's server. (For anyone who hasn't been paying attention for the past ten years or so, here's a Wikipedia article about it.) Like any security-conscious Web user, I'm reluctant to log into any website that doesn't use HTTPS, especially when I'm on an Internet connection that's not my own. (Just look up Firesheep to see why.) In the early years of the Web, HTTPS didn't exist, and every webpage was loaded and every form was submitted insecurely. Then HTTPS was developed. For years, many websites used HTTPS just for their login pages, and used HTTP (i.e. insecure communication) for the rest of the site, once you logged in. This was better than only HTTP because it kept man-in-the-middle attackers from seeing your password, but they could still manipulate the content you saw or the actions you took after logging in, or take over your session using Firesheep. At that time, website operators didn't want to use HTTPS for their entire sites because it would slow down page loading. These days, however, most websites that you can log into use HTTPS for everything, because it's more secure and there's no longer any reason not to. HTTPS is now much faster than HTTP, because it allows more optimization and compression. The only websites I can think of other than Instructables that let you log in insecurely are those that don't support HTTPS at all, mostly small-time forums operated by people without much website administration expertise. It appears that Instructables has made some attempts to support HTTPS, as evidenced by this forum topic from 4 years ago. That was a complaint that the certificate (from Fastly, the CDN Instructables uses) wasn't valid for Instructables and was therefore rejected by the user's Web browser, preventing a secure connection. One of the replies mentioned that a secure login page was available at https://ssl.instructables.com/account/login, and that login page is actually still available. However, it is not linked to from any other page that I can find, meaning that everyone who doesn't know about it (i.e. the vast majority of users) is logging in insecurely, meaning that the sentence "When sensitive personal information is transferred over the Internet, we encrypt it using Transfer [sic] Layer Security (TLS) encryption technology or similar technology." in the Autodesk Privacy Statement is factually incorrect about Instructables. Furthermore, working HTTPS doesn't seem to be available at all for the user account settings, meaning that when a user changes their password, both the old password and the new password are transmitted insecurely, which also makes that sentence incorrect. Additionally, when I try to use HTTPS for any other Instructables page, it doesn't work. https://ssl.instructables.com redirects to https://www.instructables.com, while https://www.instructables.com results in the above mentioned certificate error because the certificate Fastly is using doesn't include Instructables on the list of (many) sites that it's valid for. (I can bypass the certificate error and load Instructables over HTTPS anyway, but this is a bad security practice, and the connection does not stay on HTTPS as I browse, making it pointless.) In summary, Instructables seems five to ten years behind the rest of the Web when it comes to user account security. However, I think this could probably all be solved pretty easily, by asking Fastly to enable (or fix, if it's supposed to be enabled already) HTTPS for the domain [www.]instructables.com, and either changing all links to point to HTTPS URLs or (preferably) enabling HSTS, which will cause all users to use HTTPS regardless of the URLs they type or the links or old bookmarks they click. This would likely have the side benefit of speeding up page loading for all users. --- P.S. The lack of HTTPS has also caused me to worry about another aspect of Instructables account security. The Privacy Statement says nothing about how users' credentials are stored on the server(s) to prevent breaches of sensitive information by malicious attackers, negligence, disgruntled employees, etc. (It only says that employees are only allowed to access users' information if they need to to perform their duties, and that data is securely destroyed when no longer needed.) Does Instructables use industry-standard salted hashing (SHA-1 or better) to keep users' passwords secure on the server(s)?
Topic by PointyOintment | last reply
I have bought a brand new TP-link wireless router but i hav got problems in configuring it, after a long conversation with the technical support from the company i could not fix my problem, some pls help me to fix the problem!!? i'm from india i use a Broadband connection provided my BSNL(ISP name) i use dynamic ip, i connect the cable directly to my computer and use internet, it is a cable modem which i use, and i can access the router via192.168.1.1
Question by mohanrajm88 | last reply
Hey there instructables fans. I've been reviewing your site for a while now, loving all the cool projects. I saw one project that was using some disused IDE connectors from a PC and it got me thinking.... part of my day job is running a WEEE recycling company in the South West of the UK. We process an awful lot of computers and although we re-use as much as we can of the computer stuff we recycle there is still a lot that goes to be shredded for material recovery. I'm always looking for new ways in which bits and pieces could get themselves a second life. Would this community be interested in any old computers bits and pieces? I'm not asking for money just enough to cover postage, perhaps some brave soul in the UK would like to take on a 'bulk order' and then distribute around? It's just a thought and my apologies if I've stepped on any toes or forum rules, I have no interest in making money from this just simply to get make a few small bits and pieces useful once again :) Please message back if interested!
Topic by yakboy | last reply
With all the terrorism stuff going on, I've always wandered what would be next.Ever since 9/11, I always asked myself were they would strike next, because they certainly did not intend to stop there.My guesses have been that they would probably strike at either:1) Elections - Either at the thing were they welcome the new president (sorry don't know much bout U.S. polimatics)2) Beijing Olympics - Its an important event3) Internet:I came to realize that one of the worst things that they could do was attack the internet. I figured that one of these methods could be used:Multiple malware methods. They could attack individual computers with wormsSomehow attacking diffrent countries methods of connection, being either telephone companies or whatever other methods they use (like those China underwater tube things)* But my best guess would be that they would strike important service providing companies. They would destroy the companies methods (satellites, cable mainframe stuff etc...)I would like this forum to have the porpose of disscussing terrorism issues and future issues like oil and so on. But mainly, what would happen if somehow, they attacked the internet?Sure hope none of them read this, cuz if they didn't have this idea, now they would....P.S. sorry, Im nt good with techie, so some of my points may not me accurate or clear. Please correct me if needed
Topic by Keith-Kid | last reply
Im planning on going to Burning Man in Nevada, and I want an awesome costume. Since so much music gets played at night i was thinking i could get a full body suit, and attach led panels to it with a sensor to light it up to the beat of the music, like a music equalizer on the computer, or those tshirts with them on the front. Would anyone be able to get me links to some company who would customize one for me? Or where I could get the parts to do it myself? And how to do it myself?
Question by Crackshott21 | last reply
Here is what I want to do. I'm sure it is possible, but is it feasible?I want to run a webcam in my car for recording video while I drive. I was wondering is it possible to power a hardrive on 12V DC and have it interface with the webcam [for video storage, mainly].I was toying with the idea since I saw a company that makes vehicle cameras for recording accidents [http://www.drivecam.com/.The drivecam device is powered by the vehicles 12V electrical system and stores video to a flash drive contained inside the housing, can this be re-engineered with a hard drive instead?I know I could use a mini PC but I wanted [if possible] to make it small enough to maybe fit on the windshield like the drivecam does or even the dashboard.I would just buy a drivecam but they do not sell them retail, just fleets and such, and they are really $$.I looked at powering the HDD through a USB 2.0 to IDE adapter, and I think I can get it to power up using the 2 USB pins for power and the other 2 would be for data, but how to get the 2 to communicate with each other???Any ideas?
Question by Novacaine Fix | last reply
Oh yeah. Bill Gates didn't go to work today.He doesn't work for Microsoft anymore....Even if you're not a Microsoft fan, you have to admit, without Mr. Gates, where would the computer industry be? Where would we be?Flash back time:Ah, yes, I remember my very first personal computer... It was a Hewlett-Packard (not an "hp" ;-) with a MONSTER-sized monitor that took up a good 3/4 of my desk, a clunky keyboard and a "ball" mouse. It was running the latest OS: Windows 95. And get this: we were the first people on our street to get this new thing called the "World Wide Web" - whatever that meant. Our Service Provider? MSN, of course! Man, with my new computer (okay, in truth, it was a hand-me-down from Dad), I was the coolest 6-year-old in kindergarten. I had it made.Yeah, MS has made a a few mistakes...*cough*Vista*cough* (doesn't that go without being said?), but Gates and his company really did shift the industry into gear, and they aren't stopping any time soon.So, gentlemen, I ask you to join me as I tip my hat to Mr. Gates. Without him, I don't know who I would be.
Topic by Labot2001 | last reply
I have some Information on this USB all documents that I would like to retrieve. it broke after one week of use & contacting the company was useless (they said just take it back to Wal-Mart and get a new one I couldn't make them understand I had information on it that I wanted!!!!) anyway when I put the USB in the computer its not being detected or it'll say reformat but when I try to reformat it says cannot be formatted. does anybody know of a way I can get the info off of it? I know I can send it to a data recovery shop but the cheapest prices I've been quoted is like 200 figured I should try here first THANKS!
Question by JoyfullJuneBug | last reply
I really want to make a tablet pc which is probably completely out of my depth but hey theres no harm in trying. obviously at home making a logic board for one would be very difficult and i wouldn't know where to start with the schematic. i was wondering if any companies do it or if there is a generic board that alot of the tablets use that i could buy. i dont see any problem with obtaining a screen and designing/ making a case. i obviously can't use a computer motherboard because of the size and heat of it. can anyone help? thanks in advance
Question by MANIAC | last reply
If this doesn't exist yet, I have no doubt whatsoever that it's not far away. Is there a company doing legitimate zombie farming? ie, a cloud of computers running a local server which process data from a centralised distributor? People do it illegally, selling processing power from trojan infected machines, but is anyone doing it as a legal business? Imagine you could download a small application which sits in memory and draws off a certain percentage of your CPUs runtime, depending on the machine's usage. This processing power would form part of a cloud sourced supercomputer, with runtime sold to whoever. And say you were paid maybe a couple of dollars per 24 hours of processing, depending on CPU speed. Leaving a couple computers on 24 7 would add up to a not inconsiderable sum per month. You could salvage some old machines and leave them going in the basement. I've worked at animation studios, as an example, and for sure they would be keen to, rather than intermittently hire a room full of fast machines as a render farm, outsource it to a cloud. SETI did it. Like I say, if this isn't already being done, it will be soon.
Topic by SolarFlower_org | last reply
A few years ago Sony BMG Music was putting wicked rootkit viruses on the PC's of anyone who played their CDs with a computer. Less than 2 years ago, the US FTC settled with Sony that they should no longer hide malware on CD's and that people whose PC's got infected with their viruses be paid up to $150 for the expense of fixing the PC's. Soon after that, Sony sued the company that designed their viruses for $12,000,000 to pay for the damage. While searching the internet I find lots of cheering but no info on how to claim this settlement. I'm sure there are many people out there whose PC's were infected a few years ago after playing a Sony CD who wouldn't mind getting $150 now.
Topic by VIRON | last reply
.The French administration is slowly replacing Microsoft's products by open sources solutions.It started few years ago, 2005, with OpenOffice, then with Mozilla.And now, the French Gendarmerie (paramilitary forces) plans to replace Windows XP by Unbuntu Linux.http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5iU4Lq7tOR_WVOJLZ3IeRaIH03x6wThere are three reasons behind the move [...]. The first is to diversify suppliers and reduce the force's reliance on one company, the second is to give the Gendarmerie mastery of the operating system and the third is cost [...]The move away from licensed products is saving the gendarmerie about seven million euros (10.3 million dollars) a year for all its PCs.The 70,000 desktops of the French Gendarmerie should be 100% Linux by 2013-2014.This is, again, a proof that Linux solutions became mature enough to compete with Microsoft Windows.Dell now sells computers with Linux instead of Windows.OLPC and EEEPC use Linux.Several administrations around the world are seriously planning to move to Linux and Open-Source.Is this is the beginning of a new era ? How many administrations around the world will abandon Microsoft too ?How long before buying a computer with Linux sounds like a serious option for a majority of consumers ?I wonder if Microsoft really feel worried about that ... =o)
Topic by chooseausername | last reply
Hi, I had an idea of making a mini usb drive out of a regular flash drive...Originally i had the idea and thought i should google it first....found out that a few companys have already made it...BUT i say nevermind them! DIY 4 life people! Anyways..I figured that all i would have to do is take off the plug-in for the drive (unsoldering it of course) and then cut the board to my liking, and re-solder it back on. Would this work? Does anyone know if it will short out my computer, or have you tried it before but failed? I MUST KNOW!! Because I really dont want to buy it, and i think it would look cool inside my laptop. THANK YOU!
Topic by Darkshot | last reply
Hi I am developing a new concept for new in-pipe clean energy turbine system and looking for a mechanical electric engineer with skill in hydroelectricity. The patent has been already submitted, the proof of concept checked on a small scale prototype. I am trying to build a full working demonstration prototype. I am a scientist with good in design skills but limited electromechanical skills. I need a electromechanical engineer with computer fluid dynamics (CFD) skills to help me to build this prototype, interpret the data we will gather from the tests and find the best pilot test site. I am proposing a substantial part of equity of the company in exchange of this partnership. I'll ask you to sign an NDA before we get going. Please contact me here or at info at 100traffic dot com. Best regards, Herve
Topic by 100traffic
I work as a field technician for an IT company and 90% of the time, the servers on customer sites do not have monitors plugged into them. This normally results in me having to scour the site for a spare monitor, or having to bring a laptop along just to remote desktop onto the computer that is sat in front of me! I would love to make a small pocket sized monitor that accepts VGA and HDMI connections. It doesnt need to have any intelligence or OS or anything like that, which is where I am becoming confused... I am really new to the whole arduino / rPi scene and I have no idea if either of these would even be the right option for this kind of thing! I do know that the rPi has a 7" TFT and a VGA module available (along with the on board HDMI connector) so I'm thinking this is the way to go regardless. Any ideas?
Topic by Panomosh | last reply
I am in the beta testing stages of a program I recently developed. One of the problems that I have with it is that anti-virus programs tend to block it due to the fact that they do not recognise it. Also, microsoft smart screen and google chrome try to block it because it is not a commonly downloaded file (yet... yes, I tend to be optimistic). In addition to the program not being well known, the program is designed to automate tasks used in computer repair... especially remote computer repair. This can make good antivirus programs suspicious since a lot of what technicians do to a computer could also be used maliciously (some of the tasks that this program does are editing the registry, turning the firewall on and off, etc. just to name a few). Is there an easy way to get my program recognised as a safe application by these programs? I have tried sending the file to the antivirus companies for analysis on the programs that support that feature, but evidently they are too busy or just don't care since my program is still blocked. Thanks in advance for your help! Edit: Here is a detailed explanation of what the program does... it is broken into two different parts (1) automated remote access and (2) a technician's toolkit. So basically my original idea was to create a program to automate the sending of remote assistance invitations (since I was just getting fed up with walking people through how to setup a remote assistance program over the phone). This program just prompts for a ticket number (obtained from the technician on the phone); then creates an .msrcIncident file using the ticket number as the password. Once the technician connects, the remote program has the toolbox built into it (I am also making the toolbox available separately). This toolbox prompts the technician to select which tools the technician thinks he/she will need; and then downloads those programs automatically. Once the programs are downloaded, it allows the technician to launch them from the program, or if the technician later realises that he/she needs more programs than he/she originally downloaded; they can download them directly from the toolbox. Most of the programs have portable versions that the toolbox deletes on exit; but for the few programs that do not have a portable version, there is a shortcut to uninstall the program. Any programs that are still installed are automatically uninstalled when the toolbox closes, it deletes the portable versions, closes any pinholes that it opened to allow the remote assistance through, etc. Basically the same things that we do every time that we go to a computer; only a lot easier and faster. Since the program is not built to allow anything malicious to be done with it, I'm sure that anyone who reviewed the code would find that it is fine. I'm not asking if there is a way for the antivirus programs to blindly trust my program... I wouldn't want that either. What I am asking is would there be any way to send these anti-virus companies my source code to have them analyse it? Thanks!
Question by thegeeke | last reply
For any body out their who can help, me and my freinds planing on making a video game video series (like RVB but not the same, game, storyline, characters ect., or bob and steve) and we have everything planned out, script, characters ect., but we are worried about the rights to the game. My question is how do i get it on the internet without geting my pants sued off? just throw it up, or should i contact the company or somthing? thx for any help, ps. oh yah i forgot nebody know what type of capture card i should use, should i run my XBOx through my computer and use a usb capture card, or should i just use one of those rca jack ones? from my understanding they should just hook into the output of my tv right? that would be great if someone coul help.
Topic by XI3 | last reply
What do you all think about the feasibility of making a DIY XRF gun? These are commonly used in manufacturing settings where quick material identification is required. They look a lot like barcode scanners, but cost quite a bit more, generally 20-40k and mostly companies rend them for about 2k per month. I know that its probably quite impossible to slap one together using an Arduino or something but is this completely out of the realm of DIY? Really they just break down into 4 parts: X-ray source, detector, electronics and computer and it seems like the first two are the issue. It seems like there's tons of different methods of doing this, and I just keep feeling that somewhere in all those is something much more cost effective. Here are some links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/X-ray_fluorescence http://www.niton.com/default-americas.aspx?sflang=en
Topic by Gorpomon | last reply