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My birthday wishlist

(*Hopes new topic draws people in...*)In lieu of this (is this correct usage?), I was hoping I could also be helped. I'd also like a hovercar... but I think you need a licence...Hmm -- I'm thinking electronic components -- but thats hard for them to get... (They'd get me 1,000 1 Ohm resistors >_>_

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Instructables Internship - Day 5

Today was my last day! I really wish I could stay, but school should come first...The day was really awesome though. I knew I had to make the most of this last day I get to be here. I bore the Robot proudly on my chest, hoping to get a picture that I could use as my avatar here, but never remembered to take a picture...I came in today, and started working on my Vorbis player. The day before, it was all soldered up (I actually was able to do it!) and now I needed to get it working. Based on some probing, at least the voltage regulator part works, but I think I need to do a bit more to determine if its in complete working condition. I also spent some time trying to program an AVR, I eventually got it working, though. I continued to do some more DB stuff, and, as you saw, posted a few statistics. I came up with a few more, but we couldn't figure out how to get them to display...---It was really sad when I had to leave, I had such a great time... I'll miss being there...This concludes zachninme's internship blog

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Instructables Internship - Day 3

Day 3! Whoo!(The hotel's internet wasn't working, so I had to wait until now to post)Today was another bright cough day at Instructables HQ. I continued working on some small little projects of my own, as well as poking the database and forcing it to spit out the exact information that I wanted. (later, I wrote a script to do all the poking for me)The new rating system will be much better, taking more into account than just a click, which will lead to more accurate ratings, which means you'll all get even more awesome instructables! Horray!!!!!Its amazing being here, though. Everyone's so great and helpful, its really hard to put into words... I feel lucky to be here!And don't worry, you'll get a blog post for today, too!

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Who wants to test a new GM Script?

I've been working on this new Greasemonkey script that, IMO, is a lot better than the others.It allows you to rate comments. Your ratings aren't for your own benefit alone: they're stored on a server where they are mashed together with everyone else's to create a full-blown rating system!And, I'm using Google App Engine as a backend, so there won't be any server downtime!For this, you actually have to do a little sign-up procedure. Go here, & put in your username. You'll then have to post a comment*, and then you can get the script. This makes sure that one user can't cheat the system by having 100 accounts.From there, its pretty easy to use. Next to the username, 5 pseudo-boxes will appear. Use them as follows:[!] - This comment answered the question in the topic (use sparingly)[+] - Positive vote[-] - Negative vote[x] - Remove your vote[?] - HelpIf you run across any bugs, or have any suggestions, please let me know. I'll be glad to hear them!From there, if I do fix a bug, here's the best part: you usually don't have to update anything! It will automagically use the newer version. In the future, I may require you to manually update, but there is a notifier in place, and yet it is very unlikely that it will be needed.

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Instructables Internship - Day 2

Day two!Today, I would get to meet everyone who didn't show up yesterday. (It was, after all, Presedent's Day) When I got in, I hopped on the computer and started poking at my copy of the database. I know this isn't exicting for most people, but as someone who's worked through and designed a few DB's that never were populated, it was a chance to not only learn style, but play around with a ton of data. You guys are really busy!As I was working hard on my queries, I would continue work on the TV-B-Gone, and talked to Randy some more. Its so awesome meeting and talking to people in real life, and hearing and seeing their projects that are works and progress, some which may never make it to instructables.I couldn't stop laughing at Christy's attire, which has to do with a little project of hers and Eric's, and Mitch's that is going on this week, but you're going to have to wait until they make an instructable!Later in the day, I kept at all my projects, joked around (just a little! I swear!), and eventually finished the TV-B-Gone kit! Later. I was able to test it and it actually worked! I also got to use the laser cutter. I want to try cutting a perforated pattern, like a checkerboard, only *really* small. All and all, today was an awesome day, and I can't wait to get back tomorrow!wow! so excited, I'm making sooo many typos!

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Instructables Internship - Day 1

Hello from Instructables HQ!*Last Saturday, I flew down to visit Instructables. I stayed and poked around San Fransisco over the weekend, but today I started my Instructables internship!(Sadly, I left my camera at home, and I don't have nearly as many pictures as I'd like)I arrived at the control tower, and was greeted by [/member/numberrandom Mitch] and [/member/fungusamungus Ed], and [/member/candia Christy] & [/member/ewilhelm Eric] arrived shortly thereafter. I was shown around the place, and then I started to get working. I got to take [/member/noahw Noah]'s desk, since he's out for the week. (Probably chasing [/member/T3h_Muffinator Muffinator] to get Project X's instructable done...)Soon, [/member/rachel/ Rachel] walked in, and helped me get a copy of the database working, so I could start working on site-related things.While the computer was chugging away (as it did for the rest of the day), I walked around and met [/member/randofo Randy], and a few other people. Randy explained to me some of the cool things that he's working on, and I offered to help. Somehow, we stumbled upon the idea of drying clothes by microwaving them, and we were really close to actually trying it...Later, I started assembling and documenting [/member/ladyada Ladyada]'s (seealso) TV-B-Gone kit. I didn't get to finish it before the day ended -- it just flew by!Everything was going great. I had been extremely excited for this opportunity, and its even better than I thought. Everyone seems interested in each other's projects. Its really cool.I can't wait until tomorrow, where I hope I get to do more exciting and fun stuffs! Yes, I said stuffs!* okay, I'm not there right now...

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Greasemonkey Script: Quick Contest Voting!

For those who are having trouble voting for contests because of the sheer number of entries, I've written this little guy to aid you in your sacred duty. First, you'll need to:Install ScriptThen, head on over to a [/contest/bookcontest/?show=ENTRIES&sort;=RATING page like this], and you'll see 40 entries with a separator half-way down. This shows the script is working. It will *not* work on any page other than page 1. To use it, start rating! After you've rated the first 20 and hit the "barrier", press the button and start rating the bottom set. By the time that you've finished those, the top set will have finished loading. (Don't forget to press the button again!) Overall, this will save hours* waiting for the page to load.So, what are you waiting for? Install ScriptNote: This script is pretty much in an "alpha" stage. Sorry if it leaks or causes terrible hurricanes to come and devour your toes mm... tasty. Also, I'm just throwing this forum post up to make the script public, I'll revise it with a bit more instruction once I'm not so tired. ;-)

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Marshmellow Shooters!

Marshmellow. xkcd. 'nuff said.Seriously though, I wonder if he means ewilhelm's shooter?

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How to always win at Monopoly

How to always win at Monopoly (GCache)Interesting... *a lot* of thought was put into that :P

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What is the oddest thing you have sent through the mail?

Title is self-explanatory. Did it make it? Or what...

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Test Thread

I found this , which Instructable's formatting is based off of. So try out some stuff!SuperScript Subscript 3 strikes, you're out

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Instructables IRC?

I was just thinking -- maybe instructables should have an IRC channel(s)? It might be an interesting way to chat...

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This made the forums break: Ì´

Yay unicode! I like combiners, so I tried one. It --probably-- broke the forum.

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Buy a Texan Town on eBay!

Whoa! -- buy a town on eBay!Granted, its a 13 Acre town, population 4. Its 4 million buckeroos, but still cool.

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Create Pages from JavaScript?

I was wondering if it is possible to create a text document from some JS embedded in a page. I know this may not be the perfect place to ask, but I might get some response : -) Thanks :-)

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Problem #3

3: Find xSolution: x = 5a2 + b2 = c2a=3b=4c=x32 + 42 = x29+16 = x225 = x2sqrt(25) = x5 = xx = 5:-)

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Ahh! Its the Instructapocalypse!

I went to check my emails, and what do I see!? 666 Unread emails from the robot!!Ahh! The Instructables server will crash! Ahh! Its the Instructapocalypse!(That isn't all at once, I barely read them)

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Real simple contest -- Whoops...

Wait, since most people don't change their licence on their instructable, and since the default has "non-commercial", when its featured in the mag., wouldn't that breech the licensing?

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How's that iRobot project going?

So, hows the project coming? I hit a snag--my Chumby died. But how is everyone else's project going? I tried to get this to be in the iRobot group, but it didn't work...

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Those "K"-things blocker, now with Instructable

Bad move on my part...Its blocked by the old version of the script :PYou'll need the new one to get updates. So if you didn't notice, because it was blocked, check it out!

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April Fools!

Hah! I tricked you into clicking the link, and I will now suck out your soul!!! MUHAHA! Anyway... I really like the robot's antics. Google's "Gmail Custom Time" was funny too. Anywhere else? Gizmondo seems to be using Mr. T in all of their stories...

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PIC Internal Clock -- How accurate?

Can I trust a PIC's 4Mhz internal clock to keep accurate time over days of use? Or will I need an external crystal. I'm vary weary of that, as I'm going for a compact design. Thanks for the help.

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Good Cheap soldering Iron?

Anyone know of a good, yet cheap soldering iron? I like the pen variety, not the gun type. My current one is a pain because it doesn't have a regulator, so I have to unplug it once it gets hot... or it gets WAY to hot. Sorry if there is no-such-thing...

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Instructacon: The Robot Says Goodbye

Saturday the 26th was the official end of Instructacon, Instructables first conference hosted by the Robot itself!This year, we had a whopping two attendees: The elusive Jessyratfink, and the unpronounceable Zachninme.There was free lunch, build sessions, BBQ's, novel sports, bike rides, random interviews, and plain (muffin) wholesome fun! Unfortunately, as all good things must come to an end, the Robot eventually had to part with its guests, and forcefully took them to the nearest human shipping facility, as soon as it had the spare time. Jessyratfink was politely escorted back Sunday morning, and Zachninme was shipped off Tuesday morning.We do miss our attendees dearly, and hope to see more of you at the next Instructacon!Documentation below

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RSS Search Feeds -- sort by Relevance?

I've been using the RSS feeds to have programs search ibles, however, the RSS feeds are sorted chronologically, which is not good, since I don't know what the first result is. Is there a way to sort by relevance? Thanks, and Happy T-day!

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Best Free 3D CAD program

I was curious what people thought was the best 3D CAD program. It seems that SketchUp is a favorite, but I wanted to be sure. I have access to AutoCAD as well, but I was working on something where I wanted to manipulate the objects, and I wasn't sure if it was best. Thanks :-)

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Lets make fun of Instructables! You should remember strings better!

I popped on to instructables, and what did I find?! Good to see its fixed now :P (I'm sorry, I can't resist poking fun!)

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What are you currently MAKE'ing?

Thought I would break the ice with an obvious. I just thought of this an hour ago, and haven't had a chance to work on it. I want to take out the huge antenna on my cell phone and just wind a coil around in my phone's case. Shouldn't be hard. (The "MAKE" is MAKE an antenna that fits inside your phone.)

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"CUZ IM" Script Plz?

Well, I heard about a few scripts to make your browser not show K'nex projects, etc. I was wondering if Zachninme, (I think you made them), could make one to hide the "CUZ IM" comments perhaps? Ooh, btw, how do you apply those scripts?

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Screwed up RSS Feed?

I've been getting the strangest items from the instructables:explore feed, like really really strange. They're in the explore one too, not my inbox or balktalk. They're things like random posts, random topics, random bugs, random comments, and random orangeboard posts. Has anyone else gotten this?

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Slideshows in forum topics

Zachninme put together this sweet way to embed slideshows in forum topics. I'm posting it because it requires HTML in the body of the text, and only admins can do that.What do you think? Is this something you would use? The images in the Slideshow below are from this forum post. They are not from an existing Slideshow.Show/Hide Slideshow

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Popup Ads

I've noticed a popup ad that's been around for awhile now. The ad itself says something along the lines of taking a survey... I just got one on the homepage where the only ads I could spot were craftsman ones, if that helps. Its fairly prevalent, I'm surprised no one else has commented on it.

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Bi-color LED's

Hey. I was looking for some small, or even surface mount, bi-color LEDs. I also, however, need a wide range of colors, as I am doing a Rubik's cube type thing. I was contemplating the idea of Tri-color LEDs, and having the 6 colors be RGBCMY, although that may over-complicate things. Thanks for your help :-)

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EagleCAD Help

In Eagle, I'm trying to make a ring that is divided into 18 equal sections. However, I'm not sure how to do it. The only idea I can think of is manually creating each polygon, but there has to be an easier way. I've tried taking the ring and drawing lines through it in both the restrict & kepout layers, it doesn't work, though.

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Posts, Topics, and Replies

Its not huge, but its a bit confusing. In some places, you call them "posts" and "replies", whereas others you refer to them as "topics" and "posts". The overlapping "posts", where it takes on two different meanings, is slightly annoying. I personally prefer the latter method, just from prior experience.

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Attiny 2313 & Serial Port

Is it possible, using just an Attiny 2313, to exchange data with a computer via serial -- or do I need one of those RS232 chips?Theoretically, I think I can, using the digital IOs, dispite its lack of efficiency, but there may be some problem with that...Sending is the main part that I'm not quite confident about ;-)

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Solder Paste

I have a couple of questions pertaining to solder paste... Can you buy it in really small amounts, like 10g? Can you apply it by hand, or do you need a stencil? I wanted to do a project involving an ARM chip, but the only way I could solder it to the board is using the paste, but considering I'd spend $40 on paste and $20 on a stencil, its not worth it.

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Filtering Results

I think I've started to figure out how your sorting works, for instance /type:, /category:_, /keyword:_. But I have a few questions...Is there way to do an OR statement? If I do https://www.instructables.com/tag/type:instructable/category:art/category:food/ (which is an awesome combination, BTW), it shows results for art AND food, is there a way to do art OR food?Also, is there a way to do a without? Say, without the keyword "cool"?

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Programming AVR in C (Help me!)

Hi! I've been trying to figure this out, and I can't seem to find the answer. I've seen it done in Assembler, so it is possible. I'm using ATiny2313's, if it makes a difference. I want to know how I can output a negative voltage through a pin. I'm trying to do some multiplexing. Thanks. I just started with AVR microcontrollers.

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2 Minute Meals -- Your favorite breakfast?

2 Minute meals are fun, but in the morning, if you wake up too late, they can become necessity. I've made "oatmeal" in the past, just a little water and some instant oatmeal, in the 'wave for 30 seconds, and its warm. I call it "oatmeal" because its just instant oatmeal suspended in lukewarm water, it doesn't get gelatinous or anything :P What do you do in a hurry?

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Cell Phone + Magnet

I was playing around with some of my 1/8in. NeFeBr (or is it NeBrFe?) magnets leftover from the challenge. Was using them to find screws on my flip phone. I noticed that when I put it at the "joint" of the two halves, the screen went dark. Turns out it thought I shut my phone. This was just a little odd tidbit that I wanted to share, that has potental. But, it isn't an instructable, so I just posted it.

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iRobot Create scholarship winners

Sorry for the delay- we've finally got all the results in, and can start releasing the names of the iRobot Create scholarship winners! Note that this is a rolling list, as I'm double-checking that everyone can still participate in the contest. I'll post winners as they formally accept, and will move along to alternates if anyone declines. Scholarship winners, in alphabetical order by username:dfukubaDiane BlackwoodHoleinmysockHungry_MystLaura GrabowskiloubardroyalestelSacTownSuesocietyofrobotsSolamenteDoug[technoplastiquevector023WeissensteinburgW_worldzachninme

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Distribution of Comments and Ratings Across Instructables

While Zachninme was here last week, he pulled some interesting data on Instructables. Check out the distribution of comments and ratings across Instructables in the graphs. Instructables with zero comments or zero ratings are included, which skews the data, but it's still interesting.total positive ratings / total number of Instructables = 10.4total number of comments / total number of Instructables = 19.1The raw data is attached, if you'd like to take a look.

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What flaws do you see with the arduino?

What flaws do you see with the arduino and its "universe" (shields, modules, knockoffs, software &c;)?Although there are some that are quite apparent, such as the bizzare pin spacing, I'm sure there are some smaller issues that kept quiet. I have nothing against the arduino, I think it's a wonderful little guy that's doing awesome things, and I'm really thankful it exists. Thoughts?

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GreaseMonkey Script for Instructables - Auto-All Steps - Download it Now!

I whipped this up, still needs work, but it works (sorta)...You can download it hereNow, on the Explore pages, it will automatically take you to All Steps instead of the Intro step when you click on a link.I'm considering this open-source, so PLEASE post modifications, again I literally spent 2 minutes on this - including debug/testing time.I know you are saying "duh its open source, its a script! moron" But what I mean is that I am encouraging modifications.Code below if my server is down // ==UserScript==// @name Instructables "All Steps" Fixer// @namespace https://www.instructables.com/tag/type:instructable/*// @description Automatically loads All Steps instead of the Intro only// @include https://www.instructables.com/tag/type:instructable/*// ==/UserScript==//Made by Zachninme//Although this is open-source, always leave the above line intact. Thanks.var allLinks, thisLink;allLinks = document.evaluate( &apos;//a[@href]&apos;, document, null, XPathResult.UNORDERED_NODE_SNAPSHOT_TYPE, null);for (var i = 0; i < allLinks.snapshotLength; i++) { thisLink = allLinks.snapshotItem(i); if (thisLink.href.match(/\?/i)) { } else { thisLink.href += &apos;?ALLSTEPS&apos;; }}(I have zachninme.com registered, but it isn't working right... *sigh*)

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Instructables API-like features?

I'm working on a small little project, and I was wondering if there's some easy way for me to get things like views/rating/#ofcomments for an instructable easily. I've been using RSS feeds for now, but it doesn't have that data on the ible. I was thinking of using an XSLT on the page, but it isn't valid enough XML to work (not your fault at all, the javascript is throwing it off) So, is there some simple way that I'm overlooking to get views?

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Surface Mount LEDs

I need almost 200 SMLEDs for a project. However, I only want 6 colors of 36 each. If anyone wants to buy the extra 300, or something like that, please make an offer. I will get 6 from this list, but I need them all to look different enough: White Red Orange Yellow Lime Green Green Blue Green Blue UV Or, if anyone knows a place where I can buy them in small quantities, please let me know :-)

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Cataloging School Papers

I spontaneously decided to catalogue every paper I get/do in school this year. I've run some tests with tesseract, a OCR program, and its decent. Except... I don't have a scanner... I'm thinking of giving it up, unless someone else would like to also try it out. If so, I'll put effort into procuring a scanner, or figuring a way to emulate one with a camera. Any random thoughts on this?

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Maker Faire -- I gotta write this down before I forget

Okay, I realized this awhile ago, and its soooo cool, and I keep forgetting to tell people.I don't know if this was intentional, or not, but anyway.If you know French, you'll appreciate "Maker Faire", because faire can* mean "to make".Maker to make! I like the ring ;-)*Normally, its translated "to do", but it can also be translated this way... even though its barely used like this...

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SMD Soldering without Soldermask?

I'm working on a project and I needed to get a PCB made. I was planning on getting it from BatchPCB, but I ran into a little problem... I'm using a NAND Flash chip, which is TSSOP48; the footprint has 6mil spacing! (BatchPCB has a 8mil minimum) The next cheapest solution would be Barebones PCB, which makes prototype PCBs without soldermask & silkscreen. I'm worried about soldering on the Flash chip, and another LQFP48. Will the lack of a soldermask make it impossible to do?

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