Is there ANYTHING I can use old dial up modems for (other then dialing up the internet)?

Any old, or unique ideas on what I can do with them?  I have one that is fairly fast (an old cable modem) one that is medium fast (an old DSL modem) and one 56k plain vanilla dial up.

Posted by Goodhart 7 years ago


use a landline telephone, speakers, a mic, and a computer to go online with dial-up

Would it be possible to use a landline telephone, a computer with speakers and a microphone, and a software program to connect to the internet with dial-up? there are multiple free dial-up numbers available, so if I called with the phone, and used the computer to emulate an analog modem and listen to the response with the microphone, would I be able to get online? if so, does anything like this already exist?

Posted by tyeverett4949 2 years ago


Old Rotary Dial Phone

Hello. I wanted to ask if someone could help me to connect an old rotary phone to the pc. I would like to make it hit the ring, and if it were possible to hear any sound recording. I have no knowledge about such things, it is possible to do so? This is a translation of google thank you very much

Posted by erdosain9 6 years ago


BURGLAR ALARM DIALS MOBILE PHONE

PLEASE DOES ANYONE KNOW HOW TO BUILD A BURGLAR ALARM THAT CAN TRIGGER A CALL ON MY MOBILE PHONE? KWABENA :o)

Posted by kwabena 9 years ago


Home Dial-In Server

I'm trying to set up a home dial-in server. I'd like it to have these features: -Runs from DOS -Can answer on the fourth ring -If no one is home, can redirect the call to the answering machine if it does not detect a computer on the other end (I.E. redirect if it doesn't hear computer tones) That last note is especially important. I've looked at the getty series, but it seems that it's only for Linux. Is there a way to do it with Kermit, C-Kermit, or any other of the Kermit programs? Any help would be appreciated, thanks in advance.

Posted by 1up 10 years ago


PCB Help: Need to make new dial or short out for coffee grinder

I just followed a great post to hack my Delonghi Coffee Grinder here: http://ping-pong-balls.blogspot.ca/2012/03/so-youve-bought-delonghi-kg89-how-to.html However in the process I shamefully snapped off one of the knobs and part of the circuit board attached to it snapped. I'm wondering if there's a more or less easy way to fix this, such as a short circuit around the timer, or perhaps even create a new makeshift dial. I'm a PCB novice, so any tips or re-directions would be great. Thanks!

Posted by jwchan 5 years ago


Wanted: Controller for Linear Acuator

Basically, I need a dial that would command this linear actuator https://www.servocity.com/sda24-263 to advance in one inch increments on either a dial or a touchpad or a slider. EvanBrenner@gmail.com or 917 414 5472 Thanks! Evan

Posted by EvanB65 11 months ago


Rotary dial phone

Hi all, Yesterday, my grandma gave me an old telephone. My mother used it as a toy, so my grandfather disconnected the wires (for safety). I wanted to connect the phone, but I don't know which connections I need. I attached some photo's to make the situation clear. It would be great if you could help me! Arnout P.S.: English is not my mother tongue so it would be fantastic if you didn't use a vocabulary that's too difficult ;)

Posted by arnoutdejans 7 years ago


GAH. I WANT HIGH-SPEED ACCESS TO THE INFORMATION SUPERHIGHWAY!

Arrrrrrgh! Dial-up sucks! I can't watch anything on YouTube, play games online, or download anything! It makes me want to cry and slit my computer cables with an like an emo! By the way, I have dial-up because I live outside of the nearest town, and the cables don't go to out-of-town. And wireless sucks and is extremely expensive.

Posted by Aeshir 11 years ago


Seeking someone to hire for a project

Hi, I'm not sure if it's appropriate to post this inquiry on instructables but I thought I'd give it a try. Basically, I need a dial that would command this linear actuator https://www.servocity.com/sda24-263 to advance in one inch increments on either a dial or a touchpad or a slider. I'm not an engineer and I don't really have time to build this myself - would anyone be interested in doing this for a fee? If it would help in assessing the project, I now this controller would work https://www.servocity.com/digital-manual-speed-controller However, I need the dial or touch pad to allow for discrete steps and not be sort of vague. Any help would be much appreciated. I'm just not sure where else to turn. Thanks, Evan

Posted by EvanB65 11 months ago


Do you want to use Skype out more comfortable and convenient

Inside 128M USB Disk. It can be changed as the clients wish 128*64 Dot Matrix LCM, it can show multi-language and information of calls wonderfully It can show the date and time Compatible with VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) solution such as SKYPE It can make a PC-to-PC calls for free and PC to PSTN or MOBILE calls through Internet. Echo-cancellation for better sound quality Can set speed dials, design as mobile phone There is a DTMF dialing keyboard, can dial on the phone as normal phone Can make a call to SKYPE by using SKYPE software, or make a call to normal phone by SKYPE out Professional processor and special arithmetic for high timbre quality Use I2C port, more simply and convenient Inside LED, shows the statement of coming calls, calls, silence, dialing, on hook, name list It can save the received calls and the dialed number as many as you wish It can make a call through SKYPE calling list Several types of ring tones for incoming call alert, The display of USB Phone and SKYPE can be concurrence As a speaker to broadcast music from PC No need superfluity power supply Can adjust the volume during a call Connecting statement auto-checking No need to bear the ‘earphone and microphone’, just answer the phone when it rings One phone for VoIP, make it more convenient Can use as the earphone of Yahoo Messenger, MSN Messenger, MS NetMeeting, Talk and so on, supports dialing by USB We can exploit more functions according to the customer's inner information about the operation details So if you have any requirement of VoIP equipment, please contact us. TEL:+86-755-27918959 MSN: cobbyzhou@hotmail.com Skype: cobbyzhou Yahoo Massager: cobby_zhou E-mail: cobbyzhou@hotmail.com

Posted by cobbyzhou 11 years ago


What To Do With A Really Old Laptop?

So I inherited this Toshiba laptop with Windows 95 on it. It has a ?86 processor and about 16MB RAM and about 800 MB hard drive. It has a laptop PC card that supplies dial-up access and a floppy drive. It runs on AC power.(Edit: It has 8 Megabytes of RAM and a 750 Megabyte hard drive. More tiny than I thought.)What are some good ideas to do with this? I am thinking about installing some kind of Linux on it, you know, to beef it up somehow, make every megabyte count. I'm especially interested in the dial-up card, specifically whether I can hack it to access wireless signals... My brain wheels move, but no work gets done! Aggghh!

Posted by V-Man737 9 years ago


Dial-up internet server

Hi everyone, I am trying to connect my Sega Dreamcast to the internet with it's 56k modem, without using telephone lines. From what I understand, I need to connect my my Dreamcast to a tone generator, then to a USB modem plugged into a laptop with which to forward the connection over wifi. My question is: Is this is a plausible solution, and if so, could I simplify and shrink this set up. Ideally I would like to figure out if I could build a tone generator instead of buying one and how can I replace the laptop with something like a raspberry pi. I think that once I figured out how to forward the connection on my laptop, it would be fairly straightforward to do the same with a raspberry pi. I would prefer a relatively compact solution if possible. Thanks in advance for any help or thoughts.

Posted by wamj99 4 years ago


What Apps/Utilities Do You Use Often/What's In Your System Tray?

My, system tray, in no particular order:Internet Call Director - I have dial-up so when someone calls me it disconnects the computer from the internets and reroutes the call to the phone.[pidgin.im Pidgin] - Awesome instant-messaging client. Compatible with about 15 different networks (MSN, AIM, ICQ etc.).My Dial-up internets connection icon.[opera.com Opera] - Opera web browser.Volume ControlAvira Antivir Personal Edition Classic - My antivirus program.Sound Volume Hotkeys - Use winkey + up/down arrow keys to change volume, handy when there's no volume dial (ie. headphones).WinRoll - Rolls up windows to their title bar, transparency, minimize any window to the system tray, stuff like that.[r2.com/au System Lock] - Click to password protect system. Hides everything on the desktop.What's in yours?

Posted by Aeshir 11 years ago


Free to Good Home

Just an Idea but if someone can market it feel free to, just send me one LOL. There are many medical alert necklaces / bracelets etc out there for people act risk of falling which is a good thing,but the catch to all of them is the monthly cost of subscribing to some monitoring service and $20 a month doesn't sound much but to someone on a fixed income it can be a big deal. It seems reasonable that someone out there could come up with a simple system using off the shelf stuff for a transmitter and receiver set up and hit the button and the receiver dials the first of say three numbers with a recorded message. It would dial out until it received a human, have it wait for the tone of someone pushing one or something and then play a recorded message "Help I've fallen and can't get up" or something and send help to 1313 Mockingbird Lane. You could put a relative or a neighbor first and a second perhaps then 911 or if the person is likely to need fast medical help have it dial straight to 911 but make it simple to program. Make the necklace / pendant play a sound when it's been activated and maybe make a 20 second pause before it dials out so people could cancel accidental triggers by picking up the phone or something, which cancels the tone from the pendant but leave the tone on once the first number has been dialed incase the victim loses consciousness so first alerters can find them quicker. Put a silence button on the receiving unit but disengage the phone silencing option in case the first person there picks up the phone... This seems a simple concept that people could sell for like $40 and I'd bet all my donuts there is a big market for something like this in that range, plus it would help a lot of people by taking away some of the fear of living alone as we age... And we all age. Any thoughts? Could it fly?

Posted by Senseless 10 years ago


Rotary dialer in modern cell phone

I want to merge rotary dialer with a modern cell phone. Can anyone help me with this, please? Actually I have to convert rotary dialer's analog signals to cell phone's way of dialing -- key closing...

Posted by Blinchik 11 years ago


LED's, Resistors, and Potentiometers

I"m having some trouble with my LED and pot. My LED is a white 2.1v / 30mA My power source is 2 AAA batteries in series at 3v my pot says 500K on the back and three leads labeled 1, 2, 3 When my pot is at the off position, my LED is lit up perfect. but when I slightly turn the dial my LED starts to burn out and turns bright orange, and if I turn the dial further (Or let it sit for a minute) my LED turns bright red. I know that's ruining the LED... But what I'm dying to figure out is how do I know what resistors I would need to use with the pot, What's the math?

Posted by surlistyc 7 years ago


Wanted: Some one to finish a code for Arduino and A6 GSM module. Will pay.

Hi! I need some one to finish/rewrite a code for A6 gsm module. I want to make one button SOS system with voice call. I found a working code that can dial one phone number and display returned information from A6 module, but i need to do something more. I need to dial 3 numbers in a roll, based on a returned information from com port.(BUSY, ERROR, etc). I`m total noob, and the code is NOT mine. So i`ll pay 20$ for your help. Bitcoins or other method. For more information contact me. Thank you.

Posted by trifonoff 1 year ago


Whats the name of

Whats the name of that dial switch thingy found on old ships, you know where someone says "Full steam ahead!" and then they push this lever all the way forward and it makes bell noises as it does it and lights up a little sign on the side.  Its circular, you know what i'm talking about!

Posted by guyfrom7up 8 years ago


Working Mayan Calendar Round

title kind of says it all, but a working mayan calendar round, where everyday you turn the day dial 1, then every 13 days it turns the 2nd gear by 1 and so forth. I've seen a couple projects on here containing cnc'd gears and the such. 

Posted by nuentoter 8 years ago


XBOX 360 Network Configurations..with a twist

Courtesy of Dr.Professor Jake Biggs, I was able to be innovative with my XBOX 360 and share my dial-up connection with my 360 through my computer. (The instructable can be found here.) However, seeing as I have a unique case, I thought this would be the best medium to use in looking for an answer. So let me explain my situation. Through much effort, I was able to procure the know-how of using my cell phone (LG Env3, not the touch though) as a modem. It is able to give me 7.2 Mbps at all times of the day and night via USB. I then realized it sets it up as a dial-up connection and decided to search out a way to share that connection with my XBOX 360 so as to get XBOX Live. Thanks to Jake Biggs, I was able to succeed in this endeavor. Now I am wondering if there is any way possible to open the appropriate ports under Firewall settings in order to get an Open NAT setting rather than a Moderate one. For those of you who play XBOX Live, you know how frustrating it is to not have an Open setting. Also it would be much appreciated if someone could help me out with the IP addressing. Many thanks to any who come by and put in their 2 cents about this. I'm open to any suggestions or theories.

Posted by thedarkparadox 8 years ago


Viewing Articles

We just don't need a "View all Steps" button. No one uses dial up and most computers load fairly fast. I just want to see all the steps at one time; if I didn't I wouldn't click on that instructable. Please remove this button and keep it simple. Thanks, F1FireKing

Posted by F1FireKing 5 years ago


DTMF Generator with Arduino

Hello mate, I have telephone with only receiver and no keypad. So, i need to generate DTMF tones to dial the number. Is it possible for me to generate a DTMF tone generator by programming arduino with the frequencies and attaching speaker to it? Also, how can i club two tones which are required to be sent at a single moment? Thank You. 

Posted by anuragkanase 7 years ago


I'm leaving (again)

Well everybody, I'm leaving again. This time I'll be gone for over a month to Iran. I will have dial up, but I won't be very active here. Hopefully I'll be able to squeeze in a few more ibles before I leave on Tuesday. Robot is also coming (in two of his shirt, and 2 of his patch reincarnations).

Posted by LinuxH4x0r 10 years ago


Super site ... but SLOW!

This is a wonderful site ... I learned how to remove rust electrically ... good stuff; however, the site is brutally slow between pages (downloading). I have high speed access via cable modem and this site is like using dial up. What's up? Is it the server? Has the site been optimized? Pictures optimized? I will continue to visit because the site and concept is strong. Thanks.

Posted by dkmanley 10 years ago


Help! LED series with Speaker

I recently got a little old stereo which I've been cleaning up/painting/tuning/etcetera. To me this thing is just so darn cute and I got really excited when I noticed some LEDs under the speaker grates. However they only light up when the volume dial is up to 9 or so, and the stereo is just way too loud! 1-2 on the dial is what I would consider a medium volume level, and don't see myself ever going much higher. I would like a way to fix the dial discrepancy, but I feel that I can live with it. What I'm really after is a way to get the LEDs on at a normal volume level. Ideally pulsing with the music(like they can do now.) I've included a picture of the circuitry. Let me know if you'd like a picture from the other side and I can take it out. I'm a super novice at this stuff. It seems like the LEDs are in a series(btw, each little circuit board is home to three leds, for a total of 12) but that the whole series is actually parallel to the speaker itself? Or is it all in series? Anyway, my first thought was to leave the blue wires going from the LEDs to the speaker, but to move the black 'power' wires to the end of the last LED series so that the power would go all the way through the LEDs before getting to the speaker. Is that a bad idea? haha. I'd rather not burn these LEDs out since they match the colors of the stereo. What do you think? Thanks in advance! Diane

Posted by foodcoloring 5 years ago


Help build a non-microsoft computer like atari or commodore or Texas Instruments

Enter comment on the part of the computers and dial up telephone network you would like to help build. This computer should not have microsoft or icons that slow down computers and make them annoying. The rom should enable the computer to turn on instantly. There should be about 5 rom chips including , video rom, a sound rom , a disk drive rom , a basic rom . The keyboard should include graphics keys of some choice. The right side of the keyboard has to be different. Since this might be a high volume computer the memory might be less than annoying microsoft. Mandatory commercial viewing might be a possibility. The dial up network might have less complex programs. Everyone should be able to write a program and type save. The problem here might be an excessive demand for 3.5 inch disks and cd disks.

Posted by halamka 9 years ago


please help me with my old uk phonebox modification

I have a old 1989 payphone bought at auction minus the keys I want to convert the old rotary tone dial to a pulse dial keypad and replace the coin slot to accept new coins and would like to do this without ruining the looks of the phone by having to drill out the locks and trying to find a lock of nearly the same style as they have been superseded by new better locks I purchased the coin slot and keypad from a bt approved company in the midlands but understandably both they and bt will not tell me how I can remove the coins once they are in the box incase I break into new boxes coin vaults even though the locks have changed and phone boxes these days are hardly used except for emergency calls.I am trying to put this phone into an oldie worldie village pub as a gimmick to draw in tourists to a dying pub/restaurant

Posted by msc 10 years ago


Awesome stuff you can do with high-speed internet?

So I recently thought up the idea that I can get free high speed internet at the computers at the public library in town (I can only get dial-up at my house). I have to ride my bike a few kilometers to get into town but I can get like 100 KB/s!! Gah, I wish I'd thought of this a long time ago. When I went in yesterday I just downloaded a bunch of crap. I got 60 MB of stuff, mostly podcasts, in about ten minutes. That would've taken me over five hours to get on my dial-up. But is there any thing else that I should try, other than just downloading a buttload of stuff? I've never had broadband, so I'm kinda just dumbfounded by the possibilities.

Posted by Aeshir 10 years ago


Double slapping technique on bass guitar

Okay does anyone know how to do the double slap technique? Please let me know in written form (Because as i still have dial-up and can't get any better internet). also if anyone knows anyother cool techniques it would be cool if you shared those too.

Posted by wingman246 10 years ago


Can You use a GPRS with a landline phone?

I have wanted to this but can't find info But what I wanted to do was to set up and Arduino with a GPRS shield but instead of it being the phone I wanted to have it hook up to an old rotary dial phone and have it work like it's plugged into the wall and the arduino/shield would be in a box but the question remains, can that be done or is it not possible?

Posted by Zuma07 1 year ago


New Stereo

I was outside the other day and my neighbor gave me this stereo. It's a sony with 2 working speakers, 51 disc cd changer that also acts as a storage(you can turn the holder w/on of the dials on the stereo, am/fm radio, 2 tape decks, sounds great, and i hooked my sansa up to play through the speakers. Check out the pic below.

Posted by sardines454 10 years ago


Small Solar panel(s) with output equivalent to a good USP port

Hello all, Seems like this should be a good competition type project.  Being a hiker and bicycle traveler, I would love to have a small, (read lite), solar panel that would keep my electronics powered up.  The electronics would be, a phone, front and rear light or headlamp, a small 7" tablet, and maybe a small mp3 player.  Ideally the output would equal that of a good USB port, 5volt and ~2amps.  The charger for tablet states 2.1amps.  Sorry I'm not dialed in what ideal amperage would be, but I do know that not less than 2amps, right? Anyways would love to see a competition among the peeps all dialed into this with the parameters stated above.  I'm sure other parameters would be worked out too.  If there's something out there in the real world that maybe you think would suit my needs, lets see what there is out there!  Feel free to post up.

Posted by User1 4 years ago


Help Motor Control!

Hey guys, I need to create a motor that can have a fader/dial so that I can control its speed (rotations). I figure it must be a simple enough system but I don't even know where to begin in terms of parts. I just need it to be strong enough that I can spin a GoPro camera (fairly light - but not toy car motor weak). Sincerely, Alex

Posted by mrmadsci 6 years ago


Hearing a dialup connection on a FM car radio?

My mum was driving to uni and we hear a dial-up connection over the radio twice or three times, on 103.50 FM to be exact. A little while ago i rang my mum and she was in the same place and suddenly the phone goes silent and it starts making all different tones. What's happening? What's causing it? Why's it on the FM band

Posted by thermoelectric 9 years ago


Optical Image Stabilization

Hi everyone, I have a little awkward question here but I am sure someone who knows a little bit more about electronics can give me good advice. I took apart the lens from a consumer video camera and took out the Optical Image Stabilization module in an effort to figure out how it works and possibly hijack the signal so I can control the movement. In the camera this module is getting the signal from the accelerometer so it knows how to engage the two electromagnets and counteract the movement (shaking). What I have done is take the leads that go into it and try to fake what gyro sends to this element. So far I have noticed that when I short 1 and 2 or 3 and 4 the element goes to one side or up. So I put a potentiometer on it (2K ohm) and it gives me some control by turning the dial, but not good enough. Has anyone any idea how can I achieve a gradual movement of this lens element vertically and sideways with a slider or dial of some sort? Your help would be greatly appreciated!

Posted by Sudija 10 years ago


I have no clue what this is...

 With a sequence of click-click-click-click-click pause X'3? ( with an initial click-click ), I'm thinking that this electrical dial was for an alarm, then again it may not be as part of a warning/alert system at all.  Given to my dad by his dad who served in the navy in Nam. Here's a link to a video I uploaded to YouTube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=huHTDpLh9sQ&sns;=em thanks!

Posted by Lags witch 5 years ago


Help figuring out what do use...

Hey folks, this is my first post in the community area, I hope I'm posting in the right area. So here it is...I would like to build a little control panel for my kid for fun with a bunch of switches, knobs, and dials mounted on it. Just something to help boost his imagination when playing with his little Micro Machines. I'd like each knob, dial, etc to light up (if featured on that item) and for them all to play a particular sound when manipulated. So my question is, where do I start, and what do I start with in order to make this thing? I don't know if I should learn to program with Arduino or with a Raspberry Pi to get this thing moving. I'd like to mount an audio jack on the outside of the panel that I can hook to my stereo for higher quality sounds from the board. Also, I'm open to paying someone with a good reputation here to do the software and electronics part of this project for me. I'd basically send you the panels with the switches mounted on it. But the price would have to be appropriate for this to happen.  Thank you for looking, and your input guys/gals.

Posted by BradysoBOT 5 years ago


LARGE metronome

I need to make a LARGE metronome. I am teaching a beginner band, and the small metronome I have now cannot be seen or heard when everyone is playing.. Something like this would be great:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O219Pm9Sl5Y  but I need it to be HUGE, like 5 feet across.. Similar to a beta brite LED sign array.. ALSO: I want to be able to control the BPM, not just a dial that increases speed and slows it down, I need to be able to put in "80bpm" or "90bpm" etc.. Could I use the above

Posted by 3DPiper 5 years ago


Effective Way to Wake You Up

Getting up in the morning is not the easiest thing to do--but with the proper motivation, we all might be a little more inclined to hop out of bed. This alarm clock provides that: if you don't wake up, it will randomly dial someone from your cell phone's address book. An early morning call to your family, friends, or random person whose number you've got stored in there will guarantee that you have some awkward explaining to do.Link viaEngadget

Posted by joshf 10 years ago


custom ruler scriber

Years ago (before computers), I worked in a lab where we were called upon to make clear plastic rulers with precise increments.  We had a simple machine to accomplish the job. It was an ingenious gadget that held the plastic in place and with a turn of a crank, it moved the plastic a set distance and simultaneously scribed the plastic with a metal point.  The precise divisions could be set with a dial and all you had to do was turn the crank. Has anyone ever seen one of these machines?  If so - what is it called and how would you make one?

Posted by slocumbs 4 years ago


Christmas Interruptus

Just a heads' up, I'm away for the Christmas break, visiting relatives without a useful internet connection* , so I will be less than my usual ubiquitous self over the next week or two.However, said relatives may be installing wireless broadband while we are there, so I may be able to pop in occasionally.The plan is to leave tomorrow morning (the 23rd), so, if we don't speak before then, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.(Thank you for all your kind comments already!)*I will not sit in a cupboard to use dial-up!

Posted by Kiteman 9 years ago


How to force voice calls through A2DP bluetooth device

Hey all,  I have an A2DP bluetooth music receiver hooked up to my car. I connect my iphone to it. here is the link to it.  http://www.amazon.com/Version-Belkin-F8Z492-Bluetooth-Receiver/dp/B0035JL35O It plays music pristinely through the device.  But when I try to make a phone call, it doesn't send the dial tone or the call through the bluetooth device, but only through the iphone. Is there a hack to force the call through the A2DP device? Thanks

Posted by D4VIDLE 3 years ago


PC mouse Mod

I have always wanted to see my electrical usage in real time. However, the watt meters available can not handle whole house wattage. I have an idea but lack the programing skills to pull it off. Use a modified usb mouse to read the dial as it spins and tabulate the totals. Because of the distance through the glass to the meter disk- a laser pointer may have to be used. Required to work: USB mouse Modified mouse driver- must not be recognized as a mouse in the PC customizable display output. Laser pointer? Anyway, if someone could help with the software that would be great- Thanks

Posted by ryancey777 10 years ago


120 GB Xbox 360 Drive, but no high-speed internet. What to do with it?

I got an Xbox 360 Elite for Christmas. It comes with a big-ass 120 GB hard drive, and it already has some demos and videos that came with it, but you can't copy music, videos, etc. onto the drive from USB devices, and I don't have high-speed internet, so I can't download anything onto it. What can I put on it from local sources, then? I mean actually putting stuff onto it, not streaming stuff from my PC.

Posted by Aeshir 10 years ago


Notes in pictures...

I am about to submit an instructable and would like to add notes to my pictures but it never saves the note. Everything seems to work fine (I can draw the box and add the note) until I hit save.  When I hit save the dial indicator just spins and nothing happens.  I can walk away from my computer for 20 minues and when I get back it will still be spinning trying to save the note. I thought it might be my connection from home, but I have since tried it on my computer at work with the same result. Has anyone else had this problem? Thanks in advance.

Posted by sdudley 7 years ago


Im going to make a led lamp... I have the idea just need some help in how to go about making it

I have a glass candy looking sort of jar that i would like to flip over and build a small black circular stand to mount it on. Then frost the jar to give it a more ambiant looking light (i like blue leds but not necessary). I also need the lamp to be decently bright some where in-between a traditional desk lamp and a bright night light. I also and going to make a decal to stick to the outside of the jar to give it an illustration on the lamp. I dont want a battery operated one if possible id like a plug in with a switch or something. Something on the efficient side i don't like replacing batteries all the time, rechargeable may work. On that note i have a desk lamp already not sure what kind and brand i can check though, its a halogen i think it has a plug and a dial that brightens and dims it, i am willing to destroy if for this project that dial would be perfect . So what i need is recommendation on what and where to buy for lighting and details on how to mount it. I can handled most of the design of the arrangement, glass and decal im all over. More or less i need a cheap and decently easy way to light it im not super experienced in leds or a lot of wiring, im sure i can do it, would just be easier to avoid all of that.  Any help would be much appreciated 

Posted by amiller91 6 years ago


New image uploading system - where have I been??

My apologies, I realize how much I have been slacking in posting Instructables. Part of the delay is due to living in the boonies with internet service that works about as fast as dial-up, and the other was the old image upload system. So, I popped in last week, and what should I find, to my complete surprise and thorough amazement, a new image system. Wow, is it ever the best! /I LOVE the new system. Thank you from the bottom of my heart! This is wonderful. The features, the gadgets, it is all the best! (skipping off to create a new Instructable while whistling a happy tune)

Posted by WUVIE 3 years ago


Problem with new ibles editor

I really like the new editor, but there's one thing that prevents me from using it. I really do not like the autosave feature. You can't undo anything past the last save, and if it starts to save while you're writing, when it finishes saving it will revert your text back to what it was when it started saving (I'm on dial-up too, so it can take up to ten seconds to save. That's ten seconds worth of typing gone). What I would like is an option to totally turn off autosave. As I said before, I really like the new editor, but because of this I cannot use it. KTHXBAI

Posted by Aeshir 10 years ago


Steampunk Mobile

Some great ideas come from taking a completely new gadget and making it something that looks like, and in this case sort of works like, something from the 19th century. This steampunk cell phone concept has no display. No 3G. No data plan. No games. It doesn't even have a dial pad. You make your calls with binary-coded punch cards, steampunk.All you get in this rugged brown package is an earpiece, (possibly faux) gauges, visible screws, and a spinning number-counter. Oh, and a hole punch every time you want to order a pizza.The project was developed for O2, aiming at the RPG player market (really!). I don't think it works. It would be cool if it did, but I don't think so...UnplggdOriginal designer

Posted by Kiteman 9 years ago