Color Shift Dimming LEDs

Dim an incandescent, and it produces a mellow, warm orange sunset glow. Dim an LED, with the same SCR dimmer, and it flickers at 60 hertz, still producing harsh blueish light. How can LEDs more closely mimic incandescents?

Posted by Toga_Dan 3 years ago


Heating Help!

So my new  major has me in a machine shop that is at my disposal. I have made a few shift knobs but with living in the Northeast it can get cold in the winter months.   I want to heat the knobs, which means finding something that is... - Small enough to fit inside a roughly 1" dia cylinder, depth minimal. - Quickly heat the knob - But not over heat it - Run on a 12v standard supply - Minimal cost I have considered trying to find a "Heating Element" but am unable to find such in a size I need and within a price I want. Maybe a soldering Iron element? I tried "Peltier" but they all are over-sized and debate the conflicting effects of hot and cold. However if figured out I could flip it for summer. I debated running a resistor/other electronic component with just enough power to cause it to heat up, but am worried about it breaking. I wanted to do a high power light bulb, but don't see that working as well as I plan. So I am kinda at a loss...if you have a specific item you can link me to let me see it, or just let me know of an item I can use.

Posted by scubaru 7 years ago


I think I figured out time travel!!!.....sort of :(

I think I stumbled upon the secret to time travel thanks to the thoughts provoked by a previous topic. The secret to it is storage!! as of now time travel to go backwards is to try and get to a place that no longer exists. its like trying to watch last sundays football game but you didn't hit recored on the VCR. As I see it if we want to ever suceed at time travel we need a way to recored and regenerate/exactly simulate life. right now time travel is only possible in minute viewings on recorded video. in order to fully exsperience and interact with life as it was we would need to invent a way to recored the planet and store it for future simulations, ala star trek halodeck. we need to come up with a way to capture life or at least a 3D true to life recording of it. This seems a daunting task but if it were ever achievable we would the be able to experience previous times. if maybe or AI abilities improved we could then apply this to future time travel.... come up with a way to extract information from the recordings we have to generate a logically sound hypothetical projection of future existence. ya, ya.... I know I'm retarded..... but it makes sence to me :p

Posted by chaoscampbell 10 years ago


Shape shifters?

Has anybody ever solved a square-1 or other shape shifting puzzles? I am considering making a Square-1 tutorial, but was wondering how many people knew they existed or had them.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Square_One_(puzzle) - is a wikepedia description

Posted by Does Not Compute 9 years ago


Shift boot???

Would anyone like a DIY on making a shift boot for your car?

Posted by Morte_Moya 11 years ago


I Need a little Help with Shift Registers

Hello, I'm both new to Instructables, and electronics in general. I'm trying to make a Divergence Meter, but I'm using LED's instead of nixie tubes. (It's safer for having my little cousins around.) I'm hoping to control each tube with one shift register per tube. Each tube will have 11 imputs and 1 output. I was curious if you guys had any tips on how to do that with the standard 16 pin registers, or if you could direct me to one that could do it. Thanks.

Posted by Glyngsdal_inovations 9 months ago


I Need a Little Help with Shift Registers

Hello, I'm both new to Instructables, and Electronics in general. I'm trying to make a Divergence Meter, but I'm going to be using LED's and etched acrylic instead of Nixie tubes. (It's safer for having my little cousins around.) I'm hoping to control each tube with one shift register per tube. Each tube will have 11 inputs and 1 output (11 LED's 0402 type). I was curious if you guys had any tips on how to do that with the standard 16 pin registers, or if you could direct me to one that could do it. Thanks.

Posted by Glyngsdal_inovations 9 months ago


How to drive serial data via (shift registers) AVR?

Is there some sort of code that will allow easy serial data tranfser from an AVR to a shift register (specifically the max6921 driver)? Thanks

Posted by guyfrom7up 9 years ago


Chaining 4 74HC595 shift registers together

I have a question about chaining 4 shift registers together.I am going to be sending data to four shift registers and my question is this, when all four are loaded and latched if I send more data is it possible to only send data to the first register in the chain without the others losing their values?

Posted by mbcharney 4 weeks ago


Shift register too slow for multiplexing?

Hi, I'm trying to figure out working with shift registers. I bought a couple of 74HCT4094's, hooked them up through my breadboard to a small matrix with some LEDs and my Arduino. Without multiplexing everything works fine, but no matter what circuit I build (changing wires, resistors, transistors, even the Arduino code), when I start to multiplex the LEDS clearly 'flicker' (is that the correct term?). Is it possible that some shift registers are 'too slow' for multiplexing with Arduino?

Posted by Huibgeboers 5 years ago


NEED HELP DESIGN ADAPTER FOR TILT SHIFT PHOTOGRAPHY (NIKON D90)

Greetings I would like to 3d print 2 rings to be used as adapters for tilt shift photography . one of the rings would act like a fastener for the camera and the other would be the housing for the lens. A bellow (not 3d printed) placed between these 2 rings will act as a medium for tilt and shift. The issue is i am not sure of the measurements for the nikon d90 model mount and AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D lens The attachment  outlines the rough design for printing Thanks in advance. Za fer

Posted by ambroochi 2 years ago


electric shift for ford

Is there anyone out there who would want to help do some wiring on an electric shift unit for a ford. It is the kind of project that is a give all and then you get all the whole story and project when it is done. This is just for fun for me so if you would like to help, just let me know. im2sneaky@gmail.com

Posted by im2sneaky 3 years ago


Combinational Lock using shift registers

Last year, i made the circuit of this already but now my brother is asking for my help and i cannot remember it now. im focusing right now in programming and forgot my logic circuit skills..please help me to remember this... what i remembered is that i have shift registers that memorized the buttons (0-9) i pressed...then i enter again a sequence of numbers and the device will check if it corresponds to the numbers i entered...the led will light if it is correct and will not if the numbers entered did not match the default numbers... i still have the list of some materials, 3 universal shift registers, 1 nand ic, 3 xnor ic, 10 toggle switch and 1 hold switch..  its not a very complex circuit..my only problem is to remember on how will i work with the shift registers... please enlighten me once again

Posted by eaon21 8 years ago


Text box shift of different monitors

I now do my Instructables on a wide screen laptop. If I view them on a desktop with a formerly "normal" narrow monitor, the text boxes have shifted their positions and are no longer over the part of the photo where I placed them. I do not know if I should add a cautionary note to the body of my Instructable, or assume everyone is using a wide screen monitor these days, or assume people will figure out what I intended. Does anyone have any wisdom on this? Thank you. (If this has been covered before, please excuse me.)

Posted by Phil B 7 years ago


marble disorder v2: a 45 degree paradigm shift

I've upgraded my Marble Disorder instructable to v2 (see last step) and it's now way cooler than before (with a new video too). Not sure where I should announce such a thing, and I hope it's OK to do it here. Cheers, @TheRealDod

Posted by thedod 7 years ago


Shift, Ctrl and Alt Keys only

Hello Everyone, I need help urgently, I'm a graphic designer plus an instructor and my tools of trade are Photoshop and Illustrator. Last Monday I had a road accident and got my right hand fractured. I've resumed my job but having lot of difficulty in working and teaching. Although I'm a right handed person. I am still managing to use mouse with my left hand now problem is only mouse is not enough to work on these softwares. I was wondering if any one can design a simple strip with three buttons having functions of  "SHIFT, ALT, CTRL" and can be connected through USB and I will stick that strip on my plaster near fingers of right hand. So that I would be able to work properly. I only need a PCB designed so that I can hire someone here in Pakistan to make this for me. Doctors are saying that this plaster would last for atleast six weeks. Please help me. Regards Imran Ali

Posted by iadina 7 years ago


improper engraving of laser engraver

I recently bought a EleksMaker® EleksLaser-A3 Pro 5500mW Laser Engraving Machine CNC Laser Printer,while engraving any pictures of human faces it is producing un wanted lines on the faces( i.e.,the trace marks of the laser pointer while the pointer shifting from one part of the face to another.is there any provision for making the laser off while the pointer shifting from one location to another location of the drawing.

Posted by saichandrarajamahanthi 1 year ago


i was watching daveyard shift with dave chappelle (EXPLICIT)

A few lines from chappelles show well, see you later oh yeah, and Dave..... POP! WAYNE BRADY BITCH! is Wayne Brady gonna have to choke a bitch? "White people like Wayne Brady because he makes Bryant Gumbel look like Malcolm X" - Dave Chappelle, "my mother in law is never gonna believe i met Wayne Brady.." yeah, because she's never gonna know!" -snaps the cops neck- lmao ah, good times with Wayne Brady, lmao

Posted by Yerboogieman 10 years ago


Flight Physics of a Golden Snitch?

Does anyone know if it's possible to build a miniature battery operated ornithopter with a spherical body?  I'm interested in attempting to make one and would greatly appreciate any information.

Posted by SHIFT! 6 years ago


Old Fords

Any of you know old fords? 1973 truck 6 cyl inline.  Stick shift.  Currently replacing the ring gear. Right now workin on gettin the flywheel out. Do I need a puller for this? 

Posted by Toga_Dan 6 years ago


Embed Flickr videos

I've been shifting my video files to flickr lately instead of youtube. The flickr audience is much more mature, there isn't a big ad in the corner of my video and the quality is better. Would it be possible for you fine folks to program embedding of flickr videos?

Posted by zieak 9 years ago


computer commands [question]

Alright what I want to know are some computer commands. NOT like pinging sites with cmd. But like shift+alt+print screen makes it go into high resolution mode. If you know any please tell me how to do it and what it does.Thank you in advance.

Posted by thejrb 11 years ago


Filling Hollow Plastic

I need help with my cheap sword. It's hollow plastic so it tends to bend and flop. What should I fill it with so it's more heavy and stiff? I want the fill to not shift or melt/disolve the sword please.

Posted by Lotsa Bad Luck 6 years ago


How can I fix my Xbox 360?

Hey,I bought my first 360 on the same day they launched but about 2 years ago it stop reading disks it just says "unreadable disk" or something similar no matter what disk I put in it. About 6 months after that I retried it on a whim and it worked and I happily played Crackdown, unfortunately after another 6 months it stopped reading again. So far I haven't gotten the red-rings of death but I'm wondering what the problem might be. As near as I can figure it must be the laser, that it's got loose and shifted so it doesn't read, then shifted back true then off again, right?

Posted by grantdevine 9 years ago


Instructable Editor repositions

I was editing an Instructable and accidentally hit a key near the home key on my keyboard. I had selected text, I think my shift key was still down and this happened to the editor: I had to save the Instructable, close the editor, and re-open the draft of the Instructable to fix the problem.

Posted by CommunityWorkshops 2 years ago


Aduino Duemillinove and 4 8x8 tri-color LED matrices

Pretty simple. I'm looking to hook up 4 tri-color LED displays to an Arduino. I am sort of of confused with the shift registers. Any help would be appreciated.

Posted by agent 9 years ago


16x16 LED panel direct control

Hi all, I got 10 LED panels of 16x16 LEDs each. Now I want to create a big modular display system with these and I'm also planning to post this on the instrucatbles website once I succeed. But I have some problems getting started. I spent alot of time reading all LED matrix related topics on the website here but none of the designs matches the fixed design I have on those panels. Instead of using some sort of multiplexing, 32 shift registers are used for 256 LEDs which means every LED has it's own shift register output. Put then again, I also find 3 buffer ICs on the panels and I have no idea where they are used for... Below the info I have now: 1 PANEL: - 16x16 yellow LEDs - 32x M74HC4094B1 8-bit shift registers - 3x 74HC125N Quad buffer/line register, 3 state Pictures: http://www.myalbum.com/Album=64MKOUJR First I want to work with only 1 panel and be able to control this by putting images on it. But for this I have to understand completely how the hardware is built up so I first want to create the schematic of 1 panel. Can somebody help me with this and get me started on the project? First goal: just control 1 panel with an AVR to put some text on it and let is scroll. Final goal: be able to connect multiple panels and configure the software accordingly to the panels used. Then use a PC to put images on the screen and maybe even create a live feed (webcam capture). For this maybe an FPGA should be used to have more processing power/memory. Many thanks already in advance!

Posted by kris_ge 6 years ago


Image Notes Misaligned

I added image notes to a photo via Firefox 4 on this page:  https://www.instructables.com/id/Yet-Another-Daft-Punk-Coffee-TableDisplay/step7/Music-Synchronization/.  It's the 3rd photo.  The boxes are all in the wrong place, shifted upward, when viewed on the Instructable.  However, n the editor, they're perfectly aligned.

Posted by lincomatic 7 years ago


Our Approach

"You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete."-Buckminster FullerThis is such a great quote- that's what we always strive to do. Everyone who makes, builds, or creates should probably adopt this as their motto, because such paradigm shifts are the only real way to change the world. Oh, and Buckminster Fuller is totally awesome.

Posted by canida 11 years ago


Negative posting times again in Q+A, and shifting post times

When sorted by recent, the top couple of posts in the Questions section have started showing negative post times again (and not chancing to hours after 60 minutes). As of 6PM UK time, the top two questions are showing information like this: "Asked in Technology by miamimac  -293 minutes ago    Answers: 1" This problem has appeared a couple of times before, all while running chrome on win7, and the issue persists after refreshing the page. EDIT: after looking for a bit longer, new questions are getting added to the list after the ones with a negative posting time. ADDITIONAL: recently, post times have been jumping around, causing posts to be re-ordered and Questions posted recently (with correct posting times) to be moved up, often ending up with negative posting times. Are all users seeing the same posting times, or are the faults dependent on area?

Posted by The Skinnerz 6 years ago


Common power rgb leds

Hello, I followed a great instructable here to make rgb led bars. It uses the ledwiz controller. I wanted to shift it over to an arduino controlling the thing. My main problem is that the leds I have is that they have one power lead, and 3 grounds to control the color. how would I get that to work with an arduino? Thanks ~penguins

Posted by penguins 9 years ago


XBOX 360

Hey well i wanted to know if anyone wanted to add me on xbox 360. My gamertag is sgt Mc MUFFIN55 and i mostly play MW2, gta4 Ballad of Gay Tony/Lost and Damned, Need For Speed Shift, well thats pretty much it. So send me a mesage of your gamertag and i will be happy to add you, and Also PLEASE SUBSCRIBE Thanks for your time:)

Posted by LEGO SN1P3R[-_-]! 8 years ago


£ (pound) sign in the title

I cant get a £ sign in the title of my instructable. it works fine in the main text body of the 'ible but just not in the title! all i get is a little box with FFFD written in it. someone said type alt+0163 rather than shift+3 but it didnt do anything. im not clued up on code speak so if answers could be aimed at the layman i am that would be great. any help?

Posted by Chard 8 years ago


Search header on website not working

The search feature on the website header does not work on my computer.  The header is fragmented and shifted over.  I cannot click in the box that is supposed to be the search area in order to search for a topic.   I'm running Windows XP and IE 7 (our office won't upgrade to IE 8 because of potential conflicts....that's what I've been told).  I've attached a screen shot in a Word document, I hope it comes through.  

Posted by sjax 8 years ago


2003 Tacoma Manual Transmission Problem

I have a 2003 Tacoma 4x4 manual transmission with a shifting problem.  With the clutch depressed it will not go into any gear...if I let up on the clutch, and press/release the brake, it will go into gear.  Other times, when in gear and approaching a stop sign, depressing the clutch will not allow me to slow/stop and it lurches ahead; the same is true when backing up...can't stop.  Either way it is disturbing....any ideas?

Posted by LLogan 5 years ago


Pixel.quantserve.com

When loading pages or just reloading them it takes forever and a bit longer to finnish, that is if the loading actually finnishes. Everytime the site hangs at Pixel.quantserve.com which is getting a bit annoying after two days in a row. Also, when posting comments or such the bottom part where you upload images is messed up. The two lines reading Tip: Select multiple files using Ctrl (mac: Cmd) or Shift key. Is this uploader not working for you? Try the old uploader. Are priinted on top of each partially.

Posted by Downunder35m 1 year ago


won't let me flag (as spam and such)

I recently tried to flag a couple of instructables as incomplete or spam, however when i click the "flag" button, nothing happens at all... I have done this before, and have not made any changes to my configuration since then. I have tried refreshing, and using ctrl+shift+R in firefox, as well as logging out and back in again already. I am using firefox Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-GB; rv:1.9.0.1) Gecko/2008072820 Firefox/3.0.1

Posted by UltraMagnus 10 years ago


Russian GLaDOS Replica

This AMAZING GLaDOS Robot was built by Nick Liksys (tabun.everypony.ru) is a 1:20 scale version of everyone's favorite AI sociopath from Portal 2.  Nick has worked on her for one hour ever since the game came out and built her using servos, accelerometers, controllers, and thirty yards mounting wires.  This is a truly fantastic reconstruction and her movements and voice match very accurately to the game.   You can check out his photo link here: http://fotki.yandex.ru/users/mdevaev/album/188552/

Posted by SHIFT! 6 years ago


STATIC LED DISPLAY MESSAGE

My name is Simon Njoroge. I have successfully made a 9(rows) x 24(columns) LED display panel that displays a scrolling message that uses the attached code. The panel consists of course of LEDs, 3 shift registers, a 4017 decade counter together with transistors and resistors. However, I would like the panel to display a static message of a maximum of 7 characters for my project need. Kindly can someone edit the code for me? I followed the instructions from the following site:https://www.instructables.com/id/Make-a-24X6-LED-matrix/

Posted by NJORO1975 2 months ago


i need help on a way to secure plywood for laying on over the bathtub, the far side has only 1/4" curved and tile wall

I need to do a medical procedure and I want to get it out of my bedroom. I salvaged some 3/4 inch plywood  and need to find a way to securely attach the plywood temporarily  for the procedure and then be able to quickly take apart and store for 2 days latter I realized that working with the smaller plywood pieces was better for my spine. Once I do a couple of procedures I will see if I need to attach them together with  a quick release hinge or plate.  I need to lie down and need to be able to work the water controls ,so I will leave a space open by the controls and spigot . I can put a pillow there if I need to. I also found  out by accident that the home depot orange buckets are almost  the perfect size for use as stabilizer columns, with lids or a shim underneath and filled with water, they would make great  stable columns. So that really helps. The problem I need help with, is every time I think I found the answer a day later I realize it wont work. I am not a carpenter. I need to secure the plywood on the far side of the bath tub so I don’t have a flip over or collapse into tub. The far wall has ¼  inch of  curved bathtub and then the  tile wall. I  think I need to make a wedge device to  keep the board into the tiles and not let them shift or back out. The buckets maybe enough, but I have to move  my body a lot during the procedure  and don't want to take chances.  2 of the boards have 4 inches overhang on the bathtubs entry side, The lip for the bathtub in that side is I think 4 or 6 inches wide so plenty of support for the plywood. I have 4 inches  extra overhang , I could cut  that off . Or  if it would be better attach some quick release wood  for legs or even 2 inch PVC pipe if I could figure out an  attachment with quick release.    I was thinking of attaching a board perpendicular to the plywood to fit in the tub and keeping the plywood from shifting, and  maybe a wooden wedge  and notch system to push the board against the wall and keep it from backing out or shifting. I just had a brainstorm , put wooden perpendicular strips on both sides of the plywood . If exact and with the pails it maybe non shifting. Someone would have to help me with how to measure correctly, as my measuring  skills are horrible. I may have a tool that would carry the measurement over.  I did get a book on my new kindle that is all  about measurement tricks, but I have not had time to even load it up

Posted by escapefromyonkers 6 years ago


A New Age of Politics

As technology evolves, the world of politics has followed suit. The integration of the Internet with the elections--as represented by the attempt at YouTube Debates--has drastically changed the workings of the political cycle.There's a new development: using internet spiders (related Instructable here), people have started to track changes on candidates' websites to see how their views are shifting and to try to show flip-flopping (named after, but not as much fun as, flip-flops). Regardless of your political leanings, this will definitely force all candidates to be more careful not only with what they say, but what they write as well.Wired

Posted by joshf 10 years ago


2 uln2003 stepper drivers linked

Lots of build yer own stepper motor driver boards here. CNC also but, I  have these little ULN2003 driver boards that come with the small BLJ steppers...you do too.  I've seen linking 2 SF easy steppers together but, those cost. anyone know how to tie these cheapy driver boards together-to drive 2 stepper motors with few  /fewer pins from the microcontroller to drive 'em? would some sort of shift register arrangement be in play here?

Posted by schel 4 years ago


I will ride a different bike every day for five days... Starting Monday.

I am going to ride a different bike to school every day for 5 days, starting Monday. Monday I will take Phoenix, Tuesday: Tiny, Wednesday: my automatic shifting(unnamed at the moment), Thursday: Telegraph, Friday, road bike(unnamed) So watch this topic, as I will be posting descriptions of the bikes, and I will tell how it goes. Soon,(I hope) I will fix all my bikes so I can ride a different bike every day for 12-14 days!!

Posted by extremegtafan 10 years ago


Using Your Body Energy!

Using a multimeter i tested myself out of curiosity using two differing metals and found i give off about 0.6 volts at about 20 milliamps, using a small capacitor it charges fine, I then used multiple ones in parallel and it also charges quick, when i disconnect it from myself then shift the capacitors into series i can flash a small led. Whats a good circuit for doing this automatic when a charge is built up? Also are there any other good low power things I could do with it? Solar power is great but wouldn't it be cool if we could also use our own ambient body energy to do low energy stuff!

Posted by Pseudoscience 11 years ago


Fixing A CRT TV

I am planning on buying some classic consoles soon, (NES,SNES,SEGA Genesis,N64, etc) and I want to be able to play them on the kind of screen they were made for, a CRT. I have one that a friend gave me, but due to being moved a lot, and probably not gently, the picture has fallen out of alignment. Specifically it cuts off a large portion of the screen on the left, (leaving a thick space of black on the right) and is at a slight angle. It is not all that big of a shift, but it is a real pain in games with items in that section, because ammo counts, health bars, treasure chests, and even chunks of text can be hidden in that space. Could anyone tell me how to fix this issue? And how hard it is to do?

Posted by Damnation 7 years ago


Arm tendinitis, arthritis of the elbow....any advice ?

Hi all, I have been struggling lately with two problems:   #1: tendinitis of my lower right arm and wrist #2: arthritis of the right elbow.  The doc believes both are aggravated by overuse of the mouse (actually resting my hand on it an entire work shift, plus the time I spend on line at home).  The first thing I must do, of course, is unlearn the behavior and remove my hand when I am not actually USING the mouse.  This hasn't been very successful so far.  Does anyone have any further suggestion on how to "rest" the arm and still be able to go to work and work a bit at home?  Anything serious will be considered.    

Posted by Goodhart 6 years ago


Westward Group Alternatives Editorial: Expand Alternative Energy with Caution

Consumers should have the chance to produce their own electricity, but other customers shouldn't bear the cost Lawmakers are considering a package of bills that would expand the state’s renewable energy program in several ways, including making it easier for consumers to be compensated for creating their own solar and other forms of alternative power. Michiganians deserve as much autonomy as possible in choosing and generating their own electricity. As long as reliability is maintained and the grid is able to handle additional power, government shouldn’t arbitrarily cap participation. But while greater electricity freedom is a step in the right direction for Michigan consumers, changes to the way electric grids function must be handled with caution. Electric utilities and consumers who rely on traditional electricity shouldn’t be punished in the process. House Bill 5673 in the state House Energy and Technology Committee would lift restrictions on the number of residents who can participate in the program to create their own power, which is called “net metering.” It would also lift restrictions on the amount of electricity consumers can generate and sell back to energy companies, which makes sense. But creating a system in which consumers and energy companies both buy and sell power poses new problems. Caps for participation have existed to keep grids secure and to allow alternative energy to be added gradually to mitigate risks for electric power grid operators. The retail rate consumers currently pay for electricity includes many costs — the actual power being generated, along with fixed costs for overhead, grid maintenance and security and general operations. When consumers who generate their own electricity are compensated at the full retail rate, as net metering does, those fixed costs get shifted onto consumers who are not generating their own electricity. Alternative energy users still rely on main utility grids 100 percent of the time, because their supply and demand never fully match. And a patch of clouds for an hour or two might mean a solar user needs to tap into the grid. They should pay for the overhead and operational costs they incur at a moment’s notice. A recent California Public Utility Commission study on net metering showed consumers who invested in rooftop solar shift the fixed electric power grid costs to consumers who can’t afford expensive rooftop solar systems, live in multifamily housing or don’t have a rooftop appropriate for solar panels. This means California customers who don’t use net metering will pay an extra $1.1 billion in shifted costs each year by 2020. And the majority of solar customers have higher incomes than the average consumer, meaning the fixed utility costs are shifted onto lower-income customers. In California, 78 percent have higher incomes and in Nevada, 73 percent do. Another bill in the Michigan package seeks to set fair-value pricing based on market demand for electricity being sold back to companies. If consumers produce power at 3 p.m., a high-demand time, they would be paid more than if they produce power at 3 a.m., when there is little demand. Mandating electric utilities buy back electricity at retail rates, however, ignores the fact that utilities can produce the same product for much less or buy it at a wholesale rate. This increases the overall cost of electricity, which in turn is passed onto consumers. Alternative energy usage in Michigan increased 18 percent between 2012 and 2013, according to the Michigan Public Service Commission. That trend is likely to increase, and it’s good the Legislature is getting ahead of these issues for consumers. As lawmakers find ways to expand the state’s alternative energy programs, they must consider overall grid safety and minimize burdensome costs on consumers who can’t afford or don’t want to invest in their own electricity generating systems.

Posted by eliciagillmore 4 years ago


General New Homepage Improvements

Hey Everyone, It has recently come to my attention though the forums that many of my fellow Instructabrarians, or as caitlinsdad will have it 'Iblers, are not at all happy with the current homepage layout of the website. Now, I'll admit, I'm quite biased towards this. As a new member of the Instructables Staff, I actually got to beta test the new site a week ago and as a long time user of the site, and I quite honestly didn't see anything glaringly wrong with it. Sure it wasn't the original homepage, but I felt the white background and interchanging instructables gave it a much more "Apple-esque" feel. But, after browsing through the forums this morning, I can tell I'm slightly in the minority on this. So, I was really hoping we could start an General All Purpose Site Improvements page with constructive criticism of what you think could be improved. JamesRPatrick has already suggested what kind of things could be improved with the site, and I would really love to hear more. Rather than complain about what you don't like, please tell me what you would like to see improved with the new homepage or features you think could make it better. Look, I'm a fan of the site just like everyone else is and I've been a fan much longer than I've been working here. So if there's something on the homepage you want changed, please tell me because I want to know. As new member of the Instructables team and admin, I can't make any promises that anything can or will be changed on our homepage but I can promise you I will at least bring all of your comments to our next staff meeting. -SHIFT! New Instructables Intern 2011

Posted by SHIFT! 7 years ago


Option for no auto-formatting

In my recent instructable I was *more than slightly* annoyed that the new editor does simply not what I want it to do. Seperating the Text from some calculations with a blank line? Adding a few blanks to shift things a bit in? Nah, authors don't need that anyway, do they? But we want that! If we put a hell lot of work into quality projects, pictures, writeups, we want to be at least able to do the layout the way we want. Sure, if you're a pro everything can also be done by editing the html code, but the code generated by the editor is compleatly unformatted and definitly not intended to be read or modified by humans. So pleeease do something about this issue. It really bothers me. - nqtronix PS: It does work well in this editor, so where's the issue?!

Posted by nqtronix 3 years ago


Help with multistage balloon-tipped water missile

I'm designing the perfect water weapon of mass soakage-the super water missile, and I'm shifting my attention to multistage water rocket thrust systems. My finished product will hopefully be able to reach high altitudes, acheive moderate horizontal distance, and either drop many water balloons over a specified target area, or be tipped with a very large water balloon for a "wet impact" (very wet). I don't know how multistage water rockets operate though, and there are no instructables on how to build them. I searched Google, and all I got was pictures. No DIY's, how-to's, or tutorials. Could anyone tell me (or better yet-show me) how to make a multistage water rocket-or at least how they operate?

Posted by MattGyver92 9 years ago