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Posted by Lithium Rain 9 years ago

Has this happened to anybody else

Hey. I published my instructable, and entered it in the pocket sized contest over a week ago. There's no reason it wouldn't be accepted, and I even got an e-mail telling me my entry was accepted. So why is my instructable nowhere? I looked through every single page of recent, rating, views etc and it isn't anywhere. Hell, even when I type the exact words into the search (of the title) it doesn't appear. Has anyone else had this problem?

Posted by nonickname 9 years ago

What is this electronic component?

During one of my part harvests I came across a rather odd component. It looked like a black rectangle with steel pegs protruding from one of its sides. The part's etchings are a white dotted line followed by what appears to be a mitsubishi symbol followed by the text "E 27k", an ohm symbol, then " 9428". I found this part on the board of what I believe to have been part of a tape recording machine. Attached is a picture of the component. If anyone can identify the part I would be eternally grateful.

Posted by fdsafdsaqwrewqrbsafdsagrgew 5 years ago

Instructable is still hung up.

Need a hand with an instructable again. It seems mine keep getting "hung up" in the filters. When this happens, they stay in limbo for a good long time, then when they're finally pushed through, they're already buried on page 32 of the "recent" list. I've tried E-Mailing Ed and randofo 2 days ago, but haven't gotten a response. Anyone have any ideas how to deal with this? Or what "filters" are in place so I can avoid having my instructable get throttled, then buried?

Posted by Javin007 9 years ago

Arduino LED matrix - Help needed

Hello fellows! I´m doing led matrix. I managed to put this thing together:https://www.instructables.com/id/Make-a-24X6-LED-matrix/ But i have one problem ... I cannot open the instuctable anymore(ERROR 500: javax.servlet.jsp.JspException: ServletException in '/common/newlayout.jspx': Can't insert page '/pages/explore/type/instructable_body.jsp' : ISO-8859-10).  I need the progams for the arduino. Can somebody e-mail me those programs from the page?   Thanks!

Posted by ikkajh 7 years ago

Need Advice about how to: Stack 2 IVARS on top of each to reach the ceiling

I like the width and depth of the smaller IKEA Ivar bookshelf.  How do I connect stack 2 on top of each other to reach the ceiling. ? I need help with the design, then I'll ask my husband to help me. I've given up Billy's because they are so unwieldy. If you can think of another system which is shallow and narrow, I'm open to other alternatives.

Posted by BarbaraK65 2 years ago

Kelly's controller slowing down manually

Greetings, I'm looking for a while now but no solution, so wanted to post this question in here. Got a e-bike that can do 90km/u but I need to keep it 45km/u for road legality. But on private property on my job and stuff, don't need the 45km/u so I wish without to connect the controller to my laptop and stuff to make it go faster and slower, twice a day, it would be handy I could let it go with a simple push of a button go slow/fast. It's about this controller: http://kellycontroller.com/keb72601x24v-72v280a6kw-bike-brushless-controller-regen-p-279.html There is software for to download: http://kellycontroller.com/mot/downloads/Kelly%20KBL%20and%20KEB%20User%20Program%20Release%20Setup%20v3.3.zip Manual aswell: http://kellycontroller.com/KEBhelp.php Also, there is a configurable boost switch if I wanted, so maybe through that ... Or an economy function... If only that could be programmed, so I can set my engine power to 100% and the economy to what ever makes it run legal speed. Hope I gave some info, to make things up for what I ment ...

Posted by iteck 5 years ago

Request for Feature: Optional and nested quoting (a la e-mail, Usenet)

This probably would require substantial rewriting of the comment-handling software, but I might as well toss it out for discussion. Could the "Reply" feature for PM, topics, and I'bles comments have the ability to optionally do formatted quoting? I have in mind the classic Usenet and e-mail system: Joe L. User wrote: > Jane Newbie wrote: >> GodOfVMS wrote: >>> Why do we need lowercase commands? >> i like lowercase; it reminds me of e.e. cummings. What's a command? > CAN SOMEBODY HELP ME GET MY CAPS LOCK KEY UNSTUCK?????? Sure! On the front of your computer, find the button with a circle and line, (|). Press it.With long postings, or when you're replying to multiple comments someone has made, being able to interlace what they said with what you're writing can be very convenient.Some people (Kiteman especially) do this by hand, applying boldface or italic markup to distinguish the layers of markup. I try to do it in a more narrative way, e.g., On Sep 16, 2008, you wrote, "Some stupid newbie announcement." Did you really mean to say that, or were you doing a self-colonoscopy?I wonder if formatted quoting could be done automatically by the backend?

Posted by kelseymh 9 years ago

Error 500 trying to view message

I received an e-mail saying that I was sent a private message (with the full text of the message) but when I go into the Inbox I do not see the message and when I click the Reply link in my e-mail I get the following error message: ERROR 500: com.instructables.exception.NotPermittedException: null or uninvolved or non-admin user may not view message XQM9PGUGA1BGJH0 Exception com.instructables.exception.NotPermittedException: null or uninvolved or non-admin user may not view message XQM9PGUGA1BGJH0  at com.instructables.manager.HibernateMessageManager.load(HibernateMessageManager.java:56)  at sun.reflect.NativeMethodAccessorImpl.invoke0(Native Method)  at sun.reflect.NativeMethodAccessorImpl.invoke(NativeMethodAccessorImpl.java:39)  at sun.reflect.DelegatingMethodAccessorImpl.invoke(DelegatingMethodAccessorImpl.java:25)  at java.lang.reflect.Method.invoke(Method.java:585)  at com.instructables.transaction.TransactionHandler.invoke(TransactionHandler.java:69)  at $Proxy15.load(Unknown Source)  at com.instructables.webapp.you.ShowMessages.prepare(ShowMessages.java:53)  at com.instructables.servlet.ActionServlet.prepare(ActionServlet.java:170)  at com.instructables.servlet.ActionServlet.doGet(ActionServlet.java:60)  at javax.servlet.http.HttpServlet.service(HttpServlet.java:115)  at javax.servlet.http.HttpServlet.service(HttpServlet.java:92)  at com.caucho.server.dispatch.ServletFilterChain.doFilter(ServletFilterChain.java:106)  at com.instructables.filter.HibernateSessionRequestFilter.doFilter(HibernateSessionRequestFilter.java:48)  at com.caucho.server.dispatch.FilterFilterChain.doFilter(FilterFilterChain.java:70)  at com.instructables.filter.TemporaryProFilter.doFilter(TemporaryProFilter.java:77)  at com.caucho.server.dispatch.FilterFilterChain.doFilter(FilterFilterChain.java:70)  at com.instructables.filter.SecurityFilter.doFilter(SecurityFilter.java:140)  at com.caucho.server.dispatch.FilterFilterChain.doFilter(FilterFilterChain.java:70)  at com.instructables.filter.SetupFilter.doFilter(SetupFilter.java:68)  at com.caucho.server.dispatch.FilterFilterChain.doFilter(FilterFilterChain.java:70)  at com.instructables.filter.NextPageFilter.doFilter(NextPageFilter.java:53)  at com.caucho.server.dispatch.FilterFilterChain.doFilter(FilterFilterChain.java:70)  at com.caucho.server.webapp.WebAppFilterChain.doFilter(WebAppFilterChain.java:173)  at com.caucho.server.dispatch.ServletInvocation.service(ServletInvocation.java:229)  at com.caucho.server.http.HttpRequest.handleRequest(HttpRequest.java:274)  at com.caucho.server.port.TcpConnection.run(TcpConnection.java:514)  at com.caucho.util.ThreadPool.runTasks(ThreadPool.java:527)  at com.caucho.util.ThreadPool.run(ThreadPool.java:449)  at java.lang.Thread.run(Thread.java:595)

Posted by jasonwebb 8 years ago

Thank you for the gift horse! Hey, what's that in its mouth?

A few months ago I entered an instructable that placed in both the Robot Challenge and the Make it Real challenge and have been having some, well, odd experiences with the prizes.  I've received all of the Robot challenge prizes, plus some. I was sent an extra pocket oscilloscope and arduino uno! O.o That's about $200 in extra loot and I would think you would like me to return it. I sent an email about this to service@instructables.com last week, but have yet to get a response. As for the Make it Real prize, I went back and forth with info@instructables.com for about a month and eventually was linked some kind of e-document for me to e-sign. That was about two weeks ago and I haven't heard anything since. I know you all have had some kind of re-organizing in the prize department, is the dust still settling? I certainly don't mind the wait, but when I got the double prize pack I felt that I should come here and let you know, as this is the only contact option I haven't tried. BTW: thanks again for the prizes, it has been a huge boon for me. I hope we can get all this recombobulated.

Posted by Tomdf 5 years ago

Need a little help with a survey

Hi Folks, I'm putting together a concept paper as part of starting a business, and I could use a little help with a market survey. If you have an interest in electronics and have a couple of minutes to spare, please check it out below. I am an electronics hobbyist myself and I know what I would want in a parts store, but if you could help me find out what you would want, the I can make it better for everyone. Thank you in advance, Tim 1) Where do you normally buy electronics parts? a - online retailer b - online wholesaler c - local store 2) Is electronics your main hobby, or part of your main hobby such as: a - Scale model R/C b - Scale model trains c - Electronics d - Kinetic art (or similar) e - Other __________________________________ 3) How often do you buy parts: a - Weekly b - Monthly c - Every few months d - As needed 4) Do you normally buy parts... a - all at once for a particular project. b - for the component, and then chose a project that uses it. c - as you come across a need for it. 5) Do you normally buy: a - Finished products (ready to use) b - Parts kits (needing assembly) c - Individual parts (your own design or other) d - Sub-assemblies (ie: radio links, motor controllers, etc) 6) What level would you say your ability is: a - Beginner (I know what a capacitor is) b - Intermediate (I know what a microcontroller is) c - Advanced (I could build my own time machine if I could just get a flux capacitor) 7) Please rank the following in order of importance, with 1 as most important: a - Customer service b - Price of components c - Ease of use of website d - Projects and tutorials e - Other ________________________________ 8) Would you purchase products from a website in Canada? Y__ N__ 9) What is your location: a - Canada b - USA c - Europe d - UK e - South America f - Other _____________________ 10) What age range are you a part of: a - Under 20 b - 20 to 30 c - 30 to 40 d - 40 to 50 e - Over 50 11) Which option below best describes you: a - Student b - College/University student c - Working hobbyist d - Retired 12) Are you: Male __ or Female __? And finally...What would you like to see in an online electronics store?

Posted by mrbill33 8 years ago

Charter accidentaly deletes 14,000 email accounts

Officials at Charter believe a glitch in software during routine maintenance caused the e-mail accounts to be deleted. The company is offering $50 credits to customers who were affected.A company representative told the news service that there was no way to retrieve the messages, photos or other attachments that had been sitting in people's in-boxes when they were deleted.http://www.news.com/8301-10784_3-9857697-7.html?tag=cnetfd.mtWhere is my email? Oh yea sorry, your account just got deleted...sorry.

Posted by Brennn10 10 years ago

Trent I know you are kind and compassionate

Trent,you sent me a poem , a year or so ago. My beloved father is a Musician, with a background in teaching and played live on stage with Australia's The Voice John Farnham. You wrote me several sweet e-mails. However, I wrote fluff in my posts as I had been ill over my brother's tragic death. I am in remission now. I know you are very sweet and compassionate and I hope you can forgive me for my silly mails.

Posted by PrettyMaiden 11 years ago

Video Game Movies?

Hi guys! Im an indie filmmaker and i want to make a video game short film. Please suggest what you think i should make. Also i want it to be T and under (T,E10,E) no M except for a rare occasion. I will be posting forums semi-frequently like this. Well? HAVE AT IT!!!!     COMMENT!! SUGGEST!!! PLEASE? YAY!!!!!!! PS i will feature you in the creds if i use your idea PPS i will try to make behind-the-scenes instructables w/ wideos PPPS the cake is no lie!

Posted by the_real_mccoy_ 5 years ago

Arduino Create Invite Codes Giveaway ! --- ENDED !!!

Hello, everyone ! I have 6 invite codes for the Arduino Create BETA platform and I am giving them away ! How to get one ? Simply, write down a comment When I will get my code ? I will you a personal message to send me an E-mail address, so I can send you an Invite to Arduino Create. GOOD LUCK ! THE EVENT IS OVER, CAUSE THERE ARE NO MORE INVITES LEFT !!!

Posted by Konstantin Dimitrov 2 years ago

L.E.D. Wall clock idea

I saw this clock design the other day. It was a circle with the clock hands in the middle and unattacked to the clock there were dots around it to mark the hours. I want to improve this design by making the hour dots light up on their respective time for the whole hour. Maybe make them have a nice dimming transicion between the hour switch at the last second. I don't know much about programming L.E.D.s or what hardware I would need. Can somebody help me how to make this project?

Posted by rabril 6 years ago

Featured but not Featured?

   I received an e-mail that said my 'ible had been featured, I checked the Featured page, but it never showed up. It has the feature banner on it, but only on the Recent page (2nd page). Neither does it show up under my "You" page. The link it gave me in the email has the feature banner, but it's only under the Photography section. This happened during my switch to Pro, perhaps that has something to do with it? I was working on the project before becoming Pro, then published it after I became Pro. I'm running FireFox 3.6.3 on Windows 7.

Posted by nickodemus 8 years ago

home made MOT pork chop!

I have a crazy idea to make a transformer for a tesla coil useing two MOTs that are exactly the same, Then cutting them so you only have the 2 "E" core sections, Pull off the primary off one, flip the secondry so its out of phase, put the two cores together and clamp them so they cant move. put some extra shunts in to help limit current, hook up the primary to a variac and turn up the power slowly and test the arc. PORK CHOP! pole pig?

Posted by inductionheat! 8 years ago

Pro Membership

At 9 am CST today I paid for Pro Membership via Paypal. However when I log in and go to profile, it does not see that I am a Pro Member; therefore, I cannot download. I received an automated response to the e-mail to service but this did not answer questions. How long should it take before my account becomes a Pro Member where I can download. I want to to be patient but I also would like to get started on my project. Any advice or help would be appreciated. Gracias, Dr. Juan

Posted by jslivka 6 years ago

Post your gaming rig (or any other rig) specs here

I figured there must be some PC gamers on here, so i think it's time we show how macho (or not) we are by posting the specs of our gaming rigs. I'll start:Pentium 4 @ 3.00ghz2gb DDR2 RAMPoint Of View 7600GT 256mb DDR3 PCI-E Graphics CardLogitech G15 Gaming keyboardLogitech G3 laser mouseGeneric HeadsetThis caseSo go ahead and post your rig.

Posted by whatsisface 11 years ago

micro electronics

Basic of this post is where e to buy micro size electronics for micro flying drones which are insect size? I asked arduino and raspberry pi, no answer yet.  in this post : https://www.instructables.com/id/3D-Printed-Ornithopter-Micro-UAV-Drone/     there is electromotor which OP claim that was used also by inventor of little flying drone...regarding arduino uno board i am not sure that was really used by inventor, please see pictures and videos on youtube....so if someone knows please post where to buy such micro size electronics. Thank you  

Posted by ruma29 2 years ago

Every single Instructable is verified by an editor to be on Homepage/Featured?

I'm just wondering if every single Instructable is viewed by one of the editors, or an algorith/program chooses the Featured Intsructables or both? I think that real people are choosing them, but someone made me unsure about that. So when an Instructable gets featured we get an e-mail that "one of our editors thought that you are awesome", so I think that editors are choosing them, but do they check all recent Instructables? Or have they any software help?

Posted by Imetomi 2 years ago

coming soon knex pac sniper rifle

This gun is good looking and works great! it will be on this weak end! yes february 9th or 10th! you know something this gun has a new system it has a breach like mepains sniper rifle but the breach goes into a mag that holds 5 bullets! so there is a new system now for every one to copy off of. YaY new pics! 6.the gun 7.fp (first person) 8.this is how the mag works

Posted by the_burrito_master 10 years ago

Billy Mays Cocaine Addict?

Over a month ago Billy Mays was found dead of a heartattack in his home the morning of June 28. Not untill recently has it been found out that cocaine might of been the cause of his heart attack. There was a full autopsy done in wich they said they had found cocaine in Billy Mays' body.http://www.comcast.net/video/did-cocaine-kill-billy-mays-/1208581223/Comcast/1208254231/I know Its E news And comcast but its all I can find.]

Posted by Matt21497 9 years ago

My instructable Is white page after an edit

Hey, my instructable [id/How-To-carve-A-Maori-Hook-Pendant-Video/] is broken and displays only a white page. This happened immediately after i made some edits to the content. Whatever occurred also wrecked my ability to view my list of published instructables, it just displays another instance of instructables inside of itself instead of the list. I've sent an e-mail to fungusamungus, but have not heard back yet. Hopefully someone will be able to help (This entry is in a contests) thanks, -Calvin

Posted by nepheron 6 years ago


Http://knol.google.com/I notice there's also "How to Backpack: starting from scratch", maybe they're trying to compete with E-How/Wiki-How too? Slashdot-Google has taken the wraps off Knol, its expert-written challenger to Wikipedia. Wired has an in-depth look. Knol's distinctions from Wikipedia are that authors are identified by their real names (and verified), and that they can share in ad revenue if they choose to. The service initially features a lot of medical articles, which is interesting considering that Medipedia also launched today. This medical wiki is backed by Harvard's and Stanford's medical schools.

Posted by ll.13 10 years ago


 Micheal Crichton had a dinosaur named after him!! A new species of Ankylosaur was discovered, and named after the author of Jurassic Park. Granted, this news is 8 years old, but it is still pretty remarkable. The official name is Crichtonsaurus bohlini, is roughly 3 meters long, and named after the man that simultaneously had a number one movie, book, and t.v. show. (Image from Here). If you haven't read his books, he is a fantastic author, and I highly recommend them. Micheal Crichton R.I.P. Further Reading: @ Micheal Crichton's Website @ Wikipedia @ An E-Mail

Posted by Wasagi 8 years ago

Custom L.E.D. Sign???

I want to create my Greek letters alpha omega chi into an led light *the actual symbols*. and i need to know what parts i would need to make a sign that can be programmed to light up in various ways. i plan on using alot of LEDs and i want to program the light from the computer through the rs232 cable. and which program would be best for this what type of chip i should use one thats large enough to store the commands and possibly how to implement a switch on the light itself to dim the lights for night time.

Posted by altvater88 10 years ago

Need help

Looking for help with my new project. I want to power my mechanical arm using hydraulics.  I would prefer to use a joystick controller.  I want this arm to be able to hold a hedge cutting machine. The arm will have the same freedom of movement as a human arm. Eventually I want to use this arm on a machine such as a bobcat or similar device. For now I just need to be able to power this arm and then I can go from there. Anyone up for a challenge???? Dave Sender my E-mail  mrdavesender@gmail.com Please see the photo of the size of the arm I'm looking to power.

Posted by davesender 3 years ago

Shoes with toes?

So, i saw a post on a blog i watch about these shoes with toes.. like toe socks but shoes for running or w/e outdoor sport you do. I looked them up and it looks like someone got some of that liquid rubber stuff from home Depot and coated a set of toe socks with it and called them shoes. Does anybody know if it would be easy to make something like these shoes for under $75?The link below is the official site for these shoes. I have yet to find any other company that makes anything like it. http://www.vibramfivefingers.com/

Posted by Exhumer 9 years ago

Are Spammers following me via Instructables.com ?

I am an Instructables Pro member and I have never posted an instructable. So, I'm always curious when another Instructables members decides to "follow" me. Why are they following me when I never submit anything? I recently received e-mail from Instructables that I am being followed by The California Business Directory. I love Instructables but the possibility that my membership information is being exploited for business purposes or used to send me unsolicited advertising is very disturbing. Please advise. deadairman@gmail.com

Posted by deadairman 5 years ago


Hello everybody, I have a big problem. I want to do for the optical pulse oximeter project was a link posted here (https://www.instructables.com/id/Pulse-Oximetry/?ALLSTEPS). But now, project's owner deleted it unfortunately... I need the code and the circuit diagram in there to do the project. this is an emergency. can you help me please? Can you at least provide me access to people who share the project's e-mail address? thank you and I am waiting for your help.

Posted by mervebdk 2 years ago

Help , electric current from adaptor question

Ok kind of a noob question .. so im running 4 12v dc fans using .28 A current in Parallel with an adaptor that outputs 12V with .3 A current. my question is, will i need to add something (resistor or w/e) to limit the current  so my fans dont fry or will i be ok with nothing?.. i also want the voltage to remain at 12V , because i need them running at full  I searched the forums, couldn't find any specific answer Thanks for your help!! -Chris

Posted by cholborn 6 years ago

Bought a Pro Membership for a present; recieved no confirmation and they didn't get the membership!

A couple days before Christmas I bought a pro membership as a gift for a family member. After I clicked purchase the site took a long time loading and then returned me to the main page. I checked my bank statement and the credit card went through; I assumed that the gift transaction had been processed. However I recieved no confirmation and they recieved nothing from instructables. I already e-mailed service@instructables last Friday and got no response. What's next?

Posted by AxelWolfin 6 years ago

Youtube Intro

Hey, it's ManVersusCraft here and I would like to reach out to you guys. I am looking for an introduction to my YouTube channel. It will be at the beginning of every video and I will do a separate video showing off the intro and giving credit to whom made it. So, if you would like to send me an intro (Minecraft related, and non copyrighted music. All original!) than please e-mail me with the intro at manvscraft123@gmail.com   REMEMBER this is for Intro entry's only, it is a specially made account for this only! If you don't know me check me out on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/user/ManVersusCraft Thanks!

Posted by ManVersusCraft 5 years ago

question about thermal fuses

I have a blown thermal fuse in one of my fog machines,it is 10 amp 250 volt 133 degrees c.can i by pass it safely?(there is high temp limit switch on heating element)or can anyone tell me where i can get one or its equivalent?i found some online but they in thailand.hoping someone who knows more than me can tell me where to get this locally.the blown fuse has some numbers on it :se fuse sf129 e tf 133 degrees c please help

Posted by hvacmac 8 years ago

Conductive Paint in RadioShack!

Hi everyone, just a quick note to say that our conductive paint pens are now available in RadioShack stores across the US! (and online too) If you're not already familiar with what we do you can think of the material as a paintable wire (but there is a lot more to it than that). Check out our new group page for some of our Instructables or you can take a look at our site for more info about the material and applications. Can't wait to see what everyone gets up to with it!

Posted by Bare Conductive 5 years ago

Need help changing image file types from .psd to .gif (!!!HELP~NOW~PLEASE!!!)

I'm sitting here at school trying to make a .gif image (for a website project) out of many still shots that i have made w/ Adobe PS (7, i think) and i have 80 or so stills and i don't want to go into them one at a time changing them to .gif 's. So if n e one knows about some command through Adobe PS or some program please let me know now!!! Thankx

Posted by StamfordRebel 11 years ago

Salt and water etching

I made an instructables about salt and water etching https://www.instructables.com/id/SALT-AND-WATER-E...as I learned it in a jewelry class, so I never tough about been unsafe. I posted it as I tough it was a nice one to share, but I'm having some comment on how it should not be safe using stainless steel in this project. As I don't have absolute knowledge about this before, and I just report what I learned, I was wondering if that was correct or not. (I know sometimes people comment very random stuff). Anybody know something about this topic?

Posted by marcellahella 3 months ago

DIY Instructables Handbook

I just had a great idea, different instructables people should make different handbooks for different subjects that they are good in. Those types of books at stores are usually really overpice and have a ton of information that you'll never use and just makes the book fatter. I'm personally making an electronic on, fitting 4 pages on one 8 1/2 x 11 sheet, making each sheet of the book ~3.25" X ~4.5. If you make one please upload a pdf file so that others can download it, cut it, and assemble it to have a crafty pocket refrence!This is the table of contents of electronic book (so far):TABLE OF CONTENTSFormulas....................................Definitions andSchematic Symbols....................Conversions................................Prefixes.......................................Resistor Code.............................Capacitor Code...........................Inductor Code..............................AWG Specifications.....................General Electronic Tips...............First page:General outline:E=VoltsI=CurrentR=ResistanceP=Watts (Power)L=InductanceC=CapatanceG=ConductanceOhms Law: E=IRPower Formula: P=IEResistors in series: Rtotal=R1+R2+R3...Resistors in Parallel:Rtotal=(R1-1+R2-1+R3-1+.....)-1orstill working on it (and the subscribts and superscripts didn't translate too well, but you get the idea.If you have any formulas that you want me to put in the electronics reference then post a comment!Some topics for references could be:WoodworkingConstructionCookingRadioetc.

Posted by guyfrom7up 10 years ago

Marketing Instructables

This site is the business activity of Instructables Inc, and as such has to turn a profit (or break-even at the least). I don't know how the books balance or who has how much equity in Instructables Inc, but we do know that paid memberships (Pro accounts) have been introduced as an additional income-stream. Current Pro users number just over 600, so small money so far.A lot of complaints have been made about Pro membership, mainly in relation to what will be denied to free members, but also with regard to perceptions of an "us and them" division.If the site can successfully sell memberships and attract advertising revenue / sponsorship, it would not be necessary to annoy / nag free members by denying them basic features they won't or can't pay for.This is it: How can the site better market what it has to attract paying users willingly, and maximise other sources of income?E.g. gmjhowe's suggestion of Testimonials ("awesome" E Wilhelm)E.g. changing the Pro badgeE.g. changing the "recent Pro users" on the front page ("interesting idea" E Wilhelm) taken up unless it's just coincidence that it appears to be that wayThis topic is for constructive ideas around the introduction of new features and increasing site revenue, not for complaints (there are plenty of other topics for complaints)Personally I think the marketing of Pro accounts could be improved in some areas?L

Posted by lemonie 9 years ago

It had to happen: Real SnailMail

In hindsight, it's inevitable that somebody would create genuine snail mail, and recruit actual snails to carry actual messages.The gastropods have been fitted with equipment to allow them to send e-mails on behalf of visitors to a website.Instead of instantaneous communication, sent messages will travel at 0.03mph (0.05km/h) and could take days, weeks or even months to arrive.It is part of a "slow art" project called Real Snail Mail at Bournemouth University in the UK which will be showcased in Los Angeles in August.Each snail is fitted with a tiny capsule which holds a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) chip. RFID allows objects to communicate over short distances.Users of the service send a message via the Real Snail Mail website which is routed to the tank at the speed of light to await collection by a snail "agent".As the three snails slowly amble around the tank, they occasionally come into range of an electronic reader, which attaches the e-mail message to the RFID chip.The electronic messages are then physically carried around the tank by the snails until one of the gastropods passes close to a second reader.It is then forwarded over the net in the usual way. So far, the three snails have managed to deliver 14 messages.Users of the service will hope that Austin is on hand to collect their messages. The Snail has made 10 of the deliveries so far with an average delivery time of 1.96 days. SnailMail siteBBC story

Posted by Kiteman 10 years ago

H E L P! Password troubles with this site

I have had troubles with password resets. i am ranting about this because your password re-set tool is off. every time i login i have to reset my password because it says my password has been changed. this happens even if i sign out right after i created a new password. this has happened constantly for the past week. i love this site but my tolerance is being cut short. please email me at nuckthebuck@aol.com or at least leave a reply so i know someone even reads these.  if your tech support contact me or lose a few instructables in the making if this isnt fixed soon. ill explain more if i get at least 1 reply from a pro member or an administrator or from tech support. i was using google chrome o/s windows 7 for everyone else with this problem. i fixed it by the help of someone below. sorry cant remember your name. i fixed it wb going to the tool icon drop down menu>history>edit history>delete all browsing information>check mark all boxes> enter>re-login should work =]

Posted by nuckthebuck 7 years ago

A fake terminal for your school, friends for family.. Who don't know what they are doing.

#!/bin/bash COMMANDS=" Commands Are: \n\t  ping: Send ICMP ECHO_REQUEST to network hosts.\n\t  nc: Arbitrary TCP and UDP connections and listens. (use to send text or a file to your friends)\n\t  request: To request a program or a real shell.\n\t  help or h: Echo this Help.\n\t  clear: Clear the display.\n\t  exit: Close this fake terminal.\n " echo -e $COMMANDS while true do  echo -ne "\033[1;33m`whoami`\033[1;37m@\033[1;32m`hostname`\033[1;37m:\033[1;31m (press h for help) \033[1;36m$ \033[0m"  read COMMAND  case "$COMMAND" in   ping )    read -p "What do you want to ping? " SERVER    ping -qc1 $SERVER    if [ $? -eq 1 ] ; then     echo "$SERVER is not avalible.. "    else     echo "$SERVER is avalible.. "    fi   ;;   request )    read -p "What do you want to request? [program|shell] " REQUEST    case "$REQUEST" in     program )     ;;     shell )      /bin/bash     ;;     * )      echo "Can't request for $REQUEST.."    esac   ;;   clear )    /usr/bin/clear   ;;   exit )    exit   ;;   help|h )    echo -e $COMMANDS   ;;   * )    echo "$COMMAND: command not found "  esac done Give it a name:     mv whateveritwas [command.sh] Make it work easer via:     chmod +x [command.sh] Now you can use via:     [ ./command.sh ]

Posted by james.mcglashan 8 years ago

How can we better use technology to preserve the environment?

I'm part of a "Technology Battle Royale" that will be hosted by the Ninja from "Ask A Ninja." One of the questions for this event is "How can we better use technology to preserve the environment?"Yes, I know this sounds ridiculous, and it is. More links once the website is live.In the meantime, what do you think? Help me answer the question. This is the second of two questions for this week, the first is here.Edit:The battle site is now live here: http://www.fmbattleroyale.comDisclosure: The FM site is being sponsored by Toshiba, who is also an advertiser on Instructables.

Posted by ewilhelm 11 years ago

Anyone wired up a ready-made multiple-LED globe?

I got a pair of these E10 6xLED globes. I basically wanna use these ones to replace some altar lamps I have which use normal E12 bulbs and keep blowing within a month or so of usage. They are lit pretty much 24/7. Has anyone had any experience in wiring up ready-made globes like these successfully. Are there any resistors inside these globes? Here's a link of the spec sheet availablehttp://www.jaycar.com.au/products_uploaded/ZD0300_data_sheet.pdfAny help would be greatly appreciated.Cheers,Teo

Posted by T e o 9 years ago

''Featured instruct able'' bug

Two of my recent ibles (coin pendant, and glow epoxy) were suposedly featured. I got an e-mail for each one, but they never got a ribbon and they never got on the first page. Could a mod please try and re-feature them? It's really important, they are in a contest.... If I'm going to even stand a chance in the guerrilla glue contest, I need my featured instructable able''glow epoxy'' to appear on the front page so I can get the views and ratings. but right now, it doesn't even have a featured ribbon. Please help, this bug is making me nuts!!!!!!

Posted by nepheron 7 years ago

What happened to early entries in this contest?

I am just wondering what happened to the early entries in this contest? There are quite a few of them missing. I sent an e-mail to info@instructables.com about a week ago and received no reply. I had an entry, "Embed an OEM GPS Into Anything" and received no communication that is was disqualified, removed...etc. Just one day it was not in the contest anymore. Can anyone tell me what happened? Have any of the other authors already posted questions about this and I am missing them? Thank you all for sharing your knowledge and making this a great site! - Charles

Posted by technogumbo 10 years ago

Help!!!! Does anybody know how to make an unexecutable program?

Does anybody know how to make an unexecutable program? When i mean an unexecutable program i mean a program where you have to enter a password and username to get rid of it. It must be able to start up on login and cant be minimized ( - ) or closed ( x ). Below is an image of what i mean:

Posted by Danny A 10 years ago


I GOT THIS IN MY INSTRUCTABLE WHILE GOING TO NEXT STEPWe're sorry, the URL https://www.instructables.com/id/EP4SJ7HFMMCZ3A3/&stepId;=SW9XH3MFMMCZ3AG is either incorrect or no longer available. If you followed this link from outside of one of our sites, we'd appreciate if you'd let the owner of the referring page know. If you followed it from within our sites, or if you believe you received this message in error, please send e-mail to webmaster@instructables.com and let us know that you got error 404 looking for https://www.instructables.com/id/EP4SJ7HFMMCZ3A3/&stepId;=SW9XH3MFMMCZ3AG which was linked to on page https://www.instructables.com/edit/?instructableId=EP4SJ7HFMMCZ3A3&stepId;=S2BF1CEFMMCZ3A2

Posted by Dipankar 9 years ago