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Posted by royalestel 11 years ago

How do I quote formatting characters?

If I want text in an instructable to include characters that normally cause wiki formating magic to happen, how do I quote them ? For instance, if I want to enclose some text in square brackets:[my text](that was done with "preformatted" text. which changes the font and does a "block" at a time. Not what I want!)(couldn't find this in other pages about wiki formatting, either.)

Posted by westfw 10 years ago

Information portal shut down...

The USA portion of WikiLeaks is being asked to shut down ( WikiLeaks ), what do you think? Have you heard about this and what is claimed they "got themselves into"? Whistle-blower site dismantled in the news

Posted by Goodhart 10 years ago

[HELP] Teardown wiki, preferably associated with instructables?

Looking for a resource. I do a lot of teardowns of broken equipment for my projects. Things like Instructables is a great resource for me but I thought there could be something better... I would just like to know if it maybe already exists out there. My only problem with the instructables; * Author edited; if an author does not know what something is in the teardown, it's a long process to have a reader identify it, and then the author themselves has to edit the instructable. * No examples of how the item may be used by the DIYer. It would be nice if pages could be immediately edited linking to related projects, or a faq on a particular part Anyone know of a resource wiki like that? If not, then I'll start the ball rolling with one, but I just don't want to go around doubling some work...

Posted by duckie68 5 years ago

Is Wikipidea a Bad Source To Use at School

Im a high schooler and my library teacher gave me a disiplinary referal for using wikipidea as a source for a research project, and for refusing to never use wikipidea in school. He gave me a one hour speach on how anyone can edit wikipidea and its all based on the personal belifs of people. So i guess my question is should you use wikipidea for fact's.

Posted by rollingstoner357 10 years ago


Has anyone else checked out MAKE:Project?   It looks like a wiki version of Instructables.  Admittedly I'm not a huge fan of the wiki model, but I was wondering what others thoughts were on the site. Personally I'll stick here, but it will be interesting to see where the traffic goes in the future. Hmm, bet the K'nexers' would love the wiki part though.

Posted by Tool Using Animal 8 years ago

Math wiki formatting on instructables

Alright Instructables, I fold. It is with a sense of shame that I must ask: Does Instructables have a method (be a clandestine feature or a workaround) to allow a user to enter formatted math text (ex. summation signs, integrals, greek letters even)? In particular, I was trying to get latex to work (I thought I had seen another user do so once) on the wiki, but thus far my efforts have proved fruitless. Anyone out there know a way to do this?

Posted by purduecer 9 years ago

Wikitag Anyone?

Wikitag is a good game to play when you are bored and have some free time, rather it be at home, school, or the library. For those of you who never heard of Wikitag, here are the simple rules. Go to Wikipedia, and press the random button Click a link on the page, thus leading to a different page. The link must redirect you to another article on Wikipedia, not another website. Keep on clicking links until you arrive to your desired Article. To make the game more interesting, I like to start on one article in an attempt to go to another article that is completely different. (For example, Computer to Water.) So, is anyone interesting, because if enough people were, I am planning to start up a contest of Wikitag. Thanks.

Posted by Rock Soldier 8 years ago

Throat Problems - Scope Results - cause? - Diagnosis

       Some of you have probably seen my other 2 OLD forum topics, but if you haven't, I will explain it to you here. I have been having BAD throat problems for a few months now. Since I was about 9 I had food getting stuck in my throat. So one day, I was eating lunch, and food got stuck, slid down my throat and into my wind pipe. I started choking and couldn't breath. After that dramatic incident, I noticed a new symptom. I physically could not swallow. And on top of that I had an old symptom: heartburn. So I go to a doctor. He says I would have to get a scope.        So THIS is where the update begins. It was early September. I go in to get a scope. I wake up with the memory spam of a goldfish. So my family and I wait a while to go to the doctor for the results. So I go to my appointment where my doctor explains what is going on.                   ALL THE WAY DOWN my throat I have ulcers. Thus, around my ulcers they swell up, causing the difficulty swallowing         There are these things that MOST (not all) people have called esophills. I cannot find any info on these things so I will explain them to you instead of a link. These "esophills" are basically cells in your throat that react to allergies. They could swell up, itch, burn, etc. Well, mine swell up. The average person has about 5. I have 21.                      After explaining these things, my doctor says I have Eosinophilic Esophogitis (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eosinophilic_esophagitis) and says I have to get an allergy test.          Pardon my french in this paragraph....I go to see an allergist. He says to wait in the room for a few minutes until this hot girl comes in. She takes these blue pointy things and pricks me with them as liquid comes out. So she walks away, and we wait. 2 of the pricks start itching like hell. The doctor comes in, and says those two pricks are samples of corn and apples. Apples? No biggy. Corn? Damn...........why is that bad? Things that have corn that I was banned from: Soda, chips, pretzels, cereal, cereal bars, bread, and hell of a lot of other things.         So I don't eat ANYTHING with corn for about a week until the blood test results come in. About a week after the allergist appointment, he calls and says corn and apples came out negative. So I could go back to eating things with corn.        Tomorrow (10/4) I have to go get ANOTHER allergy test by taping food to my back. Hungary? Just rip the food off my back. Thanks for reading! C'ya will I go cry in a corner /sarcasm  

Posted by Flumpkins 9 years ago

Ogden 200 - Teach basic english to India's poor

Hello I am looking for a solution to self teach English in Indian villages using a microprocessor based solution for audio together with a paper book. Learning English opens the door to better opportunities and job skills in poor countries. http://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Basic_English_picture_wordlist http://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Basic_English_ordered_wordlist http://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Kay_Ogden http://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basic_English Requirement : 1. Final product should be dirt cheap ($1- $5) 2. Bilingual audio (English and a regional language) toy with buttons. I am a software engineer, can someone guide me what microprocessor or solution set for my need? Plan to develop it as an open source project.

Posted by anonranger 6 years ago

A new profile picture for Fungus Amungus...

Who thinks Fungus Amungus should change his profile pic to the two Pokemon that share his name? The two Pokemon are Foongus and Amoonguss. http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Foongus http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Amoonguss Just thought this would be fitting for him.

Posted by arpoky 7 years ago

Comment system

The comment system on the itouch does not work can someone fix the font back to wiki

Posted by XxAwesomexX 8 years ago

multi-seat computer

Does any one know how to setup a multi-seat computer? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multiseat

Posted by clasic_traveller_diehard 10 years ago

solar powered cooler

Using these ideas as a starting point:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Icy_Ballhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Einstein_refrigeratorhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gas-absorption_refrigerator"Another variant uses air, water, and a salt solution. Warm air is passed through a sprayed solution of salt water. The spray absorbs humidity from the air. The air is then passed through an evaporative cooler. Humidity is removed from the cooled air with another spray of salt solution. The salt solution is regenerated by heating it under low pressure, causing water to evaporate. The water evaporated from the salt solution is recondensed, and rerouted back to the evaporative cooler."Directions on how to make an icy ball. URL works occasionally.http://crosleyautoclub.com/IcyBall/HomeBuilt/HallPlans/IB_Directions.htmlhttp://blog.modernmechanix.com/2007/07/19/refrigerator-uses-solar-energy/Is a non-flammable, non-toxic, and low pressure version possible?

Posted by beforethought 10 years ago

Completed projects

Only completed projects from the wiki should be posted here. You are able to change your default license on a user-by-user basis, so make sure you have that in order before posting.

Posted by themostbob 11 years ago

Project idea for all of you! - Hard disk heliograph

Have anyone created a heliograph using the platter from a hard drive yet?http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heliograph

Posted by akimbo m 11 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

ESP8266 WiFi Module

You need a separate grouping for this module under Technology This is a Microprocessor running at 80Mhz to 160 Mhz  with 512 kB to 4 Mb of program memory It costs $3 and is programmed with various languages compiled to machine hex and uploaded by a variety of programs to run entirely on its own with a 3.3Volt power supply . It connects to your modem , acts as a modem , serves web pages and sends to web pages and a whole lot of other stuff I have not used yet See here in the wiki for more detail   http://www.esp8266.com/wiki/doku.php

Posted by tytower 3 years ago

New Starwars knex gun?

'm sure you guys know about starwars battlefront ll,well i wanted to make a gun from there but i thought it would be too hard. You guys get to chose (Sniper) http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/E-17D_sniper_rifle or (Blaster rifle) http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Blaster_rifle . Put your choice in the comments i will start building when i get 5 requests for one single gun like 5 for Sniper or 5 for blaster rifle

Posted by Flatout Knex 7 years ago

Pi Tau Sigma

So I got an invitation to join. Any members? I read the wiki article, not terribly illuminating. Like to know more before I join up.

Posted by Tool Using Animal 10 years ago

FireFox 3 Robot Building San Francisco Dolores Park

Firefox 3 is nearly upon us! What better way to celebrate than to re-create the Gran Paradiso robot on a sunny afternoon in Dolores Park? Everyone is welcome - invite your friends! Bring your robot building supplies. For more information, and details on what to bring visit the Wiki page below.The main Wiki:http://wiki.mozilla.org/Build_the_Robot_Partyinvite: http://webmynd.pingg.com/Firefox3firefox party: http://mozillaparty.com/en-US/events/view/232

Posted by Buckley 10 years ago

A little food and money set aside

Considering that we are overdue for a worldwide [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deflation_(economics) deflationary] period, it would be wise to have a little food and money set aside, "in case of a rainy day."FYI.

Posted by royalestel 11 years ago

Easter eggs in Google and other things

I came along some easter eggs for Google that you simply type into the search. Examples are: do a barrel roll tilt what is the answer to everything More easter can be found in the Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Google_hoaxes_and_easter_eggs For example, today, April 1, you can get a Pacman View in the street view of Google maps. Pacman uses the roads for the game :) But I guess I found one egg that is nowhere listed so far: Tpye into the Google search: currency us au $ And check the quick result, it will tell you something about 1 Australian dollar microsecond au US$ = 114 210.494 m s U.S. dollars² Not sure if it is a bug because of a confusion with the µ sign but I am sure there must be problem when I try to pay in microseconds.... Anyway check the Wiki page for more great Easter eggs on Google. Post the best eggs you find elsewhere!

Posted by Downunder35m 3 years ago

RobotArm CNC

Could you do a video on how to make a desktop ROBOT CNC milling machine which gets controlled by usb via software and reads STL file formats Using a dremel On lynxmotion they say it can't be done. I don't believe that.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/STL_%28file_format%29

Posted by Curly01 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

"Invalid formatting" error when inserting link

. When trying to insert a (valid) link to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Executive_order_(United_States) , I get the following error msg:Invalid formatting in the comment.. Getting rid of everything after the "r" cleared it up, so I'm assuming it's the parentheses that trip the error.

Posted by NachoMahma 9 years ago

Knex gun request

I have a request of a gun to be made, heres the link:http://bioshock.wikia.com/wiki/File:Speargun1.jpg (I was thinking about it being made as a slingshot!)

Posted by muffinslayer2 8 years ago

Light field camera

Came across this interesting camera that fuses the images from multiple lenses. https://light.co/camera  I suppose it is a "light field camera" as described here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Light-field_camera Any suggestions on possible solutions, or links to similar projects? Prefferable that uses lenses from disposed of smartphones. 

Posted by mskogly 3 years ago

Microsoft's Vista Replacement

Apparently Microsoft has found that Vista was a bad idea and so is producing a replacement which is said to be coming out in 2009.So if we put in Microsoft's usual lateness with release it will be 2010 before anything appears.Edit: Its called Windows 7 and wikipedia has an article on it.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_7

Posted by davidturner666 10 years ago

Instructables formatting

The 2.0 version of Instructables has slightly different formatting than 1.0. We've based it on the wiki used in Edgewall's trac. We like it, and hope you will too. The most useful thing for people is probably links.Example:[https://www.instructables.com/ Instructables]Display:InstructablesThe full formatting documentation is here. Not everything is implemented yet, but we're getting there.

Posted by ewilhelm 12 years ago

How many chance for ...

Hi !How many chance for :- life appear on a planet with a moon- AND, seen from the surface of this planet, the diameter of this moon is almost the same than the diameter of the sun???I don't know, but chances must be very very very low ... We, Humans, must be very lucky =o)http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Solar_eclips_1999_4.jpg

Posted by chooseausername 11 years ago

Know how to make Butanol/BioButanol?

I've been recently reading up on Bio diesel and I've found that butanol is great for cars that run on gasoline/unleaded petrol.Does anyone know where there is any reliable information on how to make bio-butanol, Maybe out of algae?Wiki Biobutanol reference

Posted by thermoelectric 10 years ago

Pasting from Word

I discovered that if I write a post in Word and paste it into a comment box, it destroys the paragraphs and sentences by splitting them onto various lines as shown in the image. I took this block of text from the Tesla Wiki, pasted it into word, then copied and pasted it into a comment box. It looks fine until you actually click the "make comment" button. 

Posted by Brooklyntonia 2 years ago

Petit computer Turn-based game

This is my game I made for petit computer.  It was something I wanted to make for a while.  You will need DSIware; "petit computer" to download this game.  The black background QRs are for Version 0.5.7.  In version 0.5.7, I made a Japanese translation. See on wikia: http://petitcomputer.wikia.com/wiki/Generic_Turn-Based_Game

Posted by nancyjohns 3 years ago

Stack Calculator (RPN)

Has any one made/have plans for making a stack calculator (reverse polish notation)? I kinda want to make one this summer so if no one else puts something up maybe I'll try to post something in the next couple months.Here is some info on RPN for anyone interested:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reverse_Polish_notation

Posted by hunt3131 9 years ago

Ratio Hornblower

I'm attempting to make a stuffed Ratio Horn Blower from the Smile Time episode of Angel 5:14.   He looks kinda Grimace but I can't find a sewing patern for either.  Right now I'm working with a teddy bear pattern and putzing around with that any advice would be awwwesome.  http://buffy.wikia.com/wiki/Ratio_Hornblower  A sample picture.  Thanks in advance Maxwell

Posted by mrubesch 7 years ago

Website for collaborative design

I'd like a site where people can bounce ideas off each other and work on them together, like a wiki for projects. I thought Instructables was like this, but I guess not. For instance, I posted this idea as a "collaboration":https://www.instructables.com/id/Litter-disposal-for-pigeons/?comments=all#CZLFYJ4FF8XAK65But I guess collaborations are more for writing collaboratively and not collaborative design. Anyone know of anything that does fit the bill?

Posted by endolith 10 years ago

should BM make the ADS out of knex

I have been trying to convince BM to make this for a while now and decided to start a poll to see if I could convince him to build it. Here is the wiki article  HERE Put a yes or no answer below,some reasons of why you said yes/no would also be nice =)

Posted by Johnhall14 5 years ago

Wanted Instructable

In Poland I used to drink what in Polish is called kwas chlebowy and in Russian Kvass.The one which I bought was non-alcoholic. I tried to make some at home but it ended up very bad. So I ask you to please post a good recipe for it. I don't care whether it is alcoholic or not because I can find a way to get rid of the alcohol.Wiki Definition of Kvass

Posted by Masterdude 10 years ago

I need zelda replicas

Hello everybody I need some zelda replica's like -boots -sword -shield -hat -gauntlets any replica further reference:http://zelda.wikia.com/wiki/Items_and_Weapons_of_The_Legend_of_Zelda_series any on the list in the link above no price limit no time limit any game tell me when done on my orangeboard dont message me please ok Thank you -Jordan

Posted by builderkidj 7 years ago

bren gun carrier plans

I'm making a model bren gun carrier ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bren_Gun_Carrier ) out of chipboard. I'd really appreciate it if someone could post some blueprints of plans in the comment section below. I'm really looking for a detailed outline of the main body that holds everything together. (By the way, I DONT WANT TO BUY A PLASTIC MODEL).

Posted by wenpherd 7 years ago

Ask a favor of contributions for Japan

Dear Instructables, This is Jo (id: jojporg), a colleague of FabLab Japan. We'd like to ask you to suggest us some outstanding works for current Japan. As you might be know, we are not in very good condition right now with earthquakes (just have another big one right now). For the situation, we already have OLIVE https://sites.google.com/site/oliveinenglish/ a wiki with designs / food / ideas created in the earthquake stricken areas We think some of "Instructables" should be quite helpful/useful for us,so it would be great if you could put your "instructables" for the wiki. We could do translations, so please do not hesitate to write in English. Any help is welcome. Thank you in advance for all of your help. Best regards from Japan. --- JO, Kazuhiro Assistant Professor Art Media Center, Tokyo University of the Arts 12-8 Ueno Park, Taito Ward, Tokyo 110-8714 Japan Tel. +81(0)50 5525 2473  

Posted by jojporg 7 years ago

Tritium encased in plastic: a few questions

My main question is, the Key fob being sold at  Deal Extreme, is it safe?   I seem to remember from one article that stated it is fairly safe as long as it remains exterior to the body (in other words, do grind it up and breath / snort it, and don't swallow it). Is that a fair (generally) statement? I am started to question some of the things I find and read at wiki-im-pedia     

Posted by Goodhart 9 years ago


Hey, I've been sober for over a year edge for 6 months or so. I'm typically Posi most of the time but not all the time haha. Realized there wasn't a thread on this so I started one. Just wondering how many people on this site are Straight Edge? Posi or otherwise. Feel free to question me or argue about it with me. Here's a wiki if you didn't know Here's a Nat. Geo. that sums it up pretty good

Posted by TheCheese9921 8 years ago

ipod nano 1st gen memory upgrade

Im really sick of the small memory space on the white first gen ipod nano. then i did some research. some guy put a 200 gig hard drive on his ipod. he posted it here http://uncyclopedia.wikia.com/wiki/Ipod_Nano_200gb_Instructions/Page_2. Does anyone have any idea on how to hook up just a normal flash drive to an ipod?

Posted by frdmrckr 9 years ago

Weird and wacky electric sounds (theremin, vocoder etc.)

Anyone know of any really cool sounds you can make with electronics?I'm thinking of making both a Theremin (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theremin) and a Vocoder (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vocoder), the first of which seems like a relatively simple circuit, the second seems much harder.there are a few wiring diagrams on the 'net for a theremin, there's links on the wikipedia page (check http://home.att.net/~theremin1/). and you can also buy kits at some electronics shops.vocoder seems like it must be a load harder, and I haven't been able to find any wiring diagrams, and as far as I know, there aren't any kits available. there's a demo of what it does at http://www.sirlab.de/linux/download_vocoder.htmljust wondering if anyone has experience with either of these weird and wonderful devices, either using them or making them, or if anyone has any other strange sound makers that should be brought to public attention?hrrmm... wonder how hard it would be to turn that old evolution MK-149 into one of these http://www.gizmag.com.au/go/5091/ ?

Posted by naught101 12 years ago

Laser Rangefinder

A member PM'd me with this question, "hi im asking if i can use the arduino micro controller in distance measuring using laser" My response was "Laser distance is the time of flight of a pulse of light pulse that travels 3 feet in a single nanosecond..." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laser_rangefinder Do you think the Arduino can execute instructions at a fraction of a nanosecond ? What is the clock frequency of an Arduino ? . Take care of your eyes when using lasers !  

Posted by iceng 1 year ago

Magnus Magnusson syndrome

"I've started, so I'll finish"Sometimes I've started a project, and reallised that it's going to involve a lot of tedious work, and a lot of time.But, having started, I've had to finish.I'm interested in other people's projects which may have been a drag for a while, but were finished with persistance under the catchprase above.e.g. This helmet took a long time, and a lot of papier-maiche, and sanding, and varnish etc.Lhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magnus_Magnusson

Posted by lemonie 11 years ago

Electrically Conductive Plastic: a general discussion.

I find i have an odd set of interests. Specially with regards to this forum.  I'm interested in electrically conducting plastics. I've been hitting the Wikipedia pretty hard looking for information on the topic.  I've found a couple of interesting articles:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polythiophene http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polyaniline My main reason for pursuing this as of late is because I think electrically conductive plastics offer a way to create high efficiency photovoltaic cells on the cheap (least relative to growing pure Silicon crystal without oxygen contamination).  Azodyes, which are popular doping agents for current thin film photovoltaic cells  can be linked directly to the organic back bones of the polymers, and i think this will make the conversion of photons into electrons more efficient. There's other organic compounds (specifically i'm thinking of metallocenes which can be used to generate positive valences, also known as "holes" within the molecular structure of the plastics) which can be used to dope an organic solar cell, but azodyes are the most obvious. Anyway... gonna hit up google. if any y'all have ideas post em up.

Posted by Qcks 7 years ago

Materials Resources

It'd be helpful if we could create a permanent page to list recommended vendors of common supplies. If you have a favorite website for LEDs, magnets, electronics, or any other parts you could contribute to it. It would be a materials wiki, except one person updates it. An instructable wiki would be helpful as well, but one step at a time, eh?For example:PartsKlockit Clock movements and partspchcables.com One-foot USB extension cables (so common!)Tap Plastics Acrylics. Scrap bins in stores are a great resource.digikey Gobs of electronics.MagnetsK&J; Magnetics Neodymium magnets. Check out their surplus items and eBay auctions for deals.Printing & Cuttingblackbookstencils.com Lasercut stencils. Never used, looks good.[http:///www.calsilkscreen.com calsilkscreen.com] Excellent full-color vinyl stickers with cheap die-cuts (batches of 1,000)psprints.com Stickers are decently priced, but don't have glossy coat that protects them.overnightprints.com Really great full-color, double-sided, round corner business cardsSticker Guy $20 for 250 b/w stickers, but delivery can take up to 8 weeks.Otherocremix.org Great free remixed video game music

Posted by fungus amungus 12 years ago