Wednesday, July 31, 2013

A few new things

I have started a new project, which has spawned 2 new pages here on the blog:

Both are pretty cool in their own right, but spawned as a result of my iMac project.

I also am in desperate need of a new Raspberry Pi. I managed to fry the HDMI processor on my old bench 'Pi so I need a new one. If you would like to help out, I have donation buttons in the side bars, or at the very least click on an ad or two. I don't make much from the ads, in fact, in the life of this blog so far, I have made less that $10 from ad traffic, but every bit helps.

Anyway, I hate talking about money, so here's a preview of the new pages:

Monday, July 22, 2013

New Stuff

Today, I received a valuable addition to my work bench!

I had to do some minor repairs to the water reservoir, but it was FREE!!!! It came with about a hundred filters and a massive jug of Maxwell House. The coffee side of this thing works fantastically now that it's not draining water everywhere... I'll pick up some espresso next time I'm at the store and test that side of it. 

So yeah, TLDR I got a new coffeemaker.

Sunday, July 21, 2013


I was rather bored today and got an astonishing amount of things done! It may have something to do with the amount of coffee I had earlier, but that's irrelevant. I have some cool things for you today!
First, I started a new side project and added a page for it accordingly. I am building a new bench power supply! Go check it out! 

Second, I made this thing:
I'm not sure what it is, or what I'll do with it, but it's cool and I made it so here!

and lastly, (thirdly? I don't know English is weird...) I started a Wii transplant project. I haven't had the chance to write that one up yet, so keep an eye out for updates on that one! I had intended on putting it into a toaster, but the toaster I was given was too small inside to work with... But more on that when I get to it! I should have that full write-up within the week. (knock on wood) 
So for now, I need some suggestions on what to put this Wii into! Leave your thoughts in the comments below!

Friday, July 19, 2013

Bench 'Pi Repair

Today, I had the privilege/displeasure of doing my first repair to my bench-side Raspberry Pi.

 You might recognize this guy as the one I was using in my BabyPi project. This little guy has been my bench-test 'Pi for nearly all of my Raspberry Pi prototypes and projects. Because I use it so often, it doesn't surprise me that it would need some repairs eventually. I always assumed the USB power connector would be the first to go. (it looks a lot flimsier than it really is) 
Anyway, I was hooking it up at Caytee's Dad's house to watch some programs on Raspbmc. When I hooked up the analog audio and video, I heard a pop come from the video connector... I made it work but it was very sensitive. When I got back home, I opened it up and found this:

Both of the main supports holding the connector to the board had broken free.
Here is a little better of a view from of the problem: 

Luckily, this is an extremely easy thing to fix. A little soldering and it's good as new! 

I've also done so more work on my Raspi64, so I've updated that page and added some new content there so go check it out!

Saturday, July 13, 2013

A small update

So I had no internet access this past week, so to keep myself occupied I have been playing on my Millennium Falcon N-64. I have put in about 20 hours of solid gameplay and left it running overnight a few nights this past week. Much to my surprise, there have been no issues with it overheating at all, despite having removed about half of the heat-sinks! In fact I played for a few hours on a stock N64 this week, which actually ran hotter than mine! I am assuming it has to do with the sheer size of the airspace inside the 'Falcon.
Not any big news this week, but I thought it was cool :)
If you haven't seen that build yet, go check it out!
It's over there--------->
(or up there ^^^ on mobile I've discovered)

P.S. I almost forgot, I made this guy this week too:
and he lights up when you push his mustache! 

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Randy Savage Update!

I've updated the Randy Savage button page with my progress so far. Good stuff check it out!
Sneak Peak:

Also, If you haven't noticed, I have added Paypal donation buttons to the blog. If you feel so inclined I would greatly appreciate it, as it would help me fund my future projects. I do this for fun, not money, but it can get expensive at times, so every bit helps. I'm not asking for money, but if you want to give it, it's there for you :)