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Do it yourself, dude!

diy November 7, 2005 posted by

The 1 lie detector.

The £1 Lie Detector Project. Fun for all the family, but just remember kids, a lie is for life not just for Xmas.  Perhaps my simplest but strangest build project yet comes in the shape of what is traditionally called a ‘bread board’ project. Bread board construction is a simple way of testing an electronic circuit. You attach your bits together using drawing pins and a bit of solder, before wasting time on the permanent circuit board. So why am…


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diy November 3, 2005 posted by

Laser Ray Gun.

The Laser Ray Gun. Er…should we be encouraging our youth to trifle with hazardous equipment affidavits? $20.00 for the plans, $1749.95 for the whole kit and kaboodle assembled and ready to burn. ‘Do you expect me to talk, Goldfinger?’ ‘No, Mr Bond, I expect you to die.’   Output is 1 to 3 joules at a 500 usec pulse width equating out to a 6000 watt pulse! This is sufficient to blast small holes in the hardest of metals once…


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Bizarre November 2, 2005 posted by

Mini Jet Bike.

The Mini Jet Bike. There’s these guys see, and they want to hook up a jet engine to a small motorbike. Not a full size bike mind, a small one. Just for fun. With an afterburner. For a laugh. See that exhaust, that’s a jet engine exhaust that will eventually spout stuff, really hot stuff, from its end. ‘Nuff said?  For many years now, I have tinkered with all kinds of interesting projects, and have found a lot of fun…


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diy November 1, 2005 posted by

DIY Hummer.

Build your own Hummer clone. Got a manky old Chevy pickup? Fancy making like Arnie? Then cough up the $5000 plus, roll up yer sleeves and get cracking. Last one to the gas pump’s a sissy!  Urban Gorilla off-road body kits turn your pickup or Suburban into the vehicle of your dreams. Body packages are designed to require only basic auto shop skills and equipment. Your completed vehicle will turn heads and go just about anywhere. Get started on your dream…


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diy October 24, 2005 posted by

DIY Silent Mouse.

The DIY Silent Mouse. When you absolutely must have silence in your workspace, a silent mouse is…well a must. Isn’t it?  Having used my silenced rodent for nearly 1/2 year at home, I finally decided to get rid of the clicking noise at work too and here’s the how-to. I’m not going repeat reasons for silencing mice, if you want to do it, you probably know why. If you don’t know why, then just assume there are people who hate…


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diy October 12, 2005 posted by

Recharger.

The Afroman very geek guide to recharging alkaline batteries. The very usual caveats about blowing yourself up apply of course.  You can fully recharge a depleted alkaline AA battery all day without problems. I recharged both types of batteries twice, and I would expect them to easily take many more charges. If you care about safety more than I do, attach a multimeter to the batteries and monitor them so they never reach more than 110% of their rated voltage.


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diy September 15, 2005 posted by

Tasty tech.

The NetBSD Toaster. Not only will it burn CDs, but it also actually toasts bread. Awesome convergence guys! More info here.  This toaster features a 4 line LCD, USB keyboard, 10/100 ethernet port and a RS232 serial port for the external console. The toaster’s internal circuit boards have been bypassed and routed through the CPU board allowing NetBSD complete control over the toaster’s features. A keyboard connects through a USB port on the side of the toaster and the 4×40 LCD displays a…


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diy September 5, 2005 posted by

The Accordion Music Server.

The Accordion Server. Dude, if you’re going to have a music server hanging around, why not make it…like…musical? Waaay too Greek wedding and Retsina for this Ferret though. Arf!  My friend Jim Wiggins and I have been working on a special case mod for a music server. Here are some photos of the completed computer showing the steps I took during the process of converting an Enrico Bertini accordion into a SUSE Linux RAID5 server to play our library of…


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diy August 24, 2005 posted by

DIY X-Ray machine.

The DIY X-Ray Machine. Oldie but goodie. But remember, kids, be safe out there!   Whenever the machine is in operation, the experimenter must wear a lead apron and stand well behind the orifice through which the rays are emitted. Never turn your back to the machine so that you are between it and the apron!…Finally, resist the temptation to make X-ray examinations of the bones in your hands or other body parts. A frozen fish makes a much safer…


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diy August 18, 2005 posted by

Hands free photography.

The DIY Digital Camera Shooting Rig. What, you mean like the best way to get a hands free shooting setup is to lug around a PowerBook with you? You’re kidding, Romaine, right? Do you get to take natty shots of the nurse as you get wheeled into casualty with a broken back after a few hours? Eh? Do ya? Still it’s a neat hack, anyways. Harrumph!  This rig allows you to take photographs by saying “Take shot” into the microphone…


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diy August 15, 2005 posted by

The Ultimate Water Gun.

The Ultimate Water Gun. Grab some pipe clamps, high pressure hose and epoxy and you’ll be well on your way towards building a Fireman Sam style water pistol. Soak ‘em? Drown ‘em, more like.  Open the stop valve on your gun, and close the ball valve. Unscrew the cleanout cap on the tank. Fill with water through the 1.5″ port on the Tee. Replace the cleanout cap, making sure it’s on tight with a wrench. Attach the air compressor and…


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diy August 11, 2005 posted by

String quartet?

String Thing. A DIY geek musical instrument of note. Note. Geddit?  String Thing is a cello-like electronic instrument played by stroking or beating metal rods with the hands. The use of bodily gestures, infinitely variable and visible to the audience, avoids the ‘robotic’ and visually uncommunicative quality typical of computer music.


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diy August 4, 2005 posted by

Water powered mower.

The Water Powered Mower. Hey it may not be robotic, and it may not move, but it’s a fascinating experiment nonetheless. Why can’t this work commercially, oh powers that rule the world? That’s what we all want to know? [Thanks HAnno!]  I decided on “Water Engine” because it was simple and it was direct. After all, once people start using these things, all they will think of is the Water aspect of it. They will only know that they put…


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diy July 27, 2005 posted by

Buy me, Buy me!

The Talking For Sale Sign. $329.99. Simply brilliant idea. Set up your own short range advertising radio station and spam your neighbours and friends ad nauseum.   Perfect for selling homes, cars, boats, etc. Repeats a message over and over. Just put a sign on your house or car letting people know what station to tune their radio to. Record your voice and transmit it to any FM radio on any FM station (up to 600 ft). Our latest kit combines an…


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