Category Archives: HardwareHacking

Struggling to pay rent. GoPro to the rescue.

Like any reasonable person, my landlord wants a check shoved under an unmarked door in the basement. Problem is, at night an on the weekends, the door leading to the basement is locked. I am so motivated to pay my … Continue reading

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Laser Pointer Tripod Mount, Arca-Swiss Compatible.

I’m really having fun inventing new objects with my 3D printer. Much more on this shortly.

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Hakko 936 Fix

I have a Hakko 936 soldering iron. The base unit is factory original, however the pencil is from eBay. As it turns out, the pencil is either a factory reject, or it is a counterfeit.The knurled section on the bottom … Continue reading

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Home Switches for CNCRouterParts.com CRP4896

I’m outfitting my CNCRouterParts.com CRP4896 CNC router with home switches. The idea is to set up sensors such that the router can start from the same place every time, automatically. I’m using these sensors. They are compact, encapsulated Hall Effect … Continue reading

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Droid 2 Global Cyanogenmod USB not working FIX

So, I just upgraded my D2G to Cyanogenmod 7.1.0. Like many other people, I had immediate problems with USB. The symptoms are as follows: I plug the USB cable into my computer and into my Droid 2 Global. The Droid … Continue reading

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DOES IT TURN PAGES?

One of the best things about my community is that it is just chock full of awesome people. One of the bad things about being the “DIY BOOK SCANNER guy” is that people always ask “DOES IT TURN PAGES?”. Well, … Continue reading

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How To Start A Truck With A Can Opener

Or, “The utter uselessness of car alarms”. Sequence of events: 1. Key fob for my car alarm dies, I am about 1 mile from home, in Richmond, CA, in the Iron Triangle. 2. I walk to RadioShack (also 1-2 miles … Continue reading

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Casio EX-series Stereo Shutter Release/Remote Hack

Using the pinouts I described here, I made a stereo shutter release for Casio EX-FH100 cameras. Happy Hacking.

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De-Apple-tize Your USB Phone Charger.

So I bought a couple of these cheap, cheerful chargers from Meritline. The tagline says “Black Mini USB Car Charger for iPod Nano/Touch, iPhone 3G/3GS/4 and Other USB Powered Products. One might assume that a USB charger is a USB … Continue reading

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Fix Your DSO Nano 2

This is my friend Scott’s DSO Nano 2, a pocket oscilloscope manufactured by Seeed Studio. It’s a neat little thing, but has a mess of flaws. The probes that come with this pocket ‘scope use 3.5mm headphone plugs and jacks. … Continue reading

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Casio EX-FH100 and EX-F1 Shutter Release/Video/USB Pinout

I love the Casio EX-FH100. I hate proprietary bullshit. It’s tremendously aggravating when a manufacturer arbitrarily makes up a new connector — especially when we have perfectly good standard connectors already. Proprietary bullshit stokes my rebel spirit, makes me fighty, … Continue reading

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