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PCs that barely resemble PCs: PC Design Contest 2007 winners
Thanks to LifeHacker for this link to CNET for ZDNet Korea's photo report on "PCs that barely resemble PCs." "The results are in for the PC Design Contest 2007, co-sponsored by Intel Korea and Samsung. The winning designs, announced last week, try to merge style, originality and practicality. Out...
24 Apr 2007
Your questions: "what type of camcorder should I buy?"
As I have a hobby of using camcorders in dangerous situations (for office satire and home movies ;) I was asked last night... "What type of camcorder should I buy?" Richard Baguley, PC World has an article on selecting the camcorder formats that is best for you, given that there are so many...
24 Apr 2007
Building my own CNC Mill/Router
One realization I have made with all my other projects is that there is alot of tasks which could be done more efficiently and cheaply with the use of a CNC mill. A few examples of this: Etching / Drilling PCB boards Mill work around the house (cabinet doors, base boards and other trim work...
23 Apr 2007
Creating the Circuit Boards for My Projects
With all my new projects, I need a way to produce the PCBs (Printed Circuit Boards) for the electronics. The classic homebrew approach involves the use of a etch resistant transfer to the board and the use of an etchant solution ( here is an example which uses transfer from laser printer toner). The...
22 Apr 2007
User Input For Home Automation
Besides the touchscreen, I wish to use buttons to control a few other components of the system (such as the intercom buttons) and maybe a numeric keypad. The obvious (and easy) solution is to use standard buttons. There is of course several options and variety for those. But I was also curious how other...
21 Apr 2007
Dell's EC280 is an answer to the Apple Mac mini... but only if you live in China
MSN reported last month (as did BusinessWeek and others) that the new Dell EC280 was unveiled in China, with prices ranging from about $335 to $515. It's a shame that the system will only be sold in China: some of the very things that Dell said would appeal to Chinese would be interesting here: low price...
21 Apr 2007
Have it your way: Dell makes Windows Vista and Windows XP available
It has been a busy week, and between catching up at work and a backlog of email, sick kids and just about everything else that eats up one's time. This from the "listen and respond to your customer" file: Jessica Mintz of the Associated Press reports that Dell announced that they will let buyers choose...
20 Apr 2007
First Cellphone Component arrived.
I have orderd this neat little GPRS/GPS dev kit from SparkFun Electronics . It is essnetially a GPRS/GSM cell phone combo with integrated GPS capabilities. All in a matchbook sized module. Here is more details from the description on the SparkFun website. This is the latest technology available...
20 Apr 2007
SweetSpot - The Beginnings of a Glucose Meter Downloader
In this installment of "Some Assembly Required" column, Scott Hanselman, a Type 1 Diabetic, uses .NET to download blood sugar numbers from a Glucose Meter. Along the way he lays down the rough scaffolding for a plugin system so other meters could be added easily. The application exports to XML or CSV...
17 Apr 2007
Misc Update for 04/16... Well 04/17...
Near 1 am, getting tired. So it is indeed time to go to bed. But since I havn't posted in a few days, I thought I would post a quick update. House Life Actually started working more on the house with my wife. Not that we hadn't been doing anything before but most of it was planning. We've actually...
17 Apr 2007
Data Raid, Revisited...
Today, I actually recieved a new unit from Buffalo to replace my 1TB Terastation. Considering the ground ship time, it was a really quick turnaround on their end. In the meantime, I have decided to implement my own solution. Not that the Terastation is bad, but I am too much of a "control freak". So...
13 Apr 2007
A Little Addition to my Home Automation Project.
Just found this BLOG POST which includes a video demonstrating the use of the .NET Micro framework with the freescale reference board. Really shows how easy it can make the development of an embeded application!
12 Apr 2007
Staring a New Hobby Project: Home Automation System
My new house is outfited with an old (I mean 20 years old) intercom system. Although the system itself is still functional, I want to create a new open-source and flexible system to replace the existing system. Since my background is in Computer Egineering (which includes some electrical engineering...
11 Apr 2007
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