Sunday, 6 November 2016

Strobulon! The LED helmet

Just in time for Halloween! ...2017.

This idea started for a work Halloween costume party a few years ago – I was working in retail distribution centres and we decided it would be fun to dress up as superheroes based on the common devices we worked with. There was Horn Man, Prox (as in proximity sensor) Girl, Captain Carton, and more. I claimed the lowly strobe lamp, and decided to go the evil nemesis route by creating the character Strobulon.

A simple concept: a big helmet that acted as a strobe light, and a voice changer to sound extra evil. Naturally, I took it a little too far.

Saturday, 28 May 2016

2010 Nissan Versa Stereo Wiring

My fiancé has a base model Nissan Versa, and she spends a lot of time on the road with it for work. I wanted to give her the gift of hands-free calling too. I am not a fan of the user interface on my own Sony receiver, so I decided to mix it up a little. Here's what I bought:

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

2007 Hyundai Sonata Stereo Wiring

This is a fast follow-up to my original post, 2007 Hyundai Sonata Aux Input. I saved up all my allowance money (i.e. I wasn't between jobs) and purchased a new stereo unit with Bluetooth so I could make and accept calls more safely on the road. Here's everything I bought to make this happen:

Sunday, 10 April 2016

Why I switched to WIND, and then came right back

I had been a content customer of one of the "Big 3" for well over a decade. I was grandfathered in on a $55 month-to-month contract with Fav 10 unlimited calling, unlimited texting, 300 minutes, and 1GB of data. It was enough. As my work responsibilities changed, however, I started feeling aggravated by the extra fees showing up on my bill each month. Conference call went long? Surprise! +$20 on your bill. Supporting a team member in the US over iMessage and suddenly all your messages switch to SMS? Surprise! +$15.

Now, there are a lot of arguments that can be made here, starting with why I don't have a work phone... but that's not what this post is about. I wanted freedom. I wanted to not have to think about who I called or communicated with and how much extra that was costing me. I felt I was paying a fair amount for low-mid range services, and since I had been a loyal paying customer for so long, and hadn't given them lots of pressure for "free" stuff, I should be able to at least switch to unlimited Canada-wide calling and international texts.

Monday, 20 August 2012

Using a DS1077 Programmable Oscillator with Arduino

I bought a DS1077 Programmable Oscillator a while back for a project but only recently blew the dust off it to try to get it going. It had been a little while since I had talked to components through I2C and I had some trouble talking to it right away. In case anyone else is having trouble talking to it with an Arduino I thought I'd post my code to speed them along.

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Wii Sensor Bar Repair

Cats are great. I love cats. I love my cat. But sometimes my cat needs to be sent to the glue mill because he does things that are annoying. It's the only way he'll learn. This is a simple pictorial guide that goes through the process of repairing a Wii Sensor bar after your beloved pets/siblings/partners have chewed through the tiny cable. Warning: soldering required!

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Turn On Devices with your TV

Alright, there isn't really a fast way of explaining the background to this project, so buckle up your patience belts and stay with me for a paragraph or two. I'm using my old 5.1 surround sound PC speaker set with my TV, hooked up through a PC I built for the purposes of playing media through my NAS. I believe the youths call this a Home Theatre PC, but what do they know. Everything was running fine, except for one major issue: when I turn on my TV, the speakers don't turn on with it. The speaker set gets pretty hot after a while, so I wasn't prepared to just always leave it on, and I certainly wasn't about to get up every time I turned the TV on or off. No sir. So I set to work to figure out another way.