Posts Tagged ‘cannot buy means make yourself’

CANed dreams

CANed dreams

Besides investing mildly into new hardware to keep me able to waste my time I also did some real hacking, or at least prepared it.

During a long phone call with a good friend I got an interesting idea. There’s a company that offers modules for almost all BMW models with which you can turn them into your own custom light …..

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Slate update – CPU trouble and shielding

Slate update - CPU trouble and shielding

I fucking hate this. I wrote this within an IE9 window for some reason and it swallowed all my text… GRMPF! Ok, so time to rewrite it. God, why did I use this abomination of a browser anyways…

I had two problems with the slate’s function after testing it a bit.

Number one was the CPU. I used the T5200 I had …..

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I wanted a new CPU and now have a custom slate, too

I wanted a new CPU and now have a custom slate, too

Actually, the market has pretty much changed in the last couple of months and currently there’s some things on the market that are better than what I ended up building. But let’s start somewhere else…

You might remember, from the times when I had updates on a regular basis, that I own some TabletPC. After putting in some newer hard disk …..

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Good solutions don’t need to cost much

Good solutions don't need to cost much

Well, I was about to title this “Good solutions are sometimes simple”, but they are most of the time. In my journey to get rid of paper as thoroughly as I can I’ve already cursed my Tablet’s dock. It sits nearly flat on the ground, which is not bad for typing, but if you want to use it as a …..

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A little outlook of what is to come soon

A little outlook of what is to come soon

There’s been a lot of hassle around the house again which keeps me from being unproductive in the most preferable way – by tampering all kinds of hardware. So I couldn’t order a set of new toys early enough to arrive in time for some easter fun.

The Low-Fi box has proven to be too Low-Fi and will get a subwoofer. …..

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Low-Fi for the living room

Low-Fi for the living room

Yes, I have been absent for quite some time. Besides a bit of stress related to the usual triple of university, work and private life there’s been a lot of death and illness. Death is most notable for one of our cats, that passed away at the biblical age of 21. A week after that my GF took a leap …..

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Why not make your own, custom digitizer?

Why not make your own, custom digitizer?

As said before I possess am the legal owner of two digitizers, graphic tablets, or what ever you wanna call them. The stationary, classic graphics tablet is usually occupied by my GF, though. When I bought it she questioned whether I need that thing and said it’s a waste of money. She does not say this anymore, but the price …..

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Trackball project put on hold but another tablet idea on the horizon already

Trackball project put on hold but another tablet idea on the horizon already

Meeeehhhh.

I accidentally wrecked the main chip with the camera during my testing it seems. Well, to be precise I am not sure. It could also be a problem related to the solder connections I added to the PCB. Anyway, I currently lack time to find this out in detail and there’s some upcoming tasks at work that are prone to …..

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The trackball thing progresses

The trackball thing progresses

So I soldered and cut a bit and believe or not, this picture shows an operating device!

The front of the PCB with the mouse buttons and one of the sensitivity buttons has been cut off. Those buttons have to be glued in position and wired manually. You see them lying in the left of the mouse’s PCB in the base …..

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That trackball thing will be tougher than expected

That trackball thing will be tougher than expected

Ok, I need some distraction from XML and EDIFACT today, so it’s time for the screwdriver again.

That’s what I wanna use as a housing. It’s old but I like it. Time top open it!

And I love the good old times when screws were not hidden under labels, the devices rubber pads or something.

The looks on the inside are a bit …..

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