Category Archives: Electronics

RetroPi briefcase

Here’s a quick build I just finished: A Raspberry Pi running RetroPi, installed in a Makita powerdrill briefcase with a 7″ TV and four USB controllers. Also included are all the components necessary to power the whole setup: A 12V … Continue reading

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Obi-Wan Kenobi’s flashlightsaber

I happened to find this 3D-printable model of Obi-Wan Kenobi’s lightsaber, so I decided to see if me and my 3D-printer were up to the task. There’s also an article about designing the lightsaber model in the Ultimaker blog.

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Improved resistor value calculator

The resistor value calculator originally published here now supports 5-band resistors as well as 4-band ones. Also, larger ohm values are now shown with “k” and “M” suffixes. Improved resistor value calculator.

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Hacking the Xbox – epub version

After finishing Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother, I was going through the “suggested reading” section at the back of the book. A title called “Hacking the Xbox – An introduction to reverse engineering” caught my eye, and I decided to see … Continue reading

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Nintendo NES RF-module removal

I was looking for a broken NES so I could use its case for a project I’ve been thinking about. I found one on eBay at a reasonable price, so I bought it. Once I got the unit, I found … Continue reading

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Resistor tools

I just wrote a parallel resistor value calculator, and a resistor colour code calculator. There are lots of them on the web, but most of them seem to have a 1990’s era user interface, where you need to enter values … Continue reading

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Arduino GLCD shield PCB

Some time ago I wrote on the Arduino forums asking for help (read: “Could someone do this for me?”) with a PCB design. Unsurprisingly, no-one offered their time and effort to design the PCB for me. So, in the end, … Continue reading

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