Igor's Blog

12-Mar-2017
Making use of corner shelves with easy to make slide out draws
As I've mentioned before on my renovation articles, storage space is always at a premium when living in an apartment. I've tried various ways to make use of all the space that is available and this time around I had the idea of finally making some good use of a set of corner shelves I had installed quite a while ago. These shelves were triangular and very awkward to store anything on. My idea was to add slide out draws for them, here's the end result...
28-Feb-2017
Fixing Razer Deathadder Chroma scroll button click
I've had my Razer DeathAdder Chroma for roughly six months and yesterday in the middle of the day the middle button click (scroll wheel click) stopped working. I use this button very often so it was really a necessity for me and I either had to fix it or get a new mouse. Turns out many people had the same problem me judging by the amount of complaints on various forums. There were suggestions how to fix it too, which didn't work on my mouse, so I took it to the next level and brute force fixed it. Read on for how.
20-Feb-2017
How does Seeed Fusion stack up as a low budget PCB fab
It's getting close to Easter time which means assembling more electronic bunnies and for that I need new PCBs. This time around I decided to place and order with Seeed Studio Fusion (that's 3 Es) instead of any of the other PCB Fab I've used in the past. Overall I have to say they have a much better quality than Shenzhen2U, service is fast but shipping is a little pricey, though still much cheaper than Oshpark.
14-Jan-2017
Pedestal fan transformed into a ceiling fan
I've already talked about the hidden glass shelf I've added behind my TV, that was not the only bit of work I've done in my apartment to increase the amount of available space. Now that we were entering the Australian summer it meant that all the pedestal fans had to come out. In a small apartment these take up an unnecessary large amount of space wherever they stand so I wanted to do something about that.
04-Jan-2017
Adding a hidden glass shelf behind the TV for extra storage
I live in an apartment so storage space is always at a premium and so this Holiday Season I took some time to add extra storage and improve on the storage space that was there already. The very first thing I did was make use of that space behind the TV that often goes unused.
28-Dec-2016
Testing the BYOC Mouse Guitar Pedal
I've written previous posts about Putting together the BYOC Mouse guitar pedal kit and the second part of the kit construction. Further I wrote about painting the pedal case. This post ties everything up and is about how I tested the pedal once it was fully assembled and ready to roll (or distort rather!)
25-Dec-2016
Painting the BYOC Mouse Guitar Pedal case
Yesterday I wrote about the final assembly of the BYOC Mouse kit which included the painted guitar pedal case. What I left out of that post was the process for painting this case, which I'll cover now. As a reminder, the BYOC kits come with guitar pedal cases that are not painted, just bare metal. Below is what the pedal case looked like when it arrived.
24-Dec-2016
Putting together the BYOC Mouse guitar pedal kit (part 2)
I've started making this BYOC Mouse guitar pedal for a good friend of mine, Ilia Rogatchevski before I went on our round the world trip . I actually had everything finished before departing but didn't want to spoil the surprise by posting this update until I've delivered the pedal to Ilia personally.
22-Dec-2016
Aquarium LED replacement round three
I originally had a go of replacing the CF tube in my aquarium a while back. The first attempt didn't work out too well so I had a second go with a slightly different circuit and new LED strips. Unfortunately even the second time around was met with LEDs burning out and going dull. So I decided to take a different approach this time around and use some car daytime running lights instead.
24-Oct-2016
Putting together the BYOC Mouse guitar pedal kit (part 1)
I'm going travelling soon and will be visiting a good friend of mine and it just so happened that one of his distortion pedals died so I thought that it would be awesome to make a new one for him. After doing some research I settled on the BYOC Mouse Kit. This is how I put it together.
23-Oct-2016
DIY spare parts computer build with a RAIDMAX Anura case
Not long ago I decided to replace my home server with a new one and after repurposing as many parts of it as I could (mostly hard drives) I was left with pretty much everything needed to put together a whole new desktop. At the same time my parents' computer started to play up so this was a good opportunity to put all those spare parts to good use and build a new machine.
26-Sep-2016
Final assembly of my OdroidXU4 file/media server
Earlier on in the month I mostly assembled my new file/media server but didn't get to finish it because of some panels being incorrectly cut for me. Now I was able to get new panels laser cut and finally assembled the whole unit. It looks amazing...
25-Sep-2016
Aquarium LED replacement round two
About a month ago I replaced the CF tube in my fish tank with LED strips. It was all good for a while but I noticed a few things starting to go wrong with my first attempt. The LED strips were sagging, the backing glue was just not holding them, and in addition to that all the strips became dimmer and looked like they had some burn in happening.
10-Sep-2016
Putting together the Odroid-XU4 home media/file server
I've been meaning to write this update for a while. The Odroid-XU4 file server I've been working on to replace my existing file server is finally assembled. I've written previously about how I've added an external power button and also externalised the network port, this update shows the final touches including acrylic panels and the Odroid-Show2 placement.
29-Aug-2016
Hardwood garden bench with clear resin void filler (part 2)
This is part 2 of the post about the garden bench I built. If you missed part 1, read it here. In part 1 I got as far as describing the origins of this wood, the huge void it had and how I used water-clear polyester resin to fill it. I also described how I removed all the excess resin after curing and touched on the sanding process.
28-Aug-2016
Hardwood garden bench with clear resin void filler (part 1)
I had a piece of hardwood left over from when I built my TV unit. This piece of wood was large enough to have two people sit on it comfortably, so it was suggested to me to make it into a garden bench. However this piece had a huge void running down one of its sides, which I decided to fill with water-clear polyester resin, same as all my other wood working projects.
26-Aug-2016
Replacing the CF light tube for LEDs in my AquaStyle 380 aquarium
We've had our AquaStyle 380 aquarium for some time now and overall it's a great fish tank, however during the warmer months it has one big drawback and that is the CF tube that's used to light it up heats up a fair amount. This makes it difficult to regulate water temperature when it's already hot and of course can and has resulted in fish dying.
22-Jul-2016
Externalising the OdroidXU4 network port
I've been slowly modifying a 4-bay HDD USB 3.0 enclosure to fit an Odroid XU4 to use as a file server. This is the latest modification, the network port from the XU4 is taken and extended to be accessible from outside the HDD enclosure.
23-Jun-2016
Giving an old Ikea KVARNÃ lamp a new lease on life with some 3D printed covers
Now that I have my 3D printer working again I was able to put it to some good use and made these top and bottom covers for an old Ikea KVARNÃ lamp. This lamp was sitting in a cupboard gathering dust for a long time because well it looks boring. With these couple of covers I think it really springs to life!
20-Jun-2016
Fixing a 3D printer extruder that stopped heating up
I was doing some 3D printing over the weekend and everything was going well until I noticed that the extruder on my Portabee wouldn't heat up any more. At first I thought it was a loose connection so I tried to adjust all the wiring - that didn't help. Since it was already dark and cold outside I decided to leave it. Early Monday morning I managed to get some time in before work to determine what happened. I had a sneaking suspicion that the resistor that's used as a heating element has given out, but what I found really surprised me.
14-Jun-2016
Adding an external power button to the OdroidXU4
My file server project using an Odroid XU4 is coming along nicely and since it's all going into a HDD enclosure that I already have, the XU4 board will not be accessible and along with it, its power button. This article shows how I've added an external power button to the XU4.
10-Jun-2016
Making a multi-piece 3D printed solder spool holder stand
Now that I got my 3D printer working again and that I've been doing more electronics work I realised that having a solder spool holder/stand saves a lot of effort and frustration so I went out to find one on Thingiverse...and did, then 3D printed an absolute failure. This lead me to design something of my own that actually works.
07-Jun-2016
Hacking my kitchen oven with Kapton Tape
After this weekend's big apartment clean up one thing that was really clear was that the oven is a pain to clean. When its door is open, there is a gap that lets bits of stray food fall through, while at the same time trapping it on the ledge just beneath the gap. Sometimes food even falls from that ledge and into the shelf below creating a mess. The design is terrible! I knew that this gap had to go and at first I was a bit stuck on how to make that happen. Then it hit me - Kapton Tape!
17-May-2016
DIY indoor apartment grow light wiring
One of the problems of living in a high rise apartment is not getting enough sun for your plants. We've been trying to keep a largish plant in the bedroom for atmosphere and better quality of air but all of them have suffered with leaves drying out and the plant not looking too happy. So I decided to attempt to fix this by adding some grow lights. Here's what I did.
13-May-2016
Hacking the Aurora LED Color Light Cube Chromatography Glass Clock Kit
I loved the Aurora LED Color Light Cube Chromatography Glass Clock Kit that I put together not long ago, apart from one 'feature'. That feature is the beep it emits on the hour. The beep is not subtle by far and the first time I heard it I thought an alarm went off somewhere in my apartment. There is a way to switch it off of course but my clock is plugged into a USB hub connected to my laptop so whenever I disconnect that the clock loses power and when connected again the beep is back (yep that setting is not saved).
18-Apr-2016
How ShenZhen2U stacks up as a low budget PCB fab
Just before Easter I've put together a PCB of a flashing LED Easter Bunny. I was working with tight timelines and only had just over 2 weeks before Easter came around and I wanted the PCB in time for the break. I knew that Oshpark would not be able to turn around that quickly (postage to Australia) so I looked for alternatives and found ShenZhen2U. Overall I have to say that ShenZhen2U is fantastic! Read on for details.
12-Apr-2016
Rewiring a Singer 201k Sewing Machine
I've had the Singer 201k sewing machine for quite a long time now, originally bought it from a lady that claimed it didn't work, but with a bit of oiling up it started going again. This machine always had dodgy wiring and I've never done much about it, until now. The last time I went to use the machine I noticed that a fair amount of the wiring was frayed and looked like it would short out at any moment, it was becoming a danger to use, so I decided to rewire all the bits that I could get access to.
08-Apr-2016
Keeping a PS4 and AV receiver cool inside an enclosed TV unit
Not long ago I built a stunning TV unit out of recycled hardwood. One of the main functional features of this unit was keeping dust out so naturally it was as enclosed as possible. Though the unit looked great, I quickly found that it was not usable the way it was built if both the AV receiver and the PS4 are running. There was no air circulation so everything got super hot inside.
29-Mar-2016
Digital photo frame built with jPhotoFrame, RaspberryPi, Minibian and a USB monitor
Over the Easter Weekend I've done quite a large update on my JPhotoFrame project. There are a number of bug fixes and the weather functionality has been switched to OpenWeatherMap. I took this opportunity to completely rebuild my digital photo frame from scratch and write up all the steps required to put it together.
25-Mar-2016
Good Friday Electronics fun Easter Bunny LED PCB Kit IBEABU-01.0
I really liked the Christmas Tree LED kit so decided that for Easter I'll also try and put something together along the same lines. Sadly I could not find such a kit in existence so decided to create my own! Before I get into the details check out the finished product...
18-Mar-2016
Fixing a broken USB port on a RaspberryPi Model A
I've had my Raspberry Pi Model A for quite a time and it's got quite a workout over the years and unfortunately the USB port became really mangled. The pins inside somehow got bent out of shape and none of the devices plugged in would work. At first I thought this spelled the end for this Model A RPi, however after a bit of thinking I decided that I could just desolder the USB port and replace it with a USB type B cable.
01-Mar-2016
Assembly: DIY Aurora LED Color Light Cube Chromatography Glass Clock Kit
I've bought this kit a while ago and just left it there due to lack of time to assemble it, but now I've finally been able to put it together and I really like the way it looks. This kit is not for the beginner and you will definitely need SMD soldering gear, but the end result is awesome and totally worth it.
21-Feb-2016
From water logged Wood to a beautiful Hardwood TV unit
I've put up a small gallery of photos showing off my latest woodworking project, the Hardwood Tiger Stripe TV Unit, this article shows some of what I did to transform a piece of water logged hardwood into this piece of furniture. I've also put up a full gallery of photos showing the construction process.
25-Jan-2016
Dell Vostro 1510 SSD Upgrade
Recently I spent a bit of time upgrading an old Dell Vostro 1510 laptop with an SSD drive. The improvement was quite decent though overall this laptop would not come out on top in any benchmark results even with this upgrade. That is mainly due to its graphics card and processor, however if you have one of these and want to give it a little boost and extend its usefulness then upgrading the hard drive to an SSD is worthwhile.
21-Dec-2015
This Festive season I blinged my sliding doors with some LED strips for that extra Holiday cheer
I was doing a clean up at the apartment and came across a couple of rolls of 3528 and 5050 LED strips that I bought and never used. The 5050 strip was quite short but water proof and the 3528 wasn't water proof but was fairly long. I decided to use the 3528 LED strip underneath my sliding doors to spruce up the balcony this Festive season.
18-Dec-2015
DIY Hardwood Coffee Table made out of recycled wood (part 4)
This is a coffee table I made out of recycled hardwood that I purchased from The Big Red Shed. I had some help from my dad on the metalwork side of things, but the rest was all done over several weeks between work by me. This was my first project of this kind and was meant to be as an experiment. There were some epic failures during the creation of this coffee table, but the end result is still quite amazing!
17-Dec-2015
DIY Hardwood Coffee Table made out of recycled wood (part 3)
This is a coffee table I made out of recycled hardwood that I purchased from The Big Red Shed. I had some help from my dad on the metalwork side of things, but the rest was all done over several weeks between work by me. This was my first project of this kind and was meant to be as an experiment. There were some epic failures during the creation of this coffee table, but the end result is still quite amazing!
15-Dec-2015
DIY Hardwood Coffee Table made out of recycled wood (part 2)
This is a coffee table I made out of recycled hardwood that I purchased from The Big Red Shed. I had some help from my dad on the metalwork side of things, but the rest was all done over several weeks between work by me. This was my first project of this kind and was meant to be as an experiment. There were some epic failures during the creation of this coffee table, but the end result is still quite amazing!
15-Dec-2015
DIY Hardwood Coffee Table made out of recycled wood (part 1)
This is a coffee table I made out of recycled hardwood that I purchased from The Big Red Shed. I had some help from my dad on the metalwork side of things, but the rest was all done over several weeks between work by me. This was my first project of this kind and was meant to be as an experiment. There were some epic failures during the creation of this coffee table, but the end result is still quite amazing!
14-Dec-2015
Assembling the Christmas Tree Flash LED Electronic DIY Learning Kit (SKU180142)
I had the Christmas Tree Flash LED Electronic DIY Learning Kit (SKU180142) laying around for a while but due to work commitments was only able to put it together this weekend. The kit is very easy to assemble, but it does have quite a few components to solder on.
12-Dec-2015
Repairing a flat CAT5 cable after accidentally slashing through it
It's been quite humid recently and the bamboo flooring in my apartment expanded to the point where it popped up in certain spots. While fixing the floors my dad accidentally cut through the network cable that runs under the floors from the network router to the server in my office room. This cable couldn't be pulled out and replaced so at first I thought that was it, bye bye wired network.
20-Nov-2015
That cheap Chinese 40w laser cutter I bought - it died within a month of operation
I wrote about the laser cutter that I recently bought from eBay. It was the cheap Chinese make with a 40W CO2 laser tube. Overall it was not a bad machine, but within a month of using it, and probably only making between 10-20 actual cuts, the machine broke, but it wasn't the laser tube that let it down.
14-Nov-2015
Utilising all of the Teensy 3.1 connections by adding dupont wires on the bottom facing pads
Teensy 3.1 is a great piece of hardware but if you need to use pads on the bottom facing side of the PCB you will have to get a soldering iron out. I did just that with mine. I used a bunch of female-female dupont cables cut into two and connected them to the pads on the bottom of the Teensy.
10-Nov-2015
A clear acrylic case for the DSO138 digital oscilloscope
The DSO138 digital oscilloscope that I've put together recently is a nice kit but it lacks a case and it's always nice to have an LCD display protected. I decided to do something about that and make an acrylic case on my laser cutter, before it stopped working anyway.
21-Oct-2015
Putting together the SMD version of the DSO138 DIY Digital Oscilloscope Kit
I ordered the DSO 138 Oscilloscope Kit from Banggood.com recently so that I could practice my SMD soldering. The kit has finally arrived and I put it together. Overall I must say that the quality is quite nice, there was one pre-soldered IC on the PCB and the LCD was mounted to a breakout board already. The instructions were quite straight forward, except for the SMD soldering part. Please note that you will need SMD soldering gear to assemble this kit.
13-Oct-2015
Adding extra USB ports to the Dell UltraSharp U3415W Curved Monitor
The Dell UltraSharp U3415W Curved Monitor comes with 4 downstream USB ports already, but what if you need more? Or what if the 3 ports that are inside the cable cover are just not enough and you don't like using that 4th external port, it is in an odd spot after all. Turns out you can cram a USB hub inside the cable cover and double the number of available ports that are hidden from view, check it out!
08-Oct-2015
Cutting and Engraving with a 40W CO2 Chinese Laser Cutter
I had my CO2 Laser Cutter for a couple of weeks now and in case you missed it, I've written up my initial experience with it over a three part article (part 1, part 2, part 3). I've had a bit of spare time to play around with it a little more, did some cutting and engraving on various materials and at various settings. These are my findings.
01-Oct-2015
So I bought a cheap Chinese 40W CO2 Laser Cutter and it's actually OK (Part 3)
This is the third part of this article, in case you missed them, check out part 1 and part2 before you read on. Those parts run through the unboxing and setup of the machine and also mention some of its faults. This part focuses on connectivity and software.
30-Sep-2015
So I bought a cheap Chinese 40W CO2 Laser Cutter and it's actually OK (Part 2)
If you've missed the first part of this article, you can find it here. This part covers some of the faults I found with the laser cutter and how I set the whole machine up.
29-Sep-2015
So I bought a cheap Chinese 40W CO2 Laser Cutter and it's actually OK (Part 1)
I've been tossing up the idea of either getting a new 3D Printer or a Laser Cutter and then I came across Flux3D which could do both to some extent. After nurturing the idea for about a month I decided that I didn't want to mess around with another 3D Printer until they were easier to use so went for the Laser Cutter. After a number of quotes (some going into tens of thousands of dollars) I hit up eBay and found that for just $550 AUD I could buy a desktop sized laser cutter. I was sceptical, but I went for it. Read on for my experience.
13-Sep-2015
Raspberry Pi in a NES Case wiring revisited
It's been more than two years since I posted about my Raspberry Pi in a NES Case. That article was spectacularly successful, gaining attention from LifeHacker and shortly being copied across many other blogging sites. Over the past two years I've had many people ask me about the details of the wiring and I must admit some of it was a bit flaky in my original article. So even though I've shelved this project, I dug it out, took it apart again and took a more detailed look at it.
10-Sep-2015
Giving that hacked-together photo frame a facelift
Two weekends ago, I hacked together a picture frame out of an old USB monitor and a Raspberry Pi Model A+. Functionally it was almost completed, but aesthetically it was a bit of a wreck, so I decided to do something about.
09-Sep-2015
Giving a Sony VAIO SVE151A11W Laptop a new lease on life with an SSD upgrade
A Sony VAIO E Series laptop may be old and discontinued, but it's still a decent laptop to have around the house. This past weekend, I took to doing a bit of upgrading and installed an SSD into one such laptop. The results are quite impressive I think.
06-Sep-2015
Second DIY 4 Digit LED clock assembled, in blue, in time for Father's Day
Back when I bought my DIY 4 Digita LED Clock Kit, I picked up two - one red and one in blue. Unfortunately only one case was shipped with that order. With days to spare before Father's Day, the missing case finally turned up. I put the blue version of the clock together much faster this time, but I also took a different approach to how I soldered it.
02-Sep-2015
LCD breakout and HI-LO level shifter boards off for fabrication
After my 1.38 inch round LCD modules arrived, I was finally able to verify that my Eagle library fit the correct dimensions. I soon got started on the design of the breakout board as well as the level shifter board so that the LCD module can be interfaced to a 3.3V Arduino device. After lots of pointers on electronics from a mate and many questions being answered by Tim from Pi Watch about the LCD module itself, I had the boards ready.
01-Sep-2015
Hacking together a new digital photo frame with RaspberryPi, Minibian and Java
I've received my new Raspberry Pi Model A+ last week to use to replace the old Model A inside my photo frame, so I spent some time on the weekend setting that up. Last time that I've set this photo frame up, I went with out-of-the-box software, which did the job but did feel quite clunky. This time around I decided to do it better and write some software for the photo frame instead.
21-Aug-2015
Truly 1.38 inch TFT1P2477-E Round LCD Modules (R61505V) arrived
I've posted an Eagle Library for the 1.38 inch round LCD modules that I've ordered. These have finally arrived in the mail today. I can now verify that the Eagle device I've created matches the pin dimensions so I can go ahead with making my breakout board!
17-Aug-2015
Eagle Library for 1.38 inch 30PIN TFT Round Colour LCD R61505V
I've found an interesting project, The Pi Watch (also here) that used a relatively cheap round LCD display. There didn't seem to be too much information about this display, but I did manage to find its data sheet online. Tim, the creator of The Pi Watch has also been quite helpful regarding pin outs of this LCD, however one thing that I was missing in order to start my own project was the Eagle device library. Since I couldn't find one online, I just created my own. The download link is further down.
11-Aug-2015
Assembling the DIY 4 Digit LED Electronic Clock Kit
While I am waiting to put together all the work on my upcoming clock project, I decided to get something simple to assemble. I ordered one of these DIY 7-segment display clock kits on eBay, it is also available on sites like banggood.com. The kit took under an hour to make and overall I was very impressed with the quality and would recommend it to anyone from beginner to advanced as it is a fun and useful little project.
18-May-2015
Another custom SGI Octane light bar
I've changed the light bar in my SGI Octane case a number of times previously. At first I got it working as its original red with an ATX motherboard that I put inside, then I updated it to shine bright white. This time around I wanted to have it as a blue glow. It was a small job since I had a spare light bar PCB from the previous time already. I'm pretty happy with the outcome.
12-Apr-2015
RaspberryPi and a USB monitor combined to make a photo frame (part 3)
A while back I wrote an entry on how to get the Lenovo LT1421 USB DisplayLink monitor working on a RaspberryPi. Now I took that a bit further and created a photo frame using the Raspberry Pi model A, a USB monitor and a bunch of software and some custom scripts.
07-Apr-2015
RaspberryPi and a USB monitor combined to make a photo frame (part 2)
A while back I wrote an entry on how to get the Lenovo LT1421 USB DisplayLink monitor working on a RaspberryPi. Now I took that a bit further and created a photo frame using the Raspberry Pi model A, a USB monitor and a bunch of software and some custom scripts.
06-Apr-2015
RaspberryPi and a USB monitor combined to make a photo frame (part 1)
A while back I wrote an entry on how to get the Lenovo LT1421 USB DisplayLink monitor working on a RaspberryPi. Now I took that a bit further and created a photo frame using the Raspberry Pi model A, a USB monitor and a bunch of software and some custom scripts.
08-Feb-2015
Installing an Alpine IVE-W554ABT headunit in a 2005 V35 Skyline (part 2)
This is part 2 of the post I started about installing an Alpine IVE-W554ABT headunit in my V35. The first post covered the basics of getting started, pulling wiring through from the boot and assembling the headunit into the stock brackets. This post finishes up the install description with the rest of the wiring that was done in the boot and at the back of the headunit.
08-Feb-2015
Installing an Alpine IVE-W554ABT headunit in a 2005 V35 Skyline (part 1)
I've been waiting for the IVE-W554ABT to become available for quite some time, it's an excellent headunit that does not cost too much but provides lots of functionality and is an amazing replacement for the V35's stock unit. There's lots of information available on how to install an after-market headunit in a G35 Infiniti, which is basically what the V35 is, but I've noticed some differences and some things on the G35 Driver forums were not that clear on unless you read dozens of pages of comments.
09-Jan-2015
DIY Lego Movie themed cork board
Normal cork boards look boring, that plain brown colour, a wooden frame, there is not much fun about it. This post shows off how to make a more interesting cork board with more colour and in this particular case, a Lego theme with characters from the Lego movie.
27-Dec-2014
DIY custom tall skirting for a bamboo floor
I've just finished renovating my apartment - installing bamboo flooring in place of the old carpet. One of the major issues I faced was finding suitable skirting to match the floor. Of all the options I could find sold commercially, the skirting was either too short (25mm) or the wrong colour (way too light for my floors). What I needed was a simple bullnose skirting board that was 100mm tall and in the same coffee (carbonised bamboo) colour. The option I went for was to make these boards myself from the floor boards themselves, with a hand from a cabinet maker to cut the bullnose end for me.
13-Nov-2014
More 3D Printer box and Portabee improvements
Over the past couple of months I've had to do some major maintenance on the 3D printer because some of the original parts simply snapped. I took this opportunity to improve both the printer itself and the box that I built to house it. These are the changed that took place.
27-Oct-2014
3D printed DIY garden lattice
My hops plant has been growing really well and it was starting to outgrow the stake in its pot so I've decided to put up a lattice for it to climb. I did not find anything that I liked at the hardware store so decided to make my own. This is a very simple DIY lattice that can be 3D printed. You will still need to purchase the rods from a hardware store, it's just the mount pieces that are printed.
10-Sep-2014
A new garden bed for the chillies
Spring is coming so it is time to think about planting new chillies. Since my apartment doesn't have any more space for new plants, I decided to build a garden bed at my parents' house. With a bit of recycled wood and some new soil, the chilli seeds are ready for planting.
01-Sep-2014
Fitting a SATA USB 3.0 HDD enclosure into the modified SGI Octane case
Now that the HDD enclosure arrived, I could continue the modding of the Octane case. This case is going to hold the HDD enclosure only, no computer components, its sole purpose is to be a complement to the other Octane that I modified that I use as my home server.
29-Aug-2014
A low-tech fix to the traffic cam 'green reflection' problem
For a long time, I could not figure out what that green reflection was on the traffic cam at night, nor could I get rid of it, until recently. I was talking to a friend of mine, and something so simple hit us, it was the light on the camera causing the green glow! I was dumbfounded, but could not fix it right away as I was interstate. I finally tried it tonight and lo and behold, the camera light was the culprit.
01-Apr-2014
Parametric planter box for my chillies, taking an OpenSCAD model to a reality
So I've been thinking, "how can I totally geek up my chillies" and it hit me, why not create a planter box model in OpenSCAD, make it parametric so that I can play around with different sizes of the wood palings and then actually go an make it? Well not really, but I did do all that. The real reason was to have an easy-to-move planter box, but given its weight with the soil and plants, it is now going to be more or less a permanent fixture on my balcony.
03-Feb-2014
Sewing a 3D Printer Dust Cover
This is a bit of an unconventional post but worthwhile anyway, since I moved to my new apartment the 3D printer has been sitting outside on the balcony and as a result getting covered in lots of dust from the highway below. I've decided to bust out my old sewing machine and make a cover for the printer.
24-Dec-2013
Vintage style Edison light bulb table lamp
I came across these amazing 12cm Edison style light bulbs recently and originally wanted to hang them from my ceiling but that was no possible so I thought that I'd make a table lamp to serve the same purpose. The result...amazing. Check it out.
01-Dec-2013
A custom boot install for Infiniti G35 - Part 4
This is a follow up post from Part 3 where I finished the subwoofer enclosure, in this post I describe the carpeting and the finishing touches.
27-Nov-2013
T-Shirts and Iron-On transfers
I bought a bunch of iron-on transfer paper to experiment with creating designs for tshirts so thought I'd write a little about it. The paper I got was for dark fabric, so it looks completely white, this makes it perfect for creating designs that look like silhouettes.
10-Nov-2013
A custom boot install for Infiniti G35 - Part 3
This is a follow up post from Part 2 where I finished the floor and amplifier fitting, in this post I describe the construction of the subwoofer enclosure.
25-Sep-2013
A custom boot install for Infiniti G35 - Part 2
This is a follow up post from Part 1 where I started the boot install, in this post I talk about the carpeting, fitting the acrylic window and mounting the amplifier.
23-Sep-2013
A custom boot install for Infiniti G35 - Part 1
It's been a while since I've done anything serious in terms of audio to my G35 and my current subwoofer setup has been bothering me for a some time, so I decided that once the weather got better that I would finally start on the new install, and here it is. The amplifier (Alpine PDX-M12) is sunken into the floor with lights illuminating it around the border. The subwoofer box is not ready yet, that is the next part of the install.
16-Sep-2013
PiBee: Combining a Portabee 3D printer with a RaspberryPi for remote WiFi 3D printing
I've had to shift my office space twice in the past two months and one of the things I hate are the tangle of wires that you got to deal with all the time, so I decided to use my spare RaspberryPi to control my 3D printer (Portabee) to reduce at least some of the wire clutter. These are the results: in a nutshell, it works great!
23-Jun-2013
Improving the Portabee 3D printer
Now that I've had the Portabee for quite some time, I've made a few essential improvements that every Portabee owner should have I think. These are: motor/cooling fan wire arm to keep the wiring out of the way and off the heating bed, glass surface to print on, an additional cooling fan mounted onto the extruder assembly and wing nuts for the print bed to make adjustments easier.
10-Jun-2013
3D printer box parts posted on Thingverse
I've put together all the STLs and SCAD files that I used for the 3D Printer Box and posted them on Thingiverse, free of charge. Hopefully these will be of some use to others.
09-Jun-2013
A clear acrylic box for the Portabee 3D printer - Part 4 - Adding a bit of style to the box
This post follows on from Part 3 where I added some stabilisers to the box, in this post I cover the aesthetic aspects of the box, namely making it look like something you want to look at every day.
08-Jun-2013
A clear acrylic box for the Portabee 3D printer - Part 3 - Stabilising the printer and covering the corners
This post follows on from Part 2 where I showed how I've added an exhaust vent to the box. This post deals with the extra bits I've added to stabilise the printer inside the box and to add corner pieces to the aluminium frame to cover sharp edges.
05-Jun-2013
A clear acrylic box for the Portabee 3D printer - Part 2 - Adding an exhaust vent
This post follows on from Part 1 where I showed how I've built the box for the 3D printer. In this post I show how I added an exhaust vent to the box.
25-May-2013
A clear acrylic box for the Portabee 3D printer - Part 1 - Making the box
I've finally got around to putting together a clear acrylic box/enclosure for my Portabee 3D printer. I made it so that the noise will be reduced and so any dust and bits of plastic stay in the enclosure instead of going all over my table. The noise is only slightly reduced, so it was only partially successful for that purpose, but it makes the printer look a lot more professional.
19-May-2013
3D Printer, Faraday cage and filament spool holders
I've had my 3D printer for about a week now, there were and still are some teething problems with it, but I'm fixing them one at a time. So here are the main issues I had so far and the solutions I found for them: filament spools unwinding in all crazy directions and fluorescent lights giving off electromagnetic interference and crashing the printer.
16-May-2013
Portabee 3D printer
After ordering my Portabee 3D printer from RomScraj 4 weeks ago, it finally arrived in a heavy jumbo DHL box. It took me about 2 days to assemble with a total of around 8-10 hours of assembly time. I wasn't quite expecting so many components, but it's all together now.
07-Apr-2013
Adding some extra support to the SGI Octane Mod rear panel
This is just a quick follow up to the SGI Octane Mod I did a few weeks back. The original mod had problems with the rear acrylic cover not being flush with the case, so I've added some extra supports to keep it in place.
03-Apr-2013
Reviving the SGI Octane Lightbar for use with an ATX motherboard
Since I've built my SGI Octane Hackintosh, the lightbar in the case was not working properly, I've finally had all the components arrive in the mail to give it a new life.
24-Mar-2013
Modding a SGI Octane to use as a Hackintosh - Part 4 - Hardware and Software
This is part 4 of the series of posts that shows what I’ve done to the original SGI. Part 3 describes the fitting of the fan vent and rear panel.
23-Mar-2013
Modding a SGI Octane to use as a Hackintosh - Part 3 - Fan vent and rear panel
This is part 3 of the series of posts that shows what I’ve done to the original SGI. Part 2 describes the fitting of the motherboard tray and the power button.
19-Mar-2013
Modding a SGI Octane to use as a Hackintosh - Part 2 - Motherboard tray and power button
This is part 2 of the series of posts that shows what I’ve done to the original SGI. Part 1 describes the cutting out internal supports and fitting a disk cage.
16-Mar-2013
Modding a SGI Octane to use as a Hackintosh - Part 1 - Cutting out internal supports and fitting a disk cage
A couple of months ago I managed to get a SGI Octane (in working condition!). I was really after a SGI O2, but the Octane came up, so I took it. I acquired it simply for the purpose of modding it to be my new home file/backup server.
24-Feb-2013
Building a Mac Pro Hackintosh - Video
I've put together a video of the building of the Hackintosh Mac Pro.
24-Feb-2013
Assembling a Nixie Clock - Sven DCF / GPS Nixie clock kit - Video
I've put together a video of the making of the Nixie clock.
15-Feb-2013
Converting a SNES controller to connect to a NES controller port
When I built my Raspberry Pi NES emulator box, I used the original NES case, so that meant the controllers were plugged into the NES controller ports. At the time this was fine, but it also meant that I could not play SNES games.
03-Feb-2013
Using the 12v port on a Dell U2713HM monitor to power a LED Strip
There are a number of Dell monitors that support the SoundBar attachment, however since I didn't get this accessory (already have a Bose sound system), the monitor has a 12v port free. Although Dell doesn't specify it, this port can be used to supply a constant 12v to power whatever device you want to plug into it. There is also a bonus, when the monitor is in standby or is turned off, the 12v power is cut as well.
14-Jan-2013
Raspberry Pi in a NES Case - Part 2 - Connecting the controllers and finishing up
This entry follows on from the previous entry: Raspberry Pi in a NES Case - Part 1 - Wiring up the front panel and external connectors
08-Jan-2013
Raspberry Pi in a NES Case - Part 1 - Wiring up the front panel and external connectors
Raspberry Pi is a great project computer, it's cheap ($35), runs Linux (or Risc OS) and has lots of resources available aroudn it.
04-Jan-2013
Assembling a Nixie Clock - Sven DCF / GPS Nixie clock kit
I got the Sven DCF / GPS Nixie clock kit for my birthday. This is a kit that comes with all the components including the PCB and the Nixie tubes. It doesn't have a power supply, so an external one is needed.
18-Nov-2012
Building a Mac Pro Hackintosh - Part 3 - Fitting all the off the shelf components
This entry follows on from the previous entry: Building a Mac Pro Hackintosh - Part 2 - Cutting and preparing the case
17-Nov-2012
Building a Mac Pro Hackintosh - Part 2 - Cutting and preparing the case
This entry follows on from the previous entry: Building a Mac Pro Hackintosh - Part 1 - Stripping the case and adding front panel wiring
16-Nov-2012
Building a Mac Pro Hackintosh - Part 1 - Stripping the case and adding front panel wiring
For a long time I worked on laptops only (my MacBook Pro that I bought in 2009), now that I wasn't travelling so much and had the option of being able to play some games, a desktop seemed like a more attractive option.
27-Oct-2012
Making a Pyramid Head Costume
Halloween was coming up and my idea of going as a pirate was stolen, so I decided to make a costume that was guaranteed to be unique...Pyramid Head from Silent Hill.

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