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.

Friday, 4 November 2011

Feature Controlled Email

The purpose of this project is a little hard to explain without some background information. My brother has an intellectual disability but loves computers. Trouble is, he's exceptionally skilled at finding settings panels and mucking around with everything until nothing works. Even with a guest account on Ubuntu, with all menu access to system settings removed, he still finds ways to make everything wonky. In another life he'd totally be that one guy who knows how to program every VCR. Anyways, our family is a little spread out, and as a result my brother doesn't get many opportunities to connect with everyone he loves. A few weeks ago, however, I realized that there is a way to give him e-mail access without dire consequences.

Thursday, 3 November 2011

2007 Hyundai Sonata Aux Input

I am the proud owner of a 2007 Hyundai Sonata GLS (base model). While I have been very happy with the car in general, one thing that's annoyed me from the start is the lack of an auxiliary input for iPods/MP3 players. I do a lot of long highway trips, and it always seems as though the moment you find a good radio station it starts to fade out. If you've used one of those cigarette lighter FM transmitter thingers, you know that they suck, especially around big cities, and when you're on the road it's near impossible to find a frequency that doesn't get interference along the way.

I'm happy with the stock stereo, and I don't have much money to spend on buying a mod kit and a new stereo, so I decided to be an electrical engineer and figure out a way to wire in an auxiliary input.

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Bluetooth Mate Tutorial

This setup guide is intended for people who have bought a SparkFun Bluetooth Mate and are looking to quickly get it working with their Arduino.

The Bluetooth Mate is really easy to use, but you have to know exactly how to configure Windows for it to work properly. Hopefully this quick guide will have you up and running in a few minutes, and will spare you from hours of wondering why you can't get the little green light to come on.

Sunday, 9 October 2011

Wedding Present

I had to give a cash gift to a couple of my friends who were getting married, but I didn't want to be a grandma, putting a cheque in a card, so I took a slightly different approach.


100 US $1 bills, a briefcase I found on Kijiji, handcuffs, and a fake severed hand made for a much more interesting monetary gift. Why do the bills look uneven you ask? Well obviously because there's a snake waiting underneath!


Nom! Just like in the movies. As much fun to make as it was to give.