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Power over Ethernet Demystified 10Aug
2016

Power over Ethernet Demystified

If it's connected to your network, it's going to need power. Power over Ethernet (PoE) has been around since 2003, allowing power and connectivity via a single Ethernet cable, but just because it's a standard doesn't...
Wired Whole-Home Audio

Wired Whole-Home Audio

3 May 2016
Bluetooth speakers weren't cutting it, so it was time to get serious about this thing. I decided it was time to bite the bullet and put in a whole home audio system.
Bluetooth speakers weren't cutting it, so it was time to get serious about this thing. I decided it was time to bite the bullet and put in a whole home audio system.
EVA Anti-Vibration Pads for Noise Reduction

EVA Anti-Vibration Pads for Noise Reduction

6 March 2016
It's no secret that 3D printers can be loud, and the RepRap Prusa i3 that I use is no exception. Mine sits next to where I work all day, so I was tweaking it a bit to make it quieter the other day. I noticed that if I...

It's no secret that 3D printers can be loud, and the RepRap Prusa i3 that I use is no exception. Mine sits next to where I work all day, so I was tweaking it a bit to make it quieter the other day. I noticed that if I picked up the printer even a little, it significantly reduced the amount of noise it generated.

Visual Studio Emulators Don't Work After Upgrading to...

Visual Studio Emulators Don't Work After Upgrading to...

8 June 2015
The other day, I decided to upgrade my Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 (on the Insider program, of course). After a couple of days of everything running about as smoothly as I'd expect of an in-development product, I ran...
The other day, I decided to upgrade my Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 (on the Insider program, of course). After a couple of days of everything running about as smoothly as I'd expect of an in-development product, I ran into a pretty serious problem with Visual Studio 2015 - namely, that I couldn't use any of the device emulators. Every time I tried to debug a program, I received an error stating "Couldn't change display controller settings of the virtual machine."
3D Printed Prosthetics - The Raptor Hand
4 April 2015

3D Printed Prosthetics - The Raptor Hand

Prosthetic hands can be incredibly expensive - the latest models costing upwards of $10,000. It's even more expensive for children, as they need to be constantly adjusted and updated with the child's growing body. Fortunately for parents, the 3D printing world is changing that for the better.

TMI About Your House with MySensors
29 March 2015

TMI About Your House with MySensors

I like to have a lot of information about my environment (mostly for purely geeky reasons), but I've found that most commercially available sensors are expensive, inaccurate, have limited software compatibility, or some combination thereof. I was using a couple of Z-Wave temperature/humidity sensors and a couple of light sensors, but at $50 a pop, there was no way I was going to be able to get all the information I wanted on the house.

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