Category Archives: Electronics

Linksys NSLU2 OpenWRT NAS and Backup Solution

Until recently, I’ve had a dedicated PC running SUSE Linux serving as network attached storage and a backup server. I really wanted to get rid of the necessity of running another PC 24/7 with all the noise and power consumption. … Continue reading

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New PC Speaker Set

I was recently shopping around for a new set of speakers for my PC because I’ve been increasingly dissatisfied with my current low-end Labtec set. They’re not bad for what they are, they just don’t have very good low end … Continue reading

Posted in Computers, Electronics, Home Theatre PC | 5 Comments

Low Tech Solution for a High Tech Problem

If you have or have ever had an 18 month old child (and older) one thing you find is that they like buttons. Mine do anyway. They like to push them. Remote control buttons, computer CD-ROM eject buttons, elevator buttons, … Continue reading

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DD-WRT to the Rescue!

We recently had a storm come through that knocked out our cable internet for a day. Adding to the torture of being without internet for almost the whole weekend, my router started to wig out when the connection did come … Continue reading

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Skype Dialog Killer

So, I’m a regular VOIP user now. I’ve been using Skype for over a year now to make PC to phone calls and I’ve been very impressed. Over the last few months I’ve been using it much more heavily and … Continue reading

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Do-it-Yourself S/PDIF Coax Connector

This is just a quick little hack that I did on my MythTV box some time ago. The motherboard that I have did not come with a cable for the S/PDIF audio output and it would have been $10 – … Continue reading

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Audio Distortion of the Dell D/Port Advanced Port Replicator

Regarding my review on my Dell Latitude D620, I got a question from Robert about the performance of the audio output on the port replicator vs the line out on the laptop. He had read that the sound was pretty awful and wanted to know how mine performed. The quick answer is that he’s right… but my engineer in me can’t help quantifying it… Continue reading

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Dell Latitude D620 Review

Now that I’ve had the notebook for a few weeks, I’ve had enough time to evaluate and write a review. I’m always a little skeptical when I personally read reviews like this, when the reviewer is the owner of the … Continue reading

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Blue LED Car Radio Mod

For quite a while, I’ve been looking at the radio in my truck and thinking it would be cool to replace the standard white backlighting with blue LEDs. Now that I’ve finally done it, here’s the write-up on how I … Continue reading

Posted in Automotive, Electronics | 54 Comments

Theft Deterrent Blinking LED

As I was doing my Blue LED Radio Faceplate mod, I needed to find something to do with one of the old LEDs that comes all the way out to the faceplate near the volume control knob. I decided to turn it into a red blinking LED “theft deterrent device.” Whether it actually deters theft or not is a whole separate issue and I honestly don’t care. I just think it looks cool. Continue reading

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