jm + diy   21

The Make: Weekend Projects Thumbnail Guide To Soldering
man, I wish I had this 30 years ago. now I know what stuff I need to get to make my occasional solders less of a PITA
soldering  gadgets  tools  workbench  make  fixing  diy 
april 2016 by jm
How I doubled my Internet speed with OpenWRT
File under "silly network hacks":
Comcast has an initiative called Xfinity WiFi. When you rent a cable modem/router combo from Comcast (as one of my nearby neighbors apparently does), in addition to broadcasting your own WiFi network, it is kind enough to also broadcast “xfinitywifi,” a second “hotspot” network metered separately from your own.


By using his Buffalo WZR-HP-AG300H router's extra radio, he can load-balance across both his own paid-for connection, and the XFinity WiFi free one. ;)
comcast  diy  networking  openwrt  routing  home-network  hacks  xfinity-wifi  buffalo 
march 2015 by jm
Getting good cancer care through 3D printing
This is pretty incredible.
Balzer downloaded a free software program called InVesalius, developed by a research center in Brazil to convert MRI and CT scan data to 3D images. He used it to create a 3D volume rendering from Scott’s DICOM images, which allowed him to look at the tumor from any angle. Then he uploaded the files to Sketchfab and shared them with neurosurgeons around the country in the hope of finding one who was willing to try a new type of procedure. Perhaps unsurprisingly, he found the doctor he was looking for at UPMC, where Scott had her thyroid removed. A neurosurgeon there agreed to consider a minimally invasive operation in which he would access the tumor through Scott’s left eyelid and remove it using a micro drill. Balzer had adapted the volume renderings for 3D printing and produced a few full-size models of the front section of Scott’s skull on his MakerBot. To help the surgeon vet his micro drilling idea and plan the procedure, Balzer packed up one of the models and shipped it off to Pittsburgh.
diy  surgery  health  cancer  tumours  medicine  3d-printing  3d  scanning  mri  dicom 
january 2015 by jm
littleBits Synth Kit
Wow, this looks cool. $159
littleBits and Korg have demystified a traditional analog synthesizer, making it super easy for novices and experts alike to create music.
connects to speakers, computers and headphones.
can be used to make your own instruments.
fits into the littleBits modular system for infinite combos of audio, visual and sensory experiences
diy  hardware  music  littlebits  gadgets  make  analog  synths 
december 2014 by jm
Mail-in-a-Box
'turns a fresh cloud computer into a working mail server. You get contact synchronization, spam filtering, and so on. On your phone, you can use apps like K-9 Mail and CardDAV-Sync free beta to sync your email and contacts between your phone and your box.'

(via Tony Finch)
via:fanf  mail  diy  hosting  webmail  ops 
september 2014 by jm
Cloudwash – Creating the Technical Prototype
This is a lovely demo of integrating modern IoT connectivity functionality (remote app control, etc.) with a washing machine using Bergcloud's hardware and backend, and a little logic-analyzer reverse engineering.
arduino  diy  washing-machines  iot  bergcloud  hacking  reversing  logic-analyzers  hardware 
august 2014 by jm
Sandymount Repair Cafe
'A repair café brings together people with things that need fixin' with people who have the skills to fix them in a social cafe style environment. It is an effort to move away from the throwaway culture that prevailed at the end of the twentieth century and move towards a more sustainable and enlightened approach to our relationship with consumer goods. Repair cafes are self organising events at a community level run by local volunteers with the support of local community groups, local agencies and other interested organisations. They are not-for-profit but not anti-profit and an important part of their goal is to promote local repair businesses and initiatives. www.repaircafe.ie is the online hub of a network of repair cafés across Ireland.'

Sounds interesting: https://twitter.com/DubCityCouncil/status/481777655445204992 says they'll be doing it tomorrow from 2-5pm in Sandymount in Dublin.
dublin  sandymount  repair  fixing  diy  frugality  repaircafe  hardware 
june 2014 by jm
Sugru Magnet Kit
Sugru + neodymium magnets = WANT
sugru  diy  tools  magnets  want  toget  bike  hacks  fixing 
january 2014 by jm
ReCreate Ireland - Creativity through Reuse
Great idea.
For creative groups, we aim to offer easy access to a rich and varied selection of textures, colours and shapes. Members are also be able to participate in creativity workshops facilitated by fully trained professional artists either in-house or on your own premises. We intend to be the first choice of teachers, early childhood educators and arts animators in the community.

For businesses, ReCreate reduces the costs of moving on end-of-line materials. We are a professional, credible and reliable partner organisation and our aim is to divert approximately 115 metric tonnes of clean materials from landfill annually. All collections are free of charge.
recreate  diy  make-and-do  recycling  landfill  art  play  scrap 
november 2013 by jm
14 Apple hacks from sugru
I like the impromptu docking station hack
apple  sugru  hacks  hardware  fixing  repair  diy 
october 2013 by jm
Scrapheap Transhumanism
Lepht Anonym and the 'Grinders'. crazy stuff -- low-end DIY cybernetic augmentation. 'The implants sit in various places under my skin: middle fingertips of my left hand, back of the right hand, right forearm — tiny magnets, five or six millimeters across, coated in gold and then in silicon to isolate the delicate metal from the destructive environment of your body. They’re something of an investment at about thirty euros apiece, and hard to get hold of, but worth pursuing. When implanted, they become technological sensory organs. There’s an entire world of electromagnetic radiation out there, invisible to most. Our cities are saturated with it. A radio, for instance, gives off a field that’s bigger than the device itself. So do power supplies and wires in the walls. The implants pick up on the fields, and because they’re magnets, they fizz with gentle electricity, telling you this hard drive is currently active, that one is turned off, there’s the main line in the wall. Holding a mobile phone, you can feel the signals it sends and receives. You know it’s ringing before it starts to play any sounds, and when you answer it, you stick the touchscreen stylus to the back of your hand to hold it, then to your finger to type.'
diy  augmentation  cybernetics  transhumanism  lepht-anonym  grinders  biohacking  cyberpunk  medicine 
november 2011 by jm
How do I do silicone sealant neatly?
so that's how it's done. now to retry my DIY botch job
silicone  sealant  diy  home  howto  from delicious
july 2010 by jm
build a Yagi-Uda wifi booster from styrofoam and copper wire
nifty link from Heise; works for 802.11b and 11g. Unfortunately I think my own wifi issues are to do with dying AP hardware
wifi  802.11g  802.11b  wireless  yagi  antennas  diy  hacking  hardware  from delicious
june 2010 by jm
Wall anchors & plasterboard/dry lining walls
Boards thread with good advice regarding wall fixings for drylined walls
diy  boards  walls  howto  from delicious
march 2010 by jm
DIY Burglar Alarm
Damian Beresford's experience installing his own home alarm. pretty cheap, sounds quite easy too
alarm  home-alarms  house  security  diy  install  from delicious
march 2010 by jm

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