• Game Cabinet Lighting with Neopixels

    I put together some ikea cube shelving and wanted a place to keep my game consoles while also displaying them. I started with 3d printing some vertical stands for the PS4 and WiiU along with some controller hangers and riser shelves. I then added puck lights to the surrounding shelves, but wanted special lighting for the game shelves. Using some spare puck lights, neopixel rings, and a trinket I created some smart puck lighting that responds to which game system is powered. Power up the PS4 and the shelves are bathed in blue light. Power up the WiiU and the shelves turn cyan. Power both, and get both blue and…

  • Changing Win 10 Application Icons

    In all previous revisions of windows, you could simply right click on any shortcut and change the icon as you please. Windows 10 still allows you to do this, but applications installed from the Windows Store are missing this ability. Unlike normal shortcuts, windows 10 applications do not have the option to change icons. Right click one and all you can do is visit App Settings or Rate and Review. You will not find Shortcut Properties and no way to Change Icon. You are the mercy of the developer to set the app icon (the worst feature on smartphones). If you drag a win10 store app, such as Calculator, to…

  • Prusa MK3S ~ Stop Button

    This was a one day build. I leave my printer running unattended and I know that others in my home would have trouble finding the reset button or off switch if/when something went wrong. Solution, add a big friendly stop button. I have built several arcade machines over the years, so I had plenty of control panel buttons. This is a 46mm 12V red button. I pulled apart the switch and swapped the built in resistor to be 100 ohms, so I could run from 5V. Prusa’s 3D printers are open source. Even better, they design their 3D printed parts using openscad. My favorite 3D CAD program. https://github.com/prusa3d/Original-Prusa-i3/tree/MK3S I grabbed…

  • Portable Solder Iron

    On a whim, I purchased a $20 USB Solder Iron from Aliexpress to play with. After playing with it using an old phone charger, I saw a video on Adam Savage’s Tested channel and got inspired. Drill Batteries as the power source. What a great idea! I have lots of those and always keep a few charged up and ready for projects. However, finding a drill battery adapter for my Black and Decker 20V set was a challenge. It’s all discontinued. Black and Decker only sell new bluetooth batteries with USB ports built in. No adapters to be found. Searching for a solution, I found forum posts saying that black…

  • Wifi sucks and How to fix

    Do you experience periodic internet dropouts or wifi devices slow or not working sometimes, the only solution being to wait it out or unplug and replug in your router? There is a better way. This is a fix it and explanation guide for why your wifi internet sucks.  I have a lot of CenturyLink specific advice, but the wifi fixes are for everyone. My story:When CenturyLink’s wifi router was in command of my network, I would have to power cycle on a weekly basis, sometimes multiple times a day. Even when the internet light was on, several of my devices wouldn’t connect. Later on, I traced the issue to a…

  • Xbox One is a Failure, History of a Generation

    It is 2018 and the Xbox One came out in 2013. Let’s reminisce​. Back in the days of Xbox 360, looking forward to the next generations that seemed impossible for Microsoft to do wrong. The Xbox 360 had a massive lead. If you were an online gamer. Shooter, racer, whatever… You owned an Xbox 360. You may have even owned multiple Xbox 360s over the years. I lost count of how many I went through. The Xbox 360 had issues, sure, but that didn’t stop Microsoft from racking up a huge sales in USA. Nearly double the competing PS3. Quick History Lesson The early Xbox 360s had a tendency to…

  • Fake Window – Smart Room Light

    This is an overview of my Smart LED Window, based on an instructable by dannyk6. I took mine a step further by adding Alexa voice control and IFTTT day/night schedule. The wife picked the valance fabric. After remodeling my basement, I was left with the main area that had no natural light source. I didn’t like the idea of adding more nightlights, I could do better. I really wanted a flat panel tv linked to an outdoor camera, so you could see the front porch in real time. I could have the tv mounted vertically and dressed up to look like an actual window. I tried to design this Camera…

  • Supernatural Thermal Scanner Prop (Laser EMF Reader)

    This is my Laser EMF reader, aka Thermal Scanner prop. The Lasers, LCD, and Camera are all functional. In addition, I added gearing to the back so the Lasers could perform a synchronized linear scan. From the supernatural TV show, there are a variety of EMF Readers used. Especially early on. This paper outlines many of the different variations. https://drive.google.com/open?id=1NMHmjPoTBNc_L0q0NJRZ6udFnsk44N7sltnDHd17K4Q The handheld device seen in episode S01E14 is not an EMF Reader, it is a Thermal Scanner.  I have made a few of these now and have enough pictures to make this write up. Part List: Optional: 1x 3D Printed Left Laser Holder Optional: 1x 3D Printed Right Laser Holder…

  • Comparison of the Fire TV Stick 4K

    A new firetv stick was announced today. The Fire TV Stick 4K. https://amzn.to/2IBwuwD Not to be confused with the more expensive FireTV, the FireTV Stick has been great as a low cost way to access streaming services. The FireTV Stick never before offered 4K. I always recommend 4K models of streaming devices. Even if you do not own a 4K TV, you will still benefit from the faster hardware when navigating the menus and get faster load times. Prior to now, the fastest FireTV available was the FireTV 2 from 2015. The FireTV 3 pendent was marketed as 4K but was actually slower than the FireTV 2 in side by side…

  • Wyze Camera – Mini Butterbot – Rick & Morty

    New baby at home so I am getting some use out of an old IP camera I placed in the nursery. My wife and I enjoyed it so much, I looked into adding a second. What I found was so cute, I 3D printed some arms and gave some wire touches. The IP camera I was using was a Foscam FI8910W with a resolution of 640*480px, full pan/tilt, and 3rd party app compatibility. Old enough that it has no cloud features and if you want to access remotly, you better know how to add exceptions to your firewall. Simply typing ip camera into amazon, the first non-sponsored result turned out…