Author Archives: Dan TheMan

Compiling Free Pascal / Lazarus on Orange Pi

I had no issues following my instructions, Compiling the Latest Lazarus/Free Pascal for Raspberry Pi. This was, as usual, not a short process. It takes an hour, easy, assuming no mistakes are made. I also noticed that the compiler hits … Continue reading

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Orange Pi and Teensy Loader Work Together

I have installed RPI Linux Installer of Teensyduino on an RPI previously. I simply took the teensy loader code and copied it from the RPI to the OPI, and tested it. The testing was not extensive, but the software did … Continue reading

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Orange Pi Setup / Use Issues

I followed my own ‘setup’ procedure with my new OPI. This includes building standard users, installing software I always use (FTP, SMTP, etc), and so on. This gave me a chance to see what kind of issues I might have … Continue reading

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Orange PI One Installation

I picked up an orange pi on ebay to experiment with. The smallest ones are really cheap (~$10) and have the only ports I need – Ethernet/RJ45 and a USB port. I just need to be able to ssh into … Continue reading

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Providing increased water flow for a 5G Bucket Evaporative Cooler

I recently built a 5G bucket swamp cooler very similar to this: I used a tack like he does to puncture the water supply hose and I simply could not get enough water to keep the pad moist. I went … Continue reading

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Forcing Accelerator Key Labels ALWAYS ON in Linux Mate

Need to file this one away for future use. In Linux Mint / Mate, the underscores for accelerators keys is only on when you hold down ALT. I invariably forget this because they aren’t obvious, and don’t make use of … Continue reading

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Cermetek CH1724 Modem PTH Adapter Board

I need to solder pins to multiple CH1724 modems which look like this: I tried soldering header pins directly, but that was a cluster. So I designed this little adapter board: You can layout header pins on a PCB, put … Continue reading

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WiFi Target Spotting Scope

DISCLAIMER: If you build this device, I take no responsibility for any outcome. Make sure you are sighted-in well enough to be hitting the target everytime and place the equipment in a position to avoided being hit. Lithium batteries are … Continue reading

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Tip o’ the Day: Gaffer Tape instead of Duct Tape

Duct tape is renown for its usefulness.  No argument there – I keep rolls in my vehicles, snowmobiles, ATVs, etc. for emergencies. Interestingly, it sucks for use on actual ducts. I tried that many years ago only to have the … Continue reading

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Cleaning Flux from Printed Circuit Boards (PCB)

I got some professional looking PCB boards manufactured for a project recently. The boards look great compared to anything I could do myself. Problem is, after I solder on the components and try to clean the flux off, I’m always … Continue reading

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