Category Archives: c-Misc

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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Automating Testing Using Video

I found myself needing to verify caller ID operation of a couple of troublesome telephone handsets. To properly test, I want to run 1,000 calls to the handsets and verify they decode caller ID every single time. During early testing, … Continue reading

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Refurbishing a Skimmer Weir Gate

A weir gate is attached to swimming pool skimmers to keep the rubbish collected by the skimmer from floating back out into the pool. The ones I’ve seen use a Styrofoam float to keep the gate up.  I noticed my … Continue reading

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Obtaining a Local Phone Number for Google Voice

I’ve been through this process twice now, so I figured I’d document it if anyone else needs it. I’ve created several Google Voice accounts in the past 5 years, and there are never any local phone numbers available. My city … Continue reading

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Preventing Peg Board Hooks from Coming Out of the Peg Board

Just a quick tip: I grabbed a crescent wrench from its hook on the peg board and the hook fell back behind something for the 100th time. After swearing at the hook, I decided it was time to fix all … Continue reading

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Using Bondic Plastic Welder (Glue)

I was given a Bondic applicator a few months ago: Found here for about $23: http://www.amazon.com/Bondic-Anything-Waterproof-Resistant-Plastic/dp/B00QU5M4MG I finally got around to using it today. The stuff works great for me. I noticed one of the bars of the luggage rack … Continue reading

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Using Just BASIC to Give a Young Person a Glimpse at Programming

I periodically either am asked what language should be used to show a young person, typically a high schooler, the basic concepts of programming or I find I am in the position of giving a quick explanation myself. All of … Continue reading

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AMAZON: Why did you screw up your shipment confirmations?!!!

Dear Amazon, Since you seem to have no way for customers to make suggestions, I’ll post this here. You’ll never see it, but at least I will have a chance to vent. At the beginning of the year you decided … Continue reading

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Washington State Cannot use AliExpress/Alibaba

Tried to purchase an 74HCxx IC kit from AliExpress today. Worked right to the point of making the actual purchase and it choked with a message along the lines “We cannot ship to your region”. A little research shows the … Continue reading

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Adding Tactile Feed Back to the Home Keys F and J

I started computing way back in the time of dinosaurs like the IBM 360, DEC-10, and my fav the HP3000. Everything was command line (exactly like the bash shell of linux today). Needless to say I learned to touch type … Continue reading

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