Tuesday, March 28, 2017

On YouTube: No-etch circuit boards with your laser printer

On YouTube: No-etch circuit boards with your laser printer

Use silver adhesive to make circuit boards on your laser printer

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Monday, March 27, 2017

Noted: Cigar Box Opens to Raspberry Pi Laptop

If you were to go back to the middle years of the twentieth century and talk to electronic constructors, you would find a significant number had a cigar box radio among their projects. Cigar boxes were fairly robust, readily available, and could easily accommodate the parts required to make a crystal set or a simple one-tube regenerative receiver. These days there isn’t much attraction to a simple AM radio though, so while they can still be fun to build, the cigar box radio only occupies a niche in vintage radio circles.

Cigar boxes, however, remain. [Mike] found a very nice antique cigar box, and made something unexpected, he put a Raspberry Pi in it and made something close to a laptop. Into the lid goes an LCD screen secured with wooden blocks, while in the body of the box goes the LCD controller, Pi 3, and battery charger and PSU modules. There are two sets of cells, one each for screen and Pi.

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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Noted: Filament Friday: Refil ABS Is Recycled Plastic for More Sustainable Prints | Make:


A major complaint leveraged against 3D printing is the creation of additional plastic waste that is quickly filling the world’s waterways. Most filament on the market is created from new, first-use polymers, but the team at Refil is working to combat that with their line of recycled plastic filament — creating little to no extra plastic waste.
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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Noted: Book review: Up to no good with 'Raspberry Pi for Secret Agents'



Many parents see my daughter’s articles on Opensource.com and regularly ask me, “How did you get your daughter started with the Raspberry Pi?” 
It all started with the Raspberry Pi as a Christmas present, and we started with the Raspberry Pi Education Manual as our guide. As a free download, it was a very good primer to get started. Then we moved onto other books, such as Getting Started with Raspberry Pi, and I started to notice some patterns. Those books often covered the same things over and over: getting the system to boot with Raspbian, visual programming with Scratch, and using the GPIO pins. Also, I noticed that the books focused on how to use the disparate features of the Raspberry Pi, but they didn’t have a common goal or theme in mind. Both of these observations led to my next observation that my daughter’s excitement in Raspberry Pi books started to wane because it felt like we were slogging through math textbooks as opposed to reading with an exciting goal in mind.
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Friday, March 24, 2017

Noted: NEW PRODUCT – Adafruit TPL5110 Low Power Timer Breakout

Neat little component to provide long life to any of your projects by switching them off and on at an interval you set. It can also receive a signal from your project that it is safe to go back to sleep when it is done reading its sensors or providing other data. See full article for details. -- Douglas



Read NEW PRODUCT – Adafruit TPL5110 Low Power Timer Breakout via Adafruit Industries – Makers, hackers, artists, designers and engineers!

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Noted: The BioLite CampStove 2 - how it burns wood like gas, and converts heat into electricity

I have thought these stoves were quite cool from the very beginning. It's great to see a new and improved version. -- Douglas
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On YouTube: Now, Everyone Can Afford 3D Printing (Monoprice Select Mini Review)

The cheapest price is now around $320 on Amazon, but there might be sales that lower it closer to the $200 mentioned in this video. — Douglas

On YouTube: Now, Everyone Can Afford 3D Printing (Monoprice Select Mini Review)

Watch YouTube: Now, Everyone Can Afford 3D Printing (Monoprice Select Mini Review) 

I'm a little late to the 3D printing game, but I finally get it. For $200 , the Monoprice Mini Select is a no brainier for anyone who's curious about 3D printing. It's an extremely capable machine with a small footprint. Best of all it comes pre-assembled ready to print, right out of the box.  No this video was not sponsored in any way. I just really like this printer :)

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

On YouTube: The basics of BASIC, the programming language of the 1980s.

This was the state of the computer world when I first gained access to a computer full time. So much has happened since. — Douglas

On YouTube: The basics of BASIC, the programming language of the 1980s.

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Noted: Helping libraries get youth excited about computer science

Libraries can be a focus in jumpstarting makerspaces in your area. This is a great, expanded role which takes their expertise in research and learning and combines it with all the benefits of promoting making in your life and career. -- Douglas



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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

How To: Maker Connectors 1 from Barb Makes Things

How To: Maker Connectors 1

After my filament rivets tutorial, I was asked about other kinds of connectors for folks making things on the fly, so here is the first video with four different options: brads, zip ties, barbed plastic, and straws. Let me know what things you like to use in the comments below!
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Monday, March 13, 2017

On YouTube: Arduino Control Flow

Get started with Arduino programming in this quick and clear video on how programs work — Douglas

On YouTube: Arduino Control Flow

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Thursday, March 09, 2017

On YouTube: Intro to 3D Printing - A Series

On YouTube: Intro to 3D Printing - A Series

Watch YouTube: Intro to 3D Printing - A Series

This is the first video in a series of 3D Printing video’s i plan on doing. Since 3D printing and 3D Printing Technology is relatively new i am going to start as though you’ve never printed anything before and work my way through everything you need to know. I will go over what to look for in a printer, how much does a printer cost, tips and tools, settings, enclosures, modifications, filament explanations, prints you need, adding a glass bed, fixing clogs, insulation, and the best 3D design software.

Hopefully you can watch these video’s and save yourself the hassle of making the typical mistakes that most people do who are just starting out.


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Make Your Own Leprechaun Night Light at OSH - Free Event - March 11, 2017

Make Your Own Leprechaun Night Light at OSH - March 11, 2017

 

Make your own Leprechaun Night Light

FREE

Saturday, March 11

9am to noon

Kids are invited to make their own Leprechaun Lantern nightlight. Each child will be given all the goodies to make the magic happen. Limit one kit per child, while supplies last. Adult supervision required.

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Monday, March 06, 2017

On YouTube: Intro To Laser Cutting

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On YouTube: Introduction to the Laser Cutter

I'm trying to increase my own knowledge about all the equipment that can be found in a Makerspace, so I have been searching about in YouTube for good introductions to laser cutters, 3D printers, drill presses and more. I'll share my best finds in the days to come. -- Douglas

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Saturday, March 04, 2017

Noted: Snag Three Free Programming Guides for HTML, Python, and Java for Your Kindle Right Now

Free is nearly always a great thing. Free books are even better and free books that teach you something are the best. Want to learn some programming? Grab these books. — Douglas 

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Thursday, March 02, 2017

Noted: Arduino Heart Rate Monitor

A great learning project for Arduino. Limited components with known working libraries to make coding easier. — Douglas

Noted: Arduino Heart Rate Monitor

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Saturday, February 25, 2017

Noted: Earthquake Pi - Shake and Rattle Your Desk!

I get immediate earthquake noticed on my iPhone (probably from the same info source), but what a great way of making the notifications physical and immediate. It makes me wonder what other notifications could benefit from similar presentation. — Douglas

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