I got fed up the problems I was having with the Raspberry Pi 2/Linux combo that was running my Magic Mirror, so I replaced it with a second generation Intel Compute Stick running Windows 10. This was fairly quick to do, and has given me fewer problems and is notably snappier to work with.Read More
Various electronics, programming, welding, mods and other non-automotive projects.
I'm too lazy to wake three computers, turn on two monitors and flip on the lights, so I built an automated system to do it for me.Read More
With a new computer comes new speaker stands and shelf brackets that can see over my newly rearranged desk.Read More
I like having a drink with me, but I also like having my hands free and don't want to carry it around all the time. The solution was to make my own drink carrier that would clip onto a belt loop.Read More
With the forthcoming iOS 10 HomeKit updates, I decided to finally get Siri support for my SmartThings, Nest and Insteon hardware. None of these directly support HomeKit (well, Insteon does, if you want to buy a new hub), but some industrious developers have put together their own intermediary solution to this problem, Homebridge. I decided to take that route, and add my own support for Insteon FanLinc devices.Read More
With Comcast's expansion of data caps, I started looking into how to monitor both per-app usage on my Macs, as well as per-machine usage on my network. I went with two solutions: Little Snitch and Gargoyle.Read More
One day I came across Michael Teeuw's Magic Mirror project -- a Raspberry Pi displaying daily information on a portrait mode HDTV behind a two way mirror. This seemed like a great project, and I decided that I wanted to build my own (updated December 26th, 2015).Read More
The laundry is in the basement, but we're usually on the second floor. The variable length cycle of our washer and dyer make it hard to time when they will be done, and the variable running speed makes it difficult for a vibration sensor to accurately report when they're completed. I decided to take advantage of my SmartThings ThingShield and build my own completion sensor that monitored the LEDs on both appliances to send push notifications to my phone.Read More
I needed a new welding project, and Zoe needed a way to store her bakelite bracelets. A weekend later, and I had built her a wall-mounted rack to store her bangles.Read More
A couple of desk-mounted shelf supports welded from steel stock.
Late 2014Read More
Building three desktop speaker stands with some steel stock and a welder.
June 2014Read More
Using a Seiki 50" UHD TV (and later a Samsung 55" curved UHD TV) as a desktop computer monitor with Windows.
mid 2014, updated early 2017Read More
My first steps in learning oxyacetylene welding techniques.
Modifying the stock Sonata head unit's XM harness into a line-in jack... unsuccessfully.
December 2012 - January 2013
Using a propane heater and strip curtains to allow sunlight into a garage while keeping the cold out and the heat in.
Using 12v scooter batteries to provide workshop power in my rented garage.
An Arduino-based project to convert a Diamond Select Flux Capacitor replica into a CPU activity meter and low memory indicator.
Construction of a large ring-shaped computer table for my home office.Read More
Building a carrying strap mount for my Apple Powerbooks and MacBook Pros so that I could carry it easily.
circa 2001 - 2006Read More
Extending my old trench coat by integrating car alarm, iPod, X-10 and a garage door opener into it.
circa 2001Read More