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2013-03-18

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Computers, Arduino, and Pi, oh my! A blog from a DIYer, to fellow DIYers and aspiring techies.

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  • Logitech G930 headset cutting out - Answers and Solutions
    on Jul 20, 2016
    The Logitech G930 is the wireless sibling of the Logitech G35. Tuned for a little less bass and having less powerful drivers, the G930 makes for a comfortable headset that lasts a long time before needing to plug it in. However, many users have compl...
  • Lenovo Y40 Gaming Laptop Review - The Little Laptop That Could
    on Nov 10, 2014
    If you have been looking for what I like to call the PC gaming trinity - affordable, thin/light, and having gaming specs - then look no further than the Lenovo Y40. This review will be based on the cheapest model in their lineup, so its performance w...
  • An introduction to modding
    on Feb 9, 2014 in DIY Tips
    Well, it has been quite some time. If you care to know, finishing an undergrad, applying for a masters, and preparing to raise a baby is very time consuming.I was hoping that I would have some sweet projects to share in that time, but I do not.
  • Solder Properly with Anything
    on Sep 12, 2013 in Tips soldering
    After posting on solder iron cleanliness, I thought I would write about my experiences soldering with proper soldering irons, lighters, and even a kitchen stove. Soldering properly is the key to both a strong joint and a conductive one - read on to f...
  • My Fiberglass Car Subwoofer Install (aka The Bass Boulder)
    on Aug 28, 2013
    If you have ever completed a summer to-do list by the end of summer, please tell me and I will reward you with cake or some equivalent delicacy. Well, I can say I finished my biggest project and boy was it worth it. For those of you who have nev...
  • Replace your motherboard without reinstalling Windows!
    on Jul 19, 2013 in Microsoft Repair Windows
    After about five motherboard replacements in my lifetime, I feel confident in my method of motherboard replacement without a clean Windows installation. I've switched between Intel and AMD each time.Specifically: Intel → AMD → Intel → AMD and n...
  • Solved: Windows 8 won't boot after changing SATA controller to RAID
    on Jul 19, 2013 in Microsoft Oops Repair
    I've been spending a lot of time fooling around with RAID configurations lately. I happened across some old computers and decided to beat them up a little. After some testing, I decided to add a RAID1 to my existing setup. I always wanted my personal...
  • Project To-Do List
    on May 24, 2013 in Projects Personal
    Life tends to get busier once the academic school-year is over (apparently). Summer time means a lot of work, unpaid work-placements for school, and much more family time than normal. But that is okay! I thought I would share my to-do list of project...
  • 6 Simple and Effective Computer Cooling Methods
    on Apr 11, 2013 in Computers DIY Cooling Tip Thursday
    This applies to a wide range of electronics, not just computers. Rather than resort to daunting, expensive, or complex (all three tend to go together) cooling methods, there are many ways in which you can utilize natural physics to cool components ch...
  • Tip: 6 Simple and Effective Computer Cooling Methods
    on Apr 11, 2013 in Computers DIY Tips Cooling
    This applies to a wide range of electronics, not just computers. Rather than resort to daunting, expensive, or complex (all three tend to go together) cooling methods, there are many ways in which you can utilize natural physics to cool components ch...
  • Hilarious Microsoft Word Screwup
    on Apr 8, 2013
    I was writing an essay the other day and, well, when you write philosophy you tend to make up words that sound real but might not be in a dictionary. For example, just add -ify or -ness or better yet, -edness to words. Like: thing→thingify→thingn...
  • Switch Audio Devices Easily with AutoHotKey
    on Mar 31, 2013 in Technology Audio Sound Engineering
    Many people (especially audiophiles and audio engineers) have multiple sound outputs from their computers. Furthermore, they might even have multiple inputs. It is a little tedious to go to the start menu, find sound, switch the device, close out, an...
  • Tip: Switch Audio Devices Easily with AutoHotKey
    on Mar 31, 2013 in Technology Audio Tips Sound Engineering
    Many people (especially audiophiles and audio engineers) have multiple sound outputs from their computers. Furthermore, they might even have multiple inputs. It is a little tedious to go to the start menu, find sound, switch the device, close out, an...
  • Resurfacing with a Business
    on Mar 26, 2013
    I don't know if "resurfacing" is too dramatic, but my intention for this blog was and is to update it more than once a month. I've been spending some important time piecing together my own small business amidst finishing this year of school. Therefor...
  • Bits and Bytes: Know the Difference!
    on Mar 5, 2013 in Tip Tuesday
    Bits and bytes are terms that are often used interchangeably but are grossly misunderstood. Most people are guilty of this without even knowing. An internet provider might advertise speeds of 7Mbps and someone is like, whoa, that's fast! Bu...
  • When Progress Hinders Us
    on Feb 23, 2013 in Technology Philosophy Rants
    IntroductionWhen life gets busy, I tend to cut back on my useful and useless projects. I have about four 50% finished things lying around and it bugs me that I cannot do any of them, but that doesn't mean that I don't have time to think and subs...
  • 7 Reasons to Upgrade to Windows 8
    on Feb 11, 2013 in Windows Microsoft Opinion
    Even though the cheap upgrade period for Windows 8 is past, there are still many good reasons to consider Windows 8. Being a Windows 8 user myself, I do not really understand the gripes I have heard from other users. I've heard many, but I just don't...
  • Centralized and Easy way to Install/Update Programs
    on Feb 11, 2013 in Maintenance Microsoft
    Do you use lots of freeware (you should)? Do you have lots of computers? Are you a professional IT worker? If any of them are yes, then you need Ninite. Ninite is an installer that collects your favorite programs that you check off on a large list an...
  • DIY Hard Drive Dock
    on Feb 6, 2013 in DIY Projects
    Hard drive docks allow you to plug in internal hard drives to your computer without opening up your computer and installing it on internal SATA. These cannot always be justified, however, due to price and a lack of regular usage (until a catastr...
  • Repair → Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse
    on Feb 1, 2013 in Repair Projects Microsoft
    Recently I acquired a Microsoft Wireless Arc Touch mouse for free from work. Unfortunately, it was broken and my friend had no idea why. I thought, why not take it home and see if I can get a free $60 mouse out of the deal? Well, I searched arou...

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