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Relays (DC): 99.9% less power and latching option

Thursday, November 1st, 2018

Technovative writes, "The purpose of this article, is to show a simple method to increase the power efficiency, and functionality, of standard DC actuated electromagnetic relay switches." Project instructables here.

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Vintage headset conversion

Monday, October 22nd, 2018

Quinn Dunki wrote a great article describing the conversion process of a 1980s-era Earmark into a bluetooth headset: The obvious thing is to convert it to a bluetooth headset for modern use, right? As I previously warned, converting a 1980s-era air traffic control headset into bluetooth headphones is probably the...

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Tutorial: Git with Eclipse

Friday, October 19th, 2018

A detailed tutorial on Eclipse with the EGit plugin by Erich Styger: There are things which are game changer in the world of software development: one such event was when I started using a VCS (Version Control System): it changed for me how I keep and store my projects and settings. It...

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How to build your Energy Load manager

Wednesday, September 12th, 2018

A detailed instructions of how to build an Energy Load manager from Open Electronics: When the instantaneous power consumption exceeds the set values, it selectively disconnects the users, in order to prevent the electric meter to cut the power to disconnect. The management of the electricity users at home, intended...

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Build a Multisensor Shield for ESP8266

Monday, September 10th, 2018

Rui Santos has a great write-up on building a Multisensor Shield for ESP8266, that is available on GitHub: In this project you’ll discover how to design and create a Multisensor Shield for the ESP8266 Wemos D1 Mini board. The shield has temperature sensor (DS18B20), a PIR motion sensor, an LDR,...

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How to use I2C LCD with ESP32 on Arduino IDE

Thursday, July 19th, 2018

A how-to on using an I2C LCD display with the ESP32 using Arduino IDE from Random Nerd Tutorials: This tutorial shows how to use the I2C LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) with the ESP32 using Arduino IDE. We’ll show you how to wire the display, install the library and try sample...

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3D printed stirling engine gas burner and flywheel

Friday, June 29th, 2018

The 3D printed Stirling Engine with its new gas burner and heavier flywheel from Do It Yourself Gadgets: Take a look at my upgraded Stirling Engine with its new gas burner and flywheel! If you take a look at my previous post you'll see how I built a 3D printed...

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Amiga 500 power supply build

Tuesday, June 26th, 2018

A how-to on building an Amiga 500 power supply from Inkoo Vintage Computing: The power supply of my Amiga 500 is a bit unreliable. I’ve had some issues with the machine where the PSU could be the culprit, so I thought that it would be better to get a new power supply. There...

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A software only solution to the vexing Beagle Bone Black PHY issue

Thursday, June 21st, 2018

Josh Levine has a nice write-up about a software only workaround for the Beagle Bone Black PHY issue: Sometimes the Ethernet port on a Beagle Bone Black does not work on power up. It takes either a physical reset button press or a power cycle to fix it. This problem...

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Tutorial: Setting up a low cost QRP (FT8, JT9, WSPR etc) monitoring station with an RTL-SDR v3 and Raspberry pi 3

Tuesday, June 19th, 2018

A detailed tutorial on how to set up a cheap QRP monitoring station using an RTL-SDR V3 and a Raspberry Pi 3 from rtl-sdr.com This tutorial is inspired by dg0opk's videos and blog post on monitoring QRP with single board computers. We'll show you how to set up a super cheap...

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ETA Nixie tube clock

Wednesday, May 30th, 2018

Mark Smith over at surfncircuits has a nice write-up about building an ETA Nixie Tube Clock: This DIY project will combine the estimated time of arrival function with a Nixie tube display to create an estimated time of arrival (ETA) Nixie tube clock. It is all easily controlled by a...

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Arduino time attendance system with RFID

Tuesday, May 29th, 2018

A how-to on building a time attendance system with MFRC522 RFID Reader and Arduino from Random Nerd Tutorials: Before getting started it’s important to layout the project main features: *It contains an RFID reader that reads RFID tags; *Our setup has a real time clock module to keep track of time; *When...

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DIY Moteino guide

Thursday, April 26th, 2018

Felix writes, "I posted a short illustrated guide for making your own Moteino from SMD components. It also includes details how to burn the bootloader and fuses. Check it out here. Thanks and credit goes to forum user LukaQ for his contribution of the images and test sketches in this...

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Why electrolytic capacitors are actually kinda shitty

Wednesday, March 28th, 2018

Afroman writes, "Electrolytic capacitors are common, but knowledge of their limitations is uncommon. A demonstration is shown highlighting the difference in performance between electrolytic and ceramic capacitors in power supplies. Other topics discussed in the video: Electrolytic capacitor construction, ceramic capacitors, ESR, ESL, impedance curves, why “0.1uF”, and more." Via Afrotechmods....

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Yet another ARM development tutorial

Tuesday, January 9th, 2018

ARM development tutorial at smdprutser.nl: It has been a while since I wrote about ARM development. I recently made a Black Magic Probe (BMP) clone which acts different then the original. The BMP can source power to the target, but on my version control signal is inverted. Not a big...

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ESP8266 voltage regulator (LiPo and Li-ion batteries)

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017

Rui Santos writes, "In this guide, you’re going to build a voltage regulator for the ESP8266 that can be used with LiPo and Li-ion batteries." More details at RandomNerdTutorials.com. Check out the video after the break. (more…)

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DIY through hole plating of PCBs

Monday, October 30th, 2017

Jan Mrázek documented his experience experimenting with DIY through-hole plating of PCBs: I’ve been thinking about though hole plating for several years. The general procedure is simple – you have to activate non-copper surfaces (make them conductive) and then you apply standard electroplating procedure. You can find many tutorials on...

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ESP8266 Deep Sleep with Arduino IDE

Monday, October 30th, 2017

Rui Santos has written a great guide shows us what’s Deep Sleep and how to use it with the ESP8266 in the Arduino IDE. With most of the ESP8266 modules, you can’t change the hardware to save power, but you can write software to do it. If you use the...

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Extend Eagle CAD tool with ULPs: Writing your first User language program

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

Yahya Tawil posted a detailed how-to on writing ULP's for Eagle CAD: In this tutorial, you will learn how to write your first ULP in Eagle CAD to add a new capability to your CAD tool. User Language Program (ULP) is a set of extensions for Eagle CAD users to...

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Panelization – using GerberPanelizer on Windows (Linux possible)

Wednesday, May 31st, 2017

Arsenijs over at Hackaday.io writes: This tutorial was done on Windows. Authors claim it could also be used on Linux by using Mono, but I haven't tried and don't understand a lot about Mono to see what could be done. I am switching to Linux nowadays, so I'd be very grateful...

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