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26 May 2006 @ 01:58 pm
Project HackZilla II: A desktop computer with integrated Bell Express Vu 3100 Receiver for "testing" of satellite signals!

Suspended This project became completely impractical after the release of satellite PCI cards.
01 March 2006 @ 02:39 pm
I have in my possession a large quantity of disabled / unregistered cellular phones. Mostly rogers, some analog, some digital, some GSM and some TDMA. Also a fido one.

Any suggestions on what to do with them?

Models include Nokia 3595, Nokia 918P, Nokia 5165, Nokia 3320, Samsung x426, Mitsubishi G310, multiple quantities of each.
23 February 2006 @ 08:08 pm
Coming soon: A laser music show powered by Harddrive voice coils!

Delayed: I broke one of the coils and am now looking for another harddrive to tear apart. After losing many other parts I decided to scrap this project until further notice.

Project is: ABANDONED

[edit] WHY HELLO THERE! Its like.. a year and something later (August '07) and I'm finally trying to build this thing again. People like to use relays, I'm gonna do it with a dollar-store laser pointer, a harddrive case + voice coil + arm, and a speaker with a toothpick attached to it.

The basics: The speaker with the toothpick will be too loud to put music thru, so this will carry a 30Hz or 60Hz tone to modulate the visualization horizontally. The arm will be pumped with the actual audio (produces little noise) and will jerk the laser up and down at a high speed. a rubber band will hold the arm in place (it really likes to park). Both the arm and the speaker will be fitted with a small piece of a broken mirror, to reflect the laser to where i want it to go. I will dedicate an old laptop (one i didnt blow up.. check youtube for 'laptop explosion') to mix the audio and send it to the coil, as well as produce the tone for the speaker/toothpick deely. I already have the coil working perfectly, just need to build a small amp and do the thing with the speaker, which is at another house. All components are secured with hot glue. I dont have a glue gun so I melt it with a lighter. Excellent time saver.

While I did build it finally, and used it for a period of time, it was too fragile and needed too many on-the-fly adjustments to be practical. I will try again someday with servos or something.
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