Tag: hardware

A Guide to USB-C, to Help You See More Clearly

USB-C is the new standard for ports but what was supposed to be a new universal connector can be slightly confusing at times as not all are equal. Have you been trying to connect your USB-C device like a laptop to an external monitor or to charge it and it is not working? Here’s a…
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Bench Press Your PC Today!

Being in the market for a new PC, sometime it’s nice to check benchmarks for the PC or laptop you are considering. You can even run them on your current machine and compare the scores you get on various websites online. Here’s a guide that covers a few examples: https://www.howtogeek.com/111733/how-to-benchmark-your-windows-pc-5-free-benchmarking-tools/ More than that, common ones…
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How to Make Your Own DIY Ambilight

An Ambilight is lights that you put behind your monitor or TV that match the colours on screen to add extra immersion. Ambilights are expensive to buy, so we’ll make our own with Arduinos and addressable leds. This tutorial HERE goes through how to make your own DIY Ambilight.

A Guide to Monitor Terms

With all the sales going on these days, I figured it’d be useful to put out a guide on what to look out for when buying monitors. As all good things, think of what YOUR needs are. A surprising guide that covers a lot of basics: https://www.newegg.com/insider/guide-monitors-terms-need-know/ A more technical explanation of terms you’ll see:…
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Lets get some strippers in here!

Dealing with electronics, we’ll inevitably need to deal with wires at one point or another. The first thing you’ll have to do is to strip the insulation to get to the meat of it, so to speak. So what are your options? Here’s a video about the different options: As covered in our Show &…
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Myo Armband Complete Destruction

I was recently tasked to do a teardown of a Myo Armband. If you’re not familiar with it, the Myo Armband is a bracelet with muscle sensors you put on your arm (ha! who would’ve guessed?). In essence, when you move your fingers, wrist or arm, it moves the muscles inside and the Myo detects…
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The Zoom Panic Button

The number of stories going around of embarrassing video chat moments has gone up dramatically. If you have one of these stories you’ve likely since figured out how to quickly and efficiently shut off your computers feed. On a related note, now is the time to get into Arduino. Here is a wonderfully documented beginner…
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On Moisture Sensors for plants

Moisture sensors suck. This link is an excellent deep dive into why the sensors on the market right now aren’t great. Use nails. This guys doesn’t literally use nails, but he demonstrates the circuit you would need. For my own plants, since they are indoors and my living conditions are quite stable, I won’t be…
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