Stephen Hobley

Quite possibly the most useful thing I’ve seen in a long time…

October 2, 2010
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I was perusing Lady Ada’s blog and came across this article featuring an IC pin alignment tool. If you’ve ever had to solder DIP-type integrated circuits you’ll know that you nearly always have to bend the pins in just a little bit, since they are shipped with a “bow-legged” stance. Usually this can be quite […]

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Things to do with 12,000 Volts #2 – CD eraser

October 2, 2010

Chance of data recovery – minimal. Believe it or not I was actually trying to do something constructive with all those pesky MSDN subscription CDs I have lying around the place… Lichtenberg figures are “trapped lightning” fractal patterns created using a very large DC accelerator. I was hoping to produce something similar in the CD […]

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3000 Farad Supercapacitor – any ideas?

September 30, 2010
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Where’s Nikola Tesla when you need him? Electronic Goldmine have just started to sell 3000 Farad (yes *Farad*) super capacitors for a mere $29 – I’ve been sitting here thinking that there’s got to be *something* really cool you can do with these things… Make a “Z-Pinch” ala Ocean’s 11? Experiment with the fabled non-Hertzian […]

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Things to do with 12,000 volts #1 – emulate old horror films

September 30, 2010
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Baron Frankenstein wouldn’t be without one, Steve Martin couldn’t keep a brain alive without one either. The Jacob’s ladder is *the* 1950′s mad-scientist fashion accessory. Remarkably easy to make if you can find a neon sign transformer, and a thick insulating block… (Rather than give you step by step instructions, I’m going to show you […]

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Blast from the past – The Stylophone Schematic

September 30, 2010
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Years ago (and we’re talking more than a few) my parents finally gave in and bought me the closest thing you could get to a real synthesizer – The Stylophone. Mine was the white one – there was a slightly more advanced model that was black with faux wood trim. The sound was monophonic, and […]

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XMOS XS1-L1-64 development board. The next Arduino?

September 29, 2010
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If you’re old enough to remember the Commodore Amiga, you might be aware of the AmigaOne X1000 initiative – to release an updated version of the Amiga using 2010 hardware. One of the most interesting aspects is the inclusion of an XMOS chip – this is a programmable piece of hardware that can take on […]

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More info on the new Arduino UNO

September 27, 2010
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(Via LadyAda’s Blog) More information available on the new Arduino UNO. “The Arduino Uno is a microcontroller board based on the ATmega328 (datasheet). It has 14 digital input/output pins (of which 6 can be used as PWM outputs), 6 analog inputs, a 16 MHz crystal oscillator, a USB connection, a power jack, an ICSP header, […]

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Observing Jupiter

September 26, 2010
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Tonight I got to see a real live planet [Well, as live the the time it takes for the light to reach the Earth - Ed]. If you did not know, Jupiter is extremely bright and quite close to us at the moment. So much so, that it’s actually difficult to miss. If you look […]

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Arduino UNO, new logo, and much more…

September 26, 2010
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I’ve just been reading about the new developments in the Arduino world, over at the official blog. The new Arduino is going to be called “Uno” and replaces the ever-so-slightly-difficult-to-pronounce “Duemilanove”. Looks like they’ll be adding some new sensor modules to the mix, and most exciting of all – providing a *programmable* USB interface chip. […]

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Adding a Wide Angle Lens to the Miro Flip HD

September 26, 2010
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I use my Miro Flip Ultra HD to record Youtube movies – but if you’ve ever used one you’ll notice that it has a very narrow field of view – for a while I was holding my Canon wide angle adapter in front of the lens, but I recently found the wide angle kit by […]

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