Category Archive: hard hacks

Jan 01

Lighting the LEGO Salt Lake Temple

LEGO Salt Lake City temple on display at the Harold B. Lee Library at BYU.

2015 was a busy year.  The project that I had the most fun with was a bit off the beaten path compared to what I normally do.  This started off as a fun project for a friend.  It started off with, “I have this LEGO project I need to put LEDs in, can you help …

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May 11

A quick note on “ATX” Power Supplies

After our recent activity making the emergency ATX power supplies, I got a call one evening from one of the hams who couldn’t get their salvaged 24-pin power supplies to work.  It turns out that many of the larger computer manufacturers use their own proprietary pinouts.  In this case, he got bit by a Compaq …

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Feb 14

A Valentine Example for Blinking Lights

For Valentine’s Day my son needed to make a “mailbox” for his kindergarten class. He & his mother made a rocket out of an old oat container. Since this was a family project, I decided that my contribution would be lighting it up. My son was quite excited when I told him that I was …

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Jan 10

Preventing Accidental Shorts on Prototypes

Many of the boards that we make never end up in an enclosure.  Whether for prototyping at the office or projects for home, it is just extra work we don’t want to mess with.  If the board ends up needing a little more protection due to lots of loose wires or it is given to …

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