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    How the Gates (Almost) Stole Christmas

    ‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house
    Blue screens were everywhere; no response from the mouse
    Windows, it seems, had decided to die
    Because it had updated; we didn’t know why...
  2. Data Mining Home Water Usage; Your Water Meter Knows You a Bit Too Well

    The average person has become depressingly comfortable with the surveillance dystopia we live in. For better or for worse, they’ve come to accept the fact that data about their lives is constantly...
  3. New Life For Old Nintendo Handhelds With ESP32

    The Game Boy Pocket was Nintendo’s 1996 redesign of the classic 1989 handheld, giving it a smaller form factor, better screen and less power consumption. While it didn’t become as iconic as its...
  4. India Launched a Moon Orbiter, Lander, and Rover All In One Shot with Chandrayaan-2

    On July 22nd, India launched an ambitious mission to simultaneously deliver an orbiter, lander, and rover to the Moon. Launched from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre on a domestically-built GSLV Mk III...
  5. Control The Suck With This Manual Vacuum Pick-And-Place Tool

    The tapes that surface-mount devices come in may be optimized for automated pick and place, but woe betide those who try to dig components out manually. No matter what size package, the well on the...
  6. Cheap Electric Scooter Gets a Big Brake Upgrade; Unlocks Proper Drift Mode

    The last few years have seen a huge rise in the prominence of electric scooters. Brushless motors, lithium batteries, and scooter sharing companies have brought them to the mainstream. However,...
  7. Remote ADS-B Install Listens in on All the Aircraft Transmissions with RTL-SDR Trio, Phones Home on Cellular

    When installing almost any kind of radio gear, the three factors that matter most are the same as in real estate: location, location, location. An unobstructed location at the highest possible...
  8. Print Your Own Heat Shrink Labels for Factory-Chic Wire Naming

    Heat shrink tubing is great for insulating wires. Labeling wires in a bundle is always useful, too. [Voltlog] has a cheap Brother label printer and discovered he can buy knock off label cassettes for...
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    The Day Hackaday’s Theme Was Broken

    Today at about 10:00 AM Pacific time, Hackaday’s site host had an outage. All websites on the WordPress VIP Go platform were down, and that includes Hackaday. For about 45 minutes you couldn’t load...
  10. The Mighty D Battery Becomes A USB Powerbank

    [Jan] is one of those people who’s always playing around with synthesizers, and in this day and age, that means a lot of USB cables supplying power. If you want to make a synth setup portable, your...
  11. Save a Few Steps on Your Next Build with These Easy Linear Actuators

    A lot of projects require linear motion, but not all of them require high-accuracy linear slides and expensive ball screws. When just a little shove for a door or the ability to pop something up out...
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    Analog Synth, But In Cello Form

    For one reason or another, electronic synthesizing musical instruments are mostly based around the keyboard. Sure, you’ve got the theremin and other oddities, but VCAs and VCFs are mostly the domain...
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    Who’s Going On Your Fifty?

    You can tell a lot about a country, its history and its politics, by taking a look at its banknotes. Who features on them, or in the case of studiously engineered international compromises such as...
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    Revive that old Analog Cell Phone with SDR

    With the latest and greatest 5G cellular networks right around the corner, it can be difficult to believe that it wasn’t so long ago that cell phones relied on analog networks. They aren’t used...
  15. Eight Player GameCube Adapter is Ready for Smash

    With the release of Smash Ultimate fast approaching for the Nintendo Switch, [Patrick Hess] wanted to get ahead of the game and make sure his squad had the equipment they’d need. Namely, support for...
  16. Gyro Controlled RGB Blinky Ball Will Light up Your Life

    [James Bruton], from the XRobots YouTube channel is known for his multipart robot and cosplay builds. Occasionally, though, he creates a one-off build. Recently, he created a video showing how to...
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    Teardown and Repair of a Police Recorder

    You should probably hope you haven’t seen [Techmoan’s] cassette recorder before. That’s because it is a Neal interview recorder that was mainly used by police to tape interrogations. This one was...
  18. The Linux Throwie: Powering a Linux Server with a 300mW Solar Panel

    Have you ever had one of those moments, when you’re rummaging through your spare parts heap, and have a rather bizarre project idea that you can’t quite get out of your head? You know, the ones that...
  19. These Are The 100 Finalists In The Hackaday Prize

    The Hackaday Prize is the greatest hardware competition on the planet. It’s the Academy Awards of Open Hardware, and over the last few years we’ve been doing it, we’ve seen literally tens of projects...
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    FT8: Saving Ham Radio or Killing It?

    It is popular to blame new technology for killing things. The Internet killed newspapers. Video killed the radio star. Is FT8, a new digital technology, poised to kill off ham radio? The community...
  21. Flexible Battery Meter Bends Over Backward to Work

    A lithium-ion battery tester seems like a simple project, at least electrically. But when you start thinking about the physical problem of dealing with a huge range of battery sizes, things get a...
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    How Lasers Actually Work

    Lasers are optical amplifiers, optical oscillators, and in a way, the most sophisticated light source ever invented. Not only are lasers extremely useful, but they are also champions of magnitude:...
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    A Deadly Mix in Benghazi - New York Times

    “Security vacuum,” Ambassador Stevens wrote in his personal diary on Sept. 6 in Tripoli, in one of the few pages recovered from the Benghazi compound.
    “Militias are power on the ground,” he wrote....
  24. Thousands of South Sudanese seeking refuge on UN base remain too afraid to ... - Washington Post

    MALAKAL, South Sudan — The corpses of soldiers, dressed in camouflage fatigues, lay in the streets and ditches. Shop after shop had been plundered, leaving the poor and hungry to scavenge through the...
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    Nationwide manhunt for cop killer - CNN

    FBI wanted poster: "The unknown suspect is described as approximately 5'8" to 6'0" tall...
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