Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Do you know anyone who makes their own clothes? Or who sews a significant amount? They may use an industrial sewing machine. These things are monsters... seriously, we're talking some serious torque... As a consequence many users complain that they lack sensitive controls... Lady Ada of Adafruit Industries fame has a great write-up over at her blog explaining how to change the pulley to decrease the overall max speed to better harness their killing- I mean sewing power... There's also a really interesting comments section that has some very insightful users offering other less technical tricks such as putting a nerf ball under the foot-pedal to similarly provide more sensitive controls...
You can check out the full article here

Have fun!

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posted by Marcus at 11:39 PM | 0 comments
Saturday, December 1, 2007


Ok, just one more post today... blogging can such a welcome distraction from things... This one is from a wonderful site called Antiyawn.com... Definitely a blog after my own heart... lots of great articles and very funny through and through... We've covered pop machines, the "claw" game and photocopiers... but how about Coinstar machines? It seems in exchange for taking your change they charge you 9% for services rendered... Consequently, it has been revealed that by selecting the "gift card" option and unplugging the phone cable from machine before the transaction completes... well, just check it out over at Antiyawn.com

That's all for today...
Really!

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posted by Marcus at 5:56 PM | 0 comments
Just a small post today... There's a particularly concise article over at Hackaday introducing the basic elements of soldering. This is the sort of guide that's great for people (like myself) who do not have electrical engineering degrees... but still wish to get into basic electronics as a hobby. Nowadays many sites like Adafruit.com have many awesome kits that are really designed with beginners in mind... Who couldn't think up something to make with Arduino?? Useful articles like these are a great first step...
You can read the article here.
Until next time!

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posted by Marcus at 5:09 PM | 0 comments
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