Category: Geeky Stuff

Diagnosing Car Battery Trouble, the Geek Way

On a recent trip to go see Weird Al’s Ridiculously Self-Indulgent, Ill-Advised Vanity Tour (which was amazing by the way!) I had some car trouble. My Corolla just would not start. Sometimes it did fine, but other times, it simply refused to turn over fast enough to start. Getting Home with a dead battery Being 250 miles …

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A One Man Mission to Restore a Historic Sailing Yacht

Imagine for a moment that you were somebody who’s been building and crewing boats as a career for some time. Now, you have the opportunity to buy a boat that needs some work. But it’s not just any boat that needs work. It’s a hundred and eight year old sailing vessel called “Tally Ho”. What’s …

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Matlock Old Timer’s Fair 2018

On May 6, 2018 I attended the Matlock Old Timers Fair. Situated about 30 minutes from my current home in the tiny town of Matlock, Washington, I have to admit that I wasn’t expecting a whole lot, but I am glad to say that my expectations were exceeded.  My friend Donnie and I left our …

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Time Lapse Camera with the Raspberry Pi Zero W: Part 1

Today we’ll talk about using the Raspberry Pi Zero W to make a Time Lapse camera that can also be used for home security.  But first, I’m going to get a little meta with The Blog. I haven’t been posting a lot on The Blog lately, mostly because I’ve been quite busy with Real Life. My …

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A Simple 5v Power Supply for Arduino, U3S and more

Many electronics experimenters and builders take the lowly 7805 regulator for granted, and we pop it in a circuit without a second thought and move along. But for beginners who are wondering how to power their Arduino or other 5 volt project (such as the QRP Labs U3S) from a 12v-13.8v power supply, the 7805 …

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