Ryan Flowers

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So I built an AC Welder from Microwave Oven Transformers.

When I tell people that I built my own welder, I usually get mixed responses. Some people say “Wow, COOL!” and others look at me and probably wonder where the bodies are hidden. Truthfully, my quest to build my own welder started when I didn’t have the money to buy one and desired to learn …

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This is why you should run your own DNS

It would seem that for a couple of major west coast cities (Seattle, San Francisco), things weren’t so Comcastic, as hardware failure caused Comcast’s DNS services to fail. This overloaded the remaining DNS servers, causing DNS resolution failure. This means that any DNS lookups failed or just timed out, and that nobody could get to …

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Slashdot is officially Dead to me.

To my friends over at SoylentNews.com, Slashdot.org has been dead for a long time. But, I admit, for over a year I’ve frequented both sites. Today, that ended. The level of stories has sunk to new lows and new levels of idiocy. But that’s not what did it. Yes, I have more junk to sort …

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Garage Sale Stella Part IV: A New Hope

Although it isn’t legitimately a “Stella” guitar, I sure do like the name. So it’s staying. In Part II, “Pain in the (guitar) neck reset” I explained the problem with the neck and how I was going to go about fixing it. In Part III, “Kamikaze” Neck Reset, I showed you how I used a saw to perform …

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“Kamikaze” Neck Reset

Welcome to Post III in the Stella Garage Sale Guitar series. I picked up the guitar at a sale for $20, and it was unplayable. In this Previous Post I talked about what the problem with the guitar is, and outlined the plan to fix it. The first step was to get a saw that …

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Solar Aircraft starts Six Day Journey

As reported over at my favorite Geek News site ars technica, Solar Impulse 2 began its 6 day five night stay in the sky as it flies from Nanjing, China to Hawaii. If its successful, it’ll not just be the first solar powered aircraft to make this journey but it’ll also be the longest successful …

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Garage Sale Stella: Pain in the (guitar) neck reset

Neck Reset for Dummies The awesome thing about the guitar is that it came with a half decent case that my other guitar fits in. The not so awesome thing is that it’s downright impossible to play. The action (the distance from the fretboard to the strings) is so high (far) that simply pressing down …

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Drone used to save lives in Texas

Now this is what I call proper use of technology. The floodwater was too swift to get somebody to the trailer, and they couldn’t get them a line because it was too far away. In comes a volunteer who uses his drone for good deeds. Because of the drone, they were able to get them …

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Build A 70 Amp Arc Welder

In this post my intent is to show you the original tutorial that I used to build my 70 amp arc welder (pictured left). I built it myself using Microwave Oven Transformers. I intend to build another one this year and will use these instructions again. Since the original site, aaawelder.com is offline, I utilized …

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Garage Sale Stella 12 String Guitar

Got this at a garage sale over the weekend, and the first thing I did was break a string trying to tune it! I got some new strings from Amazon and strung it up, and it plays! Here are some pictures.   [huge_it_slider id=”6″] The guitar is a Silvertone 319.66609, and is one of hundreds of …

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