Amahi Home Server Plug Edition

A $99 Sheevaplug, a USB hard drive, and some free software equals an easy to use and VERY LOW POWER home server. What I’m talking about is the Amahi Linux Home Server, or what Amahi calls a HDA, for “Home Digital Assistant.” Each HDA delivers all the functionality you...

Yankee Steam-up October 2nd

Yankee Steam-Up For model makers, Machinists, Engineers & HistoriansSaturday October 2, 20108:00AM-4:00PMCountdown to Steam-Up: 1300 Frenchtown Road, East Greenwich, RI 02818 Steam & Compressed Air for Models. Licensed Boilers & Licensed Engineers. New Englands Largest Steam-Up Boiler. Giant Working Steam Engines & Hot Air & IC. Admission, $15.00         Exhibitors,...

Big ideas from small packages

Sometimes, it’s the smallest things that get my mind racing. My current project (not telling yet) is based in a Sheevaplug, literally a 5 watt Linux server hidden in a wall wart! Inside the SheevaPlug there‚Äôs a 1.2GHz ARM embedded processor, 512MB of DDR2 memory, 512MB of FLASH storage,...

The Peek Classic

The Peek Classic is a simple inexpensive email (and texting) hand held. Think of it as what the original Blackberry’s were like but only thinner, lighter, and cheaper. My first reaction was, “What’s the market for such a niche product?” Now here I sit, a Peek owner and fan....

Straight Talk Prepaid Cell Phone (Part 2)

This is a good time to followup on my review of Straight Talk prepaid cellular service and the Samsung 451C cellphone. So I’ll get right to the point, Straight Talk continues to provide the excellent coverage and quality I was accustom to from my previous provider, Verizon. This isn’t...

Robot Art

My first “real job” was working for a machine vision guided robotics startup and ever since I’ve been hooked on robots. OK, there is a bit of boyish love of toys there as well but robots have a magical appeal I don’t feel just writing software. So it’s not...

MONOCHRON – Ultimate Pong Clock

I’ve seen a number of cool retro clocks recently but the MONOCHRON takes top honors. The folks at Adafruit have produced a really beautiful open source kit but the clean industrial design by Amanda ‘w0z’ Wozniak sets this clock apart. Nice job … gals....

Snow Leopard Olympic Glory

Ghanaian olympic skier Kwame Nkrumah-Acheampong “The Other Snow Leopard” has overcome some incredible odds just to make it to the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games. Don’t assume Kwame is the “Eddie the Eagle” of 2010 … the man can ski. Granted, the odds aren’t in his favor but we’re pulling...

Straight Talk Prepaid Cell Phone

I was getting a little tired of my Verizon cell phone plan. Two phones for $69.99 with 700 shared minutes and unlimited mobile to mobile. Problem is the bill was over $86 after the added Verizon and government surcharges/taxes. That’s a lousy deal in anyone’s book. I decided to...

IBM Cell-BE SIgnal Processor

Wow, I’ve been offline for way too long. What would have me so engrossed, you ask? Would you believe a project built off an IBM Cell-BE processor? Now at 45nm, this processor is a small wonder. I must say that I had my doubts when I started to evaluate...