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  • The Maker Cat 6:49 pm on August 9, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    To make this flamethrower you need, a candle, a turkey baster, and some powder sugar. Load the sugar in to the baster point it at lit candle as shown and fire away!

  • The Maker Cat 9:51 am on December 12, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    make presents don’t buy them, they are so much more meaningful then stupid PLASTIC CRAP

  • The Maker Cat 9:48 am on December 12, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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  • The Maker Cat 1:20 pm on September 11, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    The Teensy board is a nice, tiny micro-controller. It’s very small but it’s still powerful. It can be programed in the Arduino IDE  and in C.  It can also act as a USB device which can be very useful for making small plug&play USB “thingys”. It’s harder to set up because you have to download three different things to use it (for more information go to the “Teensy” link under “Electronics” on the sidebar). The Teensy will also do things that the Ardiuno can do if you program it in Teensyduino (Arduino IDE). You can do more advanced stuff if you program it in C (I think).

    What really makes the Teensy great is (like the Arduino) its libraries, which make it easy to do more advanced stuff. Like: control a servo,  connect to the internet, and PWM (pulse width modulation). The Teensy a good well priced micro controller board, you should get one (if you know Arduino code it will be easy to learn Teensyduino).

  • The Maker Cat 2:31 am on August 9, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Radio Shack 

    Radio Shack is a good electronics store. You won’t find Arduino or fancy chips, but it does have good stuff. They have cell phones, some fun toys, a lot of a/v stuff, best of all (for me that is) a good amount of hobby electronics (I’ll go into more detail later), and lots more! They have a nice friendly staff, and good prices.

    Radio Shack has a good hobby electronics section. They have lots of different electronic components like LEDs, switches, buttons, resistors, capacitors, relays, basic chips, sensors, and lots more. They have some helpful tools too, like soldering supplies, bread boards (the plastic ones with lots of holes in them), and some cool specialized tools.

    Radio Shack is a good store, stop by a local branch today.

  • The Maker Cat 10:22 pm on August 1, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    The Arduino is a great micro-controller board. The micro-controller that powers the Arduino is a Atmega328 that has moderate processing power. The text based programing language is easy to use and learn. The hardware, and software shouldn’t limit you from doing basic to advanced projects. You can also get Arduino Megas that have more inputs, and outputs.

    Arduino $30

    Arduino Mega $50

    I love my Arduino. Buy one and you will too

    Arduino UNO

  • The Maker Cat 3:13 am on July 18, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Take part a modem 

    I took apart an old modem and I was impressed that all the circuitry was on one board.  The modem I took apart was an old Qwest Actiontec wireless DSL. Other modems should be just as easy to take apart as my modem, if not easier.

    First: Turn the modem over, if you don’t see any screws on the bottom, they’re probably under some little rubber feet. Take the feet off with a knife.

    Note: My modem’s rubber feet are sticky, so I put them on the bottom of my Arduino so that it doesn’t short out, or scratch desks. The feet also help the Arduino stay in one spot.

    Second: Take out the screws that should be under the rubber feet. Save the screws.

    Third: Open the modem’s case. You may need to use a screwdriver to open the case. Save the case for some other project.

    Fourth: Take out the modem’s circuit board, be careful not to break it. Remove the clear plastic light conductor that’s by the indicator lights.

    If your modem worked as a modem before you took it apart, it should still work. Now you have a smaller, case less modem, that’s fun to look at.

    Note: If you couldn’t take your modem apart try a different one.

    Note: A router should not be too hard to take apart.

    Look for follow up posts.

  • The Maker Cat 11:10 pm on July 16, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    I got a servo today! I made it go from 9:00 to 3:00. It is bothersome but good

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