Friday, 2 November 2012

Watch films on your PS3 via PC with PS3 Media Server


Soo, I wanted to see if it was possible to play big video files (over 4 GB in size) on the Playstation 3.

This, however, didn't really work out. The PS3 won't recognise any drive that's connected to it, if it is formatted with NTFS. It will recognise FAT32 though.

Naturally, this sucks though.
For those who don't know, the maximum size of a file on a FAT32 drive can only be 4 GB.
That file size limit is way too small for these days, where we have 1080p in most devices.

To watch that file, I would have to split the file into chunks that are under 4 GB in size. That's only time consuming, diminishes quality and annoying.
Thankfully, there is a way to watch and view your pictures and movies on your Playstation 3 with the help of a computer and some software!
Works with Linux/Mac OS and Windows!

Thursday, 18 October 2012

Analogue Gauge Jitter with an Arduino


You know that classic movie moment when some pipe or other critical component is about to burst and explode? Most commonly used in submarine movies.

They normally show the impending doom with a gauge, with the needle WAY past the "Super Dangerous: Seek shelter if pointer is past this point!" mark.

Of course, the needle won't just stay in that position, it will bounce around (within the above mentioned mark) to give that extra edge of "shit's going down, yo!".

Imagine dramatic music playing

So, today, you will learn how to replicate this effect!

How to connect the analogue gauge:

You should have two wires coming out from the gauge. One positive and one negative.
Connect the positive end to Arduino's Pin 9 and the negative to Arduino's GND.

Now upload this code:
int gaugePin = 9;    

void setup(){}

void loop()

  analogWrite(gaugePin, random(7,10));

 ...and you're set!

 This is a quick 'n' dirty solution, but I'm happy with it as it only needs one line of code to work!

How it works:

The code generates a random number and sends that to the gauge, changing it's position. The delay() determines the speed of the jitter. Change the speed (marked red) and random number range (marked in blue) for varying effects!

Keep in mind:
You will need to experiment around to see where your gauge's maximum range is.
Mine was around 11, so I used the range between 7 and 10 for a more pronounced jitter!

It's awesome coolio.

Have fun and let me know if you build this into any of your projects!

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Time-lapse with a Canon SX220HS


Time-lapse (and slow-mo) videos have always interested me, so I finally made a short one myself!

As is evident by the post title, a Canon SX220HS was used. It had the Canon Hack Development Kit installed, though that was only for the intervalometer.

I will be covering the use (and how-to's) of the CHDK in a later post.

But for now, enjoy this waaaay too short video!
It's in 1080p!

You'd be best off watching it on YouTube. The embedded size of the video here is.. small.

Let me know what you think by leaving a comment (and a like!) on YouTube!

I've already got loads planned, so stay tuned.

Sunday, 23 September 2012

A Homemade Macro Lens for Phones


Here's a little tip to get your mobile phone to take great macro pictures.
The best part? It'll cost you next to nothing!

You will need an old CD or preferably a DVD burner drive from a computer, a mobile phone and some adhesive putty/rubber.

So, let's get started!

Saturday, 22 September 2012

How to disassemble a CD/DVD drive


If you have wanted to take a CD or DVD drive apart but always wondered if loosening that one screw would cause the apocalypse, I can now give you a guide on how to avoid that!

First, you'll need a drive. Any will do as they're built similarly. For my demonstration I'll be using an old LG CD-ROM drive.

Got one? Good, let's get to it!

Friday, 14 September 2012

Disassembly 1: Orion FK-4001

What up?

This post is one of the first (of many) where I take something (tech) apart and show you the gritty insides!

So, let's go!

Our first victim will be this old fax, which is one of my most recent acquisitions.

Looks harmless enough.

It was broken and it's old so, naturally, I did what any sane person would do.

Thursday, 30 August 2012

Samsung Galaxy Camera

Yesterday Samsung announced a camera that's also a phone.

Or is it a phone that's also a camera?
'tis both!

Either way it's something new and exciting and it's sure gonna be turning some heads along the way.

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Ewan Dobson - Amazing Guitarist

From time to time I like to post thing that I feel people should see, be it because it's hilarious, freaky or cool.

This guy though, whoah.

Downright awesome.

Not only does he play great but it also has quite a bit of feeling behind it, listen (and see) for yourself:

Friday, 27 July 2012

Raspberry Pi preorder!

Hey guys,

for those who don't know what the Raspberry Pi is: it's a miniature computer, capable of running Linux distros from an SD card. It features HDMI, USB, 3.5mm jack and a composite RCA for video.
Also, various pins for programming.

And all of that for a very low price.

Pictured: Electronic Pie
Due to them being sold out faster than free money at a bank, I had to wait a few weeks to even get a mail confirming I can place an order!
So I basically ordered an order.


Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Arduino + Floppy = Music!

I recently got myself an Arduino UNO and did the usual first-time experiments with it (making an LED blink, moving a Servo motor and so on).

That got boring, fast. So I did the logical thing.  Try to connect the closest thing to me to the Arduino!
 Turns out I had a few floppies lying aroun.

First thing was to make sure they worked, so I wired them up to a computer and checked.

All of 'em worked.

Monday, 6 February 2012



finally got some new and sweet hardware for ma computer, check it out:

AMD FX-6100 6-Core processor, currently running at 3.3 Ghz stock. Soon to be OC'd, of course.

16 Gigabyte (4x4) CORSAIR Vengeance DDR3 CL9 Memory

ASUS M5A78L-LE (AM3+) Motherboard. No fancy gimmicks, just does what it does best.

NVIDIA GTX 260 with 896 Mb GDDR3 memory.

Sunday, 5 February 2012



I finally gave in to peer pressure and registered a Twitter account!!/SomeThingsTech

Pretty empty looking for the moment, but it did just hatch.


Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Clever blog titles are for winners!

Hey peeps, how's it going?

Hope your Christmas and New Year's was good and all that.

I still haven't gotten my phone back, so no  firmware flashing guide yet, but there will be one!

Bethesda still hasn't released the Creation Kit for Skyrim, even though they said they would by the end of January...