Monday, April 29, 2013

Makeshift nut driver

I was taking apart an IBM keyboard from 1991 for restoration when I hit a snag. Instead of regular screws, the case was held together by hex head screws. I didn't have a socket long or small enough to fit in the hole and reach the screw. I needed a specific nutdriver, but I prefer not to buy tools that I'd rarely use again in the future. So I fabricated a tool out of a spare bolt.

I took a bunch of extra pictures this time because I wanted to test out a new 35mm macro lens that I got for my camera.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

New road bike

I've been thinking about upgrading, so I sold my single-speed bike to a buddy after we did CicLAvia together earlier this month. I soon found my next bike on craigslist, a 2008 Fuji Roubaix.

Tear down, clean in, tune up.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013


This old TiVo that we have at work kept making weird noises for about a week. When I finally had time to go check it out, I found that it was stuck on the boot screen. The noises came from the disk drives starting and stopping every time it reset itself. I thought it was a hard drive error, but a few days later, it stopped turning on at all.

I took it apart and tested the individual pieces. The dvd and hard drive worked fine connected to a computer. But when I checked the the power supply with a multimeter, it was outputting the wrong voltage. A lowly 0.5 volts on what should be a 5 volt rail. We ordered a new power supply online, swapped it out, and now it works again.

Thursday, April 11, 2013


This is my everyday-carry, EDC, stuff I take with me every day in my bag. (Totaling 2lbs 13oz)