Projects, notes, etc by Will O’Brien


Month: August, 2009

XS850 progress and planning

17 August, 2009 (12:14) | News, Projects |

Relatively little progress on my XS850 – it’s on the center stand now, but my motivation is coming back. Between driving through Sturgis a couple times during bike week, riding a sweet Goldwing and having some other good rides recently, I’m getting the XS back in gear. While I was in Montana, I picked up [...]

Mims on writing ‘Getting Started in Electronics’

17 August, 2009 (10:22) | News |

Mark F has been talking to one of my early inspirations – Forrest M. Mims III. He literally bled to produce that book – well done sir. A while back, Forrest commented on a post  I did for Hack-A-Day – it was a fantastic moment for me. I spent a couple of summers depleting birthday [...]

Hmmm, next project ideas?

12 August, 2009 (22:19) | Projects | 2 comments

I’m trying to decide what my next personal project should be. I’d really like to start producing some to kits to make it easier for others to produce. Here are some ideas on what they could be: RGB door lock – Arduino shield or perhaps a complete kit with the atmega onboard? Remote control window [...]

Deposit checks with your iPhone (review)

12 August, 2009 (08:21) | News, Toys |

I tried out USAA’s check deposit via iPhone last night. It wasn’t too surprising that they did this, they’ve been letting people deposit checks with scanners for quite a while. What surprised me was that the application actually appears to work better than the computer version. I had to retake the photo a couple of [...]