Projects, notes, etc by Will O’Brien


Category: Toys

Hacking the eye-fi to keep your data home

14 March, 2009 (23:36) | Projects, Toys | 8 comments

The eye-fi is pretty sweet. However, the built in client connects to the eye-fi manager, which hands off your data to the eye-fi servers. In order to keep my data home, I had to cut out the manager. Using the afore mentioned python script to act as an agent on my ubuntu server, I added [...]

Eye-fi: handy for the lazy geek

13 March, 2009 (10:10) | Toys | 1 comment

I can’t count how many times I’ve forgotten to download pictures at home, then wanted to access the data that was firmly locked away on my camera at home on the following days. Enter the Eye-Fi: a SD memory card that contains a wireless chip-set and an on-board client that uploads your photos as you [...]

What is the deal with TQFP ZIF sockets?

12 March, 2009 (19:21) | Toys | 3 comments

Most ZIF sockets aren’t exactly cheap, but TQFP sockets are in the range of insanely stupid pricing. I’m pondering a TQFP programmer that I can pop the chips into, but most of these little guys are $150 or so. I asked Bunnie, one of the more hardware savvy people I’ve met about it – and [...]

Photography fun

12 November, 2008 (00:09) | Projects, Toys |

I finally got around to building a fairly small photo box for lighting small project pieces. This little guy was shot inside the box with pretty cruddy lighting. I upped the levels a bit, but for a first try with just florescent light, I’m happy. The box itself really is pretty small… It’s a cardboard [...]

Behold, the Sumo Sac.

3 November, 2008 (15:52) | Toys |

Earlier this year, I got the chance to add a Sumo Sac to my family room. It’s essentially a gigantic beanbag filled with an entire couch (sans wood chips). My model weighs in at a mere 60 lbs. When it’s stretched out, it’s absolutely huge. Virtually everyone who sees it immediately tries to jump on [...]

O-scope fun fun

1 November, 2008 (22:48) | Toys |

I’m finally getting around to replacing my long lost oscilloscope. If you’re hunting for one, ebay has a great selection. Here’s a rather nice intro to the used scope market . I decided to hunt for a tektronix since they’ve been around for so long. The 465 series appears to be a great choice, but [...]

Sweet little firewalls

22 October, 2008 (22:09) | Toys | 2 comments

I’ve been spending most of my week in training for netscreen firewalls. We’ve been using quite a few of the inexpensive SSG5 units (along with a few big hairy ones in the core network) to deploy all sorts of VPNs, firewalled networks and various network builds. These little boxes are quiet (no fans), small and [...]

New camera in the stable

11 June, 2008 (14:01) | News, Toys |

Since I sold off my ike housing and coolpix 5000, I decided to add an inexpensive digital camera to my arsenal for scuba diving. The ideal cam probably would have been an olympus c5050, or a powershot s70. Since I’m on a tight budget, I couldn’t resist a brand new Canon WP-DC800 underwater housing for [...]

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