Archive for the 'Mr. Fixit' Category

Mind Mapping Software

Thursday, August 6th, 2009

Does anyone have experience working with mind mapping software? What I’d really like to see is a product that runs on the desktop as a floating object – a la Adobe Air apps, or as they can be. The idea is that I don’t want to have to run an application each morning, I’d rather [...]

Smallest, and Newest Member of the Empire’s Finest

Sunday, October 19th, 2008

Guess who has the coolest costume on the block? Balthazar does! His best (and only) Uncle-figure went all out and got together a suit of youth Storm Trooper gear for Balthazar this year. He’s been working on it for a while now and it’s finally finished. Sunday, he brought it over [...]

Seasonal Inspiration

Friday, October 5th, 2007

At this time of year, every year, I start getting a fever for some serious woodwork. For some reason, the change to Fall brings out the craftsman in me and I begin planning new designs and reviewing old plans for carpentry projects I’d like to do. Some are extreme, long-term projects like a [...]

Geeked Out at 1:00am

Saturday, August 11th, 2007

It’s now 2:30am Saturday morning and I’m finally getting home to get some sleep. Soon, anyway. I was with Jeff McClure working on a Ghostbusters Proton Pack replica. He got some new parts for it and had since lost the sound and light synchronization. I wasn’t sure what I was in [...]

Speaking of DiY PC Projects…

Saturday, July 28th, 2007

How familiar are you with that acrid smell of burning electrical components in expensive computer equipment? That smell that pricks your nose to alarm at 100′ from behind sealed doors…
I was reacquainted with this noxious odor this afternoon while trying to reanimate an old Shuttle Intel P4 system I had laying around. It has [...]

DiY PC: Antec Truepower Trio 650W (PSU)

Monday, July 16th, 2007

Now that I have a case, the Antec Nine Hundred if you remember, I needed to get it powered…adequately. I went through quite a bit of research to try and figure out how much power I would need, but in the end I found it more difficult…and inexact to do the “right” thing. [...]

HyrdoPower!

Saturday, June 30th, 2007

A while back I wrote about getting my water pressure back from the PSI trolls. It turns out, I was too ignorant to know what real water pressure was like and misjudged my victory. So recently I set out to avenge this injustice. I contacted the local water company to have a [...]

WP Plugin: Notify on Draft Post

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2007

I contribute to a few other blogs out there as I’m able, all of which are WordPress-based like this one. A seemingly simple function has been lacking in my mind, and the community seems to agree with me. But for some unknown reason, the answer has not been produced until now.
My first WordPress [...]

4-Wheel Disc Brakes

Sunday, February 25th, 2007

If you’re about to do your first set of 4-wheel disc brakes, read this first! I’ll save you some frustration and a sore hand.
My 2005 Mazda3 was up for new brakes and that’s the kind of work I will do myself. What I didn’t realize was that rear wheel disc brakes involve some [...]

Zune Wish List

Sunday, February 18th, 2007

I couldn’t find a place to send my Zune wish list, so hopefully the Microsoft product managers are reading my blog…
Zune Hardware:
Alphabet ToC Navigation in addition to click-wheel
Ratings categories (so I can play 4-star or 5-star music only, for instance)
The ability to remove songs from my “quicklist”
Setting EQ attributes to a song or album uniquely
Inline [...]