hackaday links


it’s a gorgeous sunday here. probably because we don’t have hurricane dennis bearing down upon us in philadelphia. so while it’s still nice out, lemme throw some links on the grill for you guys to chew up.

the “no parts” pic programmer. [n00bmaster]
the IDE64 project. pretty interesting, a great concept. [patrik]
torrone goes to town with wolfgang puck’s self-heating can. [alex]
make a hot-air pencil for de-soldering chips. [hcker2000]
real life tron via GPS. i don’t know why i never though of this before.

babblefish it if you need to, but these german guys turn miniture “hot wheels” cars into working R/C cars. amazing craftsmanship. i’d love to try one out! [janff]

this is beyond ghetto i don’t even wanna look at it.

but he makes up for it with these sweet longhorn screenshots. [weirdguy0101]


  1. skittles says:

    jesus longhorn looks crappy. remind me to switch to osx asap. on another note that hot air pencil looks very useful, thanks for the link.

  2. smilr says:

    Was it just me, or did the install screens for longhorn lack consistency? I mean – half the clickable controls are green, the other half are white. Then, on top of all this blue with random stuff, we get a SILVER warning – which has the buttons NEXT and BACK? I mean, this is a confirmation, OK would be more applicable I think. Also – that last page, is that it? Do we get status text, progress bars? What else is there?

    Don’t even get me started on the silly “my window elements are transparent, but my content area will never be transparent” thing that the windows have going – I am completely lost as to how to tell when a window is frontmost or not – sometimes it’s control areas are opaque, sometimes not… ::bleah::

    Real world tron looks cool, and that hot air pencil rocks heartily. :)

  3. weirdguy0101 says:

    Holy crap! You guys got my blog 1100 hits! Last time I only got 150!

  4. Rafael says:

    That Windows code-named “Longhorn” build is not the build that will be delivered to beta program participants, nor will it leak from the source of the original screenshots.

  5. jimmys says:

    weirdguy0101, how about wearing a shirt next time you invite people over. Where dat Dremel be at? It detracted from a moderately cool project.

  6. Ryan says:

    Longhorn does look prettier than XP for sure, but I’m not sold on that transparent window thing yet. Screenshots are nice, but I’d like to read a nice first impressions piece from somebody I trust. For all I care Longhorn could look like crap and be completely stable and secure and I’d still use it. I’m not seeing it happening, though.

    Tiger is still better.

  7. ben says:

    That self heating cup looks cool but these work very well too: http://mywebpages.comcast.net/photonstove/stove/HighPerfAlcoholStove.html
    They heat much faster than your average coleman stove.

  8. The No Parts PIC Programmer is cool.

    I built one of these a couple of years ago, used to use it for making dodgy pay tv cards.

    Not muxch use now though :-)

  9. Groxx says:

    *looks at longhorn install screens*
    yay. seems like microsoft came up with a way to cause even -more- problems while installing.
    Screw the pretty installs, give me command line if it works better.
    And what’s with the content not being transparent too? For lack of a better word, that’s retarded to just have the window border transparent…

    I love that hot air pencil… that thing could be useful…

  10. Brian says:

    Those Longhorn shots remind me of when Alien Skin and Kai’s Powertools Photoshop plugins were cool. Everybody really really went nuts with the drop shadows and bevels and gradients and shit, and ya couldn’t swing a cat without hittin’ a 13-year-old “graphic designer” who thought he was the shit.

    In other words, it reminds me of OS X.


  11. manny says:

    yeah these links were hot especially the pen…

    Anyways i was wondering if anyone had designs for a hurricane cam (i live in florida) i want to tape hurricanes from outside, completely unmanned but i want it to be in a waterproof case any ideas?

  12. manny says:

    yeah these links were hot especially the pen…

    Anyways i was wondering if anyone had designs for a hurricane cam (i live in florida) i want to tape hurricanes from outside, completely unmanned but i want it to be in a waterproof case any ideas?

  13. ryan says:

    ok everyone, check out comment #9 on the aluminum foundry, i suggested the smd pen first!!!

  14. jimmys says:

    manny, the enclosure probably is the easy part. I’d suggest an ice chest. Cut a small hole and epoxy clear plastic over that. Enough room for a cheap laptop and extra powerpacks. http://www.supercircuits.com has a nifty hand held video recorder (only 12fps though) if you wanted to go that route.

  15. manny says:

    thanks for this idea but how would i change the battery packs?

  16. eski says:

    Longhorn – quite a dissapointment. From those screenshots, it’s not much you couldn’t do with a program such as WindowBlinds. Undoubtedly, the minimum requirements for the OS will be higher than they should. *Sigh*…. such a waste.

  17. hcker2000 says:

    Just for the record I didn’t get the hot air pen from your post. It was from bit-tech

  18. jimmys says:

    manny,If you know what your power consumption is, you try not to.Be a bit more specific in your requirements.
    My friend has a Nikon (coolpix, I think) that can be set to take a picture every 5 minutes for example, giving you a nice timelapse afterward and can probably run a day or so just on internal battery. If you want a low compression 24hour AVI you need something more substantial, like a computer with a LARGE harddrive or a longrecord VCR. A single 320×240 frame might be 113KB so over the 24 hours (at 30fps) you might need several hundred GB drive space. What is your goal?

  19. dub6 says:

    Yeah, yeah … longhorn whatever.

    The RC cars are dope and it’s all in english here: http://ig.micromotor.org/LKW/lkw_e.html

  20. TheBlunderbuss says:

    For those of you who don’t know, hot air is how you weld plastic.
    A dual purpose tool! Great stuff!

  21. t0ny says:

    “but he makes up for it with these sweet longhorn screenshots. [weirdguy0101]”

    Sweet? An crappy os with a good looking is sweet to you? What you don’t mind the bsod and the new rsod? Ha. Use Linux you can make it look the same as that if you have the time/skill. I’m sorry to flame you. I just really hate m$. For more reasons then I can list :p.

  22. CaptSnuffy says:

    the air pen is nice!

    i saw a thing where some people in japan converted some bit char-gs (small rc cars) into one’s like that by fitting them into hotwheels body’s, they even hooked the original wheels up!

    but who cares about longhorn? everyone knows it’s not going to be innovative, but i hate the videogame industry for trying to be! innovation is ovverated, just do something well.

  23. Shade says:

    As in the article, the military is already using this technology in their new MRE (Meals ready to eat) packs. Its a second pouch included with the meal that you either put the main meal pack in or next to (next to is probably the best idea). Heats up and gives you a nice warm meal!

  24. strider_mt2k says:

    We need more hacks like that memory card abomination.
    I really like how they had to document it, so others could benefit, you know, as a cautionary tale…

  25. Askaris says:

    damn, I was hoping longhorn would be 3d, seeing as Microsoft say you need a good card to get the most out of it. If Bill Gates has finally ironed out all the bugs, I may upgrade, but I’ll read a few review first. If they go down the same route as xp, it’ll just be more eye-candy.

  26. http://www.usbmicro.com/odn/documents/46.html

    Never actually tried this, but it looks easier to build than the SMT pencil posted.

  27. manny says:

    jimmys, here is my plan: Run a video camera during a hurricane outside, i will start it right before the hurricane and want it to run until the hurricane ends, i dont want to hook it to a computer because the camcorder is digital. the tape should last through the hurricane but the power might not, i think i can secure it to the garage door and thread a power adapter to it. but i really need to find somthing that will keep it safe (can take a rock hitting it at high speeds).

    thats my plan and i need your opinion.
    im going to use a cooler but i want to create a camera “box” for extra security, would i want to use plexiglass, acrylic, etc? Any help would be nice thanks

    P.S. the battery supplies DC 7.2v and its a li-ion

  28. madd_matt says:


    I recommend making a box out of thick (1/2 inch) lexan. It should be strong enough to take any rocks flying into it, i use a 1/2 inch sheet and i’ve shot it before and it hasn’t broken, so it should be able to stand up to a hurricane. The best part of it is that its very good optically, so you won’t have a blurry picture from it. You could make a box with all sides cement and a lexan viewing hole, if you feel like taking the time to set cement.

  29. jimmys says:

    Manny, madd_matt’s got a good idea with the lexan if you can do it right. If you don’t weld the seams properly it will collapse with minor skewing force (not direct to any face). Maybe reinforce it with screws and brackets. Whatever you decide, test it by kicking it and throwing a brick at it, or whatever. If it withstands that and it’s well bolted down, it’ll withstand winds and stuff whipped up. The exception would be if a tree fell on it or a tornado gets spawned. Either case gives you more to worry about with your house than your box.

    What kind of camcorder is it? Without knowing its consumption, let’s use this example. If I’ve got a radio that runs at 12v drawing 0.5A and I’ve got a good 12V lead-acid battery with a 7AH (amp hour)capacity, that means I could run my radio on that battery for approximately 14 hours. If you had something that runs at 12V drawing 1 amps, you could run it for 7 hours. Just divide battery capacity by your current draw and you’ll get your battery life.
    If you can’t find a 7.2V high capacity battery, you’ll probably need to get a 12V and add in a 7.2V voltage regulator.

    Lastly, I think I’d try to run it from my high capacity battery exclusively rather than trying to build a switching circuit to switch between power sources.

  30. manny says:

    ive looked and couldnt find any so ive decided to use my other camera that has 2 battery slots (weird?) but i figure ill buy another battery and that should work besides the tape is only 120 min
    180 long play. thanks for all the help ill try to post a link to some video (if i get any)

    P.S. where can i buy lexan, is it avail at home depot or lowes, or do i get it from another place

  31. ryan says:

    hcker2000, you didn’t happen to get it from the mod guides section by a guy handled “I’m_Not_A_Monster” did you? ’cause then you did steal it from me. small world, huh?

    if you do read this, leave a post on the thread mentioning it, because i might forget to check back here.

  32. luke says:

    God Guys! Give MSOFT a break. There getting better at least. i mean, imagine if we were still stuck in the terrible world of Windows 98 Style Errors, “ILLEGAL OPERATION!”.
    I personally dont know what to make of the transperancy effects, but from those shots that OS looks nice.

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