HOW-TO: Create an on/off box

The HOW-TO for today is up and you can go read it over at Engadget. It’s pretty rad for musicians or audiophiles

Also, congrats to reader [j guillory] for being the first with a great quality, MPG version of the All-American Rejects performance on Letterman. He’s won himself a prize pack with a t-shirt, stickers, and some buttons! Congrats! You can view the video here (if it’s still up). Great performance. All runners up (like 3 others) will get extra stickers and buttons in their next sticker SASE.

Also note I’m no longer giving out buttons. I have about 20 left that we need for Defcon. So sorry folks, stickers for now. Buttons will be re-ordered probably. We also will be selling t-shirts soon. Maybe even packs. Like a t-shirt, sticker pack, and a few buttons for a good price. Exciting eh? Go read the HOW-TO, watch the video, and sit back for Defcon. <3


  1. alex says:

    cool and all, but that “hack” is just a switch and an led.

  2. alex says:

    cool and all, but that “hack” is just a switch and an led.

  3. bob smith says:

    that tutorial sucks!

  4. e says:

    lol @ comments, i kept thinking there was something else coming… nope just a switch in a box
    i dont understand there is a dc adapter just to power the led?

  5. eric jeffers says:

    damn, i sent a dvd in the mail today with the aar performance from the letterman show, i wanted that dam proze pack

  6. frk says:

    i second the sucking tutorial. it’s a decent idea, but implemented like crap. it basically says put everything in the box and wire it up. for a tutorial it would be nice to have a bit of theory on what your hooking up and where. hook it up to what? no wiring schematic and the pictures show very little. please edit the pictures and bring out the details. it’s great that you have a bass in the background, but crop and set your levels so we don’t have to be distracted by it. plus the parts list is lacking in where actually to obtain the parts. for a first project, it lacks a lot of detail.

    don’t get me wrong. i appreciate people putting up tutorials on projects. but give some decent info so that it can be followed.
    ( and what’s with the killing my correct use of caps? )

  7. alex says:

    its hip to have everything lowercase these days.

  8. Zach says:

    damn, i had the video up completely within 20 minutes of the show… was mine not high enough quality?

  9. ryan says:

    a switch and two 1/4″ plugs… whoooo… better wiat ’til i get my electrical engineering degree…

  10. Zach says:

    eh, oh well, if anyone wants it (the other appears to be down) go at it until my bandwidth is used up/the mpaa hunts me down.

  11. Zach says:

    sorry, mine is down, i ended up having to make room for something else. if someone wants it, just ask or email

  12. complxor says:

    why did the guys with the rec of the show got stuff, was it a contest or something?

  13. carpespasm says:

    i didn’t know ramsy was still doing leet hacker tips. next we watch some boob bbq a laptop…

    maybe we need a hackaday kiddy section, for say the under 12 crowd. serious thought, it could have things like basic soldering, crap like this, messing with the flash unit in a disposable camera… (getting shocked by those and blinding your classmates on middle school feild trips was always a good way to kill time on the bus.)

  14. jerry says:

    next up, how to cut a board in half.

  15. windwaker says:

    when making it look good is the hardest thing in a how-to, there’s kind of a problem. :p

  16. carpespasm says:

    “next up, how to cut a board in half.”

    does the board have a hackaday sticker on it and a guitar behinf it?

  17. eric says:

    hey everyone, be quiet!!!!!!

    there are some of us out here who don’t know much about electronics and such, and this is a good way to get started

  18. datwstddevil says:

    i need to make some shirts for my club. i need a link to cheap tshirt making less than 4 bucks a shirt? i know hackaday bought cheap shirts lol
    send the website link to
    remember i’m going to be using my club logo on these shirts

  19. tech says:

    ehh, i was expecting a little more from the how-to… =/

    and i didnt know we were having a contest for the shirts and stickers yet. =[ i thought we had to send in something like ‘hacks’ for that?? you know, so we earn it?

  20. Nik says:

    perfect i need one of those

  21. jimmys says:

    there’s no rating system so you don’t know if it’s going to be advanced material or a very basic “how to wire a switch”. i like finding the equivalent of a “hello world!” example when i’m learning something brand new. i know some ee so this wasn’t informative and i can make fun of that crappy bass.

  22. jimmys says:

    oh yeah, and with all this swag it’s starting to look like g4 tv. can i get some factor gear for kids?

  23. skab says:

    ~lemme but it to ya this way: if someone sent you that tutorial as their hack, would you post it? i doubt it.

  24. chris says:

    when i sent for buttons all i got back was an empty envelope :'(

  25. Schuby says:

    i’m looking for the aar video, anyone still have it?

  26. windwaker says:

    well put, skab/#23.

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