I asked each of the former and current editors to pick out their favorite project featured on Hack-A-Day.
iPod hacking: the ipod is the modern day fm radio our grandfathers grew up tinkering with, i tend to like project that get a wide variety folks interested in. anyone with an ipod can run linux, mod the firmware and get interested in how things work- so, ipod linux and ipod graphics modding are my picks.
As far as sheer wow factor goes, I still find myself re-reading the two high altitude hacks that were covered on hackaday. The accounts of Art Vanden Berg’s autonomous glider and James Meehan‘s linux powered weather balloon are prime examples of the hacker story being told in its most sincere form.
My fav. hardware project was turning a 2600 joystick into a PSP battery. It was a ton of fun doing this project because with Jason’s help, a nice piece of art was created (and later sold with my PSP). The battery was extremely efficient too getting up to 8 hours or more at times of battery life. It’s a pretty easy project to do that’s fun and simple.
My favorite Hack-A-Day post of the year was the Minty MP3 by ladyada aka Limor. The coolness of the design factor, the fact that she posted updates, used an 18LF452 (the low voltage version of the ever popular 18F452) and put up a website, all led me to adore this hack. Open source hardware projects are still few and far between and hopefully her initiative will inspire more people to share detailed hardware and firmware designs.
My favorite so far has been the oil computer because it is so counterintuitive to immerse circuitry in fluid and there aren‘t any similar commercial solutions out there. If there were it’s guaranteed that the cost would be astronomical.