Hackaday links: January 24, 2011

New Project Hosting site

[Paul] wrote in to tell us about his brand new hack hosting service, HackHut. Based on WordPress with some modifications, it is definitely worth keeping an eye on as new features emerge.

Instructabliss

Speaking of project hosting, Instructables are a common source of projects as well as complaints. Instructabliss by [Daid] is an often mentioned solution in our comments, and we thought we would bring it up so commenters don’t have to. We understand why it was made and think it was a clever hack, but we don’t officially endorse it. We survive on Ad revenue, if someone were doing this to us, it would hurt. We’re also not sure about the legalities of such a service, so keep us updated.

Grass Burning Robot

[Sebastian] brings us his grass burning, flame throwing robot. This robot takes in SVG files to create its burn path, and burns away. Not too many details, but be sure to check out the photos on his site.

[via Make]

Comments

  1. Fallen says:

    I would imagine that the HAD and whatever other communities that use instructabliss are so small compared to instructables user base, that this will have very little adverse effect.

  2. amishx64 says:

    I’m pretty psyched about HackHut.

    Also, grass burning robot + golf course + crazy design = lots of head scratching on the green

  3. Juan says:

    It took me a sec… LOL! A doggy poopin’ on the green! HAHAHA!!!

  4. NoNameNeedeD says:

    holly smokes batman.. i might actually look at hacks linked to instructash*t agian… this is nice..

  5. Lance says:

    @amishx64, and some VERY pissed off greenskeepers. My brother worked on a course for a while. If someone vandalized one of his greens with such a machine, he’d be livid.

    I’m all for a good hack, but damaging property is over the line.

  6. TheBadWolf says:

    Hou-Ray to hackhut!

  7. paul says:

    Featured on HackaDay! I feel honored.

    We hope everyone enjoys hackhut, if you have any suggestions please contact us as we are always looking for ideas to improve the site and give you guys the features you want.

  8. Daid says:

    :| my semi legal site featured.

    The instructables are copyrighted materials from the writers of the instructable, not of the website itself. Any user can request to have his/her username blocked from instructabliss. A few did already.

    Also note that I will pull the site down if HackADay would use it in its main article links. My intention is not to steal from instructables. Just to provide an alternative way to read it after you found it. Instructables still has the nice “related” sidebar which can show interesting projects.
    I also had the intention of keeping the instructable ads in, but I could not get that to work.

  9. Daid says:

    Good to know ;-) figured you wouldn’t.

    I hope to build something that’s really HaD worthy soon. Working on something, but it’s quite a complicated build.

  10. Chris Muncy says:

    Good job Daid! I love it.

  11. xeracy says:

    fyi, if HaD turns to shit, like instructables did, you can expect us to use HaDBLISS.com to surf your content. I understand the web is financed by ad revenue, but i refuse to be eye-raped as payment for browsing.

  12. JC says:

    Love the burner thing.

    @xeracy – HAD is a good site, I doubt they need overt threats. I think they understand the deal with too many ads.

  13. hpux735 says:

    For me, instructables isn’t _just_ terrible because of the ads. It’s just a horrible site. Even though I probably have an account there, I never click on the images because you have to login to see them! w.t.f.. I have no love for instructables, and they owe everything to the hacking community.

  14. svofski says:

    instructables boo!

  15. paul says:

    That was how we felt. I hate having to login just to view pictures. That’s why we created hackhut.com, no one ever need login to read ANY part of the content OR to comment. Oh and no eye raping either, yeah that’s pretty important too!

  16. Daley says:

    @hpux735 (and others):

    Agreed. It’s not the ads that keep me off their site, it’s the extremely cumbersome nature of its functionality.

  17. alan says:

    @hpux735

    not sure what the big deal of “logging” in is…

  18. nes says:

    “We survive on Ad revenue, if someone were doing this to us…
    http://www.electronicsinfoline.com/

  19. ss says:

    Login barriers have been known to be a bad idea for a long time, especially the way Instructibles has implemented theirs.

    http://www.codinghorror.com/blog/2007/06/removing-the-login-barrier.html

  20. Bill Porter says:

    “We survive on Ad revenue, if someone were doing this to us…”

    I was going to say it but nes beat me to it. Every time I get featured on HAD, i get trackbacks from 4-5 sites that are direct rips of HAD postings. Most are caught by my spam filter, the rest i delete. There’s only one true HAD in my life.

    Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery right? Maybe Instrucables will get the hint they are turning more people away now.

  21. Bob says:

    The grass burner thing is a cool idea but why go and mess up a golf course? Not only do you spoil it for golfers but give people making things a bad name. Its this kind of moronic disregard that ends up getting things banned.

  22. reza says:

    I use add blocking software and read most of my content from google reader, so they don’t make any money off me in the first place.

    I have an acct. with instructables, but their constant nagging login box does drive me nuts. They also do not provide their content, just a place to host other people’s content — if instructabliss offered hosting service and was somehow able to handle the load without the add content, then i would imagine the content providers would shift over.

    @bob it looks like an improvement to me.

  23. salsaman says:

    1) Best of luck to HackHut, there need to be mroe, easy to use places for people to post projects.

    2) Instructabliss is a rip-off no matter what you think of Instructables. Boo.

    3) That lawn burning robot looks cool, but I need to see video or else it’s only a concept.

  24. paul says:

    @salsaman

    Thanks! We aim to please.

  25. Y’all at HaD have ads?!?!?;-)

  26. paul says:

    A few ads are one thing, but pro membership nags, and login requirements, AND lots of ads is just to much.

    plus who wants to see a link to “how to dress up your cat!” next to their awesome hack

  27. superkuh says:

    Thanks David!

    I was really excited about instructables when it began. I signed up for an account, starting putting things up, etc. But then they implemented the crappy pop-ups, logins, the obstructive content hiding, and generally shitty javascript interface.

    Now if I get linked to instructables I disregard it, not even bothering to log in. Your site is a perfect fix.

  28. zip says:

    I have been boycotting instructathing. I encourage others (HaD) to do the same. Their structure is very irritating and not welcoming. Feels like they do not want to share with everyone. Isent’ hacking also about sharing?

  29. Anonymous Coward says:

    I feel ‘Instructables’ is a bit of a paradox.

    It restricts access to open information while capitalizing on free user generated content.

    Welcome to web 2.0… Open…and SHUT.


    [..you grant Instructables the world-wide, royalty free, perpetual, irrevocable, non-exclusive and fully sublicensable license to use, distribute, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, publicly perform and publicly display such Content solely for the purposes of providing and promoting Instructables.]

  30. Max says:

    Instructables needs to realize that “my way or the highway” is NOT A VALID BUSINESS MODEL on the internet in the 21. century, end of story. Adapt or go extinct – I’m just fine with the latter too.

  31. Daid says:

    To anyone who is against instructables because of the ads: Don’t be stupid, the site lives of ads.

    To anyone who calles me a leech: I don’t provide any links from instructabliss back to my own site. The site is hosted on a home internet connection, on a Via C3 on 700Mhz, so when it gets large amounts of traffic it will fall apart. It just provides access to information that is already available.

    My arguement against instructables is very simple, try to read this instructable: http://www.instructables.com/id/Led-Cube-8x8x8/
    Now try to read it on my site:
    http://daid.mine.nu/instructabliss/?url=http://www.instructables.com/id/Led-Cube-8x8x8/
    And even try to imagine a ad between each step. When you reach step 40, tell me which site you where still using.

  32. walt says:

    @Daid. you rule. thanks for all of your work.

  33. Nuuli says:

    Crop circles, here we go!

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