Weekly Roundup 8/20/2011


In case you missed them, here are our biggest posts from the past week.

The post that drew the most attention this week was our own [Kevin Dady]‘s post about how to install Linux on a 386. In this post, he talks about the process that he used to put a functional copy of Linux on an old 386 laptop.

Next up is a post about a robot dog that was found in an antique dealer’s shop in Paris. This post has a very active comment thread.

Following that is a post about a LED cuboid consisting of 2048 bi-color LEDs, which are all hand-soldered. This is definitely a testament to steady hands and a lot of patience.

Next is a hackaday-original video where [Jack] shows how to kill weeds using the transformer from a microwave oven. This one was controversial but like it or hate it, it was popular.

Last, we had a post about a very interesting hexapod. This robot adds a new spin on the hexapod theme by adding the ability to have all of the legs mechanically extend farther out from the center of the body. It also adds spherical shell pieces to the legs that allow it to transform from a walking to a rolling robot.

One final thought: If you are working on an interesting project, why not post your progress on our forums? Have a problem with something that you are working on? We have sections for that as well. Our forums aren’t too active at the moment but we have nearly 90,000 unique visitors at hackaday each and every day so all it may take to whip them into shape is for just a few of you to be early adopters. We would like to start featuring projects and interesting topics from our forums so this may be a way that your project could find its way onto our main page.

Comments

  1. somebody says:

    I had no idea that there is a forum in Had.

  2. Someonecool says:

    I have posted two project things in the hackaday forums, but they had so few views and activity that I gave up and posted elsewhere.

    http://forums.hackaday.com/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=735

    http://forums.hackaday.com/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1023

    http://forums.hackaday.com/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=605

    Though, I do admit, I really like the way the pictures look against the grayish background.

    • Someonecool says:

      I mean, three project things.
      None of which got featured either. :(

    • dan says:

      I feel your pain.

      I didn’t write up projects on the forums, I wrote projects on my own blog, I’ve submitted a few times to the contact lines and been ignored each and every time too…

      Eventually, I just gave up sending in projects to the tip line.

      I figured that there is only a few reasons why any work submitted isn’t featured.

      a) This is an old boys club, -I submit a hack it’s not features, PT writes opinion pieces on other sites and that gets re-blogged. it’s not a what you know it’s a who you know. -I’ve got nothing against this… clearly just wish I was in the clique.

      b) Load of the posts? perhaps there are just too many submissions to work through, so they regularly just delete all. would seem like a crappy way of doing things. I don’t know if my submissions are read, deleted, rejected? without a positive confirmation that the message is even read I’ll never know. I’ll assume it’s rejected, I’m not going to re-submit the same thing over and over. I suspect that they get a lot of messages, so there is little point in making the problem worse.

      c) My work just isn’t that good.

      Out of all the reasons I could think of, I suspect the last.

      I don’t think that posting a project on the hack-a-day forums would make a difference.

      Incidentally the two hacks that I’d submitted were:
      butchering an ATX power supply to make a bench supply: http://ah-screwit.blogspot.com/2011/07/converted-atx-power-supply.html

      and making hifi speakers: http://ah-screwit.blogspot.com/2011/07/floor-standing-hi-fi-speakers.html

  3. 1000100 1000001 1010110 1000101 says:

    Thanks for making this a new category, HaD!

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