HADA01 – Editor’s Choice

june launch

I asked each of the former and current editors to pick out their favorite project featured on Hack-A-Day.

Phillip Torrone:

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.

Jason Striegel:

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.

Vince Veneziani:

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.

Fabienne Serriere:

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.

Eliot Phillips:

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.

11 thoughts on “HADA01 – Editor’s Choice

  1. regarding the oil computer comment: fluid submersion seems quite intuitive – the thermal conductivity of oil is 0.17 whereas air is 0.024. the clay, doubtless among other supercomputers, has been using fluid submersion cooling for some time. no offense, but it’s far from original. the real hacker element is in making the technology more practical – Flourinert is the fluid of choice for these systems, and has a thermal conductivity of 0.063, and a price tag of a shitload. oil takes the price tag wayy down, and works more effectively to boot.
    it’s my favorite hack here too!

    i’ll let you guys know if i pull off my water (0.58) submersion idea

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