Monthly Archives: August 2010

Reviving a Failed Inverter

In my last post I discussed the building of a solar-powered “reverse UPS” called the Doom Box (a name given for, really, no good reason). To briefly recap, its purpose was to capture, store, and convert solar energy into AC … Continue reading

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The Doom Box: Part I

I’ve long had a fascination for renewable energy – be it from wind, solar, or hydro-electric sources. Perhaps it’s just my penchant for penny-pinching, but the idea of free and (virtually) unlimited energy is something I find quite appealing. So, … Continue reading

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Measuring Projectile Velocity

(Updated 9/6/2010 – scroll down for final results) I’ve got a couple friends who enjoy building spud guns and other sorts of “just for fun” air rifles. They’re pretty nifty to shoot, especially since ammo is flexible. Even a wad … Continue reading

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DreamSpark Plug

What do you think about when you think of Microsoft? An evil corporate giant? Frustrating software? Viruses and worms? Or perhaps you’re actually a fan of M$? Well regardless of your opinion, if you’re a student in high school or … Continue reading

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Fun with FLIR

A little while back I posted about testing a Nichrome heater using a FLIR thermal camera. While I had the opportunity, I snapped a couple other pictures. First off, my laptop, a Lenovo Thinkpad T61p. As you may have guessed, … Continue reading

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