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Turn Your RockBand Rums Into MIDI Drums

EvanKale over at Instructables shows us how to converted RockBand or Guitar Hers Drum set into a MIDI drum controller using an Arduino, a real MIDI drum set that can interface with digital audio workstations like Ableton Live, FL Studio, Pro Tools, etc.    Step 1: Watch the video!   Step 2: What you’ll need   We’re going to need an Arduino. I chose to use the Arduino UNO because I

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Controlling Fireworks With a Raspberry Pi

Check out this great tutorial by Chris Osborn over at Intentricity. Power is provided by a 12V sealed lead acid (SLA) battery. I have the 12V battery go into my switch box which has two lighted switches on it, the output of one switch goes to the switching regulator to power the Pi, the other switch has one of those flip-down safety covers and goes through the relays to the fireworks.  

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DIY Electrolytic Acid Etching

Here is a great DIY Hack brought to you by kurtck over at Instructables. Electrolytic Acid Etching on an Aluminum Brew Kettle, check it out.     Supplies: Brew kettle 1/4 cup White vinegar 1/4 tsp Salt Fresh 9-volt battery Electrical wire (speaker wire worked for me) Electrical tape or other masking medium Q-tip Stencils 1. Measure out exactly one gallon of water and pour into your kettle. Mark the 1 gallon mark

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Makeshift Electrical Generator

Learn how to make a 40 Watt Electrical Generator from a cordless drill and a few household items. With this makeshift generator you can charge a phone, illuminate small lights, and make electricity. This DIY project is brought to you by The King Of Random.   Note: This project is intended to be a “bare-bones” approach to generating electricity in a tight situation. There are no voltage regulators, no diodes and no

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Eskom National Power Blackout – Survival Tips & Tricks

It’s always best to be prepared in case of a total national power blackout which could last for weeks so keep these handy DIY tips in mind. In addition to these you may want to stock up on water because the water being delivered to your home are done so using electronically powered pumps and even the water filtration system runs on electricity. Cash is also good to keep on hand

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Create Your Own Spooky Effects

For those fortunate enough to have an un-used projector or flatscreen TV laying around, why not put them to some good use creating realistic looking spooky effects. AtmosFX is a Seattle-based creative studio pioneering a new way to decorate for holidays and special events. Head over to http://atmosfx.com/ for some great ideas to trick friends and family with illusions that will blow their minds and not your wallet. There are some great easy

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FREE Hidden Electricity !

Here is a handy little hack in case of an emergency and you desperately need power to charge your cell phone or even power a small LED when the power goes out. Let’s face it Eskom’s power problems is not going to go away anytime soon so we have to come up with clever ways to harness power when we need it most and in this blog post I want

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LG Plasma TV Teardown

So you got your self an old broken plasma TV laying around and perhaps you thinking of opening it up to salvage some of the parts or maybe you want to try and fix it or perhaps you just want to take it apart for fun. Before you do take a look at this video from David Jones opening up his old Plasma TV and gives us a great run down

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Battery Powered ADSL Router

Did you know that you can run your ADSL Router on a 12 volt battery? In the video below you will see how that’s possible using a standard 12v 7ah battery which are fairly in-expensive and can be found at most hardware stores. This is a great backup solution when the power goes out and you still want internet access to pass the time, running your ADSL router on batteries you

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UPS Multiplug Hack

With all the power cuts recently thanks to Eskom and their “Load Shedding” I decided to re-use my old APC UPS to power something other than my computer and monitor. With the Multiplug plug hack I connected the conventional “Kettle” plug cable to an ordinary household 220v multiplug adapter. So far I was able to power my Telkom ADSL router, 8 port switch, PlayStation 3 and even a hair clipper.   !!!WARNING!!!

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