Antec ISK 110 case front

My Antec ISK 110 review – 21 pics and some thoughts

Been quite a while since my last case review, but while waiting on a motherboard to arrive, I figured it was time for another!

64-bit Linux ISO for Mac with 32-bit EFI

Linux DVD images (and how-to) for 32-bit EFI Macs (late 2006 models)

Apple’s 32-bit EFI implementation on late 2006 Macs makes it tricky to get 64-bit Linux distros installed. Tricky, but not impossible…

HandBrake on ARM comparison

HandBrake 0.10.5 nightly and ARM (ARMv7) – short benchmark and how-to

Compiling HandBrake on ARM. No, not that thing attached to your hand, silly! Not unless your arm runs Ubuntu (and if it does, you might be a Borg in which case you may as well assimilate this information anyway).

Handbrake m4 issue

Working around hiccups when compiling Handbrake on Linux

Issues I’ve run into a few times when trying to compile HB on fresh Ubuntu installs, and the “solutions” that I’ve come up with.

lscpu of the ARM

ARMv7 for a website? A quick and dirty (and horribly unfair) test!

Looking at a dedicated ARM server. They can handle phones and tablets, but can they handle… a website!?

Tiller Wheel Shaft

Southland Rear Tine Tiller Review – Nice, simple, cheap tiller

A look at one of the lowest cost rear-tine tillers available.

Main nuts and switches

“Honda clone” chinese carb – partial disassembly and cleaning (with images)

Taking apart a “Honda Clone” (aka “Chinese Clone”) carberetor and doing some cleaning.

8/10/12-bit HandBrake on Mac OS X

HOW TO: 10-bit x264 and 10/12-bit x265 encodes with HandBrake! (Mac OS X, Linux, Windows)

A few 8/10/12-bit libraries (and in some cases, binaries) that I put together for encoding in HandBrake.

Gigabyte H55M-UD2H bios settings for headless support

Off with his head! (headless GA-H55M-UD2H)

I decided to use my old Gigabyte H55M-UD2H motherboard in a NAS server I was putting together. While I was fine with using a video card to install the OS, I didn’t want the video card sucking up the extra watts while it was running. Turned out, getting this Gigabyte motherboard to boot headless wasn’t too terribly difficult.

GLW 50W Flood LIghts

A look inside 2 GLW “50 Watt” LED Flood Lights

Recently grabbed a couple “50W” led flood lights. Electrically hazardous, missing screws, and mislabelled drivers – what’s not to love?!

pH meter used for testing

My attempts at adjusting pH (for plants) with vinegar and citric acid

Here I adjust the pH of water used for watering plants grown indoors. Tap water + pH meter + vinegar/citric acid.

BladeRunner Atom MAV - The goodies in the box

BladeRunner Atom MAV: A review and Mode4 to Mode2 conversion how-to

Looking at the little Atom MAV nano, and an in depth guide for soldering to convert this quadcopter from “Mode 4” to the more common “Mode 2” controls.

Air Hogs Helix Ion - The Hand Size comparison

The Helix Ion: Durable, a bit clunky, and has an interesting charger (quadcopter review)

The Air Hogs almost-indestructible “Helix Ion” quadcopter – a quick look.

Bridge rectified LED

Running LEDs (almost) directly from AC – a brief overview / how-to

Running LED’s from a simple bridge rectifier: a look at my little project.

Bridgelux Vero vs Cree CXB efficiency

Looking for the best LED efficiency: Vero 29 vs CXB3590 vs CXB3070

Collecting data from Bridgelux/Cree datasheets and the Cree tool, and figuring out what’s the most efficient way to go… within reason.

15W Greenhouse LED grow light - Turned on (1/2)

Going cheap: Looking inside the “Greenhouse 15 watt 126-led”

A look inside (yet another) E27-based grow LED… this time, a mid-priced model that looked cheap from the get-go, and despite being advertised as 15W, only pulls 3W from the wall.

130W unbranded LED grow light -

Disassembling a generic 130W (132x1W) UFO grow LED

Opening up another UFO grow light. This time, a 130W grow LED that uses 132x1W leds (SMD5630). I take a look at the internals, measure the voltage, make comparisons to previous leds, etc.

The 54W and 80W grow lights

A Tale of Two “high watt” E27 grow LED’s

A look at a couple grow LED’s that fit in a standard light socket, and are heavily over-rated.

Galaxy Hydro 135W LED Front

Galaxyhydro 135w UFO – an inside look at this grow LED

A look at the “guts” of the Galaxy Hydro 135W LED grow light. Here’s hoping for some tasty tomatoes!

Quick Fix: Plastic Impact Sprinkler sticking

If you got one (or more!) of the low cost plastic spring-loaded impact sprinklers that tend to come in 2-packs, you may have found that one (or both) of them have a tendency to stop rotating. Whether it’s made by Orbit, Yardworks, Nelson, or another brand, the plastic models tend to be cheaply made and a