• A CNC makes a handy mill

    17 Aug | 12
    • in Misc • 
    • by FozzTexx

    Broken clip Last week when I was climbing into a car my phone caught the seatbelt buckle and broke the Contour Showcase iPhone case. It had caused the clip to twist enough that it broke the piece that holds the spring and axle in place. The little plastic piece that broke off got lost so there was no way I was going to glue it back together. Plus I don't think glue would have held very long anyway. I considered using epoxy and making a big blob and then sanding it down and drilling a...

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  • Getting tg3 driver to load broadcom dependency

    10 Aug | 12
    • in Computers • 
    • by FozzTexx

    If you've ever had a problem getting the tg3 driver to work, you've probably encountered something like this: [ 2.093513] tg3 0000:03:00.0: No PHY devices [ 2.093531] tg3 0000:03:00.0: Problem fetching invariants of chip, aborting After googling you found that you need to load the broadcom module before the tg3 module loads. That's great, but having to do it manually every time sucks. Since I'm building my own kernel and initramfs, a lot of the "fixes" are specific...

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  • Five for $10 or Ten for $8

    06 Aug | 12
    • in Misc • 
    • by FozzTexx

    I needed to get a keystone coax connector after running a new network drop into an old box. I went to Lowes and they had a single connector for $3 or a 5 pack for $10. I only need one, but $3 is a little much. I was considering getting the 5 pack but even $2 each seems a little much. I also didn't like the way the connector was recessed into the keystone plate. I looked around a little more and what did I find? Blank keystones and the coax couplers sold separately which combined would be...

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  • Capacitor Plague Cured

    03 Aug | 12
    • in Computers • 
    • in Electronics • 
    • by FozzTexx

    This has been sitting in my closet for some time. Several years ago a friend of mine built a low power silent computer with an Epia M10000 board to use as his email server. It ran great for several years, but suddenly crapped out when he was away. When he returned he brought it over and I showed him that it was toast because of the counterfeit capacitors that had all swollen and burst. What was amazing was even though the computer was several years old he was able to go over to Fry's and...

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  • Netflix, are you trying to get me to unsubscribe?

    22 Jul | 12
    • in Misc • 
    • by FozzTexx

    I'm now on my 3rd device for Netflix. It's so close to working, but it's seriously flawed. The first device I tried Netflix on was my TiVo HD. It worked well enough that I could try out streaming, but it is ancient, it will never be updated, and just barely works. In fact, there were problems with it screwing up the aspect ratio quite often, so within a week or so of signing up for Netflix, I was searching for a better interface. Right after I signed up for Netflix was when they...

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