Skype Freezing on Windows 7

For the last couple of months I've been having a problem with Skype freezing up for 1-3 seconds every time I'd click to another application and come back. After 2 months or so of hatred for Skype, I finally found a fix that appears to be working.Open Internet Explorer -> internet options -> security -> …

Progress – and moving forward

I've had these blades for like 4 weeks maybe (sometime the week of the 24th of Mar).  I built a slideboard like the next week.  I've used the slideboard a few times (mostly b/c of weather).  I've managed to get in a skate about 2x a week (mostly due to location).  I'm trying to find …

AVR programming on a Mac

I have done a lot of my work locally on WinXP running in Parallels.  I bought the book Make:AVR Programming which I cannot recommend more for anyone wanting to do AVR programming.  With that, I installed http://www.obdev.at/products/crosspack/index.html - and then his examples use make files to build and flash to the AVR.  I would like to see …

Cylon Eye – KITT — bitshifting with a shift register on an arduino

KITT and the Cylon Eye are very popular among those tutorials on Shift Registers.This tutorial should cover an Arduino vs AVR - This is going to suck for a tutorial.  I wanted to go over some of the changes that I made to some code based off of the AVR.Let's start with the AVR - …

Wii Nunchuck update

In February of 2013 I was attempting to wire a Wii Nunchuck to my Arduino (which I did).  The problem was that I thought it wasn't good enough.  I liked that I could run the throttle on a train with this Arduino and code (here's the original post: http://holoprinter.blogspot.com/search/label/Wii%20Remote).  What I didn't like was that it …

Laser tripwire

My son keeps asking me if we can build a laser tripwire.  The idea is that a laser hits the photoresistor and if anyone breaks the laser beam then an alarm will sound.  Sounds great and annoying.The circuit is very simple.  A photoresistor, a 10K resistor and a laser pointer.I used this link to provide …