Meet George Jetson. The NVidia Jetson Nano is a a $99 single-board computer running Linux on an ARM processor. But it has a 128-core high-performance NVidia Maxwell GPU. A GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) started off as a way to offload the processing required for 3D games. But since then people have discovered that GPUs are […]

On Saturday, April 13, 2019, the Conejo Valley Makerspace participated in the AFA Hub (Actors for Autism) Career & Technology Expo. There was a DJ, laser show, free pizza, VR and famous actors. Captain Jack Sparrow stopped by to consult with the Makers: He was thinking of replacing his unreliable compass with the latest in […]

Laptop Fan Replacement

My laptop was complaining about overheating. Windows popped up a message saying I had to return my computer to the manufacturer. But I thought it was just a bad fan. So I found the part number for my exact laptop and bought a replacement fan online for less than $20 bucks. Here are the steps […]

Take Apart: Smart Outlet

This 110v smart outlet has a small ESP8266 microcontroller that can be reflashed with open source smart home software. We took one apart and will be flashing it soon to eliminate its cloud dependency. The ESP module has convenient test points for the reflash process. The hot or live side of the smart outlet is […]

gas-station-ad-screen

Sometimes I come across examples of strange and broken equipment. Here are a few examples… Utility pole with, I’m guessing, a gas enclosure on the wire and an empty tank strapped to the bottom of the pole. Hmm: One nail holding this part of a wooden roller coaster together:   Gas station advertising screen has […]

New website!

We moved from our old host to a new web host. Hello, World! This should make it easier for more people to edit the site and make more blog posts. We’re looking forward to seeing more projects explored, videos uploaded, tutorials explained, photos published, and so on… See you soon!