First time soldering: Raspberry Pi LCD kit

Adafruit has a great LCD+Keypad kit for the Raspberry Pi with excellent assembly instructions and  a nice Python library. I just had to order one along with my first Raspberry Pi.

After it arrived I picked up a 25W Radioshack Pro-Line soldering iron, some 60/40 rosin-core solder and got to work. Luckily I had an old, dead iPod mini to tear apart and practice on. After soldering the first dozen points I felt like I was getting the hang of it. All-in-all I think it came out pretty well.

Fix a malfunctioning BlackBerry Trackball [video]

A friend of mine had a couple Bolds with trackball issues, we went as far as taking one of them apart and attempting to clean the trackball mechanism with no luck. I finally came across this method on a forum and we were amazed by the results – so amazed that we recorded the process on the second Bold with an HD Flip.

HP Service is Scared of a little Bug

After spending 6+ hours on the phone with HP Technical Support (not an exaggeration) attempting to convince them that the issue with our customer’s HP Slimline was in fact hardware related and not a configuration problem (that’s another story), they finally agreed to replace the motherboard under warranty. When we got the computer back and read the service report we were less than pleased… Continue reading “HP Service is Scared of a little Bug”

Using SIW to Find Hardware in Windows

I’ve often resorted to loading up a Linux livecd and running “lspci” just to get an idea of what hardware is in a box. Let’s face it, even if box manufacturers do provide the drivers you need, that model may have shipped with one of 4 different NICs, video cards, etc. So it used to be I had to run a linux cd and the lspci command to get the PCI devices table but not anymore…

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Praise for eeeXubuntu

Inifinite EeeSo when I first got my Black Asus Eee PC 4G xmas ’07 I pretty much freaked out about all the possibilities but ended up installing my distro of choice, Arch Linux and all the Eee specific hardware support, then it kinda sat… and sat, until. I recently decided to review the current OS choices available for the Eee and settled on eeeXubuntu as the best candidate – clean little Ubuntu based with Eee hardware support out of the box. Besides, I just wanted to use my Eee not fiddle with the thing (I had my fill a few months ago, it was fun though).

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