Technical How-To Pages
How to convert PAL DVDs to NTSC, create and burn your own DVDs, and do other video conversions.
How to copy and burn DVDs, even those with CSS encryption and copy protection, using free software and free operating systems.
How to download videos from YouTube and convert them to XviD and DivX with mencoder.
How to extract MP3 audio from a Video File.
How to convert audio files from WMA or FLAC to MP3.
How to rotate digital camera movies by 90° and convert them to DVD.
How to modify a flatbed scanner to scan X-Ray films.
How to use BitTorrent magnet links with Firefox and Chrome.
Storage media longevity and failure rates — CD/DVD, magnetic disk, flash RAM.
HDMI cables and connector pinouts.
SVGA cables and connector pinouts.
EIDE / PATA / SATA / USB / floppy cable pinouts.
How to install CyanogenMod on the Samsung Galaxy S2.
How to take a screenshot on the Samsung Galaxy S2.
How to set custom ringtones, alarms and notification sounds on a Samsung Galaxy S2.
SIM unlocking the Samsung Galaxy S2.
How to connect the Samsung Galaxy S2 to Linux or OpenBSD.
Install your own DSL line.
Computer BIOS / POST Error Codes.
Repairing a Tektronix 2445A oscilloscope.
How to build your own oscilloscope probes.
How to fabricate circuit boards, transferring the pattern with a laser printer and mixing your own etching solution.
Repairing a Cisco Catalyst 2900 XL Ethernet switch.
How to build a 50Ω RF load and power meter.
Some Vaguely Steampunk Projects
Surface-mount technology (SMT) construction — building the NC2030 QRP HF transceiver.
Motorola DCT 2000 set-top box diagnostics.
Network and telecommunication cables — Cisco T1 serial cables, Cat 5 Ethernet cables, fiber, telecommunication punchdown blocks.
How to repair a backpack.
How to brew your own beer.
How to recover a digital camera that has been submerged in liquid.
Build a box to measuring AC power usage.
Radio topics — Ham radio, construction and repair, propagation, frequencies, etc
Construction / modification / repair references, and parts vendors
Attempting to recover data from QuickDisk media.
Recovering deleted pictures from digital camera memory.
External disk drives and the "Click of death".
Some thoughts about writing technical material.
Structured-light range sensor design and calibration.
Data collection and analysis
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