3D-Printing a Violin? Part 1

A friend of mine turned me on to the Hovalin which is a very interesting project/design by HOVA LABS.

The concept is, with an existing 3D printer, you can purchase all the required elements and print a fully functional Violin for under $100. I decided that it was interesting enough to try out and decided to document my experience here.

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Happy Birthday Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

While yesterday was Dr. King's actual birthday, today is the day in the United States where we recognize a man who had, at the time, an impossible dream. That one day, everyone regardless of the color of their skin, religion, wealth, or social status would be treated with respect and treated and dignity.

While it seems like there's always some injustice or discrimination happening in the world, it's amazing the progress that has happened in what truly is a short time. A man, who was younger than either of us when he was cut down by an assassin who was terrified of his words, had done so much to change the course of a nation and the world at large.

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Security Cameras For The Home: A Personal Struggle

We've always had some form of web camera in our home for the past 5 years. Originally he had a somewhat dubious Foscam pan and tilt Wifi camera for the nursery. After messing with this camera for several months we decided it was not up to the task an moved on. And if you're happen to be considering or looking at Foscam, I suggest you read Brian Krebs' article on how their P2P function works (or worked, it's been fixed if you update the firmware...but still).

At around the same time we purchased a D-Link DCS-7010L to watch the front door as we seemed to get a lot of solicitors coming to our door and we really wanted to know if it was worth the trouble to answer or just ignore. There was also the added security benefit that went along with that. After some time we thought it might be a good idea to record anything captured by this camera, in the event we had a break-in or some other unsavory activity was witnessed around our home.

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Terminating CAT6 Cable with The Platinum Tools EZ-RJ PRO-HD

A friend was complaining recently about how working with CAT6 cable is a little more cumbersome than CAT5E has been. Part of that reason is due to the addtion of a cross web in the middle to help keep the pairs where they should be.

 Cross section of a CAT6 cable

Cross section of a CAT6 cable

And if it's quality cable, the conductors themselves will be of a thicker gauge and might be more difficult to insert into the connector. I put together a video showing two different connector styles that can be used, the EZ-RJ45 and the traditional RJ-45.

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