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Intel Experience Store – Days 10 and 11 Recap: Everything Comes Apart

by Carlyn Maw on December 30, 2013, one comment

Saturday the 21st and Saturday the 28th were hopping with lots of folks joining in on the taking apart of many many objects. I tried to record as much as possible but it was such a wonderful feast of dismantlement it was tough to keep up! Oh, and there was face painting on the 21st. […]

Intel Experience Store – Day 9 Recap: Printer to Puppet Show

by Carlyn Maw on December 20, 2013, one comment

TL;DR Bunnies! Hopping!  Okay a little bit more. Thursday I continued the printer/scanner break down that Jen started, removing the metal assembly from it’s plastic case. One of the printer’s circuit boards yielded up more parts at heat gun point, primary target the connectors for the motors. I set up a “nail board” of sorts […]

Intel Experience Store – Day 8 Recap: Part Harvesting

by Carlyn Maw on December 18, 2013, no comments

TL;DR Barb came by to finish working on her wonderful Christmas tree. Since she was willing to stick around we worked together to harvest parts from some of the circuit boards we have lying around. – The day started with a little bit of organizing and going through some of the new e-waste. There were […]

Intel Experience Pop Up – Day 7 Recap: Fixing a DVD player.

by Carlyn Maw on December 17, 2013, no comments

TL;DR Couldn’t keep myself from opening a second VCR that arrived because it ALSO had a DVD player. The DVD part was definitely broken. Fully dismantling the DVD assembly let me track down the culprit: a cracked gear. Once the tray open/close function mostly worked again, I removed the player completely from it’s original home […]

Intel Experience Pop Up – Day 6 Recap

by Carlyn Maw on December 16, 2013, one comment

TL;DR – Didn’t do more with floppy drives after all. Instead cracked open a brand spanking new (non-functional) VCR. Turns out what was wrong with it was melted belts. I replaced one with rolled up gaffer’s tape and it worked! I took a lot of video of that.  So it is quite a bit harder […]

Free Arduino Class at Intel Experience Store Tonight

by Carlyn Maw on December 12, 2013, no comments

So at the Intel Experience Store they’ve decided to do some more technical programming in the evening for Computer Science Education Week.  Tonight I’m on the docket with a free Arduino class. I’ll be preambling a little with a “What’s a Hackerspace,” but largely I’ll be walking through the Intro to Arduino Class I’ve done at […]

Intel Experience Pop Up – Day 5 Recap

by Carlyn Maw on December 9, 2013, no comments

  TL;DR: CEO of Intel genuinely committed to Makers and the electronics hobbyist. When it gets busy, I stop taking pictures. Next time (Thursday), stepper motors, computer fan motor, or mechanisms…? The CEO of Intel, Brian Krzanich, came by on Saturday, and, like an idiot, I didn’t get Jen and my picture taken with him to tweet. Not […]

Intel Experience Pop Up – Day 4 Recap

by Carlyn Maw on December 6, 2013, no comments

TL;DR Thursday I caved and used parts from my personal stash to make a break-out board for the power supply. Sockets salvaged from the mother board and the floppy drive still serve as the inputs, though. I tried cutting out parts of a circuits board to appropriate but since I hadn’t realized our hacksaw had […]

Intel Experience Pop Up – Day 3 Recap

by Carlyn Maw on December 4, 2013, no comments

TLDR: Monday I turned the motor I salvaged Saturday into a spinning flower.  I added a dubious choice of cable to be the power cord for my motors-on-a-box project.  I checked to make sure the ATX power supply worked and used it to drive the motors in a half disassembled DVD drive.   Next time I hope […]

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