I need to purchase a new doorbell and/or intercom system and have some questions... [more inside]
Why are the lcd numerals in digital clocks and other such displays at an angle, as opposed to straight up-and-down?
KeyboardFilter: Enter and down-arrow are funky after last night's water spillage accident w/ the laptop. Everything else is dandy so far. Now what? [more inside]
What are reel motor pulleys on a reel-to-reel tape recorder and how do I replace them? [more inside]
ElectronicsFilter: How can I drive a LED as a light-emitter *and* a photo-diode simultaneously? [more inside]
I'm traveling outside of the U.S. (to Israel) and want to know about charging my electronics. I'm only taking a few (I agree with comments in a summer 2005 posting that taking too much stuff can distract from the actual visit) namely my HP handheld (for contact numbers) and my digital camera. I may need to recharge both. I have the original charging cords, appropriate adapters and I have access to a transformer. Do I use the transformer, and is it safe to charge these devices overseas?
Can anyone recommend a good lock (Kensington-style) for my Apple iMac and new LCD TV? [more inside]
I dropped my MXL 990 condenser mic. The grill is slightly dented and the capsule inside has come loose. Can I repair it myself? Can I get it repaired in London? [more inside]
I am looking for a recessed knob for a computer project. The type of knob I am looking for is like the sort used in old car radios(here or here); they can be clicked in when not in use to be flush with the surrounding area. [more inside]
Can I fix my own Metal Dance Pad? [more inside]
Can someone explain why every battery powered device ever made seems to have a utterly unique AC power adapter? [more inside]
i just bought a tivoli system (kloss model 2, extra speaker and cd) and have it on the bookshelf but some questions: [more inside]
My partner is looking at buying a digital notepad/tablet, but we don't know much about them. Specifically she is interested in the ACECAD DigiMemo 692 from TigerDirect.ca. Google suggests that it's a decent piece from a crappy company. Does anyone have any experience with this (or other) digital notepads or this (or other) Canadian suppliers?
We're thinking of buying my dad a Ham Radio for Christmas. I know nothing about them and don't know where to even start. Help! [more inside]
What would be involved with coming up with a wireless (WiFi) solution to remotely control one or several 110v relays over a wireless network? While this is not necessarily the application, think remote control of Christmas lights. I'd prefer to avoid X.10 if possible. [more inside]
Is a 'seized electronics' auction site for real or is it a scam? [more inside]
DVD-player-filter: Alternatives to the Philips DVP 642? [more inside]
Online electronics suppliers in Canada. Looking for a Canadian equivalent of Digikey or any reliable surplus sellers. Thanks.
What DC to AC power inverter can I buy for use in a car that won't contribute hum to an audio signal from devices it powers? [more inside]
Is TIVO dying? I was about to buy a Tivo Box (I have DVR from Time Warner and it sucks) when a friend of mine mentioned that he heard that Direct TV was dropping Tivo and hinted that the company (tivo) was hemorrhaging money. I am a little concerned that I may buy a box and service that won't exist in 6 months... Has anyone else heard anything on this?
What kind of potentiometer do I need? Electronics and electrical math confuse the hell out of me, so I'm just going to lay it all out. [more inside]
Amtrak question: I'm going to be travelling from NYC to Richmond (and back) on the Palmetto line and need to know if there are any outlets in the coach class seats.
How do I reset the password on an Inova LightLink LED Display (CFM24.2005)? [more inside]
Where do I start in making a universal remote control? [more inside]
My boss wants to put a Plasma TV up in our lobby that will be running CNN, MSNBC, etc... He also wants to be able to scroll internal company info accross the screen (Welcome Clients, Happy Birthday, Sales Numbers etc.) Anyone ever done this or know how it can get done?
I recently read that anything plugged in continues to suck up valuable electricity, even when turned off. What's the best way to minimize this wasteful situation without constantly resetting/rebooting clocks,microwaves,tivos,answering machines,etc or constantly unplugging/plugging lights,cordless phones,tvs,stereos,etc? Any special gadgets or outlet strips that will help? Other ideas?
What is the best way to buy electronics? [more inside]
My car stereo was recently stolen. Since all I used it for was to route my mp3 player through the RCA in's, and since I've been kicking myself to start doing some DIY electronics projects, I'd like to make my own amp rather then buy a new stereo. What would I need to do this project myself? [more inside]
Help me name and find an electronic component [more inside]
My MP3 player came with a pair of earbuds, the kind that basically look like tiny headphones with foam covers and sit in the cleft of the ear right in front of the canal. The sound is terrific, but I find them uncomfortable for periods of time over 40 minutes or so, and usually end up switching to a more comfortable pair of overear phones that don't get quite as good sound. Do you have any tips for making these more comfortable? Are my ears just the wrong shape?
I want to make a box with parts from RadioShack that will allow me to plug a microphone and headphones into my cellphone handsfree jack. [more inside]
Why, when a TV is turned on--even in another room--can I detect some kind of buzzing/electronic noise, that many other people around me can't detect?
Wanted: a relatively simple wired-to-the-wall phone with headset jack, message-waiting blinking light (phone company voicemail), speaker phone, and maybe a few speed-dial buttons (caller ID optional but preferred). Only need one line, no answering machine, no wireless. Does this phone exist? [more inside]
Why are Capacitors so common in electrical circuits? [more inside]
Does anybody make a portable, personal CD player that doesn't have the annoying beep every time you skip a song or push a button? [more inside]
Recommendations for what I should have on my electronics workbench? [more inside]
Is my broken monitor fixable? It displays everything very bright and washed out, and sometimes clicks itself off (with the image disappearing to a tiny dot in the middle) when displaying something white. [more inside]
I'm losing a lot of electronic gadgets to lightning strikes. What are the best ways to prevent further damage? [more inside]
MicrophoneFilter: Should I connect my MXL 990 condenser mics to preamps providing 12V or 48V of phantom power? [more inside]
I recently moved my stereo to a new location. After I reassembled it, it started making screeching noises whenever a certain pitch is hit. [more inside]
So, I might've broken my mp3 player. Can anyone recommend a good glue for use on a circuit board? [more inside]
How can I use in-line fuses to protect the drivers in my studio monitors? [more inside]
My boyfriend and I live in a flat built in the '20s. We have reason to suspect that the outlets provide inconsistent amount of electrical current. Is there something we need to get for our computers to protect them? [more inside]
ElectronicsHobbyistinNYCFilter: Where in New York City can someone get electronic components (resistors, capacitors, basic logic chips, common connectors, etc.)? [more inside]
I'm looking for a soft case to carry my MP3 player around in. I'm obviously open to any suggestions. No, I don't own an iPod. [more inside]
"There's a 9 pin serial mouse cable. I have orange, blue, green and white wires. Which is ground?"
Please help me identify two bits of odd electronics which have made their way into my hands. [more inside]
I'm ready to make the plunge into electronics repair/circuit building but I'm wondering what I should look for in a multimeter and electronics tool kit? [more inside]
I am looking for a resource, preferably web based, that will give me release dates for new electronics and software. I have been able to find websites that give that information for Books, CD's and DVD's but nothing for software and electronics.
I'm looking for a really good pair of wire strippers. [more inside]