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airtunes vs. tivoli deathmatch

i just bought a tivoli system (kloss model 2, extra speaker and cd) and have it on the bookshelf but some questions: [more inside]
posted by luriete on Jan 7, 2006 - 10 answers

Help us pick out a digital notepad

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?
posted by arcticwoman on Jan 4, 2006 - 3 answers

10-4 AC/DC dB GHz WTF?

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]
posted by fionab on Dec 7, 2005 - 9 answers

DIY WiFi x.10?

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]
posted by Lactoso on Dec 4, 2005 - 17 answers

Is a seized electronics auction site a scam?

Is a 'seized electronics' auction site for real or is it a scam? [more inside]
posted by TeamBilly on Dec 1, 2005 - 10 answers

DVD-player-filter: Philips 642 alternatives?

DVD-player-filter: Alternatives to the Philips DVP 642? [more inside]
posted by omnidrew on Nov 27, 2005 - 18 answers

Must be reachable by dogsled or snowshoe courier.

Online electronics suppliers in Canada. Looking for a Canadian equivalent of Digikey or any reliable surplus sellers. Thanks.
posted by Krrrlson on Nov 27, 2005 - 7 answers

Humless DC->AC Power Inverter?

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]
posted by odinsdream on Nov 15, 2005 - 11 answers

Is TIVO dying?

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?
posted by keep it tight on Oct 31, 2005 - 23 answers

What power rating do I need for my potentiometer?

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]
posted by cloeburner on Oct 29, 2005 - 7 answers

Power outlets in Amtrak coach class?

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.
posted by parttimesaint on Oct 25, 2005 - 12 answers

Oh where oh where could the password be?

How do I reset the password on an Inova LightLink LED Display (CFM24.2005)? [more inside]
posted by thedward on Oct 19, 2005 - 6 answers

How to make a remote control

Where do I start in making a universal remote control? [more inside]
posted by apdato on Oct 15, 2005 - 10 answers

How can I scrool messages across my TV?

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?
posted by keep it tight on Oct 13, 2005 - 15 answers

Minimizing the electricity drain of plugged-in items?

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?
posted by ericbop on Oct 3, 2005 - 21 answers

What is the best way to buy electronics?

What is the best way to buy electronics? [more inside]
posted by dino terror on Sep 17, 2005 - 10 answers

DIY Car Amp

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]
posted by Mach5 on Sep 5, 2005 - 3 answers

Come on baby light my bulb

Help me name and find an electronic component [more inside]
posted by thewittyname on Sep 3, 2005 - 16 answers

The Sennheiser earbuds that came with my MP3 player are uncomfortable.

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?
posted by PinkStainlessTail on Sep 2, 2005 - 13 answers

Headphones and Microphone into Cell Phone?

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]
posted by TurkishGolds on Aug 28, 2005 - 9 answers

What's that noise??

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?
posted by dead_ on Aug 26, 2005 - 25 answers

Do these phone features coexist?

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]
posted by amtho on Aug 21, 2005 - 6 answers

What are Capacitors for?

Why are Capacitors so common in electrical circuits? [more inside]
posted by grahamwell on Aug 17, 2005 - 12 answers

theCD player without beeping beep?!

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]
posted by wsg on Aug 16, 2005 - 8 answers

Electronics workbench recommendations?

Recommendations for what I should have on my electronics workbench? [more inside]
posted by mrbill on Aug 12, 2005 - 13 answers

Can my monitor be fixed?

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]
posted by Nothing on Aug 5, 2005 - 3 answers

How can I keep lightning from destroying my stuff?

I'm losing a lot of electronic gadgets to lightning strikes. What are the best ways to prevent further damage? [more inside]
posted by junkbox on Jul 26, 2005 - 18 answers

48 or 12 Volts for my condenser mic?

MicrophoneFilter: Should I connect my MXL 990 condenser mics to preamps providing 12V or 48V of phantom power? [more inside]
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane on Jul 25, 2005 - 2 answers

Why does my stereo screech at certain pitches?

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]
posted by agropyron on Jul 25, 2005 - 11 answers

Just...get...in...ther---oh, shit

So, I might've broken my mp3 player. Can anyone recommend a good glue for use on a circuit board? [more inside]
posted by graventy on Jul 19, 2005 - 5 answers

Using fuses to protect loudspeakers?

How can I use in-line fuses to protect the drivers in my studio monitors? [more inside]
posted by coach_mcguirk on Jul 8, 2005 - 8 answers

My wiring frightens and confuses me

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]
posted by FortyT-wo on Jul 7, 2005 - 16 answers

Where can I get electronic parts in NYC?

ElectronicsHobbyistinNYCFilter: Where in New York City can someone get electronic components (resistors, capacitors, basic logic chips, common connectors, etc.)? [more inside]
posted by toftflin on Jun 26, 2005 - 11 answers

Any suggestions on a soft case for my MP3 player?

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]
posted by sjvilla79 on Jun 23, 2005 - 4 answers

9 pin serial mouse question

"There's a 9 pin serial mouse cable. I have orange, blue, green and white wires. Which is ground?"
posted by nthdegx on Jun 8, 2005 - 10 answers

Cargo Cult Time

Please help me identify two bits of odd electronics which have made their way into my hands. [more inside]
posted by IshmaelGraves on Jun 3, 2005 - 15 answers

Choosing a multimeter

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]
posted by drezdn on May 28, 2005 - 18 answers

Product Releases

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.
posted by tirebouchon on May 9, 2005 - 3 answers

I'm looking for a really good wire stripper.

I'm looking for a really good pair of wire strippers. [more inside]
posted by Jack Karaoke on May 7, 2005 - 8 answers

Fave iPod accessories?

What are your favorite iPod accessories? (More specific Q inisde) [more inside]
posted by dobbs on May 7, 2005 - 9 answers

cheap synth module for rock

I'm in a band. Two guitars, bass, drums. We're looking at maybe throwing in touches of synth -- touches of atmosphere, maybe an occaisional lead line. I have a keyboard/controller (an M-Audio Oxygen8), so I'm just looking for advice vis-a-vis a cheap-but-usable synth module. [more inside]
posted by cortex on May 3, 2005 - 6 answers

What is the name of this audio effect?

I'm looking for a device that processes an audio signal by sweeping the center frequency of a bandpass filter back and forth across a frequency range. What is this effect called, and what sort of effects processor might provide it? [more inside]
posted by Mars Saxman on May 2, 2005 - 8 answers

Digital Shutter lag is driving me crazy!

Does anyone know which digital cameras either have the least (or no) shutter lag or some kind of audible feedback to let you know the picture's been taken? [more inside]
posted by pjern on Apr 24, 2005 - 17 answers

What should I do with these LEDs?

After a trip to BestHongKong, I find myself with 1000 5mm red LEDs. What should I do with them? [more inside]
posted by Neon on Apr 20, 2005 - 10 answers

Do I need a voltage converter or just a plug adapter

I'm going to be traveling from the US to Italy and Greece. Do I need a voltage converter or just a plug adapter to power my PowerBook and Minolta battery charger? [more inside]
posted by willnot on Apr 14, 2005 - 8 answers

Measuring temperature from heater?

Where can I find a thermometer which will accurately measure infrared heat in 10 seconds or so, and reads in the 300-1000 degrees Fahrenheit? [more inside]
posted by daver on Mar 25, 2005 - 10 answers

More turntable trouble:

What's the best way to keep a record player from skipping? [MI] [more inside]
posted by Heminator on Mar 22, 2005 - 17 answers

How to get a light buld to light momentarily.

I want to turn on a 60 watt light bulb when I press down on a switch. I bought a RadioShack Momentary Pushbutton Switch. Can I splice a an extension cord, and use this switch? It is rated at 3A at 125VAC, 1.5A at 250VAC. Dangerous? Wrong switch? [more inside]
posted by mildred-pitt on Mar 13, 2005 - 6 answers

Are product tester promotions a scam?

Has anyone signed up for one of these sketchy-looking "get free stuff for being a product tester" sites? (example.) What disaster, if any, has befallen you? What expensive personal electronic devices, if any, have you received for "free"?
posted by Tubes on Mar 10, 2005 - 10 answers

Trippy Filter: Costume for Burningman

I've got an idea for a costume for Burningman, but I'm going to need a bit of electrical help to figure it out. I want to use A set of LED's like these connected to cheap hobby quality fiber optic cable ala This sort of chintzy stuff. [more inside]
posted by Freen on Mar 10, 2005 - 16 answers

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