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Bringing electronics stateside: Headache or no?

Returning to the States from Austria with electronic equipment: What to worry about at customs? [more inside]
posted by dunkadunc on Jun 22, 2009 - 7 answers

How do I jump into hobbyist electronics?

Soon, I'm going to have a nice cash bonus at work and about two weeks of vacation time. I don't have enough money for a travel-vacation, so I figured I'd turn it into a learning-vacation: I'm going to focus on playing guitar, but also, I'd like to learn some 101-DIY electronics projects. I adored Lego Mindstorms as a kid, then kind of gave it up for awhile. Now I'm looking for something similar. More inside! [more inside]
posted by GilloD on Jun 18, 2009 - 6 answers

Playing iPod Videos an TV

How do I play videos from my iPod Nano on my Phillips television? My Phillips is a flat screen and has a USB port on the side, which my iPod can dock to. When I connect them, the television even recognizes that an iPod is connected, but doesn't seem to know what to do with it. Any ideas?
posted by gm2007 on Jun 17, 2009 - 3 answers

Should I fix my LCD TV or replace it?

Should I fix my LCD TV or replace it? Our 18-month-old LCD TV has died. Tech support says it's probably the "main board." We're outside the warranty period. Repairs (including shipping) will probably run to at least half the cost of simply replacing it. [more inside]
posted by underthehat on Jun 15, 2009 - 7 answers

What mini camcorder should I choose?

Which mini HD camcorder should I buy—the Kodak Zi6 or the Flip MinoHD? [more inside]
posted by ismaelsobek on Jun 15, 2009 - 18 answers

Foosball, meet LED Sensor

How to rig up a foosball table to measure velocity of goals? [more inside]
posted by mikeyk on Jun 15, 2009 - 9 answers

What is the max value of things I can bring to Peru?

How many laptops can I legally bring to Peru? [more inside]
posted by mateuslee on Jun 11, 2009 - 3 answers

Most recommended roomba, hopefully sub-$200

Most recommended roomba, hopefully sub-$200 [more inside]
posted by lrodman on Jun 3, 2009 - 17 answers

DEATHMATCH: Tenori-on Vs Monome

Which is a better musical instrument: the Tenori-on or the Monome? [more inside]
posted by Juliet Banana on May 29, 2009 - 11 answers

How long will you wait before buying a blu-ray player?

How long are you waiting to get an HDTV and Blu-ray player? [more inside]
posted by mtphoto on May 27, 2009 - 38 answers

Electonics Store in Vancouver area?

Where in Vancouver/Fraser Valley can I find a good warehouse-type electronics store. Not looking for a Future Shop or Best Buy, anything with fancy display rooms or even carpet on the floor. Looking for something more similar to NCIX (thanks Emanuel from previous AskMeFi question), which I think is like Tiger Direct. [more inside]
posted by royalchinook on May 19, 2009 - 10 answers

Experiences with bench power supplies?

What are your experiences with different brands and types of benchtop/lab power supplies? Do certain ones fail more often than others? Easier to fix? Better power conditioning? [more inside]
posted by jwells on Apr 30, 2009 - 8 answers

Any good (i.e. customer service wise/price wise) UK/Euro equivalents of sites like newegg for shopping for external hard drives?

Any good (i.e. customer service wise/price wise) UK/Euro equivalents of sites like newegg for shopping for external hard drives? [more inside]
posted by talljamal on Apr 28, 2009 - 10 answers

Help me find a certain type of connector

Electronics Filter: I'm trying to source a certain type of connector for a cable I'm trying to make. Please have a look at my pictures. [more inside]
posted by Coolcan2 on Apr 26, 2009 - 10 answers

Inexpensive pre-fab thermistor probe?

I need a new thermistor probe for this temperature controller. The manufacturer sells these for $37 shipped. Is there a less-expensive solution? [more inside]
posted by hsawtelle on Apr 8, 2009 - 6 answers

Looking for some old Soviet knobs

I'm looking for a few knobs like these, seen on a Russian-built guitar effects pedal from the eighties. [more inside]
posted by electric_counterpoint on Apr 8, 2009 - 5 answers

What causes electronics to stop working when exposed to static electricity or water? (with misc electronics questions)

What causes electronics to stop working when exposed to static electricity or water? (with misc electronics questions) [more inside]
posted by laptolain on Apr 3, 2009 - 17 answers

Tactile reminder device

What sorts of vibrating reminder devices are out there? [more inside]
posted by jinatrix on Apr 1, 2009 - 3 answers

What to do with a broken DS Lite?

I thought I was the luckiest thrift-store shopper ever when I found a Nintendo DS Lite at Value Village for $10, complete with box, instruction manuals, and spare battery. Of course, it doesn't work.... [more inside]
posted by oulipian on Mar 28, 2009 - 15 answers

What's the best way for a Crackle Box-type circuit?

What's the best way to make a Crackle Box-type circuit (where the user touches and closes the circuit with their fingers)? [more inside]
posted by itchi23 on Mar 24, 2009 - 4 answers

What could be wrong with this simple radio kit?

ElectronicsFilter: Help me figure out what might be wrong with my son's "safe, solderless, exciting, educational and fun!" AM/FM radio kit. [more inside]
posted by jquinby on Mar 20, 2009 - 6 answers

Radio has no future! - Lord Kelvin

Where can I buy a discontinued 11C90 650 MHz prescaler? This is for reverse engineering a SR-2020 mystery receiver that a friend of mine has been working on. Any information on this will be very much appreciated. Bonus hand drawn analog circuit diagrams. [more inside]
posted by mikw on Mar 13, 2009 - 3 answers

It's not a Tune-ah!

What would cause my electric guitar’s high E string to fool my tuners? [more inside]
posted by bondcliff on Mar 11, 2009 - 18 answers

Electronics store in E. Cleveland?

Where can I buy ceramic disc capacitors, microcontrollers, and even arduinos in East Cleveland? [more inside]
posted by Emera Gratia on Mar 6, 2009 - 4 answers

Does anyone remember a toy, an "electronic set of building blocks"?

Does anyone else remember this toy, an electronic set of building blocks, or is it just in my faulty memory? Who was the manufacturer? What was the trade name? (How do I search for it on eBay? :) [more inside]
posted by aurelian on Feb 24, 2009 - 8 answers

getting fed up with headphones.

HeadphoneFilter: I keep breaking my headphones at the jack end -- suggestions? [more inside]
posted by lizbunny on Feb 22, 2009 - 17 answers

fat round things in cords?

what are the fat round things sometimes found inline on various types of electronic cords? [more inside]
posted by karl88 on Feb 19, 2009 - 10 answers

help me test out a used Meade telescope

I'm about to buy a small Meade telescope used. It has that gee whiz motoring/pointing/slewing technology. What kinds of things should/can I test in a couple minutes just to verify that it's mostly working? [more inside]
posted by intermod on Feb 18, 2009 - 6 answers

Place to recycle or donate CAT6 cable in Centennial-Aurora-Littleton?

I have a lot of Cat6 cable we need to donate or recycle--a bunch of partial boxes and some bags of random lengths. Ideally, it needs to be somewhere in the Centennial/Aurora/Littleton area. Anyone know of a good place to do so?
posted by everichon on Feb 18, 2009 - 3 answers

Going Dutch on Electronics

Best place to buy consumer electronics and accessories in (central) Amsterdam? [more inside]
posted by ZenMasterThis on Feb 13, 2009 - 4 answers

How do I stop my monitor from shaking?

Help, my CRT keeps shaking and its driving me nuts! [more inside]
posted by Elminster24 on Feb 6, 2009 - 15 answers

Hooking a Chumby up to a Furby?

LazyHiveMind: What fun things can I do if I hook my Chumby up to a Furby? [more inside]
posted by rwhe on Feb 3, 2009 - 6 answers

Epson Artisan 800 All-in-One Printer bought in USA? How to use in U.K?

Just returned from fabulous 2 week holiday in New York. I Brought back Epson Artisan 800 All-in-One Printer from Staples costing $230. Unfortunately, I cannot use it in U.K., unless I plug voltage converter/transformer products. Has anyone else bought this set over there with more success? Any advice \ information appreciated. Please specify me What exact voltage converter product to buy & where to buy it from USA online store. Thanks. [more inside]
posted by omaralarifi on Jan 28, 2009 - 4 answers

Hacking a Bad GPS for a good outcome

I got a crap refurbished GPS for my girlfriend - a clarion NICE 430 because it was on sale for a low price. But it's got old maps, no updates and less support. I'm buying her another one, but what can I do with THIS one? Besides chucking it at the clarion building. [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 on Jan 26, 2009 - 5 answers

How should someone in London dispose of a printer?

Trying to get rid of a printer, some battery packs and an old PDA, without simply throwing them in the black bag. How does one recycle electronics ethically in London? [more inside]
posted by marmaduke_yaverland on Jan 26, 2009 - 5 answers

Mic level vs. Line level FIGHT!

How do I build a microphone preamp for a Macbook Pro? [more inside]
posted by knowles on Jan 25, 2009 - 6 answers

A piece de resistor?

Where can I pick up a couple of 39K Ohm 1W (or 2W) flameproof resistors in the Bay Area this weekend for a pinball machine repair? [more inside]
posted by eschatfische on Jan 23, 2009 - 6 answers

How do I prevent lightning strikes on my old Singaporean building from killing my electronics?

How do I prevent lightning strikes on my old Singaporean building from killing my electronics? [more inside]
posted by jimdanger on Jan 18, 2009 - 9 answers

Lite Rock, Less Talk? I'd like neither, please.

(Electronics|Stereo)filter: What is causing this infuriating noise in my preamp and how do I fix it? Links to sound files and long list of symptoms in extended. [more inside]
posted by strangecargo on Jan 15, 2009 - 6 answers

Help me unstick my Kindle!

I spilled a little bit of juice on a few of the keys on my Kindle. I thought I'd mostly cleaned it off, but when I took out my Kindle later, I found the juice had surrounded a couple of the keys and dried, making them difficult to press. What's the best way to unstick the keys without damaging the Kindle? [more inside]
posted by grrarrgh00 on Jan 13, 2009 - 5 answers

My iPhone is buzzing differently now.

Why is my iPhone (3g) suddenly making a new and totally different kind of buzzing into my cheap speakers in additional to the good old GSM buzz I'm used to? Here is the sound. (608k .wav) [more inside]
posted by Space Coyote on Jan 8, 2009 - 2 answers

I'm a Comcast customer is looking to expand my TV horizons.

I'm a Comcast customer is looking to expand my TV horizons. [more inside]
posted by bamassippi on Jan 5, 2009 - 10 answers

Shipping a sound card

How do I ship a PCI soundcard without damage? [more inside]
posted by truth1ness on Jan 4, 2009 - 5 answers

Where are Some Great DIY Printed Circuit Board Layouts?

I have a medium-sized run of printed circuit boards that'd be most cost-effective for me to silkscreen/photo-etch at home. I'm pretty sure I got that part covered... lots of tutorials available [1, 2, 3, etc]. It'd be a shame, though, to build this setup and then not use it again, so I'm wondering where are some great repositories for (all types of) PCB layouts? Added difficulty: Would like reasonable descriptions of "what they do" and how the boards are likely to be employed. [more inside]
posted by jjjjjjjijjjjjjj on Dec 30, 2008 - 7 answers

Even Goldilocks can't find the one that is just right.

How closely do I have to match transformer voltage? [more inside]
posted by trinity8-director on Dec 17, 2008 - 8 answers

What am I looking for?

When I used to go visit my aunt who lived in a large house, she had a little console that sat on her kitchen counter with a speaker and a big button. When you'd press the button, it would buzz a similar console in the garage where my uncle worked, and then my aunt could talk to him. He could then hit his button and talk back. I guess it's like those things you see in movies where the executive "buzzes" his secretary. Anyways, what are those things called, because I need one. [more inside]
posted by bjork24 on Dec 16, 2008 - 21 answers

Daddy, can we build the Manhattan Project on page 6?

SantaFilter: Looking for a fun, durable, relative inexpensive electronics kit/lab for wiz-bang 7-year old girl... [more inside]
posted by TigerMoth on Dec 4, 2008 - 8 answers

Fix a loose connection without cutting the cord?

Is it possible to fix a power cord without replacing the plug? [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot on Dec 2, 2008 - 9 answers

Will CES make the price of this camera drop?

Does it make sense to wait until after CES to buy a new video camera? [more inside]
posted by nitsuj on Nov 30, 2008 - 3 answers

What do I need to reverse-engineer hardware and where can I buy it?

What equipment do I need to become an EE student cum amateur hacker? For bonus points, where can I buy it (either online or in person) in Melbourne, Australia? [more inside]
posted by PuGZ on Nov 25, 2008 - 7 answers

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