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UFE - floppy drive emulator

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HardwareUFE is an SD/MMC floppy drive emulator for old computers. It connects to the floppy drive port of the host computer and behaves like a real floppy drive, except that the data comes from the SD/MMC card instead of real media. It is the successor to TFE, the previous floppy emulator project.
 
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SmartQ V5 - upgrade to Android 2.1

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HardwareAnd then I upgraded my SmartQ V5 to Android 2.1 preview. It looks better, it was easier to change into English language, and touch screen response is much improved. Update: WiFi works great at home (my WLAN is secured with WPA), but it didn't work as good at an unsecured (open) WLAN, it kept dropping the connection all the time.
 
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SmartQ V5 - upgrade to V5 Android V3.0

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HardwareI upgraded Android on my SmartQ V5 to "V5 Android V3.0". After the upgrade, the language was Chinese again. To fix, start settings (press the menu (middle) button once, then select the icon to the right), scroll to the bottom of the list, then select the second-lowest (second last) item, on the next menu, select the first (upper) item, then select the language you want. Phew. Well, the "about phone" still says that it is Android 1.6 with kernel 2.6.29 on it after the upgrade.
 
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Open Circuits

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HardwareOpen Circuits is a cool place. There you can find projects like the SD Card bathroom scale, Free Telephony Project, LART, Niftymitter, U-Disp and more. Wow!
 
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Need a homebuilt rack?

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HardwareDo you need a rack at home? Check out the list of racks from IKEA.
 
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The Outstanding AVR based SCSI RAM Disk

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HardwareThe Outstanding AVR based SCSI RAM Disk is a project that created an universal SCSI controller. Very cool if you need a SCSI device for something, for example an old computer.
 
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SmartQ V5 - media player and more

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HardwareI bought a SmartQ V5 (I bought mine from DX). This small device have one interesting feature compared with other devices like this: it comes factory installed with three operating systems: Linux (Ubuntu), Android and WinCE. When you boot, you can choose which os to boot.
 
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TEMPer - USB Digital Thermometer Dongle

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HardwareThe TEMPer is a low cost temperature probe. The deice consists of a usb-serial chip (WinChipHead, a 24xx02 serial EEPROM LM75 temperature sensor CH341) and a LED (the LED is connected to the thermostat output of the LM75). While the software that comes with the device is only for Windows, other solutions do exist. The first one I found was from Tollef Fog Heen's blog, then from Levien van Zon, and finally Stefan Boethke's TEMPer wiki page. The last one works nicely on FreeBSD 8.0-stable, using the uchcom(4) driver.
 
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Open design for a 67 TB array

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HardwarePetabytes on a budget: How to build cheap cloud storage explain how you can build network storage cheaper than most commercial alternatives. And the design is freely available. They even explain what software they are using. Very cool!
(via Boing Boing)
 
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The Fabulous Logic Analyzer

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HardwareHere is another interesting project: The Fabulous Logic Analyzer is a simple logic analyzer for the PC. This one consists of a simple schematic which is attached on the PCs parallel port (a real parallel port is highly recommended, not a USB adapter) and which can analyze H and L levels of 8 inputs. On the PC, there's running a graphical program which displays the contents. Supported platforms: FreeBSD / i386, OpenBSD / i386, Linux, Solaris / x86, Windows.
 
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