Sunday, August 28, 2011

Cassettepunk MP3 Player: How to do it

Hi all,

Here's a few words on how this hack (the second one, that is) was done. This is a reconstitution of some old notes I made during the process.

This focuses primarily on the software side -- the hardware side can be pieced together from the photographs, aside from the one hardware modification to add a second USB port to the WL-HDD device.

This post contains no pictures and a lot of grisly detail. You have been warned.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Cassettepunk MP3 Player

Hi all,

Time for another hack. I've been doing these for a few years and though they're pretty diverse there are some common threads: one, they often involve music; two, they involve a particular niche of time after something has ceased to be useful but before it's gotten interesting as an antique. Call it "Cassettepunk".

Friday, August 19, 2011

Free Geek 2011 AGM

Hi all,

Free Geek held its 4th formal Annual General Meeting yesterday evening at the Maritime Labour Centre just down the street. In Free Geek fashion we dismantled the orderly rows of chairs, ignored the raised podium and microphones, and sat in a circle. The AGM is the yearly changing of the guard where the old board of directors steps down and a new board is chosen. Here's one quick report on how it went.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Know Your Volunteers: Harley and Isaiah

This week I was zipping around the warehouse with fistfuls of parts, looking for the right power supply for any of the half-dozen ancient palmtops that I was trying to work my way through, when I saw this pair working at the Printer Test station:

Harley and Isaiah

I love seeing kids at Free Geek Vancouver. We're contributing to the Nerd Army of the Future.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

The $100 Home Theatre

Let me start by warning that although this post is about a successful project, it begins with a eulogy for a much-cooler project that met an untimely end.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Field Trip to the Mothership

Well, it finally happened -- I've been promising myself a trip to Portland for a long time. It's been on my radar for many reasons: it has great live music, a micro-brewery scene bordering on religious fanaticism, and currently plays mecca for cycling culture, urban experimentalism, and more. I'd like to think it's Vancouver's cooler, laid-back older sister -- and a vision of what Vancouver could be if it were just a little more relaxed and a lot more affordable. But my main reason for visiting Portland was to tour the Free Geek Mothership -- the place where it all began.

Image courtesy of Jason McHuff; Some Rights Reserved