Highly experienced hacker / fixer / maker / project manager with formal education in mathematics, music, and computer science
Level Converter using OSEPP's FTDI device. Crafted a serial port cartridge to exlpore the LeapPad 2 device, which turns out to be an 800MHz Linux tablet with fully functional OS and vsftpd based upon mostly Flash content.
Whipped this up so I could learn more about my PV system's Envoy monitoring device. Turns out, the Envoy is a security threat to any home network and must AT ALL COST be separated from your local subnet!
After cutting back a hedge I was left with these long wooden poles. How could I simply discard them when so many cool toys could be built from them? Without enough wood for a tree house, I did the next best thing! Used no plans or diagrams.
Another idea from the Fruzzetti think tank is a key lock using very low power that requires no power supply inside the device and requires no particularly intelligent circuitry -- just smart tumbler design -- to protect against bump attacks.
The design for this telescope -- yet to be built -- came to me while walking in a casino. I insist that building a proof of concept will demonstrate its AMAZING optical properties are superior to those of extant designs.
Started with a beat-up kart frame, built up to electric drive and ESC. Created custom mounting system, custom motor mount and tensor, custom steering control, custom throttle control, etc.
Enables users to quickly color-code on whiteboard without loss of caps and without wasting time looking for the right colors. Developed as a hobby from idea to complete market-ready product so I could learn the basics of project management.
My daughter got a toy car that really underimpressed. I did this to it: http://hackaday.com/2010/04/17/improving-a-motorized-toy/