Another broken USB drive has been salvaged…long enough to extract the data.

The word got out that I was able to piece USB drives back together.  This one was a no-namer 1GB drive, and it was thrashed!!! It is missing a resistor and a capacitor. I sure had one heck of a time making the connections, too. One of the data pins had a persistent solder bridge to ground, and I finally whipped out a thin kitchen knife to scrape the bridge away. Then I broke the data pin from the circuit board, bent it up, and made an “air” connection to avoid another bridge. I hate solder bridges on SMT devices. They are just shy from being impossible to get rid of.
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Hot glue is the poor man’s way to make! Hot glue USB drive.

Measuring resistance of hot glueLately, hot glue has made its way into my projects. Some of my technical college classmates can remember me bringing in an Altoids can with LEDs and 5 sticks of hot glue melted on the inside. My PIC16F690 POV can was hot glued. Well, I had a USB disk drive stop working the other day so I tore it apart and tried to make sure it wasn’t dead. Well, after a little Hot glue thumb driveresearch I was able to revive it. Since the case was destroyed, I had to find something to put it in to protect it. I have found the solution. Hot glue! It’s an insulator, it applies easily, and it is durable. Above all, I think it looks totally cool being opaque and all.

I wasn’t sure if the heat would hurt the chips, so I ran to the freezer and placed it on ice after each application. I probably won’t lose this one. [9-6-2010 - I lost it!!! How ironic?!?!?!]

LEDs arrived from China. LED Stage Lighting part II (Concept Only)

This blog is as far as we ever went with this project. Cheap LEDs have color differences, and we couldn’t get it right.

August 20, 2009 @ 2:05pm – The LED arrangement is great for dark rooms, but we need much more light. This plan is going to be “canned” and another solution is going to be sought. I am going to check out the high-power LEDs at the Ebay and see what’s shakin’. It’ll be another 2 weeks before anything else arises.
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LED stage lighting…but not $400. Keep it cheap! (Concept Only)

Clint, the other owner, and I have joined our powers together to begin designing an 8 can lighting system that would fit any budget. We were, and still are, hoping to keep it under $150. We have had estimates as high as $200, but we keep getting creative. The first money saving device was for Clint to build a computer program to control the settings instead of having a “breakout box” to do all the work. This means that we don’t have to buy a bunch of slider pots and switches, which add up in cost almost exponentially.
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