Handyman hacks part 2: Old lamp with no diffuser way too bright for use.

Solution: Take the outside off a two-layer ikea lamp off, and hold it together with paperclips.  Make a new base for it to sit on using skewers taped together.  Place new diffuser over lamp.  Boom - usable lamp.

Home handyman trick: The toilet broke in when I stepped on it climbing through the window during an elaborate practical joke.  So, I hacked it back together using cable ties and a screwdriver.  To flush, pull out the screwdriver, then lift the plastic square in the middle.  When it’s done, replace the screwdriver.

This is classic Pollock engineering, and a good lesson for anyone considering a dirty hack in the workplace.  If it works, no matter how bad it is, it will stay permanently until forced to change it.  There is no such thing as temporary.

A real-estate inspection, it turns out, is enough to make me fix it properly.  Hooray, new toilet!

Camera rig of the day: I do a lot of dumb stuff in cars and on bikes.
 Sometimes I like to film it, because I’m starting a new show called Motorsport Intelligence, dedicated to people who love cars and racing.  People for whom the stuff on Top Gear is interesting to watch but totally out of the realm of what’s possible.  We want to work at the bottom end of the market, the real-world life of people who track, race and work on their cars.  To help you become one with your machines, to help you take them to their potential, their real world potential.
Stay tuned for more updates.  We’ve had so many adventures to tell you about, and so much we’ve learned to share.

Camera rig of the day: I do a lot of dumb stuff in cars and on bikes.

 Sometimes I like to film it, because I’m starting a new show called Motorsport Intelligence, dedicated to people who love cars and racing.  People for whom the stuff on Top Gear is interesting to watch but totally out of the realm of what’s possible.  We want to work at the bottom end of the market, the real-world life of people who track, race and work on their cars.  To help you become one with your machines, to help you take them to their potential, their real world potential.

Stay tuned for more updates.  We’ve had so many adventures to tell you about, and so much we’ve learned to share.

Truck hacks of the day: Borrowed a 4 tonne truck for the day to move some things.  My keychain broke off, leaving the keys squarely on the floor of the truck when I got out, locking it by hand.  With no spare, I figured the truck was old enough for old methods - the coat-hanger.  Pulled back the rubber seals, bent a coathanger to the appropriate length/shape, and wedged it in to actuate the lock from outside the car.

Never forget the classics.

Namesake: The racecars get new license plates.  One of the Lancer’s plate mount threads has disappeared somewhere so forcibly drilling into the plastic with a woodscrew seemed like a good idea at the time, and still was afterwards, so I guess that’s a happy ending.

Cars look weird without plates, even on the track.  It makes them look like they’re not loved.  And they so obviously are.

Home is where the desk is: Finally got around to cleaning up the digital workspace at home, and made space for everything.  Cleared out the things I don’t use from the desk.  Built a 4x USB charging station and added two new power boards.
Machines:
BLACK: 4770K, GTX780, 32GB RAM, 512GB SSD
PANAFEN: Microsoft Surface Pro 3 i3, 4gb RAM, 64GB SSD
EYES 2: 2008 Macbook Core 2 Duo 2.4ghz, 8gb RAM, 180gb SSD
iPAD: Klu ku ku ku ku ipad (mini retina 32gb) klu ku ku ku
And yes, they all get used.  Right tool for the right job, after all.

Home is where the desk is: Finally got around to cleaning up the digital workspace at home, and made space for everything.  Cleared out the things I don’t use from the desk.  Built a 4x USB charging station and added two new power boards.

Machines:

BLACK: 4770K, GTX780, 32GB RAM, 512GB SSD

PANAFEN: Microsoft Surface Pro 3 i3, 4gb RAM, 64GB SSD

EYES 2: 2008 Macbook Core 2 Duo 2.4ghz, 8gb RAM, 180gb SSD

iPAD: Klu ku ku ku ku ipad (mini retina 32gb) klu ku ku ku

And yes, they all get used.  Right tool for the right job, after all.

Epoxy resin: the last vestige of a desperate man.

While trying to set up my new office at home, I pulled out my trusty Cisco 7941, hacked to get SIP firmware on it and connect it to an Asterisk server, only to find that during the last move its base station lock had broken off internally, and it fell over every time I set it down.

Jamming the mechanism failed.

Finding a sweet spot where it stood up worked for five minutes then failed.

Supergluing it turned the plastic white and then failed.

There was only one thing left.  While opening the epoxy resin I noticed my trusty old knife that I’d abandoned when it lost two of its retaining bolts.  Attempting to force a 5.25” optical drive screw into the old thread worked through the sidewall but failed in the grub nut.  But, there was one screw left from the middle bolt when it had fallen out, miraculously still in place.  I rehomed it to the end bolt, which somehow still worked after trying to re-thread it, and did the front and end bolts up super tight, then glued the middle grub in place with the leftover resin.

Knife is working fine, hopefully the phone does too.