There goes that plan…

Remember how I said that I would be doing the post-a-week challenge? Well, I failed – it has been exactly two weeks since my last post. Frankly, I am not surprised. Life has been flying by rather quickly as I realized that a quarter of my summer is already behind me. Work has absorbed a…

Getting in touch with nature

Nothing about electronics today, I just want to talk about a new/renewed hobby – Fishing! I loved fishing when I was younger but never got seriously into it (never ate my catches, just released them as they were mostly catfish). The weather right now is great for fishing and there is a nice lake by…

A week of work

The first week of work with Imperial Oil has been eyeopening. The change in my pace of life was challenging, as I adjusted to the 7-4 workday. I found myself exhausted after work and generally was not motivated to do much. The fact that I am living in a new environment which I was not…

Settling in

I spent the weekend getting ready to move to my temporary place for work. Went out and bought food for the week and had been generally preparing for the work days ahead. I didn’t bring all my electronics gear with me at the moment so I will have to stick with the software side of…

All done

I should have posted this earlier, but I thought I would save this for after my exams. Now that all my exams are finished, I will give a quick update on the general progress of my projects. The power supply box will likely be on hold until I get back after the summer. It is…

Taking a short break

Five finals done, yet another two more to go. All this studying has been draining and sometimes I just want to take a break for a minute (or an hour). The problem is, “how do I take a productive break?”. The internet offers many forms of relaxation, but in reality, it acts as a time…

Too flashy?

The front panel has been coated countless times, sanded, and coated countless times again. The final product is as good as it’s going to get. However, I found the paint to be a little too shiny/silvery. That’s the initial impression though, I think it will look less flashy once the hardware has been installed. I…

Handle mounted

I have been studying non-stop all day and it was draining me. I took a break and picked up the painted handle parts from the basement and went to work. It took me a lot longer than I would have expected to mount them. First I forgot about the lower metal plates, then I had…

Paint job is done

I put the last coat of silver on the front panel today, so I should be able to assemble the thing next Friday. The silver paint did not cover the panel in a thick coat as I had hoped, so I might put a few more coat on it if I have time. The handle…

So beautiful… I cried

Okay, maybe not that far. Damn close though. I spend the better part of the day working on the front panel. I had a dremel with a few attachments, a small file, and 100% pure elbow grease. The sanding wheel burnt the MDF panel and gave it a laser cut look, and I think it…

Finally got a handle on things

I went out for a stroll today and picked up some parts for the power supply. I went to a computer shop and got a nice little 120mm cooling fan. It has RPM output and is temperature controlled with a TTC-123 thermistor, all for 2 bucks! What a steal. Originally I was going to use…

Blue blue blue

So the navy blue aspect of painting is done! I think so anyways, I did about three coats so far, and it gave it a powder-coat painted kind of look (very nice). I did sand the paint blotches and repaint it, though I am not sure it was the best idea. The sanding marks are…