Tune-o-Matic Roller Bridges

There's a problem with Roller Saddle Bridges Over lockdown, I rebuilt the Les Paul copy which I'd made back in college around 1976. Originally the neck was one piece mahogany through-the-body (Honduras mahogany no doubt) but it got smashed very soon after completion...

The Eclipse from Helen GA

As totality approaches and the sky rapidly darkens, everyone realises that they are about to witness something special. …this is how people react to the sight of a total solar eclipse!

The Eurofighter Typhoon in Binaural 3D sound

Here's a 'Dummy Head' recording I made at Eastbourne Airshow this year (2022) This is a Binaural recording and only works properly on headphones. The microphones are placed inside a dummy head so that they pick up sound in the same way as you and I do. When listened...

Mexico Magico recording

A binaural recording of Augustine Leudar’s installation at Wakehurst Place, East Sussex. This is where Kew’s Millenium Seedbank is housed and the experience was part of their “Nourish: art to feed the senses” exhibition.

Sugru – some ideas for making use of this cool stuff.

Made a 90° bend jack plug for a guitar lead. I just removed the barrel from a normal jack plug, re-soldered the lead and moulded Sugru around the whole thing with the cable coming out of the side. The brown coloured Sugru gives a nice retro look and I pressed an old...

Fixing my SEAT Ibiza 2012 power Steering

The power steering (PAS) on my 2012 SEAT Ibiza 1.4 FR suddenly became intermittent. After a 30 mile trip and fortunately only a few miles from home I stopped to refuel but on restarting the car there was no PAS whatsoever. Testing it out on the driveway, it came and...

Whirlpool Maytag Admiral fridge flashing panel

This is a problem that we had been living with for a while now: when using the ice dispenser a solenoid bangs away all the time the delivery motor is running. The front panel and the light also flash at about 10 times a second. It does eventually dispense ice but VERY...

Setup the Xerox Phaser 6180 in Monterey on an M1 Mac

Xerox drop support for Phaser 6180 Colour Laser Printer and many others*Here's how you can get it back and working with all the correct options. Find the printer's IP address on your network. Install the printer as a Generic Postsctipt Printer. Log into CUPS...

Six Heat Pumps! Now we’re getting a Gas Boiler

Last year (2023) the Government decided to give away £7500 of Public money to anyone who replaced their gas boiler with a heat pump. Sounds like a great deal so why has the take up of this grant been so abysmal? Well, there are a few caveats to qualifying for the...

Repair the Logitech Force Feedback Steering Wheel G25

An extensive guide and comment thread to help repair the Logitech G25 Force Feedback steering wheel. Essential reading if your wheel doesn’t calibrate.

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Discover OSX Preview

…quick tips for using OSX Preview, it’s surprising just how useful that little guy is! Since v10.0 OSX has come bundled with this unassuming little app and it’s full of surprises. It loads very quickly and takes few...

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Managing Fonts in OS X with FontBook

Since the introduction of Leopard (OS X 10.4) there’s no need to buy 3rd party font management software. Apple’s FontBook now works well with most applications , including QuarkXPress. Start with a good collection of...

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Microsoft Documentation

A recent questionnaire from Microsoft asked me what I thought of their documentation but in trying to think of an answer, I realised I avoided it like the plague. Microsoft, your problem is that you’re so square you always...

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