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Guy McDowell

/ Joined 13 December, 2008

With 20+ years of experience in IT, training, and technical trades, it is my desire to share what I've learned with anyone else willing to learn. I strive to do the best job possible in the best manner possible, and with a little humour. Keep in touch: Twitter - Facebook - Google+.

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Emergency Battery Hack – Make an AAA Battery Work as an AA Battery

Web Culture

Emergency Battery Hack – Make an AAA Battery Work as an AA Battery

Did your TV remote control suddenly go dead? Wireless mouse died near the end of your term paper? Need AA batteries and all you have are AAA? I’ve got a quick hack for you to get you through those last minutes until you can get to the shops for some proper batteries. Time needed is about 5 minutes, supplies needed cost about 50 cents – not including your AAA batteries. You may very well have all these items on hand.

Guy McDowell September 10, 2013
Emergency Battery Hack – Make an AAA Battery Work as an AA Battery
Gadgeteer – Microsoft’s Hardware Hacking Platform You Haven’t Heard Of

Windows

Gadgeteer – Microsoft’s Hardware Hacking Platform You Haven’t Heard Of

Microsoft is still in the innovation business. If you don’t think so, you haven’t heard about Microsoft’s open source electronics prototyping platform called Gadgeteer. You read that right – Microsoft and Open Source in the same sentence. Wanted to build a little invention you had in mind? Maybe you’re already programming C# and would like to work with some different hardware. Are you a technology teacher looking for a platform with which to teach? From the student to the professional, Gadgeteer can help you make your ideas a reality.

Guy McDowell September 4, 2013
Gadgeteer – Microsoft’s Hardware Hacking Platform You Haven’t Heard Of
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