Junkyard Generator – update

My group and I have finished our junkyard generator. Here is an overview of what we did (click on the images below to go to bigger versions of them):

The frame was initially made out of steel. Sherman did a good job with this (I will try to get a picture of it to put here.) We quickly discovered that the magnets in the generator had too much of an attraction to the frame and made spinning the axle very difficult. Chad then made the frame out of wood. Continue reading Junkyard Generator – update

Junkyard Generator

I am taking an electromagnetics course this semester, and our first project is getting into groups and making a human-powered generator that can light a bulb. It is actually a pretty fun project. We have to use “junk” that we find, and can spend no more than $10/person in the group. There are 5 people in our group, so I don’t think the money specification limits us very much. So far it looks like we will spend a total of $5 (for the entire group, not per person.)

Here are some interesting and useful tidbits we have learned so far: Continue reading Junkyard Generator

Open source apps rock! (but they keep me from doing my school homework)

No, I didn’t create this blog application on my own. Yes, I created all the rest of my website on my own.

I have always felt empowered knowing that I can build my website and make it do whatever I want. Unfortunately, I do not have very much free time right now. Open source applications can help. This blog is powered by WordPress. I had heard about WordPress before and thought, “So what, it’s just a blogging app.” But oh, oh, oh! It has saved me loads of time. In about three hours’ time, I clicked the WordPress “Install Now!” button in my GoDaddy account manager, manually changed the default theme so that it would match my website, and made a few posts. Continue reading Open source apps rock! (but they keep me from doing my school homework)

First blog post

It is 8:38 pm (Arizona time) on 12 September, 2007. I have finally succumbed to creating a blog.

I have actually been thinking about starting a blog for quite some time now. I’m not very interested in the kinds of blogs written about taking Fifi to the vet or barber, or ones that have little practical value. In other words, I am hoping that my blog will be helpful to some people. More specifically, my goal is to have a tech reference for people who are looking for answers to techie questions.

You see, throughout the years I, like most people, occasionally come across golden nuggets of useful information. My discoveries are generally related to my current interests, jobs, or school courses. Hence, you will only find information about things that can fit in the categories listed at the right side of the screen. Yes, I realize this isn’t a very useful statement because I have a category called “Miscellaneous,” where anything in the word could be assigned to. However, I will keep my focus on all of the other categories.

If you have read this far in this fairly useless post, then you must be very bored or lonely. Go eat some jelly beans.