Energy Efficient CFL fire Hazard?

by on Sep.14, 2013, under Electronics

I noticed something wasn’t right with this light when it failed so I opened it up.



Electronics totally burned up



Inside plastic is burned.







The irony is the burn almost went though the UL label



inside plastic is covered with burn marks



The CFL it self is melted! This had to get quite hot to do that!


The other side of the electronics.

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How to overclock your Block Erupter And possibly destroy it in the process.

by on Aug.04, 2013, under Electronics

Caution do this at your own risk. I blew mine out so you don’t have to!

That said. Here is how I got my block erupter overclocked to 56o MHz briefly before it died.

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Some nice cloud photos that i took :)

by on Aug.03, 2013, under Stuff

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Kodak History found cheep at estate sale

by on Aug.01, 2013, under Electronics

I got this nifty piece of history cheep at a local estate sale.

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A UL 60w light holder fail.

by on May.11, 2013, under Electronics

A simple light bulb change lead to disaster this morning.

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Decapsulated chips

by on May.09, 2013, under Electronics

Warning! Nitric Acid is nasty stuff to play around with. I did this so you don’t have to! Do not attempt to do this yourself or you may end up dead!

So today I wanted to try and decapsulate some chips to see how they were laid out inside.


This was my first attempt. A Leapfrog L1000 arm chip.

Not sure if I etched everything off or this is some sort of copper obfuscation layer.


The other side looks like the standard back of a chip.

Next I attempted one of those custom glued down chips from a older leapfrog toy.

results were much better.


This is one really nice chip to look at :)







Some sort of die marking of who really made the chip. I couldn’t get a clear image of it.

This is at 500x zoom on my microscop


Next up I did a old DEC scsi chip





lastly a simple 8 pin eprom chip





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It works!

by on May.07, 2013, under Electronics

I got the power wired up to day. Everything is good!

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Bitcoin Mining on a laptop?

by on May.03, 2013, under Electronics

Yes you read that right. I am mining bitcoins on my laptop :)

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Today Is a good day

by on Apr.23, 2013, under Electronics, Life

I am in a really awesome Good Mood!

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Hey whats that burning smell…. thats not good… A Moogle PSA

by on Apr.20, 2013, under Electronics

So the other day the plugs in the bathrooms of my house were becoming intermittent with random tripping of the GFI breakers for no reason.

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