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Most of what’s here is to share a some of what I’ve learned (or am currently learning). Click through the posts to see detailed articles about how to do things.

The APPideas WiFi Controller for LED Light Strips

This post provides access to all of the resources you will need to build a WiFi controller for LED light strips. I've written about the controller on social media and posted full build instructions at Instructables.com. My goal with this post is to combine all of the...

Signs (of the times)

This article is about the origin of the "Backlit Signs" project that was published to Instructables.com. The first section covers the personal story behind the signs, then I talk more about the specific signs that were prepared for the write-up. If you just want to...

Make Your Own WiFi LED Light Controller (a new Instructable)

My previous Instructable, making custom Printed Circuit Boards on a CNC Router (Instructables link), was pretty cool. It even won second prize in the Instructables Tips & Tricks Challenge (link). This new one puts that knowledge to practical use and creates a WiFi...

WiFi LED Controller Bill of Materials

This is a Bill of Materials for the Instructable I wrote about making your own WiFi controller for LED lights. Many items are optional, and they are listed in the order in which they appear. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.   ...

Custom PCB Bill of Materials

This is a Bill of Materials for the Instructable I wrote about making your own Printed Circuit Boards on a CNC router. Many items are optional, and they are listed in the order in which they appear. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.  ...

We’ve Won an Instructables Award!

About a month ago, I wrote an article on Instructables.com that goes step-by-step through the process of creating a custom Printed Circuit Board (PCB) on a CNC router. The post was very popular, and it was selected as a finalist in the site's Electronics Tips &...

The Lights app is live!

Over the past few months, I've been working on a series of articles to publish on Instructables.com. The first went step-by-step through the process of making a custom Printed Circuit Board using a CNC router (Instructables link). The second article shows you how to...

Make a custom PCB with a CNC router

The introduction of the Arduino platform and Raspberry Pi has made the production of custom electronics components accessible for people who need small-scale production. As our needs grew from hobby into production, we needed a better way to produce, reproduce and...

Rifftrax to AppleTV: A Step-by-Step Guide

I love Rifftrax, and I love my AppleTV. Unfortunately, they don't play well together since most Rifftrax titles require keeping a DVD and audio track manually synced while watching. I knew that there had to be a way to fix that, so I found one....