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Phone Stand

I was sitting here at my desk earlier, my phone was sitting on it's wireless charger and I got a text. While it's on the wireless charger, it's parallel to the desktop which makes it somewhat a pain in the ass to use it while not taking it off the charger. OK, so I could just pick it up and set it back on the charger when I was done but, why interrupt a good thing... So, I decided that I would make a stand to hold both the phone and charger. I grabbed my favorite jigsaw and some scrap wood I had leftover from another project and went to work. It certainly isn't the most attractive stand but, it works perfectly. Not too bad for a spur of the moment project honestly. I am also thinking of covering the front of it with some black felt. That way it'll completely hide the wireless charger. And as a bonus, it will hide some of my crappy, hacky craftsmanship. ;) Update 2014.06.11: And now it's complete. I raided the kid's craft supplies for some black felt but, there wasn't any like I though there was.…

Simple Editing of the Simple Last.fm Scrobbler

I recently installed a GNU FM instance to scrobble my listened tracks to. Over the past four years, I've mostly used last.fm just for the data collection to see what my listening habits are like. And considering I like to control my own data, GNU FM is a perfect fit for me. The only issue with running your own GNU FM server is that client support is really lacking. While you'll find quite a lot of last.fm clients, a few libre.fm (which is powered by GNU FM) clients, there aren't many that support a personal server. For the most part though, this isn't an issue for me. I use MPD for the majority of the time and the client that I use (mpdscribble) allows for personal servers. The other times that I listen to music, I generally use VLC or the native Android music player (Apollo on Cyanogenmod). If you dig into the settings in VLC, you can easily point it where ever you need to. However, with Android, I couldn't find anything that would work for me. The only option that I found was to add an entry to my hosts…

Switching It Up

The headlight switch in my ol' pickup decided to crap out, leaving me with headlights/taillights that wouldn't stay on for my whole ~15 minute drive to work. #suboptimal Also, my high beam switch crapped out some time back so all I had were low beams. This wasn't much of a big deal, the majority of my driving doesn't even require headlights, making the high beams even less needed. Still, #suboptimal. So, it was time to take care of this problem. For the dimmer switch, I wasn't about to take the steering column apart. I don't have the tools required to properly take and replace the steering wheel first off. Secondly, it's a pain in the ass when you don't have the proper tools. So, when rounding up the parts I needed for today's repairs, I grabbed some automotive wire and a simple toggle switch. Seeing that I've replaced the headlight switch once before, I knew that part was going to be quite easy. And now, I'll let a few photos speak for the repair job. Seems that one terminal on the switch was quite burnt.…

Hacking on my wife's car

About a month ago, my wife's car (2004 Pontiac Grand Am) decided not to start. The starter would turn but the ignition just wouldn't ignite. So, after work I tried to figure out what was going on but, couldn't come to any conclusions. At all. We said to hell with it for that night and borrowed my mother-in-laws vehicle so my wife could use it the next day. Once we got home, had dinner, etc. I hit up my Seeks node to see if I could find something relevant. Eventually I came across a GM forum which led to this post. Everything I read on the forum and the post sounded like how the car was acting. It was pointing to the security system as being the culprit and specifically the ignition switch. It also said (which I overlooked in the owners manual since I wasn't looking at the issue being with the security system...) that you could leave the key on for ten minutes after the car didn't start and the security system would reset itself. Which would allow it to start. So, off I went across town to see if I could get t…