Schedule

Schedule

Saturday, May 30

Sunday, May 31

1433095200 The Tech Guy
1433109600 This Week in Tech

Monday, June 1

1433178000 Tech News Today
1433181600 Triangulation
1433187000 iOS Today
1433194200 Coding 101
1433199600 Tech News 2Night

Tuesday, June 2

1433264400 Tech News Today
1433268000 MacBreak Weekly
1433277000 Security Now
1433286000 Tech News 2Night
1433289600 All About Android

Wednesday, June 3

1433345400 FLOSS Weekly
1433350800 Tech News Today
1433354400 Windows Weekly
1433361600 This Week in Google
1433372400 Tech News 2Night
1433374200 Android App Arena
1433379600 Ham Nation

Thursday, June 4

1433437200 Tech News Today
1433440800 Know How...
1433451600 Home Theater Geeks
1433458800 Tech News 2Night

Friday, June 5

1433523600 Tech News Today
1433527200 This Week in Law
1433538000 Before You Buy
1433545200 Tech News 2Night

Saturday, June 6

1433613600 The Tech Guy

Sunday, June 7

1433700000 The Tech Guy
1433714400 This Week in Tech

Monday, June 8

1433782800 TWiT Live Specials
1433782800 Tech News Today
1433786400 Triangulation
1433791800 iOS Today
1433799000 Coding 101
1433804400 Tech News 2Night

Tuesday, June 9

1433869200 Tech News Today
1433872800 MacBreak Weekly
1433881800 Security Now

Most Recent Episodes

Tech News 2Night

Laura Sydell from NPR talks privacy and tech culture

This Week in Law

An artist can sell your Instagram picture for $90,000. Is it fair use?

This Week in Enterprise Tech

Google Brillo, iOS hacked, and Mark Swift from Universal Electric Corp.

Before You Buy

Leo Laporte reviews Apple's new MacBook

Tech News Today

Google Advanced Technology and Projects revealed.

Tech News 2Night

Ron Richards joins us to talk all about Android

Home Theater Geeks

SMPTE standards for next gen video.

Know How...

How to use the Ping command to shame your ISP.

TWiT Live Specials

Android M, Chrome, USB-C, Google Now integration, Google Photos

This Week in Computer Hardware

Google IO, High Bandwidth Memory, and your questions.

Know How... 70

Fun with Thermocouples and Organizing Your Ripped DVDs

November 21 2013

We're making power with thermocouples and it's time to organize your ripped DVD collection.

Making News

If you've ever wanted to make a Raspberry Pi computer, but thought it was too hard, there's a new Kickstarter project called "Kano." Its goal is to make the Raspberry Pi as simple as a Lego project. You learn to code games like Snake and Pong to get into coding as well.

In other Raspberry Pi news, Mathematica and Wolfram Language will be free for the Raspberry Pi. Those are super-powerful programs -- free is a great deal.

Making Power with FIRE!

In episode 65 we explained how the "Seebeck Effect" allows a thermocouple to turn heat into electricity. When two different types of metal are joined (via soldering, welding or clamping) a heat source will cause them to expand at different rates, generating a small electrical current. That same device can be used to move heat from one side of the junction to the other when an electrical field is applied to the thermocouple, using a principle known as the "Peltier Effect."

Combine many of these thermocouples into a single unit and you have a TEC or TEG. (Thermo Electric Cooler / Thermo Electric Generator). Both of these devices can take advantage of either the "Seebeck Effect" and the "Peltier Effect" to alternatively heat/cool or generate electricity from a heat source.

TEGs differ from TECs in that it can handle much higher temperatures than a TEC before failure.

Parts List

  • TEC (ThermoElectric Cooler) or TEG (ThermoElectric Generator)
  • Heat Spreader
  • Heat Sink/Heat Removal Device
  • Thermal Compound
  • Heat Source

Assembling your Power Generation Unit

  • Coat the TEC/Heat Sink/Heat Spreader with a THIN coat of thermal compound. This is to ensure efficient and EVEN transfer of heat from the heat spreader into the TEC/TEG, into the heat sink.
  • Mount your TEC/TEG between the heat spreader and the heat sink. You want an EVEN mounting, any gaps or uneven mounting will cause heat to build up in on part of the element, causing early failure of the unit.
  • Wire your TECs/TEGs in series or parallel. In series (negative to positive) your TECs/TEGs will add their voltage to the total voltage availible. Each TEC/TEG will generate ~1.5 volts and a few hundred ma. In parallel (positive to positive, negative to negative) your TECs/TEGs will increase the amperage availible. - Know your application before wiring!
  • Cool the "Cool Side" - The power generating capacity of a TEC/TEG assembly will depend on the "Delta T" - or difference in temperature between the hot side and the cold side. Try to make the cold side as cold as possible to maximize power generation.
  • Heat it up!

Organizing your ripped DVDs in Media Center

If you like having your DVD collection in your Media Center organized, you might want to try out MyMovies. It's a free plugin for Media Center that will pull in metadata for the DVDs you've ripped. MyMovies can even act as a database for your *shudder* offline DVDs.

We're going to stick to the DVDs you've ripped, though. (To find out how to rip your DVDs, check out Know How... 22.) Download MyMovies. You'll open the MyMovies Collection Management app on your Windows machine. From there you'll add your DVDs by hitting "Add Title" in the toolbar. Then select "Import Folders" and browse to your DVD folder. MyMovies will attempt to find the metadata for your video.

If MyMovies doesn't automatically find the correct data, you can find the title on IMDB. If you take a look at the URL of an IMDB title you'll see something like www.imdb.com/title/tt0103359 - you can input the "tt103359" number in MyMovies for identification. This is pretty useful for remakes. If you make changes to a title, make sure you hit "Save Title" on the bottom of the program to save your progress.

When you're done with importing all your information, make sure you backup your database. You'll thank yourself later.

Chrome Keyword Quicktip

Did you know that you could call up your favorite sites in Chrome using keywords? It's not a well known feature, but it's hidden in the Manage search engines pane.

Find a site you frequently visit and copy that URL (this tip makes the most sense for long domain names or Google Drive documents). Go into your Chrome Settings, then click "Manage search engines..." Then scroll all the way to the bottom of the list of search engines. You'll see three fields. Add a name for your favorite site in the "Add a new search engine." Put the URL in the "URL with %s in place." Then choose your keyword that will let you call the URL from the address bar. Hit done.

In our case, we wanted to load a Google Drive document. I gave it the keyword "hpx." Now, when I type "hpx" in the address bar, the website will load. In general, this can save you time since you don't have to remember long URLs and you don't have to find them in your bookmarks folder.

You want to talk? We want to listen!

Don't forget to check out our large library of projects on this site. If you want to search for a topic, try this custom search engine.
- Google+ Community at gplus.to/twitkh
- Tweet at us using the hashtag #twitkh
- Email us at knowhow@twit.tv

Please take the TWiT Audience Survey. It only takes a few minutes and we'd love to know what you think.