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Schedule

Saturday, August 30

1409421600 The Tech Guy

Sunday, August 31

1409508000 The Tech Guy
1409522400 This Week in Tech

Monday, September 1

1409590800 Tech News Today
1409594400 Triangulation
1409599800 iPad Today
1409612400 Tech News 2Night
1409614200 Marketing Mavericks

Tuesday, September 2

1409677200 Tech News Today
1409680800 MacBreak Weekly
1409688000 Security Now
1409695200 Before You Buy
1409698800 Tech News 2Night
1409702400 All About Android
1409711400 Padre's Corner

Wednesday, September 3

1409758200 FLOSS Weekly
1409763600 Tech News Today
1409767200 Windows Weekly
1409774400 This Week in Google
1409785200 Tech News 2Night
1409787000 redditUP
1409792400 Ham Nation

Thursday, September 4

1409850000 Tech News Today
1409853600 Know How...
1409857200 The Social Hour
1409862600 Coding 101
1409866200 Home Theater Geeks
1409871600 Tech News 2Night
1409873400 The Giz Wiz
1409882400 OMGcraft

Friday, September 5

1409936400 Tech News Today
1409940000 This Week in Law
1409947200 Android App Arena
1409958000 Tech News 2Night

Saturday, September 6

1410026400 The Tech Guy

Sunday, September 7

1410112800 The Tech Guy
1410127200 This Week in Tech

Monday, September 8

1410195600 Tech News Today
1410199200 Triangulation
1410204600 iPad Today
1410217200 Tech News 2Night
1410219000 Marketing Mavericks

Most Recent Episodes

Tech News 2Night

Facebook status updates are now searchable on mobile.

This Week in Law

Google receives 1 million DMCA takedown notices a day.

Android App Arena

A collection of games that are best played while wearing headphones.

Tech News Today

Microsoft's MSN Messenger is shutting down for good.

This Week in Computer Hardware

Haswell-E leak and 8TB hard drives.

Home Theater Geeks

Blind Audio Testing

Tech News 2Night

Apple announces Sept. 9th event.

Know How...

Lunchbox with braiiiiiiins!

The Giz Wiz

GoGo Pillow, PackIt, Keurig Mini.

Coding 101

This week we're going abstract.

Know How... 83

Linux on a USB and Sound Controlled LED

March 6 2014

Why you should understand DNS, make a bootable Linux OS on a USB, and control a string of LED's using TIP31 transistors.

Check out our transcripts.

Making a Bootable Linux USB Drive

Step 1: Get a USB Drive

- You'll need a USB flash drive of at least 2GB or more.
- Format the USB Drive by using Disk Utility and use MS-DOS (FAT)

Step 2: Download the USB Loader
- Go to Seven Bits Mac-Linux USB Loader to download the software.
- Download the Distribution of Linux of your choice, I chose Ubuntu
- Create Live USB
**This process should only take about ten to fifteen minutes.

Step 3: Reboot
- Reboot your Mac, on startup when you hear the "chime" hold the "alt / option" key to choose your boot method
- Select your USB Drive, press 1 to load Linux.
- Congrats you have a portable USB OS!

Links:
Seven Bits Mac-Linux USB Loader
Mac-Linux USB Loader on GitHub

LED lights & TIP31 Transistors

LED Lights
* LED stands for "Light Emitting Diode"
* Diodes only allow current to pass in one direction - positive to negative
* LEDs are low-cost, efficient light sources
* SMD (Surface Mount) LEDs can be found in rolls backed with adhesive

TIP31 Transistor
* It's a NPN (Negative-Positive-Negative) bipolar junctions used for medium power applications.
* We're using a TIP31C -- which is capable of 100v and 40 Watts
* Pin 1 and 3 are a junction. Used by a lower-power circuit.
* Pin 2 and 3 is a semi-conductive pathway.
* When a charge passes between junction 1 and 3, it allows a charge to pass between 2 and 3.
* Where this becomes useful is that the charge passing between pin 1 and 3 can be small while the charge passing between pin 2 and 3 can be large.
** The voltage from the headphone hack of a media play is 1-2 volts, perhaps 20ma. That would never be enough to drive a LED strip.
** HOWEVER... we can use that small current between pins 1 and 3, to trigger a much larger current between pins 2 and 3.
** If pins 2 and 3 are the negative side of a 12 volt, 2 amp circuit, then we've just created something useful!

Sound-Sensitive LED Lights

Parts List

Tool List

  • Soldering Iron
  • Scissors
  • Wire Stripper/Clipper
  • Lighter
  • "Helping Hands"
  • Needle-nose Pliers

The Process
Dancing LED Schematic

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