Schedule

Schedule

Sunday, March 1

1425250800 This Week in Tech

Monday, March 2

1425319200 Tech News Today
1425322800 Triangulation
1425328200 iPad Today
1425335400 Coding 101
1425340800 Tech News 2Night

Tuesday, March 3

1425405600 Tech News Today
1425409200 MacBreak Weekly
1425418200 Security Now
1425427200 Tech News 2Night
1425430800 All About Android

Wednesday, March 4

1425486600 FLOSS Weekly
1425492000 Tech News Today
1425495600 Windows Weekly
1425502800 This Week in Google
1425513600 Tech News 2Night
1425515400 Android App Arena
1425520800 Ham Nation

Thursday, March 5

1425578400 Tech News Today
1425582000 Know How...
1425587400 Marketing Mavericks
1425592800 Home Theater Geeks
1425600000 Tech News 2Night
1425601800 The Giz Wiz

Friday, March 6

1425664800 Tech News Today
1425668400 This Week in Law
1425679200 Before You Buy
1425686400 Tech News 2Night
1425690000 Padre's Corner

Saturday, March 7

1425754800 The Tech Guy

Sunday, March 8

1425837600 The Tech Guy
1425852000 This Week in Tech

Monday, March 9

1425920400 Tech News Today
1425924000 Triangulation
1425929400 iPad Today
1425936600 Coding 101
1425942000 Tech News 2Night

Tuesday, March 10

1426006800 Tech News Today
1426010400 MacBreak Weekly
1426019400 Security Now
1426028400 Tech News 2Night
1426032000 All About Android

Wednesday, March 11

1426087800 FLOSS Weekly
1426093200 Tech News Today
1426096800 Windows Weekly
1426104000 This Week in Google
1426114800 Tech News 2Night

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Tech News 2Night

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This Week in Law
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Do fan films infringe copyright or fall under Fair Use?

Tech News Today

Twitter fixes its troll control features

This Week in Computer Hardware

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The Giz Wiz

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Home Theater Geeks

Chip Adams, NBC Olympics, and thanks to SMPTE.

Tech News 2Night

Apple sends invitations for March 9th announcement

Know How...

Airbag for your Motorcycle.

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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