Saturday, April 4, 2015

Easter eggs

Easter eggs are hidden gems inside movies, dvds, software and websites.

Have you ever made any?

I created a couple of Easter eggs three years ago on the Factory Reset wiki. This wiki has user created instructions for resetting a number of devices back to their factory settings and is a good resource if you need to get your device back.

http://factory-reset.com/wiki/Earth
http://factory-reset.com/wiki/Universe

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Color for the colorblind

EnChroma in association with Valspar has developed glasses which transform colors for people with color vision deficiency.



Learn more about the technology used at http://enchroma.com/technology/.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Laptop screen repaired

My ancient Dell Inspiron developed problems with the screen about 18 months ago.  The LCD panel was OK, but the backlight was not working. In the meantime, I have used an external monitor with it.

Inspired by a recent episode of the Ben Heck Show where Ben replaced the inefficient CFL tube with LEDs, I had another look at repairing the screen. Opening it up, I discovered that one of the tube's connections was broken and so after soldering it back together, the screen is working again.
 
The CFL tube removed from the screen

The end of the tube where the bad connection had shorted out

Starting to put it back together
You can see the various layers of magnifiers and diffusers for the backlight 

It works again!

Only glitch is some dust in between the diffuser and magnifier layers

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Happy pi day (3.14.15)

To celebrate pi day, I've created a couple of art works:


and
3 dominates π

Later today I will also make a lemon meringue pie.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Bit of a makeover

I've given the MuzGadgets blog a bit of a makeover with a vector based banner designed in Affinity Designer from Serif and freshening up the look of the blog with new fonts and some color tweaking.

I have also removed some stuff, but all the blog posts since the blog started in 2007 are still here.