Hiya all! Got an email from Michał K. recently, and as it stands out, my old Thrustmaster TX RW arduino rim project is still alive, and I’m really pleased to hear that! Here you are another improvement – automatic flashlights.
We already know how to reverse-engineer a thrustmaster race wheel (part 1) and how to emulate it’s electronics with Arduino Uno (part 2). Time to assemble a full custom buttons set – controlled by Arduino Uno or Nano (yep, finally got myself a Nano board). Jump to the end for video and arduino firmware sketch. Continue reading
Here’s a Thrustmaster TX Racing wheel (Force Feedback TX base + Ferrari 458 Italia replica wheel). I got it broken, and because of the fact it required tear down and repair anyways (fixed already), I decided to play with electronics a bit more, connecting different wheel parts to Arduino board and reverse-engineering wheelbase-to-wheel wiring and protocol. Let’s take a look?
Balloons and copters in my place, yay!
Skype refused to launch today – failed with Disk I/O error. Had to delete the whole ~/Library/Library/Application Support/Skype/ folder to return it back to life.
But, on re-launch, Skype started to eat 20% of CPU – probably generating all caches/downloading avatars/… we just deleted. Hey, let’s find out what the Skype is actually accessing on a hard disk. How hard can it be to monitor that?
Open the terminal and type in a command:
sudo fs_usage -f filesys | grep -i skype | grep stat
Wanna share a nice little hack I’ve developed recently – how to re-charge a 1.5 volts watch alkaline battery, or in my case – cycling computer cell (L1142, LR43 1.5 volts). Haven’t found one in a corner shop, so decided to make my one to live a bit longer. It’s not recommended to re-charge alkalines – use this trick on your own risk, please!
Okay, the things we need:
Input: Old Canon pocket camera + CHDK firmware add-on on SDCard