Lazy Long Weekend Project

About five years ago, we got a cute little R-Pod 173T.  It’s a trail­er with a pop-out tent to extend the intern­al liv­ing area by about 36 sq. ft.

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Very cute and just the right size to be towed by our Santa Fe.

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A couple of years ago, my very patient wife sug­ges­ted we remove the sofa to make more room inside. (not my photo — found on the tubes)

Bril­liant! Awe­some to have more space.

But what to do with the couch (sofa)?

She sug­ges­ted we (I) fig­ure out a way to use it in our Gar­age-Jang.

Garage / training room.

Of course, I over ana­lyzed it. Here’s my pro­ject sketches to prove it.

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Fast for­ward to 3 years later. Yes, it’s done.

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And per­haps I over-engin­eered it a bit. (ser­i­ously. 2x6??)

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I don’t care. It’s done. It’s sol­id, and it’s actu­ally com­fort­able.

Long Week­end Win!

 

eeePC Netbook Ubuntu mod and a bit of fun

As you can see, I’ve man­aged to get Tweet­Deck installed on my lan­guish­ing eeePC 8G Net­book.

Ori­gin­ally we’d picked the eeePC up as a light web browser, but found the nat­ive Xan­dros OS a bit weak.

Time passed and we’d not had time to really explore the poten­tial of this little guy…until now.

First off, the OS needed a rework. I was con­sid­er­ing a TinyXP (stripped down) Win­dows XP install, but decided against it for a num­ber of reas­ons.

Then Easy Peasy was released. It’s a fork of Ubuntu Linux, optim­ized for the require­ments of the netbook’s smal­ler form factor (screen, key­board, wifi, etc).

Cut­ting to the chase, the Easy Peasy install­a­tion went per­fectly, fol­low­ing these instruc­tions.

Then, to make this refreshed net­book work for me…it needed Tweet­Deck (the ulti­mate Twit­ter cli­ent) which runs on Adobe AIR. Ubuntu and Easy Peasy don’t include AIR, but lucky for me there was a simple walk­through which I’ll sum­mar­ize here:

  1. Open the Ter­min­al
  2. Down­load the file from here using the wget com­mand:
    http://airdownload.adobe.com/air/lin/download/1.5/AdobeAIRInstaller.bin
  3. The name of the file is AdobeAIRInstaller.bin
  4. Save the file in the Home folder (Places > Home Folder)
  5. Run this com­mand:
    chmod +x AdobeAIRInstaller.bin
  6. Now run this com­mand:
    sudo ./AdobeAIRInstaller.bin

The nor­mal installer will open, install it. From now whenev­er you down­load a .air file, just double click it and it will be installed.

So this means we simply browse to the Tweet­Deck down­load page, click on the Linux Ver­sion, and select ‘install with Ado­beAir­Installer’ when promp­ted by the oper­at­ing sys­tem.

Poof done! Tweet­Deck now installed and the eeePC net­book can now play with Twit­ter like the big boys.

Modding my Xbox…

[ This item ori­gin­ated at my pre­vi­ous (now defunct) blog bradblog.info — copy retrieved from the Inter­net Archive]

A while ago I man­aged to lay my hands on a refur­bished Xbox for a fairly reas­on­able price. Great, methinks. A game con­sole and a DVD play­er, all rolled into one. And hey, it’ll even play music from the built in hard drive too¦ but not stock from the fact­ory. No, my friend, you have to void the Microsoft war­ranty and mess with the happy tech­no­logy that lies bur­ied with­in your game con­sole. Once you do that, you then have unlocked the power of your Xbox, and cre­ated a Monster¦here’s how I did mine¦ Con­tin­ue read­ing “Mod­ding my Xbox…”