Asus X302L - fix loose touchpad makes clicking noise

With 13.3” LCD, this lightweight laptop has the brain of i5-5200u, 4GBs RAM, 500GB Hard drive blah blah blah…

Just bought one yesterday from local store for AU$ 799 and it surprised me when it comes with 128GB SSD instead. Nice!

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PL2303 - USB to UART Converter for Arduino Pro Mini

PL2303-CONVERTER.JPG This is what you get from ebay for a very cheap price

Most cheap PL2303HX USB to UART adaptors from ebay usually don’t have DTR pin to upload sketch easier to Arduino Mini Pro.
This post will show you how to mod this little adaptor to play nice with arduino mini pro. It should take about 10 minutes and require good solder skill.
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Arduino Analog clock with DS1307

arduino_my_name_analogclock.png Another experiment with Arduino based on experiment with TFT 240×320 display using driver chip ILI9341 and DS1307 real time clock module.

Turn out this can be a nice analog-clock on my desk to replace the widget analog-clock of windows 7.

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240×320 2.8” TFT Display breakout using driver ILI9341

9341breakout1.jpg Playing around with 2.8” TFT display with driver ILI9341 from ebay. This one has SPI connection and SD card reader built-in at the back of this TFT display. I choose the display without touch-screen because I don’t need it for my next project.

But it seems I always have trouble with things from ebay: this TFT display using driver ILI9341 that accept 3v3 signal and the module doesn’t come with a level conversion chip like this LCD Shield using driver 4535.

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240×320 2.8” TFT Shield driver 4535 for Arduino

4535shield3.jpg For the first time having experience with arduino and TFT screen, a TFT display shield should be better than a breakout TFT display, because a shield is something that made for plug-n-play, like a usb thing, just plug it in the computer and it works right away.

That what I thought when I bought this shield.

But I was wrong.

It is the cheap TFT display you will get from ebay. There are serveral models using different drivers - mine uses LGDP4535 - that looks like the picture above.

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Nikon D5100 - Entry level Camera

iamnikond5100.jpg Bought a D5100 about a year ago. It is an entry level / consumer level DSLR and yet it is a powerful one. The wonderful thing of SLR / DSLR is that you can change the lens. I like Nikon for it’s compatible of wide range of lens including very old manual lens from the 80’s with superb image quality for very low price.

By the time I bought my D5100, its about 14.000.000vnd ~ US$ 700 come with 18-55mm VR kit Lens. Good enough for a newb like me.

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Config WDS on Buffalo WHR-HP-G300N (DD-WRT)

wzr-hp-g300nh.jpg This Buffalo WHR-HP-G300N is a very good wireless router. This model is quite old for now. This entry is for reference only.

I use 2x Buffalo WHR-HP-G300N with DD-WRT firmware (official from buffalo) which I will call the MASTER and the SLAVE.

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Mini HTPC - base on ATOM ION 330


Get bored myself, I got into another project: build mini HTPC.

- Mainboard POV - Atom ION 330 (ITX form factor)
- Mini PSU DELL 160w
- 1GB DDR2 bus 800
- 160GB Sata 3.5” Hard drive - Update may-16
- ABS plastic case (from broken Santak 1000VA UPS) - FAIL
- Custom metal case 26×24x10cm - Update may-16

Now, it’s time to get my hands dirty :)
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Adam & Eve’s Pets


Lovely pets

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Ainol Novo7 Elf - Cheap Android Tablet


This is not an Android tablet review either!
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