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For the 98% of people without a 3rd generation iPod, I have created a smaller USB charger for just about every other type of iPod. This time without a tutorial, I wired a 9v battery clip to an on/off switch, then to a 5v regulator, to a nice blue 5v LED, to a USB port, all in series. Everything can be bought at RadioShack for under five dollars, except for the USB connector, which I bought from digikey.com. A breadboard helps, but is not necessary.
A successful experiment, I followed a tutorial over at unixmonkey.net for building an iPod charger that runs off of two AA and two 9v batteries. This should charge a 3rd generation iPod from dead to full at least twice. Sorry about the lack of pictures, I thought of photos after I had hot glued the case shut.
This post marks the birthing of my text editor/WordPress blog editor (it also works somewhat with other blogs). This blog has been created with it, and I will continue to use it for the majority of my posts. The reason I began to create it was that my MySQL server began acting up and would take half an hour just to log in. Using the xml-rpc format, I was able to bypass everything, so that there is no login time, and posting takes a few seconds. No page refreshes means no waiting.
This is created entirely from scratch. although the macromedia components came in handy. The text editor is based off of an open-source flash, obedit. I had to create a method to parse the html output from an html text box into standard Xhtml. After logging in, you are able to edit or delete an existing post, or create a new one. A quick editor allows for changing text in a post without delay, or the true text editor allows for formating.
Some bugs: The Html format adds a new div for every line, unneccessary, but not noticable in the final product; Loading posts to edit loads the html, not just the text. I will create a parse method for this soon. I will also create a “cookie” to save username/password. This will be updated, but only to fix the glitches. I am also thinking of adding a spell-check like that of obedit. lacymorrow.com/flashpress/
The slim version of the xspf player is finally out, with color, seek and time support. coming soon is shuffle, auto-update, and more bug fixes. also, the normal player has a few bug fixes with version 3.7.view them both: lacymorrow.com/jukebox/
A friend recently gave me her broken 4th generation iPod, 20 gigs, which had a broken screen and would not start up. After some searching I found a $48 screen on eBay to replace the broken one, but now I had a problem; I love the look of the 3rd gen, on the left, but my iPod had only 10 gigs and was full. I needed the extra HD space.
To open up the iPods, I used a guitar pick to go around the edges and pop up the six clips. The hard drives are held in place by a piece of tape, I removed that, then removed the HD. Switching the HDs is easy, but the different generations use a different filesystem, which requires using either the ‘restore’ button in the ipod updater, or ‘erase’ in Mac X’s disc utility. Both hard drives run like new. As for the screen, five screws are required to be removed to get to the broken screen. Pulling it out is easy, replacing it with a new one is close to impossible. Two hours of careful pushing put the new screen in it’s place, working perfectly.