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DIY re-celling laptop battery

March 7th, 2016
Re-celling laptop battery Panasonic Li-ion cells

I have a Sony VAIO VGN-SR59 laptop, which batteries capacity significantly dropped from ageing ūüôĀ This¬†laptop is already something like six years old. From the economical point, it is not worth to buy a new genuine Sony battery anymore because they are quite expensive. However the laptop runs still reasonable well for its age. But […]

Making the most of your Brother laser printer

January 28th, 2016
Tweak Brother printer

Recently, I got my¬†Brother mono printer¬†and¬†made a print server from Raspberry Pi. The printer’s quality is¬†quite¬†OK. I mean the black&white prints are really good. But the problem comes when you print something not from your text editor (poor b&w) but let’s say your flight ticket from a pdf file. Challenges of printing grey shades You […]

DIY print server from RPi

December 9th, 2015
DIY print server from RPi for brother printer

I have bought a Brother HL-2300D mono laser printer which has only an USB connection.¬†Before that, I used a printer accessible through the network and I admit it was very convenient ūüôā So, I started to miss this function … What are the options for printer server? At least in my case, one option is […]

Affordable printer for home office

November 8th, 2015
Choose home printer

To be or not be – to buy or not buy Samsung color printer toner At the moment, I am still using my Samsung color laser printer¬†CPL-320N, which works pretty well and has the network interface, however the toner is a bit costly. The genuine set of the toners costs ~120 Eur. The printer produces […]

The same SSID for multiple access points

October 4th, 2015
OpenWRT DD-WRT The same SSID for multiple access points

I have two access points at home connected through the TP-Link powerline adapter. The first one is Belkin F6D6230-4 with DD-WRT on board, while the second is¬†Netgear WNR2000 v2 with OpenWRT firmware. If you are going to put some 3rd party on your wireless access router, you can read a bit about bricking the router […]

Building a vintage stereo system

September 5th, 2015
Quality audio system for cheap

Do you want¬†quality sound system for cheap? Unsure on¬†spending high budget on new audio setup? Or are you DIY’er guy who likes to tweak old audio gear? ¬†In all these cases, the¬†second-hand market like eBay and¬†building a vintage stereo system might be a good option to consider. Current economy brings quite many different audio products […]

Re-build a Home Theater PC (HTPC)

July 26th, 2015
Build a Home Theater PC

I am a fan of Raspberry Pi and I was using it for pretty long period as HTPC with OpenElec¬†on it. Moreover, Raspberry Pi got a upgrade of the¬†sound card¬†in my setup. You can read it in my previous post. However, every time when there was new software of RPi release, I had to tweak […]

DIY audio preamp B1

May 26th, 2015
Audio preamp B1 DIY

Attention! This post provides the instruction how to build the audio preamp, however it is related to working with the electricity. That can¬†be risky and create hazard to your life! If you do not posses all required knowledge and skills, please do not follow it! That was pretty long DIY project, but not because it […]

Buying USB flash drive from eBay

April 24th, 2015
USB flash drive from eBay

Buying the gadgets from eBay might be potentially rewarding, but it might be quite risky at the same time. My case of buying an USB flash drive from eBay I was considering already for a while to get an USB flash drive which I could keep it on my keys ring. In this case, I […]

Pros and cons of Gaggia Brera

March 25th, 2015
For and against Gaggia Brera

Gaggia is pretty well known brand among coffee lovers and it used to be a separate company with long history of making the espresso machines. However, first, it was acquired by Saeco and after that by Philips (just few years ago). Gaggia Brera¬†is really convenient gadget if you want to have some good expresso in […]