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Nick: Jipa  Info
Age: 28
Location: Tampere

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Starting to be that time of the year again! The parts just keep getting smaller, cheaper and apparently also easier to buy in larger numbers.
Starting to be that ...
Finally made a holder for a valve adapter. I use the thing to fill the tyres on my bike and now I'll always have the adapter with me when I need it :)

Keep it simple.
Finally made a holde...
I needed a sofa table. Decided to atleast try to make one myself.
I needed a sofa tabl...
Slowwwwwly getting there. Purchased the radiator for 10 € or something, and it really looks the part. The Apogee Drive boasts S775 mounting kit, which is exactly what I'm after. With the Blackops mobo, loads of DDR3 memories and a couple of S775 processors I'm really just looking to make a record in something. Anything. And if not a record, just have some fun while trying :)
Slowwwwwly getting t...
Ikea to the rescue :)
Ikea to the rescue :...
Oops I did it again! This can only end up silly :) 

After a couple of years I once again feel like modifying and tweaking a bit.
Oops I did it again!...
One (or three) can have plenty of fun even wth old projectors :) 

Three projectors, three guys playing World of Tanks, picture over 4 m in width.
One (or three) can h...
Finally I have a proper living room :) A bit too white at the moment, but the speakers are going to change and I'm about to get a sheet of some nice, dark wood to go on top of that cabinet.
Finally I have a pro...
Apparently I've lost my test benches, but luckily Ikea has provided me with this handy Testabänken :) 

I suppose it's designed for two setups, but for that price it isn't too bad for even a single setup.
Apparently I've lost...
Sunshine, beer, power tools and MOAR blasters. :)
Sunshine, beer, powe...
Added a touch of decorative lighting to my crib. The exit-sign has a meter of remote controller RGB led strip inside it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=00V5ceP3HA4
Added a touch of dec...
Yeah.. The spring is coming... So I'm in for a new blaster! 

Although the thing about this one is that it's already for sale! At the mere price of the components + some work. 

The speaker is this one: http://www.thomann.de/fi/db_technologies_k_70.htm

The amplifier is rubbish and will differ, but the batteries will be 18650 cells for convenient use.
Yeah.. The spring is...
I'll have to join the guild of the desk builders, this one just isn't wide enough! 

(It's fugly as well..)
I'll have to join th...
"We may have over cooked it"

Living room audio.. The mod here is the rack, more of which later.
"We may have ov...
Build yet another blaster for a friend of mine. This time the idea was to use the parts I had lying around and make it fit inside a beer case so I wouldn't have to worry about the surface finish :)

Many thanks to Marko for the photos, forgot to take any myself..
Build yet another bl...
Build yet another blaster for a friend of mine. This time the idea was to use the parts I had lying around and make it fit inside a beer case so I wouldn't have to worry about the surface finish :)

Many thanks to Marko for the photos, forgot to take any myself..
Build yet another bl...
Started building something, lets see if we'll ever see more of this...
Started building som...
Finished touches on the subwoofer. It got wrapped in satin and the ends are made of stainless steel. Looks pretty nice :)
Finished touches on ...
After all the dozens of cases I've reviewed, this is what it's come to :D I've just had the worst black-case-overdose ever, and wanted something subtle, boring and BEIGE (..and obviously missing the front bezel and side panel in this shot, because a box standard case form the 90's wouldn't really be too entertaining to look at). It's a random case complete with a Celeron-sticker and Phenom X6 1100 + HD6950-rig. 

For a mod I swapped the original drive cages for this: http://allthemods.com/userinfo.php?userid=8&id=6409 

I'm yet to decide if I'm going to actually put some effort into this or try to find a the kind of beige case that I'm actually looking for and save the mods for that.
After all the dozens...
Got it built. (...or actually willek did) Yours truly as size reference and just to show off my new Umbro-sweatpants. 



And how does it sound, I hear you ask? Well... Use your imagination. It's pretty loud.
Got it built. (...or...
New subwoofer project coming up :D For size comparison there's a very sturdy 6,5" bass driver on the left (similar to what you might find inside good PC-speaker subwoofers). 

Sometimes size DOES matter.
New subwoofer projec...
And here it is all done and ready for action. The original idea was to use some zip ties or velcro to keep the new adapter in place, but actually it's exactly the right size so I can still use the original battery cover to hold it in place :) Flawless victory! 

It took me forever to actually start building this thing, but in the end it was just an hour or two to build it. This will save me so much cash in batteries :)
And here it is all d...
I then cut two pieces of 6 mm acryl to act as the frame, and a piece of PCB to house a couple of capacitors. The caps are there to even out the peaks caused by the flash charging its own capacitor.
I then cut two piece...
Modified my flash to use a transformer instead of six AA-batteries. Here's how it originally works, a holder for the batteries and a separate hatch that keeps the holder in place. 

If I wanted to use rechargeable batteries it would take two chargers to charge them all simultaneously, and I just didn't want to go there... Also I had no other use for the cells, and spending all the money for batteries and chargers just to feed a freebie flash seemed like total waste of money.
Modified my flash to...
Lets start a bit of a community project here! Like some of you may or may not know, we already started abusing this Antec 902 case over at Assembly 2011, but now the party is over and I'm out of ideas. 

The stuff done so far: 
Flip the thing 90 degrees, so the rear is no floor and the front is the roof.
Lift the motherboard tray and I/O-area 40 mm so there's room for cables.
Cut a small window to the front/roof and flip the fans so the cooling makes sense. 

So not much done... Yet. 

To help with the inspiration and ideas, there's a SketchUp-model of the case available at: http://sketchup.google.com/3dwarehouse/details?mid=6fb65033d8293077450b643c5e3aa18a&prevstart=0 

(and if you want to send edited models/renders/long stories, feel free to do so directly to my email at jvasama@hotmail.com)
Lets start a bit of ...
New stands for the speakers ;) I may have to do some finishing touches, but atleast they are sturdy enough.
New stands for the s...
To balance the ugliness of the Blaster, I designed this thing of beauty. Now I'm wondering if I should actually make it. What do you think?
To balance the uglin...
It seems like the LED-lamp photos disappeared during the server change, so lets try again.. 

4-led module mounted to an old GPU-cooler and aluminum block, 1 A driver and a Li-Poly battery.  Next job will be to seal the thing somehow and make a mount for bicycle use.
It seems like the LE...
It seems like the LED-lamp photos disappeared during the server change, so lets try again.. 

4-led module mounted to an old GPU-cooler and aluminum block, 1 A driver and a Li-Poly battery.  Next job will be to seal the thing somehow and make a mount for bicycle use.
It seems like the LE...
Finally got around finishing the cooler. Added a switch for choosing between 12/6 V for the fans.. Now that it's done, I think I might spend the 10  on a proper AM3-mount for the Apogee GTZ :) 

Next stop: seeing how well it manages to cool an overclocked 6-core...
Finally got around f...
Something new.
Something new. ...
Decided to build a new cabinet for the tools. Re-used parts from a shelf I got for free from a friend of mine. Still needs the hooks for the tools in the upper part and a door for the bottom part, but other than that it's done. 

It's ugly as sin, but so much better than the old one... I may paint it one day if I also get some paint for free :P
Decided to build a n...
Build new "ambilight"-bars from leds. Two bars with eight leds each. I've also upgraded the original led lights and now they also have eight of the same leds each.

So now overall there are 32 leds lighting the desk area. Not really enough to LIGHT anything, but it gives a nice effect in the dark. 

All of these are also hooked up to the DIY-dimmer (see project).
Build new "ambi...
New setup. Needed moar desk space, figured this would be the best solution. The speakers need to be tilted or placed somewhere else, but other than that it seems fine.
New setup. Needed mo...
Annnnnnd done. It's operational, but I still need to get the casing done.
Annnnnnd done. It's ...
Coming up ;)
Coming up ;) ...
I decided I need a new HDD-cage and got kinda carried away. 6 mm aluminum + 4 mm bitumen SHOULD be enough to prevent any vibrations... 

As for the mounting I've got two Antec silicone grommets on each corner. The cage alone weights about 350 grams and with all the four drives in place the total is over two kilograms (kitchen scale didn't show over 2000 g ;) )
I decided I need a n...
I decided I need a new HDD-cage and got kinda carried away. 6 mm aluminum + 4 mm bitumen SHOULD be enough to prevent any vibrations...
I decided I need a n...
Started to build a rack for my amplifiers... The actual design has three layers, but as of now I only made one.

Basically it's just something to make my desk less cluttered. It also has wheels for easier connecting of cables and cleaning.
Started to build a r...
I made this as a Christmas present to my sister. It's computer speakers modified into a plushie pig :) Unfortunately I don't seem to have any proper pictures of the making, as I was in terrible hurry, but here's the finished "product". 

Also see the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q_7ll1x-usg
I made this as a Chr...
Cleaned dad's cables. 

This is how you make before-after shot ;) No need for image spamming.
Cleaned dad's cables...
Internals of the USB LED-tester. Just a DIL-socket and some resistors.
Internals of the USB...
The casing of the USB LED-tester.
The casing of the US...
Finished. Was hard enough to tighten the grommet of the RCA-connector inside the tube...
Finished. Was hard e...
DIY cable for the subwoofer... AAA battery on the image for size comparison :> Speakon connectors on both ends, just a little bit more sturdy than the 3,5 mm jacks or RCA connectors on el-cheapo signal cables.
DIY cable for the su...
Comparison between the original SketchUp-model and the finished fan. The shape of the bottom part changed a little bit, but other than that it followed the plan pretty nicely :)
Comparison between t...
Already got the hardest part done today.. Base coming up tomorrow (maybe).
Already got the hard...
2nd. rig assembled for the last time (in Silverstone SG03) and ready to be shipped off.

This was the second mATX-setup solely built for case reviews and now as my sister needs anew rig, this will go to her. That also means that when ever I'm gonna review the next mATX case to Metku I'll have to build yet another mATX setup :) 

The components in this one were:
Gigabyte GA-73PVM-S2H 
E2160
2* PQi 1 GB 800 MHz
Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 250 GB 
SilverStone SST-ST56F 560W
Silverstone Sugo SG03 aluminum case

Silverstone Nitrogon NT06-Lite + Random DVD-burner

Very small and quiet build, she'd better love it :D
2nd. rig assembled f...
You won't be seeing any AMD CPUs in future reviews ;) 

Jipa's shopping spree;
Gigabyte GA-73PVM-S2H
Abit IP35
E2160
E6750
and a 7200.10 250 GB for the mATX-rig just because it seemed so lonely in the store.
You won't be seeing ...
Out with the old, in with the new. Go figure why it was time to upgrade the test bed from X2 4600+ to E6750. Both processors running at stock speeds...
Out with the old, in...
SketchUp'd a bit and here's the result. Diameters are ~40x40x20 cm and it houses uATX mobo and normal ATX power supply. 

Also see the video here: 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mta42KT9G6s

Shows how important it is to use components - it's so much easier to see and modify the design when you make all the stuff components of their own.
SketchUp'd a bit and...
A triac controller that I've been planning for ages and am finally building. So far it has four channels, but I'm gonna make a second PCB there to house further 4 channels. 

The triacs I'm using are rated at 9 amp RMS current, which means that I can control 8*9=72 amps continuous current. On 12 V lamps this means over 800 Watts and if I made the system to handle 230 Volts (which I'm not, because all the insulations would be very, very bad PITA to make properly) it could handle about 16 kW power.... That's the theory at least :D

More to come.
A triac controller t...
Some ghetto drill press-addons. I was drilling holes to PCB for a project and didn't want the dust to get all over the place, which explains the red bin under the drill. Sometimes it would be handy to have this bin filled with water (wet sanding/polishing), but that would need some further enhancements to the design so that the drill wouldn't rust.

Another test here is the LED-light taped to the side. First I thought of using two line-lasers, but drilling reflective stuff (metal) would be rather unpleasant if there were laser beams bouncing to my eyes. The lamp made it easier to see where the marks are, so I think I'm gonna go a bit further with this idea and modify the lamp to work with transformer and have a power switch.
Some ghetto drill pr...
The original mounting bracket of the cooler snapped, so I had to make a new one. Kinda made me dislike the AM2 and its four mounting holes... S939 would've been easier as it has only two holes.
The original mountin...
The simpliest fancontroller in the world... The pcb is about 3 x too large right now, but I guess I'll add some connectors there, so there'll be no extra space.

Specs are:
Max. power handling (like it would matter) ~100 W
Adjustment for minimum voltage/fan speed (makes sure the fans don't stop at any setting)

When I add the connectors, I'll propably also add a trimmer for the max. speed. 

Cost for this thing is about 2  (around three billion dollars with the current exchange rate)
The simpliest fancon...
See the bunnypedal-project for more info.
See the bunnypedal-p...
Three images showing the bolt-action mechanism of my coilgun in action. There should be a spring in the barrel, but I can't find one long enough
Three images showing...
An old casemod of mine. Found the images and I just had to upload one :) 

It's an old Compaq servercase transformed to house normal ATX hardware. Also had a motored webcam and a peltier-colacooler.
An old casemod of mi...
My humble modcorner which, as seen in the picture, isn't a corner at all. On top of the shelf there's my newest thing, an oscilloscope I got from school. Make building and repairing all kinds of electronics so much easier... And yes, there's a green CCFL in the tool-closet :)
My humble modcorner ...
My version of Peltier-colacooler... No insulations and the tube is there just to demonstrate the crazy height of that thing.
My version of Peltie...
Finally found a cooler that fits the M2N32-SLI Deluxe motherboard! Yay I'm so happy, finally got rid of the noisy boxed cooler. The cooler is Nexus AXM-8200, for more info visit http://www.nexustek.nl/axm-8200_am2-real-silent-cpu-cooler.htm

Viimeinki lyty cooleri joka sopii M2N32-sli Deluxe-emolle ja psin eroon boxed-coolerista.
Finally found a cool...
Engraving at Campus Party 2007.
Engraving at Campus ...
11 th. Campus Party in Valencia. Four members of Metku crew are here, are you?
11 th. Campus Party ...
Funky.
Funky.
Another shot showing the internals of the server. It's a hevily underclocked Pentium 3-system with only one fan and some sound dampening stuff on the walls. Fast enough to run my irssi and keeps cool'n'quiet. 

Besides cooling the HDD, the heatsink also adds some weight to it and makes it more quiet.

I tried to take a picture showing the clearance between the processor and the PSU fan, but it didn't work out too well. There's maybe one millimeter between those :)
Another shot showing...
My new PSU I salvaged from a rack of hospital equipments. I guess the rack had something to do with magnetic resonance imaging...

150 amperes should be more than enough for all the leds I ever wish to use!

The plug on top of the unit is the original power plug. I don't know what model that is, but luckily the voltage range is right.
My new PSU I salvage...
Clean through the base of a soda can. It also went all the way through when shot from the side..... Jipa likes :)

Thanks to masse for using his lathe to make the projectile seen in the pic.
Clean through the ba...
Here's my RC-runner made of two servomotors, a battery and a reciver and ofc Lego-wheels and some 1,5 mm aluminum sheet. It runs pretty fast at full charge and I've actually broken the fixings from both servos via driving it down from a table...
Here's my RC-runner ...
My coilgun version X.0 X because I don't remember which version this actually is but this pic is taken from the very first tests with this version, so it's .0.   Logical eh? :)

I tried to make things safe this time and keep every high-voltage part hidden. Current specs for the capacitors are 200V 4800uF but I'm gonna upgrade that up to atleast 10000uF ( About 50 to 100J of energy)
My coilgun version X...
I finally bought a drill press! Now I can mod again ;) Also some quality-cobolt-bits, they really rock! 
F the cheap bits!

Drill cost about 60 and the vice 10.. Bits so far also about 10.
I finally bought a d...