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Topic: Need help with a lighting project   Go to last post
Posted: Saturday, August 23, 2014 7:12:03 PM(UTC)

Ben, that wasn't exactly what I was looking for, but it taught me the term "inline switch".  That sent me down a rabbit hole where I found a usb cord with a switch on it for $5 on amazon.  Exactly what I needed.  Thanks!

Topic: Need help with a lighting project   Go to last post
Posted: Saturday, August 23, 2014 2:13:00 PM(UTC)

That's actually exactly what I'm using haha.  My problem is that it doesn't have an on/off switch.

Topic: Need help with a lighting project   Go to last post
Posted: Saturday, August 23, 2014 12:38:18 PM(UTC)

Hello all! Wasn't sure where else to ask this, so I'm hoping some of the techies here can help.

I have a paper lantern that I'm trying to light up.  I want it to be a permanent fixture, so no battery operated lights.  I slapped together a rough solution.  Had to be cold light, cuz paper, and wanted it to look candle-like.

Solution: usb LED reading light, ripped apart the casing, covered with

paper that I scribbled on with yellow and orange marker and plugged into

iPhone charger. Surprisingly effective, all for $7. I was really

close to ripping apart a $30 desk lamp for it. I think I should find

thinner/wax paper to let more light through.

Anyway, my question is this.  What's the best way to make this switch operated and keep the minimalist approach?  I don't have any outlets connected to light switches in my apartment, and being a rental I can't do any rewiring in it.  Is there such a thing as a small USB plug like the iphone charger with an on/off switch??  Any help is appreciated.  Here are some images of what it looks like so far.






Topic: Action RPG Dark Souls Sells 2.3 Million Copies, What You’re Missing Out On   Go to last post
Posted: Saturday, April 13, 2013 10:06:50 AM(UTC)

I'm so ashamed of myself, but this game defeated me. I even beat Demons Souls on PS3, and was super excited for Dark Souls to come out on PC, but once it did it was just too much. I think it was Blight Town where I said "this just isn't fun anymore".

Topic: EA “Streamlines” By Laying Off More Workers   Go to last post
Posted: Thursday, April 11, 2013 1:00:35 PM(UTC)

I hate to hear about anybody losing their jobs, but a part of me enjoys hearing bad things happen to EA. I hope those talented people find better employers.

Topic: Torment: Tides of Numenera Hits Most Funded Video Game on Kickstarter, No DRM   Go to last post
Posted: Monday, April 8, 2013 1:55:36 PM(UTC)

I'm thrilled about this. I love Planescape Torment so much! I must admit though, I went back after almost a decade and it was incredibly difficult. I don't know how the hell I finished it as a youngster.

Topic: California Bans Smartphone Maps Checking While Driving   Go to last post
Posted: Monday, April 8, 2013 7:47:46 AM(UTC)

Wow, good thing I don't live there. I specifically skipped getting a navigation system in my new car because I just use my phone.

Topic: Audi, T-Mobile Tag Team Cheap In-Car Data Plans   Go to last post
Posted: Sunday, April 7, 2013 3:10:38 PM(UTC)

Why not figure out how to piggy back on a phone's existing data plan?? Are there really enough people interested in such a service that don't already have some sort of data plan for their phones? I actually bought a new CRV yesterday, and the dealer was going on and on about how I could stream pandora in my car if I paid for so and so service. But I can just connect my phone via bluetooth and stream from the Pandora app on my phone.

Topic: Verizon CEO Open To Eliminating Service Contracts, T-Mobile Could Have Started a Trend   Go to last post
Posted: Saturday, April 6, 2013 4:19:12 PM(UTC)

Does Verizon still have a problem with running data and voice at the same time? It's really the only reason I switched from them to AT&T when I got my first smart phone. Now that the contract is up I'm looking for better options.

Topic: HotHardware and EVGA Spring Fling Gaming System Giveaway!   Go to last post
Posted: Friday, April 5, 2013 12:41:35 PM(UTC)