Tech Nonsense

Join Us at PDQ to Help Fund Scholarships for Summer Camp

Posted by on April 4, 2013 at 11:35 pm

On Monday, April 8th, I will be at the PDQ in Carrollwood for one of their Family Fun Night fundraisers. When you place your dinner order, mention the FunWithBots Robotics Camp and they will donate 10% of your bill to help fund a scholarship for underprivileged children to attend camp. In addition, if you sign […]

We’re moving!

Posted by on March 30, 2013 at 4:17 pm

Well, our website is. Our hosting provider who I’ve used for almost 10 years now has decided to lock down their servers with additional security. The net result is that they broke my captcha service, outgoing email, and who knows what else. It took almost four hours on the phone to convince them I didn’t […]

Possibly Coolest Use for an NXT Ever!

Posted by on November 15, 2012 at 11:44 am
NXT Robot controlled by astronauts on the ISS.

NASA, ESA Use Experimental Interplanetary Internet to Test Robot From International Space Station. Yes, it’s a LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT! November 8, 2012 WASHINGTON — NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) successfully have used an experimental version of interplanetary Internet to control an educational rover from the International Space Station. The experiment used NASA’s Disruption […]

MINDSTORMS Sumo Competition – Stuart, FL June 9, 2012

Posted by on May 24, 2012 at 4:26 pm

This looks like a really fun event. I haven’t participated in any sumo competitions but I’ve heard they are a blast! This one is open to two person teams (one adult, one child). Robots must be 100% LEGO with one brain, no limits on sensors or motors. Robots must weigh in at 1 KG or […]

Scooba Battery Tear Down

Posted by on February 6, 2012 at 12:04 am
Scooba Battery Guts

I find myself in possession of two dead Irobot Scooba Battery Packs and no working robotic floor mops. I decided it was worth doing the tear down on one just to see how tough it could be to rebuild it myself. It took about 30 minutes only because I tried to be careful not to […]

Troubleshooting Windows 7 MSI Installer Errors

Posted by on October 20, 2011 at 11:13 pm

For a couple of months, I’ve been plagued with errors trying to update Quickbooks. I’m greeted with various errors during the installation that point me back to pages on the Intuit website that describe lengthy procedures for modifying registry permissions. Naturally, these are “last resort” options after trying to repair my Quickbooks installation, reinstalling Quickbooks, […]

NXT Bricks with faulty displays to be replaced

Posted by on June 25, 2011 at 4:03 pm

According to, if you are in possession of an NXT Intelligent Brick with a faulty display, LEGO Customer Service will now replace them at no charge. Do you own an NXT ‘Intelligent Brick’ with a flickery or non-working display? Steven Canvin, LEGO’s Community Manager for LEGO MINDSTORMS, has asked us to pass on this […]

Return To Sender

Posted by on May 2, 2011 at 8:00 pm

I just came back from a short trip this past Saturday and learned that my newly minted PO Box had been previously rented to someone else just days before I signed up for it. Consequently, a small number of camp registrations may have been returned to sender. Fortunately, the lady who runs our post office […]

Building a 3D Liftarm Using Our New Aluminum End Beams

Posted by on February 13, 2010 at 11:47 pm
4L End Beam with low profile cap screw

We added a particularly interesting aluminum liftarm today. This beam has one flat end and is threaded on this end. This lets you attach it to any standard Technic-compatible part at a perpendicular direction to the existing beam. Using this new part, we can now build L and T beams of varying lengths. The other […]

Weather Station Project

Posted by on January 5, 2008 at 1:43 am

I’ve decided it would be fun to build a homebrew weather station. I purchased a Lantronix Matchport Kit a few months ago from GridConnect. My original idea for an entry in the Lantronix Wireless Design Contest was a robotic watchdog that would wander around the house and record suspicious activity to a PC connected through […]

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