web3 is simply digital fences and land grabs of information. even if it wasn't bad for the environment it will always embody the worst capitalist philosophies. it manufactures an owning class by putting locks on the means of production.
Pearson Plans to Sell Its Textbooks as NFTs
hey can anyone out there help me find critical/theoretical writing on hardware modding? (especially on video game hardware, but any kind of consumer modification of industrially-manufactured products would work)
I know that (e.g.) Stephanie Boluk and Patrick Lemieux have studied video game modding from a software perspective, but I don't know anyone studying hardware mods in particular.
(doesn't need to be "academic," just looking for stuff beyond tutorials and enthusiast press)
gameboy custom build
the dmg has this reputation for being indestructible, but in my (small) experience, repairing and modding them is like a high wire act. there are no fuses, the dc voltage circuit is unregulated, the ribbon cable connecting the screen pcb to the motherboard is just held in with friction. (that cable has the line for the B and Left buttons right next to the LCD negative bias, so if you don't insert it juuuust right, you'll short the contacts and fry your CPU like I did)
gameboy custom build
just finished this custom DMG with an aftermarket IPS LCD, shell and buttons! I love how it came out but it was a surprisingly tough build. I accidentally zapped the original motherboard I was going to use (the DMG's design makes it too easy to send -30v straight to the CPU) and killed the first fancy LCD I tried to install (which the vendor kindly replaced). and THEN I discovered the speaker didn't work, so I had to reopen to diagnose. but it's all fixed now and works great!
weaving, 3d printing
this is actually the first 3d model i've ever made, and (somehow?) the first thing i've ever printed in a 3d printer. the whole process was very fun and satisfying! after having used it, the only change i'd make to the loom would be to slightly offset one of the rows of pegs (as it is, the warp ends up slightly diagonal if you're warping like i did, by running the thread from one side to the other and back)
i needed a way to sample yarn and color combinations without the hassle and waste of warping my regular loom, AND i wanted to learn how to make 3d models for 3d printing... so i made my own little 3d printed frame loom! i designed the model in freecad and printed it with one of the ultimakers in my department's shop. the loom is so small that i didn't bother with a heddle—i wove "manually" using a long tapestry needle and beat the weft with a 99c hair pick from walgreens.
gameboy repair success!
i finished (mostly) this backlit gameboy pocket build! i ended up using another gbp screen i had for the backlight mod. the bivert chip i bought was a dud, i think, but the backlit display looks fine without it imo. this model of the gameboy pocket didn't include a power led, but the aftermarket lens i bought has an opening for one, so i ended up rigging the most homemade power led mod imaginable (just soldered a through-hole led and resistor between vcc and ground)
gameboy repair setback!
boo i ruined this one when i was desoldering the ribbon so i could get to the back light (the front half of the ribbon is very delicate and it's easy to accidentally rip the connectors right off of it, and no way to fix because the connectors lead straight into the tiny tiny matrix controller chip). oh well! now i have an extra gameboy pocket motherboard for some future mod...
the only problem is that the company that made this flash cart no longer exists, and the software to flash it only runs on Windows XP (if you can even track down a copy). so I'm stuck with the games I flashed on there back in like 2012. fortunately these games are bangers: Metroid Fusion, Klonoa, and Mario & Luigi Superstar Saga
another first for me: I resoldered a surface-mount chip in this old flash cart of mine for the GBA. I opened the cart up and found that the SRAM chip (in the upper right corner) had separated from its solder pads somehow—one side was completely loose, and a bunch of pins on that side were bent. I used fine tweezers to bend the pins back, then soldered it back in place (with the help of a lot of chipquick flux). it's not pretty but it does work!
still waiting on my polarizing film and i do wonder at this point how many people have walked past my office wondering why i'm wearing sunglasses and playing gameboy, like some magazine ad from the 90s
i finished another towel set! these are handwoven on my 15" rigid heddle loom, with cotton yarn (the lilac color) and a cotton/linen mix (the white color). both towels are from the same warp but i tried to give them different styles by mixing up the weft a bit (one towel has weft stripes with the white linen, the other has areas of warp/weft floats and i left a bit of fringe on the end). i learned a lot from this project and i am pleased with how they came out!
i removed the polarizer by carefully lifting it with an exacto knife and peeling away... and then just scrubbing it with isopropyl alcohol and a q-tip for like 45 mins. (i used the exacto knife a few more times, very carefully, to lift some stubborn bits.) the eventual goal here is to install a backlight mod. i know they sell fancy ips lcds for the pocket now but honestly i kinda love the look of the lcd on the pocket
removed my first burned polarizer today, from a game boy pocket lcd. it was less difficult than i thought it would be. (tedious but not difficult.) pics show what it looked like beforehand, the middle of the process, and after the polarizer was removed completely (including all the adhesive). i don't have new polarizer film yet, but my sunglasses are polarized, so i used them to check to see if the screen still works (it does!)
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