RedDragon Gaming Gear.

Well, since we keep talking about RedDragon in other hardware blogs…..

It should be fitting that we get ourselves some RedDragon hardware to try out because after working on Corsair and Razer gear pretty much calling it garbage. We’re pretty certain a lot of people get going to ask us

Why S? Why do you like RedDragon so much? Is Eastern Times Technology paying you? – rando

Hah! No company pays this site because they’d have to get ahold of us first. Hardly anyone really pays us but ourselves! We’re doing this article because we can. It’s just that simple. This blog entry will serve as a reference point whenever someone asks me what type of keyboard do recommend. To which they’ll probably laugh and purchase a name-brand piece of garbage for $200 only to throw it away in 6 months.

So lets get started shall we?

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Serial Servers over Ethernet – Virtual COM port mapping

Serial over Ethernet?

This article is going to go into the world of old school and obscure. That before we had the internet. Before we even had such a thing as RJ-45 jack to network with. There was only two cost effective ways of transferring data from one device to another during the 80’s and most of the 90’s. Parallel and Serial transfers. This allowed for computers to make a very primitive ‘network’ of sorts by pairing multiple serial connectors together to effectively talk to a program such as a BBS (Bulletin Board Systems). With the introduction of USB the need for these types of adapters is greatly reduced over the years. The requirement of a serial port still arises from time to time whenever you are doing with older CNC Machinery, Thermal Printers, Solar power monitoring stations, Industrial PLCs, and most importantly to us hooking up to old machines like Commodores and Amigas to do file transfers.

Maybe you want to hook your high speed network up to a 56k modem so you can re-live the days of dial-up? It seems a little masochistic to us but there are people who really dig the whole “Nostalgia” theme. There you go!

In this day and age where you can convert anything to anything there surely must be an effective means of virtualization serial over Ethernet right? Let’s find out!

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Ambient RGB LED Lighting.

DIY fun with LED RGB Lighting.

LED RGB Lighting is almost like some project you put on Pintrest. But it’s going here because we make it! Screw image aggregate services which seek to control the internet.

We wanted something in the living room for those nights where we want to relive music videos of girls putting up lipstick while a guy in a gimp suit dances in front of us. We’re both the ones with the makeup AND inside of the suit at the exact same time! More accurately in those music videos they use 3-point lighting. Blue , Red, and a Natural white. This latest blog entry deals with me getting all basic-boi and the simple fact that we didn’t want to go out and buy a $100+ dollar Phillips RGB LED mood-light bulb for my living room. Probably also because we would have to by anywhere from two to four of them to which we’re sorry. Not paying $300+ for lights that just “set the mood.” Especially when I have a lot of the materials to make the lighting to begin with. So lets see if we can show you to the best of our abilities how to do this.

Read on if you want to know more.

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So you want to start a blog?

Start a blog? In this day and age? What the hell man?!?

Perhaps one of the three readers might be interested in our advice on how to start a blog. To learn from the mistakes/failures we’ve made so that you can be an even better blogger. Perhaps even some of the success that we’ve had too. It’s been now five and a half years since we’ve opened this site and to this date we couldn’t be happier with the majority of the decisions made here. So, instead of giving little bits of information like “download WordPress” this article is to approach all aspects of what it takes to be at least a proficient blogger. We can’t say professional blogger as that would involve making money. But proficient is the next best thing in our opinions.

Lets begin!

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Adventures in Ebay.

Ebay: The story of lies, misdirection, and confusion.

For many who read our blogs you’ve probably seen a lot of links going off to Ebay for the hardware that we buy. Although there’s probably better sources to get cheap electronics such as Amazon. However, Ebay has always been our go-to source for a lot of bizarre things. This time around we purchased something rather mundane. What we ended up with is an eBay experience that is almost a teachable lesson on how fucked up business has gotten.

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Corsair Void Pro – Disassembly and Repair.

A Corsair Void Pro has now landed on my workbench.

We recently had a friend bring to me a Corsair Void Pro headset. That during their travels through airports the headset sustained some damage that rendered it inoperable. Although this is a simple repair. It’s still informative to those who don’t want to see it on YouTube dealing with “shakey-cam” footage on the repair process of these headsets. On top of it since we’ve already gone off about other corsair products such as the M65 and their Scimitar. Why not start in on their headset line?

Open up and put it in! Lets begin!

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Bell Sauce!

S Presents: “First Try!” – Bell Sauce!

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Rollerblade office caster wheels – buyer beware!

We purchased a set of Rollerblade office caster wheels.

We picked up a set of these office caster wheels that essentially have Rollerblade wheels on the bottom of them. Why you ask? Initially I wanted skateboard wheels for the bottom of my chair to maintain the aesthetic however those didn’t exist and Rollerblade wheels was the next best thing. Since Rollerblade wheels have a low Shore A rating of around 75A it meant that the polyurethane is soft and thus will not make any noise on hard wood floors. In less then a month of having these I ran into some problems!

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DIY mouse feet.

Mouse feet and where to find them.

We did an article about repairing the Corsair Scimitar mouse but there was one thing that we forgot to cover upon rebuilding that mouse which is the mouse feet. Otherwise known as mouse skids or even mouse skates. But mouse feet from most manufacturers are made from 0.6mm of substance known as PTFE (Polytetrafluoroethylene or in america it can also go by the it’s copy-written name “Teflon”.) Then, a layer of VHB (very high bond) double-sided tape is applied to the bottom. Would you like to know more?

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Building a Raspberry Pi 3 Case from Acrylic/Polycarbon

We tried to be professional about it making our own raspberry Pi Case. But that’s lame. So you get to see us screw up and still win!

This is going to be more of a document and guide of our trials and errors in how we designed our Raspberry Pi 3 case. We did learn a lot about the general manufacturing process of trying to get one done professionally and even though we failed in some respects we are at least able to provide to you better instructions then just making something in theory crossing our fingers and hoping for the best.

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