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Pelican Case for my tiny Hubsan Quadcopter

pelican case quadcopter

Trying to figure out how to position my little quadcopter in a Pelican case

As much as I love my little Hubsan X4 quadcopter, I didn’t have a good place to store it.  A small cardboard box works fine, but looks kind of dull.  What I really needed was some sort of custom case for it.

Fortunately, Pelican makes a case that fits it nicely, the 1400 model (Amazon).  The build quality is excellent, and it’s made with inserts that can be “plucked” out to customize the fit.  The only problem is that the case costs around $70.  For something that costs just over $35 (Amazon), this seems a little silly.
Regardless, this case keeps things much more organized, and after crashing about 1000+ times, I’ve spent way more than $35 on this quadcopter.*  It was fun to customize everything, and I’ve showed the process in a slideshow after the “read more.” Read more »

Attach Sandpaper to a Dremel Tool

dremel-sandpaperIn preparation for a big project I’ll hopefully be able to post on later, I needed a way to deburr and take out a small amount of material from the inside of a wood hole.  My first idea was to use a Dremel Tool (around $50 on Amazon) with sandpaper loosely attached.

I needed to actually widen the hole, so it didn’t work that well for this purpose.  On the other hand, if one simply needed to deburr a hole, I think this could work quite well.

How to do this (and the results) are illustrated in the video after the “read more” link.  Basically, it was Read more »

$10 Smartphone Plan with Republic Wireless

Warning: Rambling, Ranting, and Affiliate Links to follow!

After having a “feature” phone for the last 6 years of so, I finally decided to take the plunge and upgrade to a smartphone with a company called Republic Wireless.  The insane thing is that the plan I got is only $10 a month with unlimited calling, texting, and data (sort of)!

This seemed too good to be true, so I was reassured by the fact that they have a 30 day money back guarantee on the phone.  It’s expensive compared to the “free” iPhone that Verizon would give me, however, considering that their plans are more like $50 bucks a line per month for data, the payback on actually buying the phone is pretty short.

My actual bill with my wife right now comes out to around $80 per month, so if we were to both buy phones for $150 each, the payback would be $300 / ($60 saved per month) =  5 months.  At this point we could go back if we wanted, be even on the charges, and own a phone that could be resold.

The way it works is that the handset acts like a VoIP receiver when in range of WiFi.  This saves a ton of money on data transmission.  It then uses Sprint’s network when out of WiFi range.  With the $10 plan, you only get data while able to hook into WiFi, but I could really care less.

This could actually be a benefit, as I’ve never wanted to be one of those people who uses their phone at all times, and it seems it would be slightly harder for corporations/government to track your exact position at all points during the day.  In some ways, I see this as an advantage.  If you really need data everywhere, there’s a $25 plan or $40 plan, but I’m not anticipating getting either of those.  You can actually change the plan twice a month anyway, so maybe if we’re on a trip or whatever it would be worth it.

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As for the phone, it’s a Motorola Moto G.  To me, it’s absolutely incredible, but then you have to understand where I’m coming from – a 5 year old “feature phone.”  It looks great, and it’s cool to be able to actually use aps on it.  I’ve enjoyed the Kindle app, which syncs up with our actual kindle, so you don’t have to find your place again.

The reception Read more »