Building Blocks II Dec28

Building Blocks II

As I mentioned in a few posts, I save all my cutoffs after big projects.  Instead of sending the scraps to the landfill or fireplace, I like using them to make coasters to toy blocks.  I saved all the best pieces from 2015 to create a huge selection of stacking blocks.  The mahogany, hard...

Rocket Bed Dec25

Rocket Bed

My friend’s son is in love with rockets.  When I was a kid I was all about firetrucks and robots, so I understand his infatuation with heavy machinery.  His dad pitched an idea to me to make a rocket that we could attach to his new Ikea Kura reversible bed: The rocket would have a...

Make: Pop-Up Store Dec20

Make: Pop-Up Store

Just in time for the holiday season, Maker Media opened up a “pop-up” store in downtown San Francisco.  I had the good fortune (and timing) to be in the area for the opening of the retail space on Sutter Street.   Greeting customers the moment they walk in, Makey the...

Installing ESXi on a TS440 Dec17

Installing ESXi on a...

I recently picked up a new server to run VMware’s ESXi, a free type 1 hypervisor.  Here are the steps I went through to get the machine ready to run all those virtual machines. First, download the latest version of ESXi from VMWare’s site.  Note that the download is free but...

ThinkServer TS440 Dec15

ThinkServer TS440

This past Black Friday I splurged on a Lenovo Thinkserver TS440, an affordable 5U tower that’s also very capable.  I purchased a few upgrades at the same time, to include a fast solid state hard drive and dual gigabit NIC.  Here’s a quick rundown of the specs: Intel Xeon E3-1225...