FREDYEN.COM http://fredyen.com A Collection of Unfinished Projects! Mon, 27 Mar 2017 03:33:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.2 Fire Stick Jailbreak – Get FREE Live TV and Premium Channels http://fredyen.com/fire-stick-jailbreak-get-free-live-tv-premium-channels/ Mon, 27 Mar 2017 03:33:18 +0000 http://fredyen.com/?p=976 It’s pretty clear that a lot of you enjoy videos relating to Jailbreaking the Fire Stick and installing KODI on to it. A highly requested video is how to watch live tv and premium channels on the Fire Stick. So in this video, I show you exactly how to do that! Installing GoodFellas Live TV …

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It’s pretty clear that a lot of you enjoy videos relating to Jailbreaking the Fire Stick and installing KODI on to it.

A highly requested video is how to watch live tv and premium channels on the Fire Stick.

So in this video, I show you exactly how to do that!

Installing GoodFellas Live TV

In order to view live tv and premium channels, we are going to use an add-on called GoodFellas.

I want to be very clear with you about this install.

Although this process does work, it is not 100% perfect.

Most of the channels that I watch do work most of the time but occassionally there will be streams that either do not load correctly or is just plain laggy.

As long as you have that expectation, you should still find this add-on very enjoyable.

THE INSTALL PROCESS

Launch KODI on the Amazon Fire Stick and navigate over to SYSTEMS then FILE MANAGER.

Once in FILE MANAGER, you will need to ADD SOURCE and enter in this URL.

http://goodfellasteam.com/Repository

*MAKE SURE YOU SPELL CORRECTLY!!!*

The most common reason people are having difficulties install this add-on is due to incorrectly spelling. So if you are having problems, make sure you are typing in this URL exactly as shown!

INSTALL FROM ZIP FILE

Next move back and select just SYSTEM

Move to ADD-ONs and navigate down to INSTALL FROM ZIP FILE.

Then choose GOODFELLAS and select REPOSITORY.GOODFELLAS.ZIP

If done correctly, you should see GoodFellas enabled on the bottom right of the screen.

INSTALL FROM REPOSITORY

Once you see that it’s enable, move up and select INSTALL FROM REPOSITORY.

Click on GOODFELLAS, go down to VIDEO ADD ONs, and select GOODFELLAS 2.0

You can now install GOODFELLAS.

To watching Live TV and Premium channels, you can enter into this add-on by select VIDEO then ADD Ons.

That’s all there is to it!

FINAL THOUGHTS

There are several add-ons available that can give you FREE Live TV and Premium Channels but I personally have found GoodFellas TV to be the best option for me.

Remember that this is not a perfect solution but it is reliable enough to give you your Live TV fix.

Hope this helps everyone!

 

 

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How to Make Custom Hats with your Logo http://fredyen.com/make-custom-hats-logo/ Mon, 27 Mar 2017 03:08:27 +0000 http://fredyen.com/?p=971 So I was recently on a search for some new hats to wear. However if you are anything like me, you don’t really like to advertise other peoples products. I thought to myself, why not promote your own brand instead of being a walking billboard for other peoples brands? So here is how I went …

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So I was recently on a search for some new hats to wear. However if you are anything like me, you don’t really like to advertise other peoples products.

I thought to myself, why not promote your own brand instead of being a walking billboard for other peoples brands?

So here is how I went about making custom hats with my own logo.

CREATING A DESIGN OR LOGO

The first thing you need to have is a custom design or logo to place on your custom hats.

In my case, my logo is simply my signature that was easily edited in photoshop.

If you currently do not have a logo or design and have no idea how to use photoshop, I have a very cheap solution for you.

Whenever I need a custom design made, I always use the services provided by Fiverr.

Fiverr is an online marketplace that has thousands of designers willing to create a logo for you for as little as $5.

This is no joke, I actually use them for logos whenever I create a new website and do not have time to make my own designs.

GET PATCHES MADE

Next up in this process is getting patches made with your logo on it.

I always like to support local businesses but usually local shops require a minimum order quantity when making custom products.

However if I only need a few custom hats, I will usually turn to online services because they do not require high quantity orders.

I am going to give you a link to where I purchased my patches but I want to give you a disclaimer.

I have no history with this company and the only two items I have purchased from them are the two patches you see in this video.

I do not know what their customer service or quality control is like. With that said, I am satisfied with the products I received.

PURCHASE YOUR HATS

Once you recieve your patches, you know need to decide what you want to put these patches on.

You can choose pretty much anything you want. From hats to beanies to even clothing.

In my case, I went with these DECKY 6 Panel Trucker Hats.

They come in several colors, are relatively inexpensive, and I like the fit and style of them.

Again, you can choose pretty much anything you want.

START GLUING

There’s several ways you can attached your custom patches to your product.

I would say that sewing them on would be the best option if you know how to or know someone that can sew the patches on to your product.

I, however, do not know how to sew.

So I decided to use some E6000 Permanent Adhesive.

A lot of research was done when deciding what type of adhesive to use for this project. After all the research, I personally concluded that this was the best glue to attach the patches onto my hats.

This glue is permanent, works great with fabrics, and is safe to put into a washer and dryer.

All I had to do was smear the glue onto the patches and stick them on to the hats.

You will want to place pressure on the patches until you start to feel the glue set. This will prevent the patches from moving around and from detaching from the hats.

FINAL THOUGHTS

After several weeks wearing my new hat, I love this process.

It was really simple and cheap to do and the quality is comparable to most hats bought off the shelf.

The best part about this is that the cost of this project was only about $18 per hat. Most hats found in stores cost more than that

If you have your own brand, I highly recommend that you make your own custom hats and promote yourself instead of other people.

Good luck!

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Fire Stick Jailbreak – How to Remove Floating Circle Widget Icon http://fredyen.com/fire-stick-jailbreak-remove-floating-circle-widget-icon/ Mon, 27 Mar 2017 02:32:15 +0000 http://fredyen.com/?p=964 If you followed my recent post regarding how to Jailbreak the Fire Stick and installing KODI, then you may have noticed something quite annoying. After installing KODI onto the Amazon Fire Stick, you usually end up with a floating circle icon on the righthand side of the screen whenever you start viewing a movie or …

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If you followed my recent post regarding how to Jailbreak the Fire Stick and installing KODI, then you may have noticed something quite annoying.

After installing KODI onto the Amazon Fire Stick, you usually end up with a floating circle icon on the righthand side of the screen whenever you start viewing a movie or tv show.

I have received alot of questions about how to remove this floating circle icon and I thought I would share with everyone exactly how to remove it.

How to Remove Floating Icon

This fix is actually really simple and only takes a few minutes.

What you might not know is that the culprit is not actually KODI but instead its ES File Explorer.

So with that said, there is two ways to remove the circle icon.

UNINSTALL ES FILE EXPLORER

The first method is to just uninstall ES File Explorer. This will remove the application from your Fire Stick and prevent the icon from appearing permanently.

This is not the method I prefer but I will show you how to uninstall ES File Explore.

Launch the Fire Stick

First turn on your TV and the Fire Stick. You should be at the home screen of the Fire Stick at this point.

Next move down to YOUR APPS AND GAMES, then move all the way to the right until you find SEE ALL.

Find ES File Explorer

After selecting SEE ALL, use your remote to navigate down until you see the ES File Explorer icon.

Once you have that icon highlighted, press your OPTION button. This is the button with the three lines on your Fire Stick remote.

This will bring up an additional menu on the bottom righthand side of your screen. Choose UNINSTALL from that menu and this will successfully uninstall ES File Explore from the Fire Stick.

The floating circle icon should now disappear off your screen.

Next I will show you my preferred method.

DISABLE LOGGER FLOATING WIDGET

This method involves disabling the floating circle icon from ES File Explorer without actually uninstalling the application.

This is my preferred method because I may need ES File Explorer at some point down the road.

Launch the Fire Stick

Again you want to turn on your TV and launch the Amazon Fire Stick. You should now be at the home screen of the Fire Stick.

Next find the ES File Explorer icon and launch the application.

Disable Settings

Once you are in the home screen of ES File Explorer, use the remote and navigate to the left and select SETTINGS.

From the SETTINGS menu, move down until you see LOGGER FLOATING WIDGET SETTINGS.

You want uncheck the option for ENABLE LOGGER FLOATING WIDGET.

After this option is unchecked, you should immediately see that the floating icon is removed from the screen.

FINAL THOUGHTS

I wasn’t planning to make a video about this because the fix is so incredibly simple. However, I received enough questions about this issue that I knew it was information that needed to be available.

Hopefully this fixes the floating circle icon widget for you and improves your enjoyment of KODI on the Fire Stick.

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My 2017 Everyday Carry (Don’t Tell My Mom) http://fredyen.com/2017-everyday-carry-dont-tell-mom/ Tue, 28 Feb 2017 07:54:44 +0000 http://fredyen.com/?p=954 Today I have decided to share my 2017 Everyday Carry. As some of you may know, I recently moved from Southern California to Oregon. This move was a big change for my so I figured I should updated my Everyday Carry. There’s a significant different between Southern California and Oregon. The lifestyle is different, the …

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Today I have decided to share my 2017 Everyday Carry.

As some of you may know, I recently moved from Southern California to Oregon. This move was a big change for my so I figured I should updated my Everyday Carry.

There’s a significant different between Southern California and Oregon.

The lifestyle is different, the people here are different, and the weather is a major difference. I actually experience seasons here and, to be honest, I wasn’t prepared for the snow.

I do have to say, even with all these changes, I am loving it here so far!

THE EDC BASICS

Fred Yen Designs Key Organizer

So let’s just start of with the basics, the things everybody carries.

I am currently using an iPhone 6s Plus with an Apple Leather Case. The leather case is fantastic and I have no regrets about it. It is very slim, fits like a glove and it puts on a great patina over time. If you are into leather like I am, you will appreciate the quality of this leather case.

Next up is my leather wallet from Teranishi Studio. This is a very simple designed wallet handcrafted with quality full grain leather from Horween. The craftsmanship of these wallets is top notch and the design is perfect for me.

Of course I have to mention my watch. I do have a small collection of watches that range from fancy watches to more durable watches like G-Shocks. However, the watch I choose to everyday carry is made by MVMT. This is a great casual watch for me as it looks really sharp but is not overly dressy. This watch compliments pretty much any outfit that I would wear on a daily occasion.

That about covers the basics of my carry system which means we can move onto the more tactical side of my EDC gear.

TACTICAL EDC GEAR

Benchmade Mini Griptillian

The pocket knife that I choose to carry is the Benchmade Mini Griptilian.

This is a fantastic little knife that has super quick deployment and a very solid lock. If you haven’t experienced Benchmade’s Axis Locking System, it’s going to blow your mind. I Absolutely love this knife!

Another great knife that I use to carry was the Spyderco Delica 4. That knife is a little cheaper than the Benchmade but its also a very high quality blade. I would still be carrying that knife if I didn’t lose it.

New to my Everyday Carry system is a flashlight. I recently added an Olight S2R LED Flashlight into my system and I’m very happy I did. I never knew how handy a flashlight could be until I actually started carrying one everyday.

You start to appreciate flashlights during even little tasks such as finding something underneath a car seat or getting the mail at night. This was a great addition for me!

CONCEALED CARRY WEAPON

So I won’t go over the reasons as to why I decided to carry a firearm in this article. I did some explaining in the video and you should give that a watch.

But what I will go over is my CCW setup and how I carry it on a daily basis.

To start, the weapon of choice is a Glock 26 with a Pearce Pinky Extension. The G26 is a subcompact pistol that has a decently small footprint which makes it easy to conceal.

I do realize that with the pink extension, the grip size is very similar to the size of a Glock 19. In fact, I originally had planned to purchase a Glock 19 but came upon a great deal on the G26.

Alongside the firearm, I also carry a spare backup Glock 26 magazine however I did decide to modify the capacity of the spare mag with a Barracuda Tactical Extension Plate. This essentially adds an additional 4 rounds of ammunition into the factory 10 round G26 magazine.

Now with any modification to your magazine, it is highly recommended that you thoroughly test it before you carry it. The last thing you want is to have a malfunction during moments of high stress. With that said, I have tested the extension plate and feel confident about carrying it on the daily.

My preferred method of carry is appendix. This is a personal choice and I do accept the risk and required training needed to carry in this fashion. The holsters I have chosen to use is the Light Tuck by Vedder Holsters.

These are really great holsters and I would highly recommend them. They are perfectly molded to the firearm and has a very satisfying retention.

FINAL THOUGHTS

That about wraps it up for my main carry items in my EDC system. I did mention a few additional odds and ends towards the end of the video but what I have mentioned above are my primary items.

I believe the key to a good Everyday Carry system is to be minimalist as possible while being able to handle everyday tasks. Your EDC items should not be overly bulky and definitely should not impede on your daily activities.

Let me know what you think of my system and feel free to share what you carry everyday!

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Watch Free UFC on Fire Stick with KODI http://fredyen.com/watch-free-ufc-fire-stick-kodi/ http://fredyen.com/watch-free-ufc-fire-stick-kodi/#comments Tue, 28 Feb 2017 05:25:35 +0000 http://fredyen.com/?p=948 One of the main reasons why I even started with jailbreaking the Amazon Fire Stick was so that I could watch Free UFC events. So today I will show you how you can access all the fighting content that any MMA fan would appreciate. You will be able to watch any Pay-Per-View UFC events, any …

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One of the main reasons why I even started with jailbreaking the Amazon Fire Stick was so that I could watch Free UFC events.

So today I will show you how you can access all the fighting content that any MMA fan would appreciate.

You will be able to watch any Pay-Per-View UFC events, any UFC Fight Nights, any UFC on Fox events, and even Bellator events.

Jailbreak the Fire Stick

The very first thing you need to accomplish is jailbreaking the fire stick. So if you haven’t done so already, be sure to watch and read my latest video on how to jailbreak the Fire Stick and install Kodi.

Once you have that first step completed, we can move on to installing “UFC Finest” on to your Kodi setup.

Installing UFC Finest

How to add UFC Finest

ADDING SOURCE

We will need to start by adding in the source location of UFC Finest.

Under SYSTEM select FILE MANAGER then click ADD SOURCE.

When it prompts you to enter in a URL go ahead and type this destination.

http://thecommunityrepo.netai.net/zip

Be sure to type it in exactly as shown. Next go ahead and nickname this source.

INSTALLING SOURCE FILE

Next go back to the home screen and select SYSTEM then click on ADD ONS

You will then have an option to INSTALL FROM ZIP FILE and this is where you can choose to enable the COMMUNITY REPO source.

Once that is enabled, go back and click INSTALL FROM REPOSITORY and select THE COMMUNITY REPOSITORY.

Choose VIDEO ADD-ONS and install UFC FINEST

The add-on is now installed and ready to enjoy!

FINAL THOUGHTS

UFC Finest

Like I mentioned in the beginning, watching UFC is one of the main reasons I decided to jailbreak the Fire Stick. Having this add-on has been has definitely satisfied my MMA cravings.

Are you a MMA fan? Let me know what you think about this add-on!

 

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Hack the Fire Stick with KODI http://fredyen.com/hack-fire-stick-kodi/ http://fredyen.com/hack-fire-stick-kodi/#comments Tue, 17 Jan 2017 06:53:55 +0000 http://fredyen.com/?p=918 Today I am going to show you how you can hack the Amazon Fire Stick to install KODI and allow you to watch all your favorite TV shows and Movies for FREE! WHY HACK THE FIRE STICK? I haven’t had cable service for years now and I have been able to accomplish this with online …

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Today I am going to show you how you can hack the Amazon Fire Stick to install KODI and allow you to watch all your favorite TV shows and Movies for FREE!

WHY HACK THE FIRE STICK?

I haven’t had cable service for years now and I have been able to accomplish this with online streaming services like Netflix and Hulu. However, there is another option to allow you to watch TV shows, Movies, and Live TV without having to pay any subscription fees.

The answer is KODI!

KODI is a free software that can be installed on many different devices like computers, mobile phones, and even the Amazon Fire Stick.

I prefer using the Fire Stick because it is very portable and includes a remote control. The portability has been awesome because I have been traveling quite a bit and am able to use the Fire Stick basically anywhere that I stay.

HOW TO INSTALL KODI

STEP 1

The first thing you will need is to plug in the Fire Stick to your TV and log into your Amazon account.

STEP 2

Under SETTINGS:
Choose APPLICATIONS and turn off “Collect App Usage Data”
Then choose SYSTEMS and turn ON “ADB debugging” as well as “Apps from Unknown Sources”

STEP 3

Under APPS:
Select CATEGORIES then PRODUCTIVITY
Find, download, install, and open “ES File Explorer”

STEP 4

Once inside ES File Explorer:
Choose FAVORITES and select ADD
Enter http://kodi.tv then enter a nickname
Selecting your nickname will open up the KODI website

STEP 5

On the KODI website:
Select DOWNLOADS then choose the “ARM” option under Android
If your download does not start, watch the video for a work around.
Complete the KODI install on your Fire Stick

STEP 6

After launching KODI:
Go to SYSTEMS then FILE MANAGER
Choose “Add Source” and enter in http://fusion.tvaddons.ag
You can now enter a name for the source.

Next select SYSTEMS then SETTINGS from the homepage
Under SETTINGS, choose ADD-ONS and select INSTALL FROM ZIP
Choose FUSION, START HERE, and install HUB WIZARD

Go back to the Home screen and select PROGRAMS
Under PROGRAMS, select PROGRAM ADD-ONS, and install the CONFIG WIZARD
Choose the ANDROID version of the Config Wizard

You can now run the customized KODI installation!

FINAL THOUGHTS

Having KODI installed on your Amazon Fire Stick opens a whole new world of free content. Like I mentioned, you can watch practically any TV Show, Movie, or even Live TV.

Just keep in mind that everything I showed you in this video is possible with free software. The odds are that these developers are not getting paid to bring you this software.

With that understanding, KODI is not perfect and sometimes the video links do not work 100% of the time. Just be understanding and patience because it does still provide a great user experience.

So that’s how you hack the fire stick with KODI!

Overall this is a pretty simple install and will give you hours of entertainment. If you do not currently have a Fire Stick, you can purchase it on Amazon.

Enjoy!

 

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How to Hydro Dip Tutorial http://fredyen.com/how-to-hydro-dip-tutorial/ http://fredyen.com/how-to-hydro-dip-tutorial/#comments Mon, 17 Aug 2015 01:13:35 +0000 http://fredyen.com/?p=899 So about a year ago I uploaded a “How to Swirl Paint” video on to YouTube. I received a really good response from that video and it was really cool to see all of your DIY projects using the swirl paint method. Well since that video, a new ‘painting’ technique as been gaining in popularity. …

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So about a year ago I uploaded a “How to Swirl Paint” video on to YouTube. I received a really good response from that video and it was really cool to see all of your DIY projects using the swirl paint method.

Well since that video, a new ‘painting’ technique as been gaining in popularity. That technique is known as ‘hydro dipping‘.

Similar to swirl painting, hydro dip uses water to transfer an image onto your object. But unlike swirl painting where a random paint pattern is transferred, hydro dipping allows you to transfer a very high quality graphic on to your object.

There are a ton of different patterns and designs to choose from. I can’t even begin to name them all but in this video I have 3 examples to show you. I will be using a sticker bomb design, and wood grain film, and a carbon fiber pattern.

I’ve been having a lot of fun messing around with hydro dip. Of course as always, I will show you how to do it.

Items Needed:

I did decided to purchase a complete DIY Hydro Dip Kit for my first attempts at hydro dipping. However if you are looking to get these supplies individually, I will list all the necessary supplies below.

Preparation:

The first thing that you will need to do is prep your object for the primer and base coat. You will need to wash and degrease your object before spraying.

Its also a good idea to rough of the surface as well for better adhesion. What I used was just a scrub pad and some dish soap.

Give your object a good scrubbing and lay it out to air dry.

Oh and if there are any areas that you do not want to hydro dip, its a good time to start masking these areas off with painter’s tape.

Spraying Primer and Base Coat:

Base CoatWhen spraying the primer and base coat, you will want to go over your object with light even coats. Avoid heavy sprays because this will cause runs in the paint which will eventually show through in your final finish.

Start with the primer and mist it onto your object. Do this multiple times with a few minutes in between coats until you are satisfied with the coverage.

You will want to repeat these steps with the color base coat as well.

In this video, I used both black (that came with the kit) and white base coat. I have found that good quality automotive base coat provides great results.

The color of base coat you choose will affect the final outcome of your hydro dip. Some films are transparent and you can achieve several different looks just by switch base coat colors.

Films that are not transparent can also be customized with different base coat colors. Depending on the film and base coat you choose, your end result may end up with different shades of colors and darkness of graphics.

Experiment with different base coat colors and find a look that you are after.

Dip Container:

Since hydro dipping requires water to transfer the image onto your object, you will need to prepare a container that is large enough to submerge your object.

I just used a basic storage container that I had lying around as my dip container.

You will want to fill this container up with water while leaving about an inch or so of room from the top. This is to avoid spilling water over the edges as you dunk your object under water.

A recommended item to have is a fish tank heater. This is used to heat up your water to the ideal temperature for hydro dipping. Follow the heaters manufacturer’s instructions to set your temperature but the best temperature for hydro dip is to be between 70 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit.

Once your dip container is filled and heated to the ideal temperature, we can finally start working with the hydro dip film.

Working with the Film:

When cutting the film, you want to make sure that the piece you cut is largest enough to cover the entire surface area of your object.

You also want to make sure that the film has the ability to expand about an inch on each side. So if you happen have too large of a container, you can always make a border inside the container with some painter’s tape.

Creating this border will prevent the film from expanding too much. The image quality of the film can be distorted if it is allowed to expand too much.

It’s also a really good idea to create a border around the film with painter’s tape. Creating this border will make the film more rigid and easier to handle. Just make sure that you cut slits in the tape on all the sides and corners so that the film still has the ability to spread out.

Alright its almost time to hydro dip! Grab your activator and start shaking it up!

Start Hydro Dipping:

Laying the Film

Laying FilmStart by holding your hydro dip film by it’s corners. Then slowly lay it on top of the water. You want to slowly lay it down starting from the middle and moving outwards.

Doing it this way will reduce the odds of creating bubbles underneath the film as well as prevent water from getting on top of the film.

VERY IMPORTANT: Depending on the type of film you use, typically the shiny side of the film goes down into the water.

I do have a simple trick if you are having a difficult time figuring out which side is which.

You can spray some activator onto a paper towel and wipe it on the film. If the film DOESN’T wipe off, that side goes down into the water. If the film DOES wipe off, then that is the side that stays on top.

Remember its very important to place your film correctly in the water.

Apply Activator

Once the film is properly placed in the water, you will want to leave it there and let it soak and hydrate for about 60 seconds. You should start to see the film retain water. Any wrinkles in the film should start to disappear.

You can then move onto spraying the activator after about 60 seconds of hydration.

Spray the activator with light even strokes. Its recommended to spray it in a hatch pattern. This should ensure even coverage of the activator.

Do not over spray the activator, light even strokes is key!

The activator will instantly liquidfy your film and should start expanding. After about 15 to 20 seconds, the film should appear very shiny.

Dip Object

DippingHold your object at a 30 to 40 degree angle as you slowly dip it into the water.

Keep this angle constant as the object is submerged under water. This will reduce distortion in your image.

Once the object is fully in the water, swirl it around to push away the excess film.

Quickly lift your object out of the water and stare at the beauty you created with hydro dip.

Rinse Away Residue

You are not done just yet!

The activator will leave behind a sticky residue from the adhesive. This residue will need to be rinsed off immediately after dipping.

Take your object and run it through hot or warm water. Using hot or warm water is best, but if you have to you can use cold water.

If no residue is left over, your hydro dipped object should appear very dull. Any shiny areas means there is residue left and will need to be washed off.

Protecting Your Hydro Dip:

There is one final step after letting your object fully dry and that step is to protect the image.

You do this by spraying clear coat over your object. The clear coat that came with my kit has a high gloss finish but I’ve also had really good results with automotive clear coat.

Take your time spraying the clear coat. You will want to spray light even coats just like you did with the primer and base coat.

That’s it! You’re done!

Final Thoughts:

IMG_20150815_211835As you can tell this project turned out great! It was actually pretty easy to do too.

Hydro dipping is a great option for those of you who like to customize your projects. Best part is that you can basically hydro dip anything, as long as it can be submerged under water.

Personally, I have many projects that comes to mind that can be customized with hydro dip.

Hopefully this tutorial has helped and I am excited to see all of your hydro dipping projects!

 

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My Kale Shake Recipe http://fredyen.com/my-kale-shake-recipe/ Sun, 16 Aug 2015 11:25:11 +0000 http://fredyen.com/?p=896 So I thought I would do something a little different today by showing you all my kale shake recipe. I have one of these shakes every single day. The reason why I started drinking kale shakes is because I was looking at my daily food intake and noticed that I hardly every get and fruits …

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So I thought I would do something a little different today by showing you all my kale shake recipe.

I have one of these shakes every single day. The reason why I started drinking kale shakes is because I was looking at my daily food intake and noticed that I hardly every get and fruits or vegetables. As I get older, I want to live has healthy as I can.

So I’ve implemented this shake into my diet and I feel great! I look better and my body feels better, it’s actually a noticeable difference.

So here is all the ingredients that I use in my kale shakes. Feel free to change things up but this is what I currently use.

  • Baby Kale
  • Spinach
  • Broccoli
  • Ginger
  • Small Apple
  • Whole Banana
  • Ginseng Powder
  • Water

I typically use about a handful of kale, spinach, and broccoli. Again, feel free to change this up based on your preferences.

I add ginger and ginseng powder to my shakes because they are known to provide many health benefits.

Throw all of this stuff in your blender and blend away.

The amount of water you put in will determine how thick or watery your shake will be. I personally prefer my shakes more on the watery side. It makes it easier to drink in my opinion.

That’s about it. Give it a try and let me know what you think!

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How to Swirl Paint http://fredyen.com/how-to-swirl-paint/ http://fredyen.com/how-to-swirl-paint/#comments Sun, 24 May 2015 06:36:27 +0000 http://fredyen.com/?p=880 Alright so today I will show you step-by-step on how to swirl paint. Now this is a really cool technique that allows you to get a totally unique and custom look to any project. We will be using the Borax method for this swirl paint, so let’s go over everything you will need. What You …

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Alright so today I will show you step-by-step on how to swirl paint. Now this is a really cool technique that allows you to get a totally unique and custom look to any project. We will be using the Borax method for this swirl paint, so let’s go over everything you will need.

What You Need

Let’s Get Started

Once you have all your supplies, the first thing you want to do is mask your object. Mask off any areas that you do not want swirled with your painter’s tape. You can see in the above video that I have masked off all the holes to prevent paint from entering inside the enclosure.

Another good idea is to make some sort of handle for your object. I used a clothes hanger taped to the inside of the enclosure. This will allow me to slowly dip the enclosure into the swirl paint with a controlled fashion.

After preparing your object, go ahead and spray your primer coat. You can pretty much use any primer that you like but make sure that it has a flat surface. You do not want any glossy finish on your primer coat. The purpose of the primer is to easily allow the swirl paint to stick to the surface of your object.

Prepare Your Water Bucket

Now is a good time to prepare your water bucket while you let your primer coat dry. Any size bucket will work as long as you can fully submerge your object under water without it touching the sides or the bottom of the bucket.

As you can see in the video, I like to line my bucket with a trash bag. This is completely optional but it does make clean up a tad bit easier.  You also want to accurately measure how much water you have filled inside the bucket.

Once you have your bucket filled, you can now submerge the water tank heater into the water. Follow the manufacturer’s directions on how to operate the heater. The perfect water temperature for swirl painting is around 78 degrees Fahrenheit.

Mixing in the Borax

The Borax detergent booster is used to help the Humbrol paints float on the surface of the water. You want to ensure that you have the proper water to Borax mixture.

To do this, use a small microwavable container and scoop out some of the water that is currently in the bucket. You want to then heat up the water in the microwave for about 30 seconds. The water needs to be warm but not boil. This will allow the Borax to evenly dissolve in the water.

Next add 1 ½ tablespoons of Borax per gallon of water used to fill the bucket. You may need to do some math and conversions for this step. Since everyone reading this will probably have different measurements of water used, I will not go into mathematical details.

After dissolving the Borax, pour that mixture back into the water bucket. Take your stir stick and slowly mix it in with the water inside the bucket. The water may appear cloudy at first but just let the mixture sit for a few minutes and everything should clear up.

Let’s Start Swirling

Remove the water heater once the water is up to temperature and when you are ready to swirl.

Again, we will be using Humbrol enamel paints for the swirling. Humbrol paints is ideal because most colors do not require and thinning before using. These paints should be ready to swirl straight out of the container.

I will be applying these paints to the water with plastic pipettes. Typically, you should always apply the darkest color first, then follow with lighter colors. So in the video above, you can see that I start with black, orange, and then white paint.

Slowly add the paint to the surface of the water. Be sure to apply the paint slowly and as close to the water as possible. You do not want drop the paint far above the water because this will cause the paint to break the surface of the water and sink to the bottom of the bucket.

Please watch the video for a better visual explanation of this process.

Slowly start layering in additional colors one after another. You should see the paint floating above the water and spreading throughout the bucket.

When you are happy with the paint mixture, you can now take your stir stick and start moving the paint around. This part will take some practice to achieve exactly the look you want. It is difficult to predict the swirl pattern that you will get but that’s the fun part of swirling.

All you have to do now is dip your object into the water bucket. When you are submerging your object, you want to ensure that there is not flat surfaces directly going into the water. With the object that I used, I started to dip it into the water at an angle.

Another technique that you can utilize is to move your object side to side as you slowly lower it into the water. This will give you a greater swirl pattern.

When your object is fully submerged, take your stir stick and move all the extra paint off to the side. You want to make sure that no paint will touch your object as you lift it out of the water. Go ahead and lift the object up once everything is clear.

Protecting Your Swirl Paint

You should now have a really cool swirl paint finish on your project object. You will want to hang the object out to dry for at least 24 hours. This time frame can vary based on your location and weather. Enamel paint was used for this swirl so you have to make sure that it is fully dried before applying any type of clear coat.

However once the paint is dry, you can go ahead and spray on your protective clear coat. I personally like to use automotive clear coat because this provides and glossy and durable finish. You can even get a professional paint finish by wet sanding in between coats.

I won’t go over finishing techniques but there are many great tutorials that can be found online.

Final Thoughts

As you can see, you get a very nice custom finish to your projects. No two swirls will be 100% identical, so your finish will be completely unique.

You can swirl paint almost anything you want as long as you can submerge it under water. Overall, this is a very simple and fun technique that you can attempt on your next project.

Hopefully this tutorial has helped you out. Happy swirling!

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How to Build a Cheap Air Conditioner http://fredyen.com/build-cheap-air-conditioner/ http://fredyen.com/build-cheap-air-conditioner/#comments Wed, 28 May 2014 22:40:59 +0000 http://fredyen.com/?p=869 The summer is coming and it is getting hot! Want to stay cool and avoid sky rocketing electricity bills?! Building a simple and cheap air conditioner may be the answer for you. With this project, you will be able to cool your room using a standard household fan. Try it out and stay cool all …

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The summer is coming and it is getting hot! Want to stay cool and avoid sky rocketing electricity bills?!

Building a simple and cheap air conditioner may be the answer for you. With this project, you will be able to cool your room using a standard household fan. Try it out and stay cool all summer long.

Parts list:

The Layout:

You need to figure out the best layout for you new DIY air conditioner. In my example, I will be placing the PVC elbow on top of the Styrofoam cooler facing out. The fan will then be placed next to the PVC fan. This layout can be adjusted to your specific need. Just have fun with it.

The purpose of this setup is to blow the cool air contained in the Styrofoam cooler out through the PVC elbow which will act as the exhaust vent for your air conditioner. The cold air is created by placing ice in the cooler. The more ice you place in there, the cooler the air will be. It’s that simple!

Cutting Out the Holes:

After settling on the placement for your PVC elbow and fan, you can now start cutting the holes. If using the Styrofoam cooler shown in the video, simply take a steak knife and cut out the appropriate sized holes using the pipe and fan as a guide. This should be extreme quick and easy.

Once the holes have been cut, insert the PVC pipe through its hole. The fitment should be pretty tight and should create a decent seal. If you would like to make it even more air tight, you could consider applying silicone sealer around the edge. I personally did not feel it was necessary but your mileage may vary.

Place the fan ontop of the hole you cut for it and turn it on. You want to make sure that air comes out of the PVC pipe as the fan is blowing down in to the cooler. If this is a success then consider yourself finished with this project.

Results:

Once you have ensured that air comes out through the PVC elbow, start adding ice to the cooler. Just remember that the more ice you place in the cooler, the colder the air will be.

So how does this perform?

Well… surprisingly good actually! Now don’t expect to cool your entire house with this cheap air conditioner, but using this project in a room or office area would be perfect. The best part is that you can leave this running for hours without affecting your electricity bill. You will only be limited to the amount of ice you have and how long it takes it to melt.

I hope you enjoyed this simple project! There is more to come, so stay cool!

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How to Build a Milk Crate Mining Rig http://fredyen.com/build-milk-crate-mining-rig/ http://fredyen.com/build-milk-crate-mining-rig/#comments Thu, 03 Apr 2014 14:30:05 +0000 http://fredyen.com/?p=855   I recently went over how to put together a Litcoin Mining Rig. I mentioned in that video that I will eventually transition all the hardware into a milk crate setup. Well today is the day I complete the Milk Crate Mining Rig. Why a milk crate? Well, the main two reasons are that its …

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I recently went over how to put together a Litcoin Mining Rig. I mentioned in that video that I will eventually transition all the hardware into a milk crate setup. Well today is the day I complete the Milk Crate Mining Rig.

Why a milk crate?

Well, the main two reasons are that its CHEAP and it provides much better airflow than having the GPUs mounted directly to the motherboard. With a milk crate setup, you are able to lift and space out each GPU at much greater distances when compared to mounting it directly to the motherboard.

This will keep your GPUs at a much cooler temperature and potentially allow you to increase the “Intensisty” of each GPU , thus allowing you to mine at greater speeds. It will also reduce the wear and tear that your expensive GPUs face at higher temperatures.

What you need:

Plan it out.

The first step you need to do when building a Milk Crate Mining Rig is to decide on the placement of your hardware. Specifically, you need to decide where you will mount your motherboard and power supply.

Fortunately for me I was able to place both motherboard and power supply inside the milk crate. If your motherboard and power supply do not both fit in the crate, you can mount your power supply on the outside of the crate and secure them with zip ties.

Once you have decided on the placement, go ahead and cut out any part of the crate that is covering your motherboard connections. Primarily you want to be able to access your power cable connector, your usb ports, and display ports.

I also decided to cut out any portion that was covering the power supplies’ fan. I did this to avoid any turbulence that it may have caused.

Support it.

Next up, find a way to support the GPUs that will be suspended over the motherboard. The last thing you want is for your GPUs to come crashing down on your expensive motherboard.

The front of the GPUs will be supported in the front by resting it on the lip/ridge of the milk crate. This provides a perfect support to mount your GPUs on. However the back of the GPUs do not have any solid support unless you create one.

I am using a 3/4″ PVC pipe that I have laying around the house. Simply cut out the side of the milk crate that will allow you to rest your brace on the crate evenly and flat. Test fit your GPUs on this brace to ensure that it provides the support it needs to not fall onto the motherboard.

Secure this brace firmly to the milk crate by using zip ties.

Raise it.

Now that at we have everything ready to go, we need to have the ability to raise the GPUs off the motherboard and onto the support brace that we added to the milk crate. We do this by using PCI-E riser cables.

The GPUs originally plugged into the motherboards 16x PCI-E slots. The riser cables basically act as an extension cable to allow you to lift the GPUs off the board.

I am using a 1x to 16x PCI-E riser cable. You are more than welcomed to use a 16x to 16x riser cable if you like, however it is not necessary and is usually more expensive than a 1x to 16x cable.

It is also recommended to use a “powered” riser cable. This connects directly to your power supply and will take some stress off your motherboard by powering the GPUs directly from the power source.

Before installing your GPUs to the riser cables, you need to connect all the power supply cables. You want to do this before installing the GPUs because it will give you more room to work with. Tidy up all the power cables with zip ties and get the inside of your crate as neat as possible.

Cool it.

This is an optional step but a good one to have.

I had an extra 200mm Cooler Master computer fan sitting in my closet. I decided to use this fan as an exhaust for the milk crate. This is not entirely necessary but you can never have too much air flow.

Simply secure the fan with zip tips and connect the power cables from the power supply.

Mount and Secure.

The only thing left to do is connect the GPUs to each of the riser cables, connect the PCI-E power supply cables, and make sure everything is mounted securely.

To secure the GPUs in place, you can either drill a screw or hammer a nail into the milk crate. The GPUs have pre-drilled holes that are meant to secure it to a standard computer case. Use those holes to secure it to the milk crate.

Was it worth the trouble?

Absolutely!

I was having some slight heat issues with the GPUs mounted directly to the motherboard. The 2nd and 3rd GPU was seated really close to each other on the motherboard. The spacing is all dependent on the configuration of your motherboard (yours could be different).

By connecting riser cables and lifting the GPUs off the motherboard, I was able to significantly reduce the temperatures my GPUs were mining at. This cooler temperature allowed me to turn up my mining “Intensisty” and utilize the full potential of each GPU.

This simple milk crate mining rig is highly recommended.

 

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DIY JEM Style Guitar Kit (Part 2: Preparing for Paint) http://fredyen.com/diy-jem-style-guitar-kit-part-2-preparing-paint/ http://fredyen.com/diy-jem-style-guitar-kit-part-2-preparing-paint/#comments Thu, 30 Jan 2014 19:11:06 +0000 http://fredyen.com/?p=833   It’s been awhile but I am back with my DIY JEM style guitar kit! Today we will prepare the guitar for paint. As mentioned in my overview article, I will be doing a swirl paint finish for this JEM guitar. The steps I take in this video may be a bit excessive for some …

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It’s been awhile but I am back with my DIY JEM style guitar kit! Today we will prepare the guitar for paint.

As mentioned in my overview article, I will be doing a swirl paint finish for this JEM guitar. The steps I take in this video may be a bit excessive for some of you, depending what finish you decide on, but I wanted to ensure that this guitar comes out great.

Things you need:

3M 220 Grit Sand Paper
Lacquer Sanding Sealer
TimberMate Wood Filler
Foam Brushes

Sanding

Before doing anything with the guitar body, you need to first sand down the bare wood. Doing this initial sanding will knock down any rough spots on the wood.

Take your 3M 220 grit sandpaper and wrap it around a block of wood or sanding block. As you sand down the body, make sure that you are going with the grain. This will prevent any unwanted scratches on the body.

You should now be left with a very smooth guitar body. This will also eliminate any glue on the guitar body that may have been left on by the manufacturer.

Spraying on Sealer

Now that you have a good foundation for the JEM body, we will then spray a few coats of our lacquer sanding sealer. This sanding sealer was difficult for me to find in retail stores, so you may have to order this product online as I did.

Spray two coats of this sealer on the top of the body, wait for it to dry, then flip the guitar over to spray the bottom and sides of guitar.

The reason we are spraying sanding sealer is because this will prevent the wood filler and clear coat from sinking into the grain of the body. Sometimes, not always but sometimes, the wood filler we apply in the next step can shrink over time causing tiny pin holes in the finish. This coat of sanding sealer will prevent that from happening.

Once we have fully sealed the guitar, we can now move onto the next step of filling in any deep grains that may be present on the guitar.

Wood Filler

The product that we will use to fill in any deep grains in the body is a product called TimberMate Water-Based Wood Filler. This is a great product because it is very versatile and will never expire.

The wood filler comes in a putty form that can be thinned out with water. The nice thing about TimberMate is that if it ever dries out, simply add water to it and it will rejuvenate the product. Same thing if you use too much, let the water evaporate and place back in the tub.

There are several ways to apply the wood filler to the guitar body. You can use your hands and smear it on, you can take a squeegee and scrape it on, or you can take a brush and brush it on. I am going with the brush method.

Scoop out some wood filler and place it in a bowl. Then take some water and start mixing. There is no real science or ratio to follow. Just keep mixing the TimerMate until you get the consistency that you are after with your preferred application method.

In my case, I kept mixing the wood filler until it reached a “melted milkshake” consistency. This was the consistency that I felt was ideal for brushing on the product.

Applying Wood Filler

When applying the wood filler to our JEM guitar kit, you will want to take your foam brush and brush the filler on going with the grain then across the grain. This will ensure that the wood filler is pushed deeply into the grain, creating a smooth surface once complete.

Once you have both front and back fully covered with wood filler, we can now start sanding down the filler. Make sure you are outside or in a well-ventilated room when sanding. This filler is very easy to sand and it will get pretty dusty.

You should now have a very smooth guitar body that is ready to move onto the next painting process.

Final Preparation

Completing these steps should give your DIY JEM style guitar kit a great foundation to paint on. Whether you are going with a swirl paint finish, like I am, or a different type of finish, this will give your guitar the prep work it needs to ensure a professional look.

Stay tuned!

(Get your DIY JEM Style Guitar Kit here or here on Amazon)

 

 

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How to Build a Litecoin Mining Rig http://fredyen.com/litecoin-mining-rig/ http://fredyen.com/litecoin-mining-rig/#comments Fri, 17 Jan 2014 03:36:31 +0000 http://fredyen.com/?p=818   (UPDATE: This mining rig can be used to mine any Scrypt based coin. I am currently using this as a Dogecoin mining rig. Also, the hardware errors you see at the end of the video has been completely fixed by using Thread Concurrency at 8192. I currently get ZERO hardware errors) I am back …

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(UPDATE: This mining rig can be used to mine any Scrypt based coin. I am currently using this as a Dogecoin mining rig. Also, the hardware errors you see at the end of the video has been completely fixed by using Thread Concurrency at 8192. I currently get ZERO hardware errors)

I am back with another crypto currency mining project. Today we will build a dedicated Litecoin mining rig.

Mining Litecoins (or other scrypt coins) has become very attractive because, unlike Bitcoins, Litecoins can still be mined with a personal built computer. The most important piece of hardware used to mine Litecoins is the graphic cards, also known as GPU’s.

In fact, since Litecoin mining has become so popular, there has been a shortage in supply for these graphic cards. With the demand being so high, these GPU’s now have severely inflated prices but the opportunity to receive a great amount of return on investment has made these inflated prices easier to swallow.

The Litecoin mining rig that I show you in this article/video is meant to be a budget project. The GPU’s that I chose are NOT the most powerful cards you can buy. I wanted to show you a budget mining rig that costs hundreds, not thousands, of dollars.

I will list all the parts needed to complete this project. This list will also include the recommended hardware if you want to build a more powerful Litecoin miner than what is shown in the video. Regardless of what hardware you choose, the assembly of these parts are the same.

Parts List

Graphic Card

PCI-E Riser Cables

Motherboard

CPU

Power Supply Unit

Computer Memory

Hard Drive

WiFi Adapter

Power Switch

Dummy Plugs

Assembling your Mining Rig

CPU/Motherboard

Now that you have all your parts, it’s time to put them all together. The assembly of your Litecoin mining rig is basically identical to building a standard computer. I will give you a quick overview of how to install everything here, but please watch the video for a step-by-step guide.

The first thing to do is to install your CPU onto the motherboard. Take a look at the CPU and you will see a gold arrow, this arrow matches the arrow on the motherboard. Simply lift up the lever on your motherboard, place the CPU down in the slots, and lock the lever by pushing it back down.

Next, take the heat sink that comes with your CPU and clamp it down on the motherboard. You will also need to connect the heat sink fan to the motherboard connection labeled “CPU Fan”.

Memory

After installing the CPU, you can now insert our 4 GB DDR3 memory into the memory slot of our motherboard. I always prefer to place the memory stick into the slot that is closest to the CPU, but it will not really matter which slot you use.

The memory that I chose is just your basic DDR3 computer memory. There is nothing special about it. You will want to get at least 4 GB but you can use more if you want. However, there is no real benefit with more memory.

Graphic Cards

Now will be a good time to install your graphic cards. Simply insert each GPU card into their PCI-Express 16x slots. You will want to make sure that the locking clip is out of the way before inserting, then lock it back in place once the card is firmly in place.

As shown on the video, you will want to keep an eye on the temperature that your GPUs are running. Having the GPUs too close to each other can cause overheating issues. This really depends on which motherboard you choose and the placement of the PCI-E slots.

One way to combat this issue is by running a box fan across all the cards. You will need to keep this box fan running 24/7 if you experience heating issues.

Another popular, and recommended, way to deal with overheating is place your entire mining rig into a milk crate setup. This is done by using PCI-E riser cables and lifting all the cards above the motherboard, allowing extra airflow. You can then secure each GPU on to the milk crate.

I will eventually transition into the milk crate setup, however I am still waiting for my riser cables to arrive. Once I get them, I will make another detailed video on how to set up your Milk Crate Mining Rig.

Hard Drive & WiFi

After installing the GPUs, you can now connect all the odds and ends of your Litecoin mining rig. Mainly you need to install your hard drive and WiFi adapter. Depending on the Operating System you choose, you can either install your SATA hard drive if using Windows or a standard 8 GB thumb drive if using Linux.

For this project I will be using Linux as my Operating System which is why I am using a thumb drive. The advantage of Linux (specifically Ubuntu) is that you can run your entire Operating System on that thumb drive without the need of a traditional computer hard drive.

Your Litecoin miner is now one step away from powering up.

Power Supply

Finally you need to give power to all the components of your mining rig. You do this by plugging in the power connectors from your power supply. You do not want to cheap out on the power supply, this is a very important factor for your mining rig.

The power supply that I chose has a modular design. This means that I can leave out cables that I will not be usings. This is beneficial because you will not have random power cables all over your rig.

You will need to connect your power supply to the main motherboard connection as well as the CPU power connector located near the CPU. Each GPU will also need its own power connector. My GPUs require a 6 pin PCI-E power connection on each card.

Next, install your Power/Reset switch on to your motherboard. This will obviously allow you to turn on your mining rig since the motherboard does not include a built-in power switch. Just follow your motherboard’s user guide for the correct placement of the connectors.

Once you have supplied all the necessary components of your miner with power. You can now turn on your Litecoin mining rig and start mining.

Start Mining!

Of course this article just covers the parts needed and the assembly that is required to build your Litecoin mining rig. You still need to install your Operating System and mining software. Like mentioned above, I am using Ubuntu Linux Operating System on my 8 GB thumb drive.

The mining software that I will use is called CGminer. This is a very popular application to use but keep in mind that any version above 3.7.2 will not support GPU mining. At this type, any scrypt based crypto coin, like Litecoin, still require GPU mining. Bitcoins on the otherhand is SHA-256 based and require ASIC mining hardware. You can read about how to build a Bitcoin mining rig in my previous articles.

I will aslo make another article/video about how to transition everything in to a milk crate. This will come pretty soon depending on when I receive my PCI-E riser cables.

Stay Tuned and Happy Mining!

Feel free to donate  🙂

BITCOINS: 1Le8gFkvCD3HucMMUjZ1CTsczqjqoE2kXB
LITECOINS: LWj56L89trF4zpeFtnwWsgyAUa962YkGut
DOGECOIN: DBbgKLM8e3QdzD1kaZF6gr2z9MnmbWur1B

 

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Bitcoin Mining Software http://fredyen.com/bitcoin-mining-software/ http://fredyen.com/bitcoin-mining-software/#comments Mon, 06 Jan 2014 03:44:35 +0000 http://fredyen.com/?p=808 In the last article, I showed you all the hardware that is needed to build your very own Bitcon miner. I didn’t really dive into any explanation on how to actually start mining for Bitcoins. So today, I am going to give you step-by-step instructions on how to set up your Bitcoin mining software. Bitcoin …

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In the last article, I showed you all the hardware that is needed to build your very own Bitcon miner. I didn’t really dive into any explanation on how to actually start mining for Bitcoins. So today, I am going to give you step-by-step instructions on how to set up your Bitcoin mining software.

Bitcoin Wallet

Before you can receive any Bitcoins from mining, you need to set up a Bitcoin wallet. There are many wallets to choose from but I prefer Coinbase. The reason I recommend Coinbase is because they have a very user friendly interface and have a lot of venture money backing them. They are known as the Paypal of Bitcoins and I have to agree with that comparison. They even have a referral program, like Paypal, where you can earn $5 when signing up. Here is my referral link if you would like to take advantage of that offer.

Once you have your Bitcoin wallet ready to go, you need to create a Bitcoin wallet address. This is a long string of numbers and letters that allows someone to send Bitcoins to your wallet. We need to input this address into are mining pool so that we can get paid for the mining that we will do.

Mining Pools

Joining a mining pool increases your odds of finding Bitcoins while mining. This is a network of miners that join together and combines their computing power to solve block chains. When a block is solved, the Bitcoins that are rewarded are split among the miners based off of their contribution to solving that block.

You can join as many mining pools as you like but I prefer BitMinter as my primary pool and Slush’s Pool as my secondary pool. You should always have at least one back up pool in the event that your primary pool goes down. Your Bitcoin mining software will automatically connect to your next available pool. This ensures that your mining rig is not left in standby when a pool goes offline.

Which ever pool you choose, you need to give that pool your Bitcoin wallet address that we created earlier. Most pools will have an “auto cash out” option that lets you enter your wallet address. The “auto cash out” option tells your pool to automatically send the Bitcoins that you’ve earned to your wallet whenever it reaches a certain threshold.

Next you need to create a worker for your mining pool. The worker’s username and password will be entered into your mining software (we will go over this further down). You do not need to have a secure worker username or password. If any one uses your worker’s username and password, they are giving YOU credit for the mining efforts that they do.

Bitcoin Mining Software

As mentioned in part 1 of this series, we will use MinePeon linux operating system to run our Raspberry Pi miner. Head over to Sourceforge to download the MinePeon image. While you are there, you will also need to download Win32DiskImager, this is used to write the MinePeon image on to your SD card. Once both files are downloaded, go ahead and insert your SD card into your computer, then open up Win32DiskImager.

Simply select the location on your drive where you downloaded the MinePeon image. Then select the correct drive that represents the SD card you inserted. (Make sure that the SD card has no information that you want to keep because this will erase everything!) Go ahead and click WRITE, this will write the MinePeon image onto the card, making it a bootable operating system for your Raspberry Pi miner.

Insert the SD card into your Raspberry Pi and power up the unit. We will now go over how to set up MinePeon operating system.

Setting Up MinePeon

After booting up your Raspberry Pi mining rig, you can log into it’s dashboard by using your computer’s browser. You need to first find the IP address of your Raspberry Pi. The easiest way to do this is to log into your router and look for the device named “MinePeon” this will give you the IP address that you need.

Type in that IP address into your browser and hit enter. You will be prompted to enter a username and password for MinePeon. The default credentials is “minepeon” for the username and “peon” for the password. After entering in this information, you will  see a security warning. This is perfectly normal and just proceed anyways. You will then be prompted to re-enter that same username and password.

Once you have successfully logged in, you will finally see MinePeon’s user dashboard. This main status page allows you the monitor the performance of your mining rig. You want to immediately enter your mining pool’s worker information.

Head up top and click “Pools” to enter your worker information.

Mine those Bitcoins!

Great job everyone, you are now officially mining for Bitcoins! See, it wasn’t that difficult was it? The great thing about this Raspberry Pi Bitcoin miner is that it takes up very little space and can be left mining 24/7. Since it’s such a small unit, it really does not affect your energy consumption.

Hopefully this article has helped you set up your Bitcoin mining software!

Feel free to donate  🙂

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Bitcoin Mining Hardware http://fredyen.com/bitcoin-mining-hardware/ http://fredyen.com/bitcoin-mining-hardware/#comments Sun, 22 Dec 2013 14:00:00 +0000 http://fredyen.com/?p=800 All right we are back with another do-it-yourself project! This time we will take a look at how to build a Bitcoin miner. In this article, we will break down all the Bitcoin mining hardware that is needed to mine your precious Bitcoins. Parts List: Raspberry Pi (Model B) Case for Raspberry Pi SD Card …

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All right we are back with another do-it-yourself project! This time we will take a look at how to build a Bitcoin miner.

In this article, we will break down all the Bitcoin mining hardware that is needed to mine your precious Bitcoins.

Parts List:

Mining with the Raspberry Pi

The Raspberry Pi is a credit card sized computer that is a completely separate unit from your own personal computer. The great thing about mining with a Raspberry Pi is that you can mine for Bitcoins 24/7 without getting in the way of your daily computer usage.

The Raspberry Pi is also very efficient in its power consumption. This entire computer can be powered by a Micro USB to USB Cable. If profitability is a concern of yours, using the Raspberry Pi will help you cut costs to your energy bill when compared to running a full-fledged mining computer.

Simply place your Raspberry Pi in its case and plug in the Micro USB cable. Don’t power it up just yet though, there is still a few steps to go.

Mining Software on the SD Card

The SD card will act as the hard drive for your Raspberry Pi. There are a few things to consider when choosing your SD card for your Bitcoin miner.

You need at least a 4 GB capacity to ensure that you can fit the operating system and mining software that you choose. However most importantly, you must pick an SD card that has a Class 10 speed. This will reduce any chances of bottlenecks that will prevent the Raspberry Pi from reading the software data on your card.

There are many mining software to choose from but I am currently using the MinePeon Linux operating system which is preloaded with BFGminer mining software. MinePeon cannot be easier to use!

All you need to do is download the MinePeon disk image and burn it to your SD card using any image writer. I did this on Windows operating system using Win32DiskImager. You can also use the built in software of OSX if that is what you are running.

Once you have your mining software imaged burned to your SD card, insert that card into the SD slot of your Raspberry Pi.

Performing the steps above will basically just create a stand-alone computer to run your mining software. Next we will dive into setting up the actual Bitcoin mining hardware that does the job of mining Bitcoins.

ASIC Miner Block Erupters

The Block Erupters used in our mining rig are known as ASIC hardware. ASIC stands for Application Specific Integrated Circuit. These USB powered Block Erupters have one job and one job only, that’s to mine for Bitcoins.

Each one of these Block Erupters mine at a rate of 335 MH/s, I will be using 6 of these units which will yield a little over 2 GH/s of mining power.

Since these ASIC miners are USB powered, all it takes is a powered USB hub to get these miners up and running. Speaking of USB hubs…

Choosing the Right USB Hub

Although they don’t mine themselves, choosing the right USB hub is critical aspect to your Bitcoin mining hardware. The USB hub is a part where you do not want to cheap out on.

You need to purchase a high quality POWERED USB hub to run your miners. Do not get a $3 USB hub found on eBay. The reason you need a quality hub is because you need to ensure that each individual USB port on the hub is providing consistent and constant power to the Block Erupters.

Cheap USB hubs are known to fluctuate their amperage depending on how much load is on each port. This will hinder the performance of your mining hardware thus costing you the amount of Bitcoins you could have mined. The USB hub I listed in the parts list can efficiently power up to 6 or 7 Block Erupters without a problem.

Having more USB ports than the number of Block Erupters on your hub comes in handy. You have the option to power your Raspberry Pi and even an Arctic USB fan all on the same powered USB hub.

This not only saves space but it also saves you money from purchasing additional power adapters.

Hooking it All Up

Hooking up all the parts is pretty self-explanatory. If you need a visual guide, the video above will go over every step of installing your Bitcoin mining hardware.

Once everything thing is plugged in, you are ready to run your mining software and set up your mining pools. I will create another video and article detailing step by step instructions on how to set up your mining software if you need additional assistance.

Stay Tuned and Happy Mining!

Feel free to donate  🙂

BITCOINS: 1Le8gFkvCD3HucMMUjZ1CTsczqjqoE2kXB
LITECOINS: LWj56L89trF4zpeFtnwWsgyAUa962YkGut

(See Part 2: Bitcoin Mining Software)

 

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10 Things to Know about Bitcoin http://fredyen.com/10-things-know-about-bitcoin/ http://fredyen.com/10-things-know-about-bitcoin/#comments Tue, 03 Dec 2013 06:15:28 +0000 http://fredyen.com/?p=783 With all the media attention surrounding Bitcoin lately, I just had to get involved in this craze. Over the next few weeks I will be creating tutorial videos showing you how to build Bitcoin miners for just a few hundred dollars. But before that, I figured I should give an overview about what exactly is …

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With all the media attention surrounding Bitcoin lately, I just had to get involved in this craze. Over the next few weeks I will be creating tutorial videos showing you how to build Bitcoin miners for just a few hundred dollars. But before that, I figured I should give an overview about what exactly is Bitcoin all about.

So here is my list of the 10 things to know about Bitcoin

1. What is Bitcoins?

Bitcoin is a form of currency. In fact, it is a form of DIGITAL currency  that is not backed by any raw material such as gold or silver. It is an open source peer-to-peer network for sending and receiving payments.

2. Who created Bitcoins?

As far as we know, Bitcoin was created in 2009 by a man named “Satoshi Nakamoto”. There is a lot of controversy as to whether or not this is the creators real identity. It seems as if the creator completely disappeared sometime in the year 2010 and has been kept primarily anonymous.

3. Where do you keep Bitcoins?

Before you can use Bitcoins, you need to establish a Bitcoin wallet. This is a digital form of your everyday wallet. It basically holds your Bitcoins. These wallets can be kept on your personal computer or at an online website. With a Bitcoin wallet, you can then send and recieve Bitcoins.

4. How do you use Bitcoins?

You can send and receive Bitcoins by using a unique Bitcoin address that is attached to your wallet. This is somewhat similar to using PayPal. When you send a payment through PayPal, you are given an email address.

Unlike PayPal, each Bitcoin transaction is given a unique wallet address. This increases the privacy of your transactions and keeps them practically anonymous.

5. How do you get Bitcoins?

There are 3 ways to get Bitcoins

1. Receive it as payment for a good or service that you provide
2. You can purchase them at exchanges, just like exchanging US dollars for foreign currency
3. The third option is Bitcoin mining

6. What is Bitcoin mining?

In the simplest explanation. In order to create more Bitcoins to the market, you need to solve complex mathematical problems. Bitcoin miners use computing power to solve these problems. Once a problem is solved, the Bitcoin miner is then rewarded with a certain amount of Bitcoins.

With the difficulty of these mathematical problems increasing everyday, it is almost impossible to solve these problems alone. Most Bitcoin miners tend to join a Mining Pool to increase the chances of recieving Bitcoins.

7. What is a Bitcoin Mining Pool?

Since the difficulty of Bitcoin math problems are rapidly increasing, you would need a lot of money to afford some very expensive equipment to mine for Bitcoins alone. Instead, most Bitcoin miners join together as a group to solve these problems.

A mining pool networks all the computing power of each miner, solving the mathematical problems together. This increases the odds of generating more Bitcoins to the market. The Bitcoins that are rewarded for solving the problems are then divided among the group base off of each miner’s contribution.

8. What hardware is need to mine for Bitcoins?

Originally all you needed was to use your computer’s CPU power to mine for Bitcoins. As the difficulty increased, miners began using their graphics cards, know as GPU’s. Unfortunately both these options are now insufficient to successfully mine for Bitcoins. You now have to look into ASIC hardware.

ASIC stands for “Application Specific Integrate Circuit”. These chips have one job and one job only, that is to mine for Bitcoins. These ASIC miners can be had for as little has a few hundred dollars all the way up to several thousand dollars.

9. Where do you buy ASIC miners?

You can purchase ASIC miners online from a few different manufacturers. However, due to the high demand and limited supply, these devices are often back ordered and require you to wait several months before even getting your hands on the device.

You can also build ASIC miners yourself! We will cover this topic in future articles.

10. Should I invest in Bitcoins?

Unfortunately no one can answer this questions for you. Bitcoin is still very new and the value of a Bitcoin is extremely volatile. It really depends on how much you believe in the Bitcoin system and if you personally feel the value will continue to increase.

Final thoughts

So there is my list of 10 things to know about Bitcoin. It is hard to say how long Bitcoin craze will last but it is definitely exciting to watch. The idea of using Bitcoins is truly fantastic and I personally have high hopes.

As mentioned earliar,  I will be creating tutorial videos demonstrating how to build your own ASIC miner. This will be a fun and fairly inexpensive project to complete. Definitely stay tuned for that!

 

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Hang ’em High Guitar Wall Mount http://fredyen.com/hang-em-high-guitar-wall-mount/ Thu, 28 Nov 2013 22:00:14 +0000 http://fredyen.com/?p=774 Many you have already seen my guitar building videos here. Since I was so pleased with the outcome of that project, I wanted to find a good way display my new guitar on the wall so that I could keep it off the ground. Most of the guitar hangers I found were just hooks that …

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Many you have already seen my guitar building videos here. Since I was so pleased with the outcome of that project, I wanted to find a good way display my new guitar on the wall so that I could keep it off the ground.

Most of the guitar hangers I found were just hooks that hung the guitar by its neck. I wasn’t too keen on that idea but eventually found this product, the Hang ’em High guitar wall mount.

This product immediately caught my attention. It really fulfilled the two requirements I had for a guitar mount.

  1. Securely mounts to the wall
  2. Does not hang guitar by it’s neck

The guitar mount even holds the guitar at an angle. I thought this would look really great above the desk in my office.

Installation

Installing this guitar wall mount couldn’t have been easier!

Here’s what it included:

  1. Two mounting blocks (one for the body and one for the neck)
  2. Three padded hooks
  3. A bag of screws and wall anchors
  4. Free guitar pick!

Simply mark the wall for where you want the guitar body to be, then mark what angle you want the guitar to lean. Just drill two holes for each mounting block after you have decided on it’s position.

After that, all you need to do is install the wall anchors in the holes that you drilled. Mount the blocks with the supplied screws, attach the padded hooks to the blocks, and you are done!

Go ahead, place your axe on the guitar wall mount and stand back to marvel at your handy work!

My Thoughts

I am very happy with the Hang ’em High guitar wall mount. There were only a free guitar hangers that I found that would allow you to mount the guitar at an angle. I chose this particular guitar mount because of its simplicity of securing the guitar. I have absolutely no concerns of the the quality of this wall hanger or any fears of it falling down.

So if you have been meaning to mount your guitar on the wall, I would definitely recommend Hang ’em High.

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Update: Achieving Passive Income http://fredyen.com/update-achieving-passive-income/ http://fredyen.com/update-achieving-passive-income/#comments Sat, 26 Oct 2013 07:56:18 +0000 http://fredyen.com/?p=756   In my very first post on this site, I explained that my goal has been to earn passive income from the comforts of my own home. My attempts for achieving passive income has been creating targeted niche websites which would allow me to earn commission from affiliates. Well, I am proud to say that …

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bluehostIn my very first post on this site, I explained that my goal has been to earn passive income from the comforts of my own home. My attempts for achieving passive income has been creating targeted niche websites which would allow me to earn commission from affiliates.

Well, I am proud to say that FREDYEN.com has become one of my more successful projects. Being less than a year old, I have already managed to make healthy earnings from this website.

What do I mean by “Achieving Passive Income”?

Passive income is not achieved easily or possible by being lazy. Passive income requires you to  dedicate a lot of hard work, time, and effort in the early stages of a  project to create some type of content or product. That finished content or product then continues to earn you monthly income with little to no additional work.

FREDYEN.com is a clear example of this phenomenon. Just look at the date of my very first post (December 2, 2012) to my last post (June 2, 2013), and now take notice the date of this very post here (October 26, 2013 ).

You can see that I spent 7 months of hard work creating content for this site and started to earn income from it rather quickly. The content I created was as high quality as I could possibly make it. The videos I uploaded took hours to film and even more hours to edit.

Even though my goal was never meant to make an impact on YouTube, my hard work has definitely paid off. Currently at the time of this writing, I have 1,690 subscribers and over 347,989 total views on YouTube alone. I am very happy with those numbers considering I never planned to get any subscribers at all.

Is it really passive?

Looking back at the post dates above, you can see that I took about 5 month hiatus from posting to this site. There were 2 main reasons for the lack of updates during those months.  The first reason is to test the “passive” theory. With no updates and no additional work from me, this website continued to grow not only in visitor traffic but also in monthly earnings.

The second reason was that I started a new niche project which I have been spending most of my time completing. I may reveal this new niche website if there is enough interests, but this also brings me to my future plans of FREDYEN.com. I will talk more about it below.

Why am I bragging?

Well the purpose of this update isn’t to brag or to turn my nose up at anyone. The purpose is to show my visitors that achieving passive income is very possible and can be accomplished by anyone. Again, my first post explained that I wanted to create FREDYEN.com to be my authority site. A site that contains all of my interests.

Building websites is one of those interests and I am writing this more as an update about what I have been doing the past few months. I also wanted to let you know that I will be creating much more content for this site. I actually  have a lot of good stuff planned ahead.

One of the ideas I have planned, as mentioned above,  is to demonstrate step by step how to build a niche website. I think this would be a fun project for both myself and any visitors that are interested in achieving your own passive income. I can show you what tools to use and what key considerations to take when creating a website. If there is enough interest in this project, I would be very excited to demonstrate the process.

So leave a comment and let me know what you think.

Stay tuned!

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DIY JEM Style Guitar Kit (Part 1: Overview) http://fredyen.com/diy-jem-style-guitar-kit-part-1-overview/ http://fredyen.com/diy-jem-style-guitar-kit-part-1-overview/#comments Sun, 02 Jun 2013 07:30:04 +0000 http://fredyen.com/?p=714 I am back with a new Do-It-Yourself guitar build! This time we are taking a look at the DIY JEM Style Guitar Kit. I am extremely excited to start this project and I have some great ideas planned for this guitar build. This seller on eBay was kind enough to send me this guitar and …

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DIY JEM BoxI am back with a new Do-It-Yourself guitar build! This time we are taking a look at the DIY JEM Style Guitar Kit. I am extremely excited to start this project and I have some great ideas planned for this guitar build. This seller on eBay was kind enough to send me this guitar and it appears to be a high quality kit, especially for the price.

What’s in the Kit:

Let’s first talk about the guitar body. This is a solid Mahogany body with the unique “monkey grip” cut out at the top. For those unaware, this guitar kit is made to replicate Steve Vai’s signature Ibanez JEM guitar. Although this is not an exact replica, it definitely gets the job done.

The body of the guitar is routed for 3 pickups, which include 2 humbuckers on the outer slots, and 1 single coil pickup placed in the middle. This setup will give you a wide range of tones to choose from. The bridge cavity is also made to fit a floating trem like a Floyd Rose but can also fit a Gotoh floating trem with some slight modifications

DIY JEM Neck Inlay

The bolt on neck in this guitar kit looks fantastic! The neck is also made out of Mahogany and includes a Rosewood fretboard with beautiful vine shaped perloid inlays. In my opinion, the vine inlay is what sets this DIY JEM Style Guitar Kit apart from other kits I’ve seen. It just looks great!

Also included in the kit is a nice white tortoise shell pickguard, which houses the 3 pickups. What is nice about this pickguard, is that the pickups are pre-wired making installation a cinch. There are only 3 wires that will need to be soldered to get things working.

Everything needed to build a fully working guitar is included in this guitar kit. From the body and neck to the tuners and strings, it’s all there! It even comes with a guitar cable as an added bonus.

Please take note that all the parts in this kit can be upgraded at anytime. For the purpose of this build, I will complete the project with exactly the items that are included in the kit.

Plans for the Build:

DIY JEM Guitar

I am most excited about completing the paint finish on the guitar body. My plan is to achieve a swirl paint finish on the body and headstock of the neck. I figured this would be the most fitting look for this project. The swirl paint finish is a very popular paint job for JEM style guitars, but achieving this is no easy task.

For the neck, I am going to keep it a natural finish. Similar to my previous Les Paul build, I will either be using Tru-Oil or Tung Oil as my choice of neck finishes. The goal is to obtain a smooth and fast playing neck. A neck that is ready to shred!

Conclusion:

All in all, I’m super stoked to start working on this DIY JEM Style Guitar Kit. The body and neck feel great and should be a very nice playing guitar once complete. All the parts like pickups, bridge, and tuners can be upgraded to achieve a better sound, but at this point I do not see it being necessary. If you are looking to start a guitar project, I would definitely recommend this kit. Follow along and join me on this build!

Well that’s it for now. Stay tuned!

(Get your DIY JEM Style Guitar Kit here or here on Amazon)

 

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Retrieve and Diagnose your Check Engine Codes on a Jeep Wrangler YJ http://fredyen.com/retrieve-and-diagnose-your-check-engine-codes-on-a-jeep-wrangler/ Thu, 30 May 2013 04:38:51 +0000 http://fredyen.com/?p=691 On a recent camping trip to Anza Borrego, my Jeep Wrangler’s check engine light appeared out of no where. There was no way that I would let this ruin my trip so I decided to fix the issue. Diagnosing the issue was actually quite simple. No need for scanners, computers, or sensors. All you need …

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Jeep Check Engine CodesOn a recent camping trip to Anza Borrego, my Jeep Wrangler’s check engine light appeared out of no where. There was no way that I would let this ruin my trip so I decided to fix the issue.

Diagnosing the issue was actually quite simple. No need for scanners, computers, or sensors. All you need is the keys to your Jeep and the ability to count.

So here is how to retrieve and diagnose your check engine codes on a Jeep Wrangler YJ.

What to do:

You need to first get your Jeep into diagnostic mode. Stick your key into the ignition and turn the key to ‘on’ then ‘off’, turn it back ‘on’ and back ‘off’, finally leaving it ‘on’ again. You will then see your check engine light flash, the flashing will represent what code you need to diagnose your problem.

Engine Codes:

11 – Ignition
12 – Battery disconnected within last 50 key starts
13 – Manifold Absolute Pressure (MAP) Sensor Vacuum
14 – Manifold Absolute Pressure (MAP) Sensor Electrical
15 – Distance sensor or circuit
17 – Engine running too cool
21 – Oxygen sensor or circuit
22 – Coolant temperature sensor or circuit
23 – MAT sensor or circuit
24 – Throttle Position Sensor (TPS) sensor or circuit
25 – Automatic Idle Speed (AIS) circuit
27 – Fuel injector control
31 – EVAP solenoid or circuit
33 – Air conditioning clutch relay
41 – Alternator field
42 – Automatic shutdown relay
44 – Battery temperature sensor
46 – Battery over voltage
47 – Battery under voltage
51 – Oxygen sensor – lean condition
52 – Oxygen sensor – rich condition
53 – Internal engine controller fault
54 – Distributor sync pickup
55 – End of Code output
62 – Emissions Maintenance Reminder (EMR) mileage vaccumulator
63 – Controller failure EEPROM write denied

Results:

As you can see in the video above, it is very simple process to diagnose the check engine codes on a Jeep Wrangler YJ.

It turned out that my issue was with the Throttle Position Sensor. I was able to pick up a replacement sensor at a nearby auto parts store and had it installed within minutes. This completely fixed my issue and I was able to enjoy my camping trip with peace of mind.

 

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DIY Les Paul Guitar Kit (Part 6: How to Wire Pickups) http://fredyen.com/diy-les-paul-guitar-kit-part-6-how-to-wire-pickups/ http://fredyen.com/diy-les-paul-guitar-kit-part-6-how-to-wire-pickups/#comments Fri, 03 May 2013 08:42:34 +0000 http://fredyen.com/?p=656 We are back with my DIY Les Paul Guitar Kit and we are on the final step for completing this build. This time I will show you how to wire pickups for this guitar kit. Once again, this Les Paul guitar kit was purchased from this seller on eBay. I have had a lot of …

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We are back with my DIY Les Paul Guitar Kit and we are on the final step for completing this build. This time I will show you how to wire pickups for this guitar kit. Once again, this Les Paul guitar kit was purchased from this seller on eBay. I have had a lot of fun building this guitar and encourage you to start your very own project.

Wires

Lets first talk about the wires that are included in this guitar kit. The kit provides more than enough wires to complete the installation of the pickups. There are basically 3 sets of wires that are included.

*Please take note that the color of the wires is not important. You just need to know what each wire does and where they go. Use my guide as a reference but your kit could come with different colored wires.*

guitar wiring

The longest pair of wires (blue and green) is used to connect the 3 way switch to the output jack for the guitar cable. You only need 1 wire for this application, I chose the blue wire. The other wire in this pair can be used for grounding the components in the cavity of the body. I will explain more on the grounding process further down.

The slightly shorter wires (green, yellow, orange, and red) is used to connect the 3 way switch to the volume potentiometers. I used the yellow and red wires in this set because they correspond to the color of wires on the neck and bridge pickups. I also used the green wire as my grounding wire for the 3 way switch.

Finally you have the shortest set of 4 wires (green, yellow, orange, and red). These can be used to connect different components like the pots and capacitors inside the cavity. I, however, did not end up using this set of shore wires. The green wire from the longest pair of wires was used for all the connections inside the cavity.

How to Wire 3 way Switch

Now let’s take a closer look at the 3 way switch. There are 4 different connectors that need to be wired on the switch. The outer connector is used for grounding the 3 way switch to the rest of the guitar components. In my case, this will be the green wire as explained earlier. To make it easier to follow, all my ground wires will be green.

how to wire 3 way switch

The middle connector is the active output that will be used to send the pickup signals to the output jack. I have selected the blue wire for this application.

The other two connectors are input connections that receive signals from the pickups and sends the signals to the output (blue wire) of the 3 way switch. As mentioned, I am using the yellow and red wires for these because they match up with the color of wires on the pickups.

Solder all these connections together, then route the wires through the body of the guitar and into the cavity located on the back. Tape these wires off to the side because you will come back to them at a later time. You can now secure the 3 way switch by tightening the locking nut from the front of the guitar.

Grounding the Guitar

Next we move onto grounding all the components of the guitar. We will start with the potentiometers. These are 500k pots for both volume and tone controls. The pots labeled with B500k are used for controlling the volume and pots labeled A500k are used for the tone controls. Arrange the pots so that the neck volume/tone control is on top and the bridge volume/tone control are on the bottom.

500k Potentiometer

Start by grounding each pot by bending the outer right leg of the potentiometer up so that it touches the top of the pot. Complete the connection by soldering both the connector leg and the top of potentiometer together. You may need to use a lot of solder for this process to ensure a solid connection.

Now that each individual potentiometer is grounded, we must ground all of the components to each other. We do this by running a wire and soldering it to the top of each pot starting at the bridge tone pot, to the bridge volume pot, then moving to the neck volume pot, then to the neck tone pot and finally out to the cable jack. You also want to ensure that the ground wire (green) from the 3 way switch is also grounded to one of the potentiometers.

*Please note that on some guitars, there is a ground wire that connects to the bridge post. If your guitar has this wire, go ahead and solder that ground wire to the top of any potentiometer.*

How to Wire Pickups

Once the main ground wires have been completed, we can now move forward with the actual pickups installation. The neck and bridge pickups are easy to differentiate on this kit by looking at the pre-mounted pickup rings. The pickup for the neck will have a thinner mounting ring while the bridge pickup will have a thicker mounting ring. In my kit, the neck pickup was wired with yellow wires while the bridge pickup with red.

wiring pickupsRoute the wires through the body starting with the neck pickup, then route both neck and bridge pickup wires into the body cavity of the guitar. You can now mount the pickups to the guitar body with the supplied screws.

Before soldering any pickup wires, we must first connect the tone capacitors to the potentiometers. Attach one leg of the capacitor to the middle connector of the tone pot, then connect the other leg of the capacitor to the outter left connector of the volume pot. Go ahead and solder the capacitor on the tone side only for the time being. We will hold off soldering the volume side until we have connected the pickup wires explained in the next step.

So let’s take a look at the yellow and red pickup wires again. Within each pickup wire, there are 2 separate wires. One wire is bare for grounding to the potentiometer; the other wire is white which is for the active signal. Connect the white wire to the same volume pot connector as the capacitor (outer left connector of both pots). You can now solder the white neck/bridge pickup wire to its corresponding volume potentiometer.

After soldering the active white pickup wires, go ahead and solder the bare pickup wires to the top of the potentiometer to ground the pickups.

Just a Few More Wires

The wiring is almost finished at this point, just a few more wires left. Let’s re-visit the wires from the 3 way switch that we had taped off to the side. What is left is a blue wire (goes to cable jack), a yellow wire and a red wire. The yellow and red wires receive the pickup signal by connecting to the output connector leg of the volume pots.

wiring cable jackThe output connector is the middle leg of each volume potentiometer. I went ahead and solder the yellow wire from the 3 way switch to the middle leg of the neck volume pot and did the same with the red wire to the bridge volume pot.

This leaves two wires left, a blue wire and the green wire. Once again the blue wire came from the 3 way switch and will be soldered to the active connector on the cable jack. The green wire is the ground. This is the wire that was used to ground out all of the components in the cavity. You will want to connect this green wire to the ground connector of the cable jack.

It is very easy to figure out which cable jack prongs are active and which are ground. Basically, any prong that touches the pole piece of the cable itself, will act as the ground. Whichever prong that touches the top of the cable will therefore be the active signal.

Final step is to solder these last two wires and you are done!

Just put everything back together, string up the guitar, and rock out!

Final Thoughts

I know this tutorial may have been difficult to follow. I know this because it was extremely difficult for me to write. However, I am hoping that this article and video will at least guide you in the right directions on how to wire pickups for a DIY Les Paul Guitar Kit.

Building this guitar kit and documenting the build has been very enjoyable for me. I have received many great comments from those that are also building this kit and really hope my articles have been beneficial.

See you on the next build!

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Unboxing: Jawbone Up Review (Now on Android) http://fredyen.com/unboxing-jawbone-up-review-now-on-android/ Sat, 13 Apr 2013 20:59:18 +0000 http://fredyen.com/?p=627 Jawbone Up High tech activity trackers seem to be the popular item these days in the fitness world and Jawbone is after a piece of that pie. Jawbone’s first attempt with the UP back in 2011 was unsuccessful due to severe quality issues. This prompted the company to pull all of their UP devices off …

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Jawbone Up

Jawbone Up UnboxingHigh tech activity trackers seem to be the popular item these days in the fitness world and Jawbone is after a piece of that pie. Jawbone’s first attempt with the UP back in 2011 was unsuccessful due to severe quality issues. This prompted the company to pull all of their UP devices off the shelves to conduct a heavy re-design of the product. Jawbone’s re-release of the UP in late 2012 promised more durability and reliability for their users. Now that the Jawbone UP has transitioned over to the Android platform, I felt this was the perfect time for me to test this product out.

Some may consider these activity trackers, like the UP, Fit Bit, and Nike Fuel Band, as just an expensive pedometer. In a way they are right, however these new high tech trackers offer so much more than just counting your steps.

The Jawbone UP is a stylish wristband that you can wear at ALL TIMES, even in the shower. Although if you plan on doing some deep sea diving, you should probably remove the wristband beforehand. You sync the UP by connecting the unit to your headphone jack on any IOS or ANDROID device. This allows you to view your activity levels as well as track your sleep patterns. There is also calorie tracker which gives you the option to input the foods you eat throughout the day.

If improving your health and fitness is important to you, then being aware of your activity levels and caloric intake is key to your success. The Jawbone UP helps you reach your goal by giving 3 different modes to track your activity.

Move

The Move mode helps you measure your daily activity details which include total steps taken, distance traveled, speed of movements, intensity of activity, and the total calories burned throughout the day. You are able to view the data on your phone or tablet which gives you an insight to how active you are every day.

Within the Move mode, there is a Stopwatch option. The Stopwatch option allows you to track specific activities that you do. Running, lifting weights, swimming, and hiking are just some of the activities that you can use the Stopwatch option for. You can later add additional notes to help you remember what you have done.

Sleep

The Sleep mode gives you details that includes when you went to bed, how long it took you to fall asleep, and the total hours slept. The Jawbone UP also has the ability to track when you are in Deep Sleep and when you are in Light Sleep. This gives you an overall look at how well your sleep patterns are because sleeping is a very important aspect to your health.

One great feature to the UP is the Silent Alarm option. You can set the time for an alarm and the UP will vibrate during a period where you are in Light Sleep. The purpose for this is that you are not waking up during Deep Sleep, causing you to be groggy and tired. When being woken up in Light Sleep, you wake up more relax and refreshed instead of the “I hate my life” feeling.

Eat

The Eat mode helps you track your caloric intake through the day. You are able to log food with photos and nutritional information like calories, fats, sugar, fiber, carbohydrates, protein and sodium. The logs are inputted with the app and allows you to search through UP’s inventory of foods or you can input the information manually. There is also a scan barcode option for packaged foods that you purchase.

There are many food tracker apps available like My Fitness Pal , but having that option included all within the Jawbone app makes it incredibility convenient.

Final Thoughts

I am very excited for this product! The fact that Jawbone transitioned their app to the Android platform is what prompted me to finally buy this tracker. I had also looked into the Nike Fuel Band but the company has mentioned that they have no interest in bringing the Fuel Band to Android. After doing more research, it was clear that the Jawbone UP had great features that no other activity tracker could compete with.

The Fit Bit was another good option, however, their device is more like a pedometer in which you have to carry the unit in your pocket or wear it with a belt clip. Many users have reported losing the Fit Bit or just flat out forgetting to bring it with them. Whereas the Jawbone is a wristband that you wear all the time.

It really came down to convenience and features. I wanted a tracker that was convenient to use, as mentioned, the Jawbone up is a wristband so I know I will not forget to wear it like the Fit Bit. The Nike Fuel Band just didn’t have the features that I am interested in. Specifically, I was looking for something that can track my sleep pattern and caloric intake. The Jawbone UP is the only tracker out on the market that fits both my convenience and features needs. I highly recommend it!

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Bionic Fitness Gloves Review http://fredyen.com/bionic-fitness-gloves-review/ Sat, 23 Mar 2013 02:20:25 +0000 http://fredyen.com/?p=563 Back in the gym, this time with soft silky smooth hands! No no no… I haven’t started using a new brand of moisturizer. Instead, I got myself a new pair of Bionic workout gloves. Now these gloves are by no means cheap. In fact, the price I paid for these could have covered my gym …

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Bionic Workout GlovesBack in the gym, this time with soft silky smooth hands! No no no… I haven’t started using a new brand of moisturizer. Instead, I got myself a new pair of Bionic workout gloves. Now these gloves are by no means cheap. In fact, the price I paid for these could have covered my gym membership fees for an entire month. I bought my pair of gloves on Amazon, but sometimes you can find these gloves cheaper on eBay. Is it worth the price? Well let’s just dive right into my Bionic Fitness Glove Review!

Why wear gloves?

I have posted recent articles laying out my workout routine. This routine involves six days of weight training while hitting every muscle group twice a week. I’ve actually have been following this routine pretty religiously and I have been feeling great. The only issue with lifting weights this much is that it has been killing my hands. Not only with soreness but I have also been developing quite a bit of callouses, and that just ain’t cool.

Now if you follow any real body building social groups or forums, you’ll see that there’s a lot of hatin’ going around about wearing workout gloves. According to the gym rats and meat heads, wearing workout gloves are only for the weak and the noobs. Nonsense I say! I would rather look like a tool than have rough and messed up hands. If you are reading this article, I am going to assume you have similar thoughts as myself.

Why choose Bionic Fitness Gloves?

These gloves come in both men and women’s fitment and has the option for either full-fingered or half fingered design. Bionic claims that these gloves were created by an orthopedic hand surgeon allowing superior grip, comfort and durability. The materials used are of very high quality with sheepskin leather around the palms and plenty of padding in exactly the right areas. I really do have to say that these gloves are very comfortable and seem to fit perfectly.

The knuckle area is made out of mesh-like material and has webbing in between the fingers. These are designed to give your hands the ability to breathe while reducing sweating. Another benefit of the material and its placement is that it gives your hands full range of motion. These gloves fit very tightly around my hands, yet my fingers and movements are not restricted in anyway.

What are the downsides to Bionic Fitness Gloves?

There’s not many, but one huge downside is obviously the price. These are pretty expensive workout gloves and you really have to make your own decision on whether you feel you can justify the cost. You can walk into any sporting goods store and easily choose from dozens of other gloves at half the cost of these Bionic gloves.

Another very small issue is that these gloves fit too perfectly! Wait… why is that a downside? Well it’s not a problem really, but because these gloves fit so well around your hands, taking them off can be slightly more difficult when compared to other gloves. You have to pick and pull one finger at a time until the gloves finally release. It’s a very small issue, or maybe not an issue at all, but I felt that this should be something to bring up.

Final Thoughts

All in all, I think these Bionic Fitness gloves are well worth the price. Yes they are expensive, but if you are spending hours at the gym, you might as well feel comfortable doing so. I have bought several gloves in the past, usually the cheapest ones I can find, and these gloves blow everything I have tried out of the water.

Go buy a pair!

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DIY Les Paul Guitar Kit (Part 5: Installing the Guitar Bridge) http://fredyen.com/diy-les-paul-guitar-kit-part-5-installing-the-guitar-bridge/ http://fredyen.com/diy-les-paul-guitar-kit-part-5-installing-the-guitar-bridge/#comments Sun, 17 Mar 2013 19:00:05 +0000 http://fredyen.com/?p=565 I am back with my DIY Les Paul Guitar Kit. Today we are taking a closer look at installing the guitar bridge, a very simple step to complete. This guitar kit came with a Les Paul style Tune-O-Matic bridge. If you would like to purchase this same guitar kit, please take a look at this …

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Installing Guitar BridgeI am back with my DIY Les Paul Guitar Kit. Today we are taking a closer look at installing the guitar bridge, a very simple step to complete. This guitar kit came with a Les Paul style Tune-O-Matic bridge. If you would like to purchase this same guitar kit, please take a look at this eBay seller. I have also written several articles here documenting the process needed to build your own guitar with this kit.

Items needed:

Tune-O-Matic bridge (included in kit)
Rubber Mallet (not included in kit)

*You can also use a regular hammer for this step if you do not own a rubber mallet. However, be very careful not to hurt yourself but more importantly do not hurt the guitar.*

Installing the guitar bridge:

The bridge piece and stop tail piece are both installed by hammering in their corresponding posts into the body of the guitar. This guitar kit comes pre-drilled for these posts which makes installation super easy. Yes, you literally just hammer the bridge and tail piece posts into the holes. That’s all there is to it! It almost seems too simple doesn’t it?

Please watch the video provided above to see just how simple this installation is. Something you may want to take note of is that this guitar kit does not have, or need, a ground wire for the bridge. Factory Les Paul guitars typically will have a single wire wedged into the bridge post and connected to a potmeter to create a ground connection in the circuit. The purpose of this is to prevent or reduce the amount of buzz generated from the pickups.

I do not see this as being an issue for this guitar, but if you are concerned, adding this ground wire would be very simple to do. All that is needed is a small hole drilled in one of the bridge post cavities exiting out of the guitar where the electronics are held.

Whats next in the Guitar build?

The next step in this build is to start wiring in the pickups and adding the knobs and switch. Like with every step, I will document and film the entire process to give you a better idea on how you can achieve the same thing. Once again, here is the link to the same guitar if you are looking to start your very own project.

Stay tuned!

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