My weekend geekery

    I had an unusually geeky weekend, in that I got to do a couple things I had been meaning to do for quite a while. First, I had picked up some parts at my local electronics parts store with which to build a 4 AA based charger for my new Psion Revo. Really only involved soldering the positive and negative leads to the right posts on the 3.5mm OD/1.35mm ID plug, but I've never been much of an expert with a soldering iron, and since my Master butane soldering iron is currently out of commission, I am stuck using a Cold Heat soldering iron. This requires more effort, because while it is safer since it is not always hot, you do need to establish an electric connection across the split tip to get heat.

    My hands are about as naturally steady as a coffee junky, so detail work takes mucho patience, particularly since I was doing it on the tailgate of my SUV, which put me in the way of the garage door opener beam and made it beep annoyingly the whole time. Oh yeah, and my curious, energetic boys wanted to watch and ask questions. Wheee.

    I also finally got the Psi-Win software and installed it on my Windows 98 VMware image, which let me connect it to my Revo and load some software. Now I just need the time to play with the Revo and its additions.

    Next up, I've already found some web pages describing successful efforts at modding a Sony BP51 battery, which is what my Sony Vaio Picturbook uses. I've gone through 2 BP51 and a quad battery pack since I bought the laptop in 2001, and since it is such a small laptop, it begs to be wireless, but alas, no battery life left. So, I'll need to find some batteries, and follow the steps to replace the ones in one of my dead BP51s. I hope to survive to tell the tale.
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