Recycling an Xbox 360 Slim power supply

Like so many people, my Xbox 360 suddenly died. The console itself was unusable (Red Ring of Death), but the power supply seemed OK. Unfortunately, it uses a proprietary connector, making it hard to reuse. To avoid putting it in the garbage with the console, I reverse engineered the connector and built a custom enclosure to reuse it as a dual voltage benchtop power supply.

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Weekend project : Window exhaust fan

I live in an old apartment where there is no fixed ventilation, not even a range hood. In the summer, when I want some fresh air, I simply open the windows. But in the middle of winter in Montreal, getting a blast of -20°C cold air each time you want some fresh doesn’t seem to be the best option… To fix the situation, this weekend I built a custom window exhaust fan.

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Weekend project : Wall mounted headphone hanger

I have been using Sennheiser HD555 headphones for many years. They sound great and are comfortable, but like many large headphones, they take a lot a place on my desk and the long cord is often in the way.

Sennheiser HD555

I decided to take care of this situation last weekend and build a wall mounted headphone hanger to hold my headphones when I’m not using them. The design is simple, a thick piece of wood that is used as a base plate to hold three pegs on which the headphones will rest.

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Mystery Box

In 2012, I created an illuminated “Mystery Box” to hold a Secret Santa gift. A white translucent question mark is present on the 4 sides of the box and they glow white. When the box is opened it flashes red.

The lighting logic is controlled by an Arduino. The box has been collecting dust since 2012 and has been damaged a bit during this time. I would like to fix the broken bits and improve to fix the shortcomings that I discovered since doing the original build.