How Stuff Work
Fixing the Car Window - 15 Oct 2006
Bill bought a used car on Sep 15th, 2006 (a 1998 honda civic dx, 88k miles, $3.5k), and the car window was having problem rolling down.
Instead of paying someone to fix the car, Bill (stupidly) decided to fix the car window himself. With the help of Bill's landlord, the car window was able to roll down.
Breaking Bill's FOSA Laptop 060828
After 5 years using the FOSA laptop, the laptop finally stops working. FOSA is an american company, but Bill bought the laptop in Hong Kong.
My roommate Yaniv Rosen, a physicist, was looking at the broken laptop. The sign said "Laptop RAPED by Bill Hung"
Breaking a Printer - 4 Feb 2006
This Epson InkJet Printer of my roommate is broken, so I take it apart to get the power supply and the motor. This printer model was quite popular because of the low price.
Breaking a Keyboard - 4 Feb 2006
I spilled some water on the keyboard, and it stopped working. It is hard to get a Japanese keyboard in the US. I had to take everything apart for wiping. And fortunately the keyboard works at the end.
Breaking a Webcam - Spring 2005
I have read an article about turning a normal webcam into a infra-red camera. So I took out my old webcam-DC dual use camera, trying to turn it into an infra-red camera.
Breaking a webcam, intended to make an Infra Red camera, because this is a Charge Coupled type camera. Later in the project, the camera just died.
Breaking an AC-to-DC Transformer - Spring 2005
I opened up a AC-to-DC Transformer, and I drew the circuit for the transformer. This transformer consists of 3 capacitors and 2 resistors. The circuit design is a very common one. Simpler than the AC-to-DC Circuit I made.
Breaking an Plug-in - Spring 2005
A Hong Kong three-legged type of plug-in. Squared-legged with a fuse built-in.
Breaking an IDE cable - Spring 2005
I wanted to know how the IDE cable is actually connected. They have a metal trap that hold the wires. I need to break the cable for my microcontroller programmer.
Breaking a Joypad Handheld Controller - Spring 2005
My CS 150 Digital Design project uses a controller, so I wanted to know what is in the controller. The controller is made with surprisingly simple circuits. Some rubber pads with a small circuit attached.
Breaking a Laptop - Spring 2005
My friend's laptop was having problems, so we took the laptop apart.