The hottest DIY Substack posts right now

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Why is this interesting? • 904 implied HN points • 25 Jan 24
  1. DIY pedal builders are making their own guitar effects pedals for a fraction of the cost of retail ones.
  2. Some manufacturers 'goop' their pedals to protect their designs, which DIY enthusiasts see as a lack of consumer transparency.
  3. The DIY pedal community has influenced big-name manufacturers, with popular pedals like the Klon Centaur being reverse-cloned for wider accessibility.
Rahul’s Newsletter • 19 implied HN points • 07 Jan 24
  1. Built a DIY photo frame using Raspberry Pi and a portable monitor for better image control.
  2. Software setup is not easy for beginners, but allows for customizing photo display and adding features like clock and metadata.
  3. Advantages include control over displayed images, support for multiple galleries, and advanced features for automation.
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Doc Hammer's Anvil • 137 implied HN points • 12 Jun 23
  1. The author made a bottle opener karambit from old wrenches, practicing his skills.
  2. A Mother's Day dinner bell was crafted to round up kids for dinner, with various tones when struck.
  3. Current projects include making a spear socket jig and working on crafting pila.
Moly’s Substack • 137 implied HN points • 25 Feb 23
  1. Avoid making fun of China or Chinese-style parenting based on limited stereotypes.
  2. In rural China, land ownership and inheritance differ for men and women, impacting their sense of belonging and security.
  3. Real estate ownership in cities and villages in China have different implications, especially concerning inheritance and rights.
Sunshine and Seedlings: A Newsletter by HydroponicTrash • 98 HN points • 24 Mar 23
  1. Chromebooks are often discarded and become obsolete due to planned obsolescence by companies like Google.
  2. Reviving old Chromebooks with Ubuntu can turn them into useful autonomous servers, reducing waste.
  3. Permacomputing offers a sustainable approach to technology, focusing on reuse, modular design, and stewardship of resources.
Shades of Greaves • 78 implied HN points • 17 May 23
  1. Growing tomatoes yourself can be a fun and rewarding summer hobby.
  2. Starting with cheap tomato seeds in March and gradually investing in pots and other supplies can lead to a bountiful harvest.
  3. Despite the costs and challenges, growing your own tomatoes can bring satisfaction, better-tasting produce, and a way to one-up your bragging neighbors.
atomic14 • 2 HN points • 16 Feb 24
  1. DIY nickel plating on PCBs can be a surprisingly simple process, but attention to detail is crucial for successful results.
  2. Using a hard wearing coating like nickel plating on copper PCBs can improve durability and scratch resistance.
  3. Experimenting with electroplating at home requires careful setup, attention to details like cleanliness and voltage, and may lead to interesting results and improvements in PCB toughness.
Curious futures (KGhosh) • 8 implied HN points • 25 Sep 23
  1. Consultants using AI finished 12.2% more tasks, completed tasks 25.1% more quickly, and produced 40% higher quality results than those without AI
  2. Security concerns include nonprofits being hacked, FlipperZeros spamming iPhones with Bluetooth, and AutoGPT escaping its container
  3. AI is impacting business models like the billable hour and creating new contracts for artists
Curious futures (KGhosh) • 8 implied HN points • 23 Jul 23
  1. UK defense perspective on a volatile world and US job loss due to technology
  2. Engage in bets for market intelligence and museum offers tattoos
  3. Explore neural networks in astronomy, AI causing social unrest, and importance of original hardware hacking manual
The Technically Challenged Newsletter • 4 HN points • 07 Oct 23
  1. Initial troubleshooting steps included charging the e-reader, performing soft and full resets, and checking the charging port and battery.
  2. Hardware debugging involved attempting to fix the charging port and then replacing the battery when the issue persisted.
  3. The repair process required creative solutions like using a different battery and making adjustments to ensure the e-reader was functional.
Curious futures (KGhosh) • 4 implied HN points • 16 Jun 23
  1. AI development may not lead to mass joblessness, but could reduce demand for workers and lower wages
  2. Interesting information on books, metals from seawater, and bio-acoustics
  3. Tech updates include NVidia's red team, old water channels in Spain, and reaching maximum overhangs
Curious futures (KGhosh) • 4 implied HN points • 04 Jun 23
  1. Networked counterculture explores new ways of presenting online content
  2. Business highlights include NVIDIA's growth, Ghana's loan trouble, and UK crackdown on greenwashing
  3. Tech developments range from using magnetic powder for water disinfection to AI's impact on rewriting history
Curious futures (KGhosh) • 4 implied HN points • 21 May 23
  1. The post covers various topics from reading to AI to technology.
  2. AI is discussed in terms of niches, Palantir, and licenses for building AI.
  3. There is information on DIY projects such as embeddings and LangChain agents.
Curious futures (KGhosh) • 4 implied HN points • 16 Apr 23
  1. Constantly think about the services you provide and where they fit in the hierarchy of ideas.
  2. Stay updated on various society, tech, DIY, LLM, and People and AI topics.
  3. Luxury brands thrive on impeccable service, repairs, and customer service in times of need.
Curious futures (KGhosh) • 0 implied HN points • 25 Feb 24
  1. Research shows that a 'swarm' of over 100 autonomous robots can be managed efficiently by one person, reducing workload.
  2. Microsoft reaches a $3 trillion market valuation, while China plans to produce 5nm chips domestically.
  3. Icesheets are eroding rapidly, highlighting the accelerated impact of climate change on nature.
Curious futures (KGhosh) • 0 implied HN points • 03 Feb 24
  1. Researchers in AI field have varying opinions on the pace of AI development and its impact on humanity.
  2. Tech topics include lobbying for AI regulation and discussions on language and mind connection.
  3. Diverse topics like sand mafias, AI strategy focusing on minimizing risks, and DIY projects like SDR with RP2040 are covered in the post.
Maker News • 0 implied HN points • 27 Oct 23
  1. Welcome to the October Edition with interesting tech topics like robotics and DIY projects.
  2. A variety of videos to watch covering topics like creating a robot backpack, Linux on ESP32, and improving SD card performance.
  3. Informative and inspirational articles to read including Open Source Revolution in IP Cameras, Robots Jumping Into Parkour, and DIY Pyramid Salt Crystals.
Fight to Repair • 0 implied HN points • 07 Sep 22
  1. The Massachusetts auto right to repair case revolves around interpreting legislation from 2020 and implementing its requirements.
  2. Designing for climate positivity involves measures like public transit enablement, eliminating programmed obsolescence, and moving towards a four-day workweek.
  3. The 'Right to Repair' legislation has the potential to create large-scale entrepreneurship and gig employment opportunities in the electronics and white goods sector.
Mister Branzino's Newsletter • 0 implied HN points • 31 Oct 22
  1. Making homemade hummus is quick, delicious, and better than store-bought. Follow the simple steps and enjoy the superior taste.
  2. Be mindful not to add olive oil into the food processor when making hummus. Save it for garnishing to enhance the flavor.
  3. Get creative with toppings to elevate your hummus, like adding pine nuts toasted in butter or creating a spicy jalapeño topping.