Part I: Custom NMEA 2000 2″ Round LCD Multifunction Display Gauge for Boat

DIY, Electronics, Hacks & Mods
July 15, 2017 No Comments

The Backstory

I recently purchased a 2013 model year boat and in style of Mavromatic, I wanted to “hack/mod” the onboard electronics ASAP.   The previous owner had installed a Lowrance HDS 7 Gen 3 GPS/Chartplotter and added a NMEA 2000 backbone to use a Lowrance EP-60R fuel flow sensor (that I later found was clogged, a simple back-flush blow of compressed air fixed it).

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Top 10 USB-C Accessories For The 2016 MacBook Pro

Accessories, Cool Tools, Electronics, Favorite Tools, Gift Guides
January 14, 2017 No Comments

I’ve have my 2016 MacBook Pro w/Touch Bar, the fully loaded 2TB one, for about a month now.  I’m loving it!  My old MacBook was an early 2011 so everything has been a big leap forward for me including the battery life and overall performance. Love that size, weight and the space grey color. That said, I’ve had to purchase a bunch of USB-C accessories so I can interface with my electronics development kits and other accessories.

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Mavromatic’s Technology Gift Guide – 2016

Cool Tools, Electronics, Fun & Games, Gift Guides
November 24, 2016 No Comments

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Keeping with tradition, I compiled the greatest technology gift ideas so you don’t have too.  It’s not Oprah’s “My favorite things” but definitely in the top 10 😉.  Available now at the following ABC Local Stations Websites: KABC (Los Angeles), KGO (San Francisco), KTRK (Houston), KFSN (Fresno), WABC (New York), WLS (Chicago), WPVI (Philadelphia) and WTVD (Raleigh Durham) — Enjoy!

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How To Make An Industrial Light Sculpture

DIY, Videos
September 6, 2016 No Comments

I was walking around downtown Seattle during my lunch and walked by a furniture store when these light bulb sculptures caught my eye. After researching them online. I found out they are used/old “industrial factory bulbs”. When mounted on a piece of wood, they look really cool.

Please support the artists that originally thought of and made them, but if you want to do a variation of your own — this is an easy project to learn woodworking and creating a piece of art.

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Best Prime Day Deal: Segway miniPRO Smart Self Balancing Personal Transporter

Deals, Fun & Games
July 12, 2016 No Comments

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Happy Amazon Prime Day!  If you have been looking for a “safer” version of the oh so popular “hover boards” then you’ll love the Segway miniPRO at this steep discounted price of $699 from $999.  Basically, it’s a few hundred more than the ones that catch on fire.

This little personal transporter connects to a mobile app via Bluetooth and allows remote control operation, anti-theft alarm, speed control, customizable lights, vehicle diagnostics, and firmware updates!  It’s also UL Certified so it meets the fire and electrical safety set by world-renown global safety science company Underwriters Laboratories.  It can also carry up to 220 lbs and it’s dual motor engine delivers 1600 watts of power to safely reach top speeds of 10 MPH and distances of 14 miles on a full charge.

The best part, as announced at CES by Intel — it can be turned into an autonomous Robot!

– Amazon.com Segway miniPRO

If you are looking for more of a motorized skateboard — be sure to check out the $100 discount of a Boosted Board!

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The Right Way To Clean Brake Dust Off Rims Using Sonax Full Effect

Automobiles, DIY, Videos
July 2, 2016 No Comments

My least favorite part about washing/detailing my car is cleaning the brake dust off the wheels. Mostly because the cleaners I’ve used in the past either seemed to emit extremely toxic fumes or left behind fine dust that required additional scrubbing. That’s why I like the Sonax Full Effect Wheel Cleaner. First, this stuff is “Made in Germany” so it must be great, right? Second, it turns red when it’s working — visual indication! Third, it just works — no fuss, no muss! Spray onto dry, cool wheels, wait a minute or two, then rinse off.

I take my car to our local self-service Brown Bear Car Wash and use the pressure washer setting to rinse the spray off. Using this process I don’t have to do any additional scrubbing — it works like magic! I then use a microfiber cloth to dry/clean the rim to a factory new finish.

If you guys adopt my method of wheel cleaning, you’ll be able to spend more time cleaning the rest of your car than spending wasted time on your rims.

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