Tuesday, February 3, 2015

DIY: Laptop screen replacement (Dell Inspiron 14z-N411z)

 I am a do it your self person where possible.  About six months ago my son came home from visiting his mom with a broken laptop screen.   The laptop has sat on my project pile since then.  Last Tuesday (1/27/2015) I finally had the part to tackle this project.  The first thing I did when he brought it home was look to see if someone had done a video on how to do the screen replacement on YouTube.  I then looked to see if I could locate the appropriate part and made sure the part matched the one installed on the laptop then ordered the part. I have I have found many good how to video's on YouTube.   Found the video and reviewed it to see how complicated the  process of replacing the screen was.  Wasn't complicated at all very easy.  One connector and four screws.  The hardest part was gently removing the protective covering to get at the screws.  Then reinserting the tiny connector into the screen.  The how two video is listed below:

Here are some of my screen replacement pictures from Tuesday January 27, 2015.  This laptop is now up and working again.

Laptop screen cover removed and screen (on right) removed.  Back of screen is visible. 

New screen in place without protective cover over screws and connection. 

Protective cover replaced and ready to start back up. 

Laptop booted to Windows as was expected. 

Sunday, January 25, 2015

How to make a 4 to 1 balun cheap and easy

This is for a Ham Radio antenna project.  This device is used to match impedance between a wire antenna and the feed line (coaxial cable).  When completed will include a place to connect the wire antenna and the coaxial cable.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Google Drive -- Building Forms

I had been looking for a way to add a contact me form to my website.  Today I was working on updating my site when I stumbled on a video on YouTube that discussed creating a form using Google Drive.   I followed the instructions for creating the form, but I also wanted to be able to be notified via email that someone left a message.  The messages get stored in a spread sheet.  I also found another YouTube video on how to setup the email notification.  This has been on the list of nice to haves on my website for a long time.  Finally it is done.  View the two videos below for how to set this up.  The form can be embedded in your website as a HTML fragment. Works great!

Tutorial: Video on how to create the form using Google Drive. 

Tutorial: Emailing Results from a Google Drive Form. 

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Happy 14th Birthday to my Son Dakota

Happy 14th Birthday Dakota!

I want to wish my son Dakota a very happy 14th birthday. He will be on his way to Detroit Michigan today with his mom to watch the Red Wings play at Joe Lois Arena in Detroit Michigan.  I hope he has fun and enjoy's the game.

Detroit Red Wings

Friday, October 31, 2014

W9L- Legion club to host on-air tribute to veterans

Members of The American Legion Amateur Radio Club (TALARC) will operate on short-wave radio from 9 a.m. through 4 p.m., using the Federal Communications Commission specially-issued radio call sign – W9L – from National Headquarters in Indianapolis. Any ham radio operators (and shortwave listeners) who contact the station are eligible to receive an attractive commemorative certificate

For more information on the event click here

Friday, September 19, 2014

Work continues on the diverging diamond interchange on Dupont Road in Fort Wayne

Work is continuing on the diverging diamond here in Fort Wayne Indiana.

* Dupont Road will be closed from 8pm on 09/19/2014 until 6am on 9/22/2014.   This is the first phase of the change over to the diverging pattern.  When it reopens on Monday there will be one lane open each way.

* Dupont Road will again be close the weekend of  09/26 from 8pm to 6am on Monday 09/29/2014 for the second phase of the diverging pattern and when reopened both lanes will be open.

* The final phase will be to complete the center pedestrian area.  That work will continue.