HTPC Build

I wanted to build a small PC to stream Netflix and Youtube on a TV. Looking into options, I first looked at purpose-built dongles, PCs. I didn’t like how stripped down their OS was, limited to certain “apps”, locked out of admin privileges. I decided to build my own x86 based HTPC. This would provide the most customization potential.

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Masterpiece Mania 2016

Masterpiece Mania is a yearly electronics competition held by the IEEE student electronics club at Michigan Tech. The goal is to make the most interesting, creative, and entertaining project. A panel of judges decides the winner. This year, the event was sponsored by Whirlpool.


The Start

After about 8 hours of fiddling with Ubuntu Server and Amazon Web Services, I have a working blog, yay! This will be a place for me to document the projects that I do. There is lots of content that I plan to make and release.

I already have a Youtube Channel named ‘DoublEElectronics’ which I posted videos about a 100w led driver that I developed also there are tear-downs and 3d printing parts. It was a challenge making the videos because of the small amount of time I used to produce them. This blog will make the content I produce more precise because I will also have an outlet to type rather than speak. I guess speaking is not one of my strengths. The content that I created might not of fit the video format also.

This format fits better to what I want to accomplish with content creation, a easy way to launch stuff going on to the internet so other people are helped by the ideas in their own projects. There will still be a video aspect to each project, but I will reduce its scope and focus on typed ideas.

-Patrick Rice
Electrical Engineering Student