About BlondiHacks

By Quinn Dunki

Welcome to BlondiHacks! This is my collection of hacking projects. There’s some car stuff, some electronics stuff, and some plain old silly stuff. Hope ya like it!

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  1. Ryan Gibson says:

    Hey Blondihacks,

    Great website. Do you have an email address I can contact you on? I have a few questions to ask.

    Thanks

    Ryan

  2. Michael Lewis says:

    Quinn,

    Nice site – great hacks! Definitely gets a spot in my RSS reader. FYI though, I had to read the page source, ’cause the href for your “Posts RSS” link in the page footer is missing, so the link shows up as just the current page.

    Michael

    • blondihacks says:

      Thanks, Michael! I really appreciate it!

      Actually, the regular page link that the RSS button sends you to is sufficient to put into your reader as a feed. I use it that way myself, in fact. That is pretty confusing though, you’re right. I’ll see about fixing that.

    • blondihacks says:

      Okay, Michael, I think I’ve fixed up the RSS feeds to make them more obvious, and the links should work better. Thanks for pointing that out- it’s a big help!

  3. Michael says:

    You are an inspirational person – I particularly admire your attention to quality, detail and planning; a trait most hackers dismiss.

    Keep up the great work

  4. goliveira says:

    This blog is going to be definitely in my RSS feeds.

    You are the first entry on my blog, in section: Cuando sea grande quiero ser como ella or in English “When i grow up i want to be like her”

  5. Peter says:

    Thanks for helping me to relive the late 70s when I wire-wrapped my first 6802-based micro system! I had no idea you could still get a DIP 6502 :-)

    Anyway — I like your “back-to-basics” approach…nothing but the essentials. Have you considered adding a 16×2 LCD display? Although, since real computers have switches and lights, you should probably go all the way and build a real front panel for it, like the old IMSAI 8080…but using LEDs instead of incandescent lamps. Or, for authenticity, get yourself an ASR-33 Teletype and write a monitor PROM!

    • blondihacks says:

      Haha, yah, I was surpsised to find how plentiful they are, and in fact Western Design Center still makes a 20Mhz(!) version (although in a tarted-up modern microcontroller form with onboard RAM and stuff). Honestly, I’m surprised DIP packages are still made at all. Surely they most only be catering to the hobby market. Are we that big?

  6. Chris says:

    As a fledgling hacker your work is so inspirational. I’d be happy to be half as good as you are one day!

    • blondihacks says:

      Thank you! For me, the secret is attempting projects that I think are just a bit outside my ability. Too easy, and I don’t learn anything, too hard and I’m liable to get discouraged or quit in frustration. Of course, things are usually harder than expected, so the final trick is to just keep plugging away and don’t give up.

  7. bezel6 says:

    Hey Quinn,

    Dunno if you have noticed but your amp fix is on Hackaday….

    Cheers,

    David.. BD

  8. Brad Graham says:

    Hey, thanks for the mention of my LucidScience site. Now that winter is here, I am back indoors hacking away and now have an XMega pumping out full 256 color NTSC with nothing more than a few resistors. Hope to start a site just for AVR video stuff at AVRCade.com and possibly sell a kit as well.

    Anyhow…. cheers!

    Brad
    atomiczombie.com
    lucidscience.com
    avrcade.com

  9. John says:

    Just found your page last week, and so far have found your Veronica project very informative. I am currently diving head first into learning PIC micro controllers for a similar project. If your interested, Myke Predko is the man when it comes to these. Also, Microchip has a PIC32 chip. One of its packages is a DIP24 and most models have ethernet capabilities and what they call USB-on-the-go, which is actually a USB host capability. They can also be ran on external memory in a microprocessor mode. Also, I would recommend a program called KICAD. It looks and feels like Eagle, but it’s free and doesn’t have any of the limitations that the free version of Eagle has.

  10. Andres V. says:

    Hi Blondihacks ! Through Hack a Day I found your website and spent a LOT of hours reading all you Veronica achievements ! Congratulations, excellent job ! If I had the time…. but I’m building other stuff, however your info is verty good. I plan to build a HexOut circuit based on your design but using a PIC.

    I would say that your best advise is “…the secret is attempting projects that I think are just a bit outside my ability”, I have face the same situation ! So this comment is really valid !

    I found in one of your comments, that you said I’m not a Electrican Engineer”, what is your background ??? How has you achieve to get so much information ? What do you do for living ???

    Regards from Colombia, South America.

    • blondihacks says:

      Hi Andres, thanks for writing!

      My background is mainly software, though I learned just enough hardware to be dangerous back in school. My electronics endeavors are mostly self-taught (which is probably self-evident from my designs :) ).

      I run an app development and consulting company:
      http://www.quinndunki.com

  11. Nasir A. says:

    Hi Blondihacks.,
    Just wanted to leave a message to say that your posts are epic and quite frankly inspirational. I just finished reading through around 30 pages of captivating posts and have bookmarked your page.

    Good luck and keep them coming!

    Nasir

    P.S. Love your humour

  12. Jon W says:

    You are one seriously SERIOUSLY talented girl hacker! :) Excellent site, excellent projects, very inspirational stuff, have just read through the entire site and setup a permanent bookmark. Wish there were a lot more women like you out there. Good luck with everything and keep those projects coming! :)

  13. Ted Striker says:

    I’d “help you pay for more hacks”, but it looks like your PayPal link is broken?