Tinker, Tenor, Fixer, Spy

What do I do in my spare time, you may ask? Some people knit or build
model airplanes. I tinker. And fix things. I build custom phone systems
out of scratch and make them do things that in the wrong hands could be
used for nefarious purposes. I build strobe power supplies from scratch
and connect them to iPods in order to change traffic lights from red to
green. I talk to folks in Australia on a handheld two-way radio from my
back porch. I turn broken laptop computers into functioning laptop
computers, occasionally disassembling them completely in the process. I
figure out how I would get my outside house lights to turn on at sunset
and turn off at sunrise without the use of a photoelectric sensor. I
crack the WEP passwords of my neighbor’s wireless networks. I build a
DVR from scratch and record my favorite TV shows automatically, and send
these recordings to my iPhone to watch on-the-go. I plan a reactor to
turn used cooking oil into free diesel fuel for my car.

And I always look for new, better ways to do things. Sure, it doesn’t
help my social life at all (strangely women don’t seem to be impressed
by these abilities), but like I said, it’s just a hobby. Machines I


Author: PhilRW

software engineer, pianist, polymath

One thought on “Tinker, Tenor, Fixer, Spy”

  1. You’re talking to the wrong girls! What about those tshirts that say “I love nerds?” PS: have you ever seen Make magazine? I think you would like it….


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