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Aaron's Homepage is the personal website of Aaron Cake. It contains a wide variety of information related to my various interests. You'll find a massive electronic circuits archive as well as other electronics information, Mazda rotary (including my highly modified 2nd Gen RX-7), crazy and non-crazy projects, antique electronics, potato guns, assorted ramblings, auto show pictures a little about myself, an active community forum and everything in between. Aaron's Homepage undergoes major updates about twice a year and has been in operation since 1995 (22 years).


If you have any questions, comments or concerns, you can mail me here.


Latest News

Aaron's Homepage Store Now Open
Sunday, September 17, 2017, 11:28:26 AM
For years I've had various product ideas rattling around in my brain. Recently I finally made the decision to start producing them. And thus, I have added a Store to my website. The only item for sale right now are Rotary Engine Stand Adapters however over time, new and innovative products will be added.

Aaron's Homepage Is Secure. Well, mostly...
Sunday, September 03, 2017, 10:44:25 AM
In preparation for some upcoming site changes I have enabled SSL on the site. If you wish to browse securely, then head to https://www.aaroncake.net. But be aware that since this is in testing and there are still a few old hard links around on the site, you could be redirected back to the insecure site. Also Chrome issues a few warnings because some of Google's own scripts arrive over HTTP instead of HTTPS.

2017 Detroit AutoRama Pictures
Sunday, July 02, 2017, 11:27:19 AM
Wow, I finally remembered to add the pictures from Detroit AutoRama 2017. Better late than never, I suppose.

Added Cosmo Restoration Video: Part 42.5: Meth Is A Hell Of A Drug - My 76 Mazda RX-5 Cosmo Restoration
Sunday, May 07, 2017, 2:55:17 PM
Part 42.5: Meth Is A Hell Of A Drug - My 76 Mazda RX-5 Cosmo Restoration Part 42.5 of my 1976 Mazda RX-5 Cosmo Restoration has been posted to YouTube. I didn't think I'd ever have to release an episode like this. But unfortunately we live in a world where someone like me, who just wants to live their life and work on their passions, falls victim to another undesirable segment of society with no goals past finding the way to their next fix. Then it's up to me to put life on hold, spend my time, energy and money to pick up the pieces. Set backs... (more)

2017 Canadian International Auto Show Pictures
Saturday, April 22, 2017, 11:37:16 AM
Pictures from the 2017 Canadian International Auto Show have been added to the Misc section.

2017 North American International Auto Show Pictures
Saturday, April 01, 2017, 11:58:22 AM
Well, even though it's a few months since the event I was just so wrapped up in other projects that getting the 2017 NAIAS pictures up had to go on the back burner. Now simmering haughtily on the front burner, here they are. 2017 North American International Auto Show Pictures.

2017 North American International Motorcycle Super Show Pictures
Sunday, February 05, 2017, 11:51:04 AM
This was the first year I had attended the North American International Motorcycle Super Show. The pictures are now up in the Misc. section.

Updated Misc. With Air Show London 2016 Pictures
Sunday, December 18, 2016, 11:22:56 AM
Finally got around to adding the pictures from the 2016 Air Show London to the Misc. section. Enjoy!

Added Cosmo Restoration Video: Part 42: LED Tail Light Conversion, Part 2 - My 76 Mazda RX-5 Cosmo Restoration
Thursday, October 20, 2016, 11:07:28 AM
Part 42: LED Tail Light Conversion, Part 2 - My 76 Mazda RX-5 Cosmo Restoration Part 42 of my 1976 Mazda RX-5 Cosmo Restoration has been posted to YouTube. It's here! Part 42 of my 76 Mazda Cosmo restoration, which finishes off the LED tail light conversion, has finally arrived. It's been a long time since the last episode, so let's make this one long and nicely detailed. As I often say, sit back with a drink and enjoy. Or perhaps several drinks if required. This episode picks up where part 41 left off beginning with mounting up the turn signal bo... (more)

Downtime, 4AM - 10 AM
Monday, October 10, 2016, 10:04:16 AM
Please excuse the downtime. There was an issue requiring a router reboot which occurred during the night. This being a holiday in Canada (Thanksgiving) I slept in, and consequently did not reboot the router until about 10AM.

20,000!
Sunday, July 31, 2016, 10:36:56 AM
Overnight, I hit 20,000 YouTube subscribers! That's quite a milestone. Thanks to everyone for their support and I promise as soon as I can, I will be uploading the next episode in my Cosmo build.

2016 Great Lakes International Air Show Pictures
Sunday, July 10, 2016, 11:48:21 AM
Pictures from the 2016 Great Lakes International Air Show have been added to the Misc. section.

2106 London Speed and Custom Car Show Pictures Added
Sunday, July 03, 2016, 11:26:13 AM
Took me a while, but I've finally added the pictures from the 2016 London Speed and Custom Car Show.

Detroit AutoRama 2016 Pictures Added
Saturday, March 19, 2016, 11:04:28 AM
After a bit of a delay (hey, I've been busy), I found the time to get the pictures from the 2016 Detroit Autorama added to the Misc. area.

2016 Canadian International Auto Show Pictures
Sunday, February 28, 2016, 12:11:42 PM
The Misc. section has just been updated to include pictures from the 2016 Canadian International Auto Show. I also corrected a silly error where the link to the 2015 NAIAS would actually link to the pictures from the 2014 show. Oops.

2016 North American International Auto Show Pictures Added
Saturday, January 30, 2016, 11:46:27 AM
Pictures from the 2016 NAIAS have just been added to the Misc. section of the site.

Search Boxes Added to Electronics Pages
Sunday, November 22, 2015, 11:37:33 AM
I've just added search boxes to the nav bar on the electronics page. Slowly and surely the sites navigation is becoming more consistent. Considering most of the content on my site is not template based and each page must be edited manually...this can be quite a job.

Added Cosmo Restoration Video: Part 41: LED Tail Light Conversion, Part 1 - My 76 Mazda RX-5 Cosmo Restoration
Friday, October 30, 2015, 11:28:11 AM
Part 41: LED Tail Light Conversion, Part 1 - My 76 Mazda RX-5 Cosmo Restoration Part 41 of my 1976 Mazda RX-5 Cosmo Restoration has been posted to YouTube. Surprise! Part 41 of my 76 Mazda Cosmo restoration is here! Part 41 is the first in a two part episode covering the conversion of the unique Cosmo tail lights from outdated incandescent light bulbs to modern LEDs. I decided to pattern my tail lights after those of the 2012 Dodge Charger, creating an outline of large LEDs, and filling the rest of the lights with small LEDs. I know it's been a whil... (more)

Power Outage: 4:10AM EST - 5:57 AM EST
Tuesday, September 08, 2015, 10:23:58 AM
I was awoken from my slumber to the sudden silence, punctuated only by the soft "beep...beep...beep" of the UPSs from the basement. The power, she was out. After about 15 minutes of hanging around on the front porch watching the distant lightning, I shut things down and went back to sleep. Only to wake again 2 hours later when all the normal noises resumed, signaling return of the power, and thus bringing the servers back up.

Navigation Bar Search Boxes In Misc.
Monday, August 03, 2015, 11:35:11 AM
Search boxes have been added to the Nav bar in the Misc. section.

Adding Search To Navigation Bars
Sunday, July 05, 2015, 12:03:29 PM
I've just completed adding the Google site search box to the navigation bars in the Projects section. Over the next little while I'll be adding those to the rest of the site as well. Should make it easier to find stuff.

Added Cosmo Restoration Video: Part 40.5: A Whole New World! - My 76 Mazda Cosmo Restoration
Tuesday, May 26, 2015, 11:16:22 AM
Part 40.5: A Whole New World! - My 76 Mazda Cosmo Restoration Part 40.5 of my 1976 Mazda RX-5 Cosmo Restoration has been posted to YouTube. Part 40.5 of my '76 Mazda RX-5 Cosmo restoration is here! And you know what that fraction means. Yes, it means I am joined by my dear friend Rose Cora Perry for this special update episode. The changes I mentioned at the end of episode 40 are happening now, so I thought it was time to release a little update as to what's going on and when the next video can be expected. It's still going to be q... (more)

Pictures From Detroit AutoRama 2015 Added
Sunday, May 03, 2015, 11:26:03 AM
I finally got around to adding the pictures from the Detroit AutoRama 2015 over in the Miscellaneous section. Enjoy!

Added Cosmo Restoration Video: Part 40: Front Suspension & Rack and Pinion Conversion, Part 2 - My 76 Mazda RX-5 Cosmo Restoration
Thursday, March 05, 2015, 2:00:00 PM
Part 40: Front Suspension & Rack and Pinion Conversion, Part 2 - My 76 Mazda RX-5 Cosmo Restoration Part 40 of my 1976 Mazda RX-5 Cosmo Restoration has been posted to YouTube. In episode 40 of my '76 Mazda Cosmo restoration, the front suspension is finally finished. This time around I concentrate mainly on steering, completing the Miata rack installation I started in part 1. As I alluded to last episode, there was an easy fix to my rack dilemma; a right hand drive rack which when spun to left hand drive becomes a rear steer rack. With that hurdle out of the way I fabbe... (more)

Added Pictures: MegaMeet 2014, Henry Ford Museum
Monday, March 02, 2015, 8:58:19 PM
I've just added two sets of pictures to the Misc. section. First up is the Megasquirt Mega Meet 2014 hosted at DIY Auto Tune. A week after that I visited the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn Michigan.

Added Cosmo Restoration Video: Part 39: Front Suspension & Rack and Pinion Conversion, Part 1 - My 76 Mazda RX-5 Cosmo Restoration
Thursday, January 08, 2015, 11:09:39 AM
Part 39: Front Suspension & Rack and Pinion Conversion, Part 1 - My 76 Mazda RX-5 Cosmo Restoration Part 39 of my 1976 Mazda RX-5 Cosmo Restoration has been posted to YouTube. I know it's been a while and since the front suspension work is still ongoing, I've decided to split it up into two episodes. So for part 39 of my '76 Mazda Cosmo restoration, I begin the work of updating the front suspension and converting the car from recirculating ball steering to rack and pinion. While my original goal was to mount the entire FC RX-7 front subframe, it became obvious very e... (more)

Downtime: Early Morning Nov. 2 Until 11:30AM Nov. 3rd
Monday, November 03, 2014, 11:53:22 AM
Yes, the whole site was down starting sometime in the wee hours of the morning November 2nd 2014 until about 11:30AM Nov. 3rd. To make a long story short, I had been complaining to Bell about what appeared to be a line problem since sometime in the summer. I had been seeing 25% packet loss for months which obviously caused many problems. Not only making the website sluggish but killing any VPN, VOIP and video streaming. They had always tested the line fine and then said "We will send someone out" but of course I never saw a tech. Well, early Sunday my router dropped connection and even though there was full sync, could not negotiate PPPoE ("No answer" logged). 2.5 hours on the phone to support and they said someone would be out Monday morning to check the line. He arrived, found no issues. But quickly was diagnosed to be a bad modem and thankfully he had one on the truck. Obviously if I had another DSL modem, I would have swapped it myself on Sunday! New modem was installed, the router connected and traffic began flowing immediately.

Added Cosmo Restoration Video: Part 38: Fuel Tank Restoration With POR-15 Sealing Kit - My 76 Mazda RX-5 Cosmo Restoration
Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 11:42:03 AM
Part 38: Fuel Tank Restoration With POR-15 Sealing Kit - My 76 Mazda RX-5 Cosmo Restoration Part 38 of my 1976 Mazda RX-5 Cosmo Restoration has been posted to YouTube. I guarantee that aside from part 38 of my '76 Cosmo Restoration, you will not find more footage on YouTube of someone shaking a fuel tank. You have my word that this is the most tank shaking coverage you will see in any video. Why so much tank agitation? Because in this episode I clean and seal the 40 year old fuel tank using the POR-15 fuel tank restoration kit. This is something which several h... (more)

Added Cosmo Restoration Video: Part 37: Carbureted Fuel Tank Conversion to In Tank EFI Pump - My 76 Mazda RX-5 Cosmo Restoration
Thursday, September 18, 2014, 2:27:53 PM
Part 37: Carbureted Fuel Tank Conversion to In Tank EFI Pump - My 76 Mazda RX-5 Cosmo Restoration Part 37 of my 1976 Mazda RX-5 Cosmo Restoration has been posted to YouTube. Part 37 of my '76 Mazda Cosmo restoration focuses on one specific task in great detail. That task is converting the old carburetor feeding fuel tank to one which can satisfy the high pressure needs of fuel injection. The approach I take is to modify the tank to accept an in tank fuel pump via custom bracket, emulating the approach used on modern vehicles. My inspiration for the setup was the Aero... (more)

10,000 YouTube Subscribers!
Sunday, September 14, 2014, 10:22:47 AM
Actually, 10,007 when I checked this morning. I've crossed the magical 10K threshold. Apparently 10,000 is as significant as 1000. At 1000 I saw a very quick jump up to the next milestone, 5000. Then it was a slow climb to 10K. Let's see what happens at 10K. Thank you to all my subscribers and I am flattered you are enjoying my Cosmo restoration.

Pictures From 2014 EV Fest Electric Vehicle Show Added to Misc.
Saturday, August 30, 2014, 11:45:37 AM
Pictures from the 2014 EV Fest Electric Vehicle Show are now posted in the Misc. section for all to enjoy. I attended with my newly painted 2000 Honda Insight and 48V aluminium scooter.

Added Cosmo Restoration Video: Part 36: Fuel System and Fuel Lines - My 76 Mazda RX-5 Cosmo Restoration
Thursday, August 14, 2014, 9:58:58 AM
Part 36: Fuel System and Fuel Lines - My 76 Mazda RX-5 Cosmo Restoration Part 36 of my 1976 Mazda RX-5 Cosmo Restoration has been posted to YouTube. With any rotary, a robust fuel system is a critical component in reliability. This is what will be covered in part 36 of my '76 Mazda Cosmo restoration. In this episode I set up the engine bay section of the fuel system. This includes the regulator, fuel Y block, and all the fuel hoses using braided line and AN fittings. I also bend up a set of stainless fuel lines for underneath the car. The fue... (more)

Added Cosmo Restoration Video: Part 35: Water To Air Intercooler Installation, Part 2 - My 76 Mazda RX-5 Cosmo Restoration
Sunday, June 29, 2014, 11:12:18 AM
Part 35: Water To Air Intercooler Installation, Part 2 - My 76 Mazda RX-5 Cosmo Restoration Part 35 of my 1976 Mazda RX-5 Cosmo Restoration has been posted to YouTube. In the last episode of my '76 Mazda Cosmo restoration, the basic components of the water to air intercooler system were laid out along with the considerable amount of fabrication needed to build the throttle body inlet, intercooler piping and water tank. As well as mount the heat exchanger and BOV. In part 35, we finish up the water to air intercooler installation by taking care of mounting the p... (more)

Aluminium Bike Cart Project Updated: New Tow Bar and Hitch
Wednesday, May 21, 2014, 6:12:43 PM
I've updated the Aluminium Bike Cart project with some improvements I made to the cart the next season after it was constructed. A new tow bar was added which vastly improved the previous design and a much better hitch built for the bicycle side of it.

Added Cosmo Restoration Video: Part 34: Water To Air Intercooler Installation, Part 1 - My 76 Mazda RX-5 Cosmo Restoration
Sunday, May 18, 2014, 11:55:11 AM
Part 34: Water To Air Intercooler Installation, Part 1 - My 76 Mazda RX-5 Cosmo Restoration Part 34 of my 1976 Mazda RX-5 Cosmo Restoration has been posted to YouTube. It's time for part 34 of my '76 Mazda RX-5 Cosmo restoration. This time, I'm installing the water to air intercooler. I've installed and fabricated plenty of air to air intercoolers in my time but never a water to air unit. I chose to use water to air on the Cosmo because it meant that I could keep the piping as short as possible for the best boost response and because of the limited amount of... (more)

Megasquirt Installation Writeup Update For MS3 and MS3-Pro
Saturday, April 26, 2014, 8:24:33 PM
I have just completed a major update of the How To Megasquirt Your 2nd Gen RX-7 article to include MS3 and MS3-Pro. New schematics for those ECUs are available as well as settings and a base map. Additionally the MS2 information has been updated to reflect the current MS2 firmware. I've also updated various other parts of the writeup with more information, an installation video, and corrections.

Horrible Fabrication
Sunday, April 20, 2014, 12:10:41 PM
I've started a new BBM channel called "Horrible Fabrication". It's a mean siprited and sarcastic look at fabrication atrocities. A good way to blow off steam, laugh at the ill fated attempts of others, and just generall shake your head is disbelief. Join up at pin:C00396957 .

Added Cosmo Restoration Video: Part 33: Turbine Heat Shield Fab & Intake Manifold Cleaning - My 76 Mazda RX-5 Cosmo Restoration
Tuesday, April 01, 2014, 7:56:37 PM
Part 33: Turbine Heat Shield Fab & Intake Manifold Cleaning - My 76 Mazda RX-5 Cosmo Restoration Part 33 of my 1976 Mazda RX-5 Cosmo Restoration has been posted to YouTube. Part 33 of my '76 Mazda Cosmo restoration deals with what I would consider to be two important, though miscellaneous, tasks. While waiting for the intercooler parts to arrive I tackled what I thought would be a quick and easy job; building a turbine heat shield. I won't admit how long it took but suffice it to say that the intercooler supplies not only did arrive during the heat shield build, bu... (more)

Pictures From The London Speed and Custom Car Show 2014
Saturday, March 29, 2014, 10:42:29 AM
Pictures from my local winter car show, the London Speed and Custom Car Show for 2014 have been posted in the Misc. section.

2014 Detroit AutoRama Pictures Posted
Monday, March 10, 2014, 3:07:26 PM
My pictures from the 2014 Detroit AutoRama this past weekend are now online.

Added Cosmo Restoration Video: Part 32: Air Box and Coolant Recovery Tank Fabrication - My 76 Mazda RX-5 Cosmo Restoration
Wednesday, February 26, 2014, 6:31:30 PM
Part 32: Air Box and Coolant Recovery Tank Fabrication - My 76 Mazda RX-5 Cosmo Restoration Part 32 of my 1976 Mazda RX-5 Cosmo Restoration has been posted to YouTube. While I'm done with air conditioning, part 32 of my '76 Mazda Cosmo restoration still deals with moving air around, as I fabricate a cold airbox. After working so long on the Vintage Air system I wanted to do some simple fabrication, so the air box was a perfect choice. Made to accept a cone filter it is a true cold airbox that draws air from the inner fender. So not only will the box muffle the... (more)

Pictures From 2014 Canadian International Auto Show Added
Sunday, February 23, 2014, 11:29:09 AM
Pictures from the 2014 Canadian International Auto Show have been posted to the Misc. section. Look at me, I'm actually getting these pictures up the day after the show instead of a year later.

Added "Emailing The NTBackup Log With VBScript" In Misc.
Wednesday, February 19, 2014, 2:25:31 PM
If you use NTBackup under Windows NT4 - Windows 2008, you may want to have the backup logs emailed to you. If so, then take a look at the VBScript posted under Emailing The NTBackup Log With VBScript. This handy script, combined with the AspEmail component, will find the newest NTBackup log and email it to an address specified. Great to monitor nightly scheduled backups.

Scheduled Downtime Thursday around 8PM - 9PM EST For Maintenance
Wednesday, January 29, 2014, 9:49:43 AM
Tomorrow (Thursday Jan. 30th) I'll be shutting the site down for about half an hour (give or take) to perform some hardware maintenance on the server. Installed in December of 2006, the machine has only been shut down a few hours (remember the big North American power outage?) since it was first powered up and has never been cleaned. Consequently it is completely clogged with dust and needs a good blowing-out. Additionally I'll be installing a DAT drive so I can run my backups on the server itself, instead of a client computer on the network (which is sucking unnecessary power as it's left on for this purpose only).

Added Cosmo Restoration Video: Part 31: Vintage Air Gen II Compac HVAC Install, Part 3 - My 76 Mazda RX-5 Cosmo Restoration
Friday, January 24, 2014, 1:55:19 PM
Part 31: Vintage Air Gen II Compac HVAC Install, Part 3 - My 76 Mazda RX-5 Cosmo Restoration Part 31 of my 1976 Mazda RX-5 Cosmo Restoration has been posted to YouTube. It's time for the conclusion of the Vintage Air installation on my '76 Mazda Cosmo. Yep, it's episode 31! Part 1 and part 2 covered the mechanical components and plumbing. Part 3 concentrates on wiring up the system, installing the ducting after adapting the stock Cosmo dash vents, and then powering up the system for electrical testing. I also explain a bit about how the MegaSquirt MS3-Pro hand... (more)

Added 2014 NAIAS Pictures
Tuesday, January 21, 2014, 5:36:20 PM
Pictures from the 2014 North American International Auto Show have been added over in the Misc. section.

Added Cosmo Restoration Video: Part 30: Vintage Air Gen II Compac HVAC Install, Part 2 - My 76 Mazda RX-5 Cosmo Restoration
Monday, December 23, 2013, 11:14:46 AM
Part 30: Vintage Air Gen II Compac HVAC Install, Part 2 - My 76 Mazda RX-5 Cosmo Restoration Part 30 of my 1976 Mazda RX-5 Cosmo Restoration has been posted to YouTube. Happy Festivus everyone! Part 30 of my '76 Mazda Cosmo restoration continues the Vintage Air Gen II Compac HVAC installation. In this episode I concentrate primarily on plumbing the system. I know I promised last episode that this half would finish off the install but it has been a lot of work. More than I first anticipated so you'll need to wait until episode 31 for the finishing touches (wirin... (more)

Added Cosmo Restoration Video: Part 29: Vintage Air Gen II Compac HVAC Install, Part 1 - My 76 Mazda RX-5 Cosmo Restoration
Sunday, November 24, 2013, 10:24:35 AM
Part 29: Vintage Air Gen II Compac HVAC Install, Part 1 - My 76 Mazda RX-5 Cosmo Restoration Part 29 of my 1976 Mazda RX-5 Cosmo Restoration has been posted to YouTube. It's been a few months, so I am proud to present Part 29 of my '76 Mazda RX-5 Cosmo restoration. In episode 29 I begin the task of installing a Vintage Air Gen II Compac HVAC system. This is a universal system, so it's up to me to make everything fit in, lets face it, an application that Vintage Air has never considered. In this first part of a two part episode I mount the major mechanical part... (more)

Added Cosmo Restoration Video: Part 28: Front Inner Fender Reinstall & Using POR-15 - My 76 Mazda RX-5 Cosmo Restoration
Monday, September 23, 2013, 12:30:00 PM
Part 28: Front Inner Fender Reinstall & Using POR-15 - My 76 Mazda RX-5 Cosmo Restoration Part 28 of my 1976 Mazda RX-5 Cosmo Restoration has been posted to YouTube. Episode 28 of my '76 Mazda RX-5 Cosmo restoration is a sheet metal episode. Yes, I said sheet metal. In this episode I repair and reinstall a new set of front inner fender panels (removed all the way back in part 19). I was able to acquire another set in far better condition and they have been sitting in the car for several months. While I was waiting for other unrelated parts to arrive (perhaps ... (more)

Downtime Due To Power Outage, 12:15AM - 1:30AM
Wednesday, September 11, 2013, 1:30:00 AM
A very impressive storm ripped through my area late in the evening. Spectacular lightning, awesome winds and a huge amount of rain dropped in a very short time. It was all over before midnight but that didn't prevent a tree branch down the street, damaged in the storm, from falling on the power line at around midnight. I awoke to the sudden silence. After about 15 minutes I asked the power crew (they were already on the street for other storm related damage) "How long?". With the ETA of at least an hour I shut everything down and went back to bed. About 1:30AM, power was restored so I brought everything back online.

Added Cosmo Restoration Video: Part 27: Cooling System - My 76 Mazda RX-5 Cosmo Restoration
Saturday, August 24, 2013, 9:41:06 PM
Part 27: Cooling System - My 76 Mazda RX-5 Cosmo Restoration Part 27 of my 1976 Mazda RX-5 Cosmo Restoration has been posted to YouTube. In part 27 of my '76 Mazda RX-5 Cosmo restoration, I focus on the cooling system. It seemed an appropriate thing to do with the hot summer weather. The stock Cosmo rad was leaking, small and hard to obtain so I installed a universal aluminum radiator after modifying it to fit. With the new rad, the oil cooler had to be relocated, the engine water inlets/outlets modified, and a number of other cha... (more)

5000 YouTube Subscribers!
Thursday, August 08, 2013, 11:51:50 AM
Thanks to Eric Zizumbo who became #5000, I now have 5,000 YouTube subscribers! Sure, I'm no Justin Beiber, but then again, who would want to be?!

Added Cosmo Restoration Video: Part 26: Exhaust System Fabrication - My 76 Mazda RX-5 Cosmo Restoration
Thursday, June 27, 2013, 3:00:46 PM
Part 26: Exhaust System Fabrication - My 76 Mazda RX-5 Cosmo Restoration Part 26 of my 1976 Mazda RX-5 Cosmo Restoration has been posted to YouTube. With the turbo manifold finished and the turbocharger installed, it seemed logical to continue on that route and finish the rest of the exhaust. So in part 26 of my '76 Mazda Cosmo Restoration, I do just that. Starting with the downpipe, I build the full stainless steel exhaust piece by piece to include a catalytic converter, resonator, middle muffler and rear muffler. It was a bit of challenge t... (more)

Added Cosmo Restoration Video: Part 25: Turbo Manifold Fabrication - My 76 Mazda RX-5 Cosmo Restoration
Saturday, April 20, 2013, 11:48:05 PM
Part 25: Turbo Manifold Fabrication - My 76 Mazda RX-5 Cosmo Restoration Part 25 of my 1976 Mazda RX-5 Cosmo Restoration has been posted to YouTube. Episode 25 of my '76 Mazda RX-5 Cosmo restoration is another long one, covering in its entirety the fabrication of the turbocharger manifold. Suddenly the engine bay started to look a little cramped when I began to position the GT3076R, so it took some plumbing to build the required manifold. Constructed out of 1.5" SCH40 304 stainless steel pipe, it was fully TIG welded with an argon back purge.... (more)

2011 - 2013 Auto Show Pictures Added
Wednesday, March 27, 2013, 9:37:42 PM
Over in the Miscellaneous section I've just added all the pictures from the auto shows I've attended from 2011 - 2013. That's nearly 1000 pictures, so enjoy.

Added Cosmo Restoration Video: Part 24: MegaSquirt MS3-Pro Installation - My 76 Mazda RX-5 Cosmo Restoration
Sunday, March 17, 2013, 4:42:09 PM
Part 24: MegaSquirt MS3-Pro Installation - My 76 Mazda RX-5 Cosmo Restoration Part 24 of my 1976 Mazda RX-5 Cosmo Restoration has been posted to YouTube. Part 24 of my '76 Cosmo restoration is here! And I'm going to come right out and warn you; this is a long one. There is a lot of detail here, for you see, this episode covers in it's entirety the installation of the MegaSquirt MS3-Pro EFI system. Like the engine build in part 12, I decided to cover the entire process in a way that would help anyone performing a similar installation. And while t... (more)

Added Cosmo Restoration Video: Part 23: Middle Intake Manifold Fabrication - My 76 Mazda RX-5 Cosmo Restoration
Sunday, February 03, 2013, 4:32:06 PM
Part 23: Middle Intake Manifold Fabrication - My 76 Mazda RX-5 Cosmo Restoration Part 23 of my 1976 Mazda RX-5 Cosmo Restoration has been posted to YouTube. After part 22.5 was posted, it took the remainder of November and December to finish the driver side sheet metal. I worked my butt off to get it done before January 1st, and indeed, accomplished that task so I was able to start the new year sheet metal free! So I am happy to say that episode 23 is sheet metal free! In this episode I fabricate the parts necessary for my unique combination of intake... (more)

Navigation Bars Added to Misc. Section
Wednesday, December 26, 2012, 11:40:37 AM
Navigation bars have now been added to the Miscellaneous section. That's the last area of the site needing the nav bars, so I'm glad that's now done and it will greatly improve navigation. It's quite a bit of work because most of the pages are static HTML, so there's a lot of manual copy and pasting.

Added Cosmo Restoration Video: Part 22.5: Updates, Q and A, Misc - My 76 Mazda RX-5 Cosmo Restoration
Wednesday, November 21, 2012, 11:14:35 AM
Part 22.5: Updates, Q and A, Misc - My 76 Mazda RX-5 Cosmo Restoration Part 22.5 of my 1976 Mazda RX-5 Cosmo Restoration has been posted to YouTube. June, July, August, September, October and November; Hey, I wasn't kidding when I said in episode 22 that it would be a bit of a wait for the next one! In that time I've been as hard at work on the Cosmo as I could manage, which unfortunately is not as much as I would have liked. It's been a busy summer with plenty taking me out of the shop. Even still, I've been working as much as I can and h... (more)

EV Fest 2012 - Electric Vehicle Show at The Evergreen Brick Works, Toronto, Ontario
Monday, July 30, 2012, 11:29:31 AM
If you have never been to EV Fest Electric Vehicle Show - Now is the time to come! On September 9th I'll be attending EV Fest 2012: Toronto's Premier Electric Vehicle Festival at the Evergreen Brickworks with my 2000 Honda Insight and 48V aluminum scooter. The show runs from 10AM to 5PM and will feature electric vehicles of all kinds from OEM to home built as well as customized hybrids and EV related exhibits.

Navigation Bars Added to RX-7 Pages
Friday, June 22, 2012, 5:58:51 PM
Continuing to improve the navigation to the site, I've now added nav bars to the top of all the RX-7 content. Such a simple thing took quite a while because most of the pages are static HTML and not dynamically generated, so this involved a lot of copying and pasting. With the RX-7 section done, the only remaining area of the site needing nav bars is the Miscellaneous.

Added Cosmo Restoration Video: Part 22 - Front Sheet Metal Extravaganza 2 - My 76 Mazda RX-5 Cosmo Restoration
Monday, June 04, 2012, 11:06:20 AM
Part 22 - Front Sheet Metal Extravaganza 2 - My 76 Mazda RX-5 Cosmo Restoration Part 22 of my 1976 Mazda RX-5 Cosmo Restoration has been posted to YouTube. Part 22 of my '76 Mazda RX-7 Cosmo restoration finishes up the passenger side front sheet metal. In this episode I reconstruct the passenger front inner and outer sill, floor and kick panel. And the great thing is that as promised, this is the last sheet metal episode for a long, long time! While I have the same set of repairs to do on the driver side, that will all be done off camera so that the... (more)

2000 YouTube Subscribers!
Monday, April 30, 2012, 10:15:34 AM
Just a shout out to thank everyone for following my '76 Cosmo restoration, and all the positive feedback it has generated! This morning I reached 2000 YouTube subscribers and the subscriber numbers continue to grow. Look out for the next episode, which will be the last sheet metal episode for a long time.

Added Cosmo Restoration Video: Part 21: Front Sheet Metal Extravaganza 1 - My 76 Mazda RX-5 Cosmo Restoration
Thursday, April 05, 2012, 7:13:10 PM
Part 21: Front Sheet Metal Extravaganza 1 - My 76 Mazda RX-5 Cosmo Restoration Part 21 of my 1976 Mazda RX-5 Cosmo Restoration has been posted to YouTube. Part 21 is finally here! It's been quite a while since the last episode, and a lot has been accomplished. Not quite as much as I would have expected due to a busy time of year. After a trip to Jamaica at the beginning of February kept me out of the shop for two weeks, we entered auto show season with an auto show every weekend until mid March. Now that's over with, I've been able to get back do... (more)

Upgraded Mail Server from MailMax 2.1 to hMailServer 5.3.3
Monday, January 23, 2012, 5:13:18 PM
I've just completed an upgrade of my mail server to hMailServer 5.3.3 (an upgrade from MailMax 2.1). Everything appears to be configured properly at this point, however as with any server upgrade, there is bound to be some weirdness. Let me know if any mail related parts of the website aren't functioning by....uh, emailing me. Or rather, post to the forum... MailMax has served me well since 1998, but it was time to move to something more modern.

Added Cosmo Restoration Video: Part 20: Media Blasting The Front End - My 76 Mazda RX-5 Cosmo Restoration
Sunday, December 25, 2011, 3:55:15 PM
Part 20: Media Blasting The Front End - My 76 Mazda RX-5 Cosmo Restoration Part 20 of my 1976 Mazda RX-5 Cosmo Restoration has been posted to YouTube. Merry Christmas everyone! It's about that time in the day where one starts to get tired of their crazy extended family, so to brighten the mood with a distraction, here's Episode 20 of my '76 Cosmo Restoration. In part 20, I media blast the front end and engine bay, removing 35 years of rust, gunk and dirt. Then POR-15's MetalReady is used to preserve the freshly blasted sheet metal and preven... (more)

Added Cosmo Restoration Video: Part 19: Front Inner Fender Removal, POR-15, Rear Sill Repair - My 76 Mazda RX-5 Cosmo Restoration
Monday, December 05, 2011, 10:38:00 AM
Part 19: Front Inner Fender Removal, POR-15, Rear Sill Repair - My 76 Mazda RX-5 Cosmo Restoration Part 19 of my 1976 Mazda RX-5 Cosmo Restoration has been posted to YouTube. Part 19 of my '76 RX-5 Cosmo restoration continues with sheet metal repairs, but hopefully in a less boring format. First off I totally remove the rotted out front inner fenders by drilling out about a billion spot welds. Then we move onto the very complicated rear inner sill repair. This brings the introduction of POR-15, the first time I have used it on this project and by far, not the last. In... (more)

Added Cosmo Restoration Video: Part 18: Floor, Frame, Firewall - My 76 Mazda RX-5 Cosmo Restoration
Monday, September 05, 2011, 10:30:00 PM
Part 18: Floor, Frame, Firewall - My 76 Mazda RX-5 Cosmo Restoration Part 18 of my 1976 Mazda RX-5 Cosmo Restoration has been posted to YouTube. It's time finally for part 18 of my Mazda RX-5 Cosmo restoration. In episode 19 I continue repairing the rear floor pan, this time dealing with the drivers rear seat area as well as some of the bulkhead and frame below it. Once tired of messing about with floor pans, I move onto some easy sheet metal work involving filling some of the unnecessary holes in the firewall. Included in this episode: c... (more)

Added Cosmo Restoration Video: Part 17: My 76 Mazda RX-5 Cosmo Restoration - Rear Passenger Floor Sheet Metal Repair
Tuesday, July 26, 2011, 11:59:19 AM
Part 17: My 76 Mazda RX-5 Cosmo Restoration - Rear Passenger Floor Sheet Metal Repair Part 17 of my 1976 Mazda RX-5 Cosmo Restoration has been posted to YouTube. Episode 17 of my '76 Mazda RX-5 Cosmo restoration moves from the destruction of the last episode to construction as I focus mainly on one task: repairing the floor in the rear passenger seat area. This was some of the surprise damage I found while sand blasting way back in part 6. I've been neglecting the floor for more interesting tasks and because rust is depressing but after uncovering far mo... (more)

1,000 YouTube subscribers! Yay for me!
Tuesday, June 21, 2011, 3:14:19 PM
I'd just like to announce that this morning my YouTube Channel crossed the 1,000 subscriber barrier.

Added Cosmo Restoration Video: Part 16: Front End Disassembly, Wheel Well Un-Gooing, Dash Removal - My 76 Cosmo RX-5 Restoration
Sunday, June 19, 2011, 11:00:10 AM
Part 16: Front End Disassembly, Wheel Well Un-Gooing, Dash Removal - My 76 Cosmo RX-5 Restoration Part 16 of my 1976 Mazda RX-5 Cosmo Restoration has been posted to YouTube. I finally present part 16 of my Cosmo restoration! Has it really been over a month since the last update? I guess I've been busier than I thought and haven't had as much time to work on the car as I would have liked. Regardless, work has been slow and steady when I could find a few minutes here and there to spend in the shop. The work that has been accomplished lately has mainly been grunt work,... (more)

Two New Projects: A Pair Of Air Compressors
Thursday, May 19, 2011, 8:47:55 PM
I've just updated the Projects page with two air compressor projects. Both feature complete writeups and video demonstrations. The first is a small portable 12V air compressor that I built as an air source for blowing out computers and other electronics. The second is a twin cylinder 14 CFM upgrade to my 5 CFM oil-less Campbell Hausfeld shop compressor. Read about it on the forum.

Added Cosmo Restoration Video: Part 15: Repairing The Transmission Tunnel - My 76 Mazda RX-5 Cosmo Restoration
Friday, May 13, 2011, 10:58:50 AM
Part 15: Repairing The Transmission Tunnel - My 76 Mazda RX-5 Cosmo Restoration Part 15 of my 1976 Mazda RX-5 Cosmo Restoration has been posted to YouTube. Happy Friday everyone! It's been a little while since my last video as I've been busy with beginning-of-season related activities: built a new air compressor for the shop, put a new diff in my RX-7 and helped someone else with an engine installation. It's taken a while to edit episode 15 (the actual work was completed in March) but it's finally here! In part 15, I repair the rust damaged areas... (more)

Added Cosmo Restoration Video: Part 14: Oil Pan! Engine Bay! Floor! - My 76 Mazda RX-5 Cosmo Restoration
Monday, April 18, 2011, 8:23:15 PM
Part 14: Oil Pan! Engine Bay! Floor! - My 76 Mazda RX-5 Cosmo Restoration Part 14 of my 1976 Mazda RX-5 Cosmo Restoration has been posted to YouTube. Part 14 of my '76 RX-5 Cosmo restoration is a collection of three random tasks. First, I add a -10 AN fitting to the oil pan to serve as a turbo oil drain. Next, I continue stripping down the engine bay by scraping off the undercoating and then cleaning off the residue with kerosene. Finally, I begin some of the work on the floor by patching a small area on the drivers side of the transmission tu... (more)

Added Cosmo Restoration Video: Part 13: Clearing The Engine Bay - My 76 Mazda RX-5 Cosmo Restoration
Monday, April 04, 2011, 7:50:32 PM
Part 13: Clearing The Engine Bay - My 76 Mazda RX-5 Cosmo Restoration Part 13 of my 1976 Mazda RX-5 Cosmo Restoration has been posted to YouTube. With the engine built, it seemed logical to focus a bit on where that engine is to live: under the hood. Episode 13 has me stripping all the remaining mechanical components out of the engine bay in preparation for it to be blasted, repaired and painted. This is dirty grunt work, not particularly stimulating but at least it isn't sheet metal. It's been a while since my last update and rest assure... (more)

Added Cosmo Restoration Video: Part 12: 13B Rotary Engine Rebuild - My 76 Mazda RX-5 Cosmo Restoration
Thursday, March 10, 2011, 8:41:57 PM
Part 12: 13B Rotary Engine Rebuild - My 76 Mazda RX-5 Cosmo Restoration Part 12 of my 1976 Mazda RX-5 Cosmo Restoration has been posted to YouTube. Just as I promised last episode, it is finally time to build the engine! Part 12 of my RX-5 Cosmo restoration covers the entire process of building the 6 port 13B Mazda rotary engine. While this engine is a hybrid of GSL-SE RX-7 and Cosmo parts, the process is the same for any rotary from a 12A to a 13B NA, 13B Turbo, 13B-REW or any other variant of the 13B. This video shows the whole process of t... (more)

New Project Writeup: Aluminum Bicycle Cart
Tuesday, March 01, 2011, 9:38:45 PM
I've just added a new project to the site, an Aluminum Bicycle Cart I made for an epic (not necessarily in distance, but in fun) bicycle trip I took with two friends this past summer. The project writeup includes the construction of the cart and a little narrative from the trip. Read more on the forum.

Added Cosmo Restoration Video: Part 11: Power Windows Installation - My 76 Mazda RX-5 Cosmo Restoration
Tuesday, February 22, 2011, 10:50:27 PM
Part 11: Power Windows Installation - My 76 Mazda RX-5 Cosmo Restoration Part 11 of my 1976 Mazda RX-5 Cosmo Restoration has been posted to YouTube. I now present episode 11 of my '76 Mazda RX-5 Cosmo restoration. This episode deals with the task of installing the AutoLoc PW4650 universal power window kit. This kit includes motorized actuators which rotate the existing manual window cranks, driving the manual regulator and thus converting it to power without the need to fit an entirely new window regulator. Additionally it includes all wiring... (more)

Added Cosmo Restoration Video: Part 10: My 76 Mazda RX-5 Cosmo Restoration - Shaved Door Sheet Metal
Wednesday, February 02, 2011, 7:11:00 PM
Part 10: My 76 Mazda RX-5 Cosmo Restoration - Shaved Door Sheet Metal Part 10 of my 1976 Mazda RX-5 Cosmo Restoration has been posted to YouTube. In part 10 of my 1976 Mazda Cosmo restoration, I continue the surprisingly long task of shaving the door handles. Last episode I left off after cutting the patch panel to fill the hole in the passenger door. This time I weld the panel in, fix the huge amount of warpage my improper welding technique caused, then do the same on the passenger side. Shaving the door handles took a lot more time than I... (more)

Added Cosmo Restoration Video: Part 9: My 76 Mazda RX-5 Cosmo Restoration - Shaving The Door Handles
Friday, January 14, 2011, 7:33:00 PM
Part 9: My 76 Mazda RX-5 Cosmo Restoration - Shaving The Door Handles Part 9 of my 1976 Mazda RX-5 Cosmo Restoration has been posted to YouTube. I've been doing a lot of engine work lately, so for episode 9 I change gears a little and move onto a random task: shaving the door handles. This involves installing a solenoid into the door which will now electrically activate the door latch, and then removing the exterior handle holes from the door. What I thought was a quick task turned out to be more time consuming than I thought due to the d... (more)

Added Cosmo Restoration Video: Part 8: My 76 Mazda RX-5 Cosmo Restoration - Engine Hole Tapping and Painting
Thursday, December 23, 2010, 11:54:32 AM
Part 8: My 76 Mazda RX-5 Cosmo Restoration - Engine Hole Tapping and Painting Part 8 of my 1976 Mazda RX-5 Cosmo Restoration has been posted to YouTube. It's a Festivus miracle that I now present Episode 8 of my Cosmo restoration. Now that the engine is fully ported, episode 8 deals with the final prep of those engine parts before engine assembly. In this episode the rear iron and water pump housing are tapped for sensors and fittings, and then all the engine parts are glass bead blasted and then painted with POR-15's engine enamel. Also include... (more)

Nav Bars and reCAPTCHA Added To Spudguns Section, reCAPTCHA Added To Random Thoughts
Sunday, December 05, 2010, 5:01:05 PM
The seriously old Spudgun section of the site just got a little love as I have just added reCAPTCHA validation to all the forms and navigation bars to the top of every page. Also, I have added reCAPTCHA to the Random Thoughts pages on the comment and email address functions.

New Section: My 1976 Mazda Cosmo, Removed: Features
Saturday, December 04, 2010, 5:49:46 PM
For the first time in about 10 years, and new section has been added to this website. It chronicles the restoration of My 1976 Mazda Cosmo. The project is being documented as a series of YouTube episodes and now they have a home on this site. To make room, I have depreciated the Features section. This means that it is no longer on the home page, and will eventually be phased out of the site entirely. It has not been updated in years after being made redundant by Random Thoughts. Read more on The Forum.

Electronics Section Now Has Navigation Bars
Monday, October 18, 2010, 8:15:53 PM
I have just added nav bars to the top of the electronics sections of the site. I'll be continuing to slowly add these to every page on the site in order to improve navigation.

EV Fest: Toronto's Premier Electric Vehicle Fall Festival: October 17th, 2010
Wednesday, September 29, 2010, 11:20:56 AM
On October 17th 2010 I will be attending EV Fest: Toronto's Premier Electric Vehicle Fall Festival with my 2000 Honda Insight and 48V aluminum scooter. The show will be hosted by Toyota-Lexus On-the-Park (1077 Leslie St., Toronto) and feature a wide variety of EVs from factory, to home built as well as customized hybrids and EV related exhibits. It will run from 11AM - 4PM.

Downtime Today ~2PM - 5PM
Wednesday, September 15, 2010, 5:39:16 PM
Sorry about the downtime today. I don't quite know when it started, but it was sometime around 2PM. I was not aware of it until about 4PM, and which point I found out that my network switch had died. A temporary switch is in place for now. Good thing D-Link business class switches have a lifetime warranty.

Guestbook Now Using reCAPTCHA
Wednesday, September 08, 2010, 8:22:52 PM
I'm going to start moving all of the home-grown CAPTCHAs used throughout the site to reCAPTCHA. The first casualty is the guestbook. The old guestbook doesn't see much use these days, so I figured it would be a good test. Sign the guestbook and tell me how much it is rocks or sucks. Next up is probably a CAPTCHA implementation on Random Thoughts.

Updated RX-7 Meet Pictures With Meets From 2009-2010
Monday, September 06, 2010, 4:05:47 PM
The RX-7 meet picture galleries have just been updated to include the meets from 2009 and 2010.

Added Top Menu Bars to Projects Pages
Saturday, August 21, 2010, 5:27:00 PM
To help improve navigation, I am adding top menu bars to every page on this site. As there are many hundreds of pages, almost all of which are hard coded in static HTML, I must do this manually. Over the next little while I will slowly be adding these menu bars around the site. They are already present on the Circuits pages, and I have just added them to the Projects pages.

Back Up!
Wednesday, August 18, 2010, 3:31:13 PM
The power outage is over and we are back on the air!

Planned Downtime: Wednesday Aug. 18th, 9AM - 3PM
Tuesday, August 17, 2010, 5:26:09 PM
My power will be cut from 9AM until 3PM on Wednesday Aug. 18th. I may rent a generator if there is time later today, but more then likely I will have to shut down the servers sometime in that timeframe.

Unplanned Downtime Today
Tuesday, August 17, 2010, 12:22:15 PM
Electrical work in my area has resulted in unusually high line voltage. This keeps triggering my UPSs, running down their batteries and shutting down my servers. This has resulted in some periods of downtime around 3:30AM, 7:15AM and just now at around 12PM. I'm sorry about this. I'm going to ask the workers if it can be fixed but there is likely nothing I can do.

2010 Auto Show Pictures Added To Misc. Section
Sunday, July 18, 2010, 4:51:51 PM
I have just added all the 2010 auto show pictures to the Misc. section of the site. Included are: North American International Auto Show, Canadian International Auto Show, World Of Motorcycles Expo, AutoRama and EV Society Of Canada eShow and Shine.

Project Tina Update: Added 2009 - 2010
Monday, June 07, 2010, 7:07:19 PM
I've just finished posting all the Project Tina updates from 2009 until 2010, bringing this website up to date with the current state of the project. This will be the last Project Tina update for a while because at the moment, the project is complete.

New Project: 48 Volt Custom Aluminum Scooter
Sunday, May 30, 2010, 5:08:08 PM
A new project, my 48 Volt Custom Aluminum Scooter has just been added to the projects section.

EV Society Of Canada 2010 Show And Shine
Monday, March 08, 2010, 5:06:30 PM
EVsociety.ca logo On April the 10th I will be attending the Electric Vehicle Society Of Canada Show and Shine with my 2000 Honda Insight and my brand new (not yet shown on my website) 48V custom scooter. The show will be held at Scarborough Toyota (1897 Eglinton Ave, Toronto) and will showcase all types of EVs from OEM EVs to hybrids to conversions to smaller vhicles such as scooters and e-bikes. Come on down, check it out, and be sure to say "Hi" if you see me. Even better, bring your own EV (or hybrid) and be part of the show. Contact editor@evsociety.ca for more info. Discuss this on the forum.

New RX-7 Mod Writeup: Porting The 4 Port Turbo II Lower Intake To Fit The 6 Port NA Block
Saturday, February 13, 2010, 4:53:59 PM
I have just completed a writeup on porting the 4 port TII lower intake manifold to fit the 6 port NA block. This is often done as an easy way of turbocharging the 6 port engine.

Updated: About Aaron Cake
Saturday, January 16, 2010, 4:34:35 PM
Should anyone care, I have just updated the about myself page with up to date information and pictures. Yay for me.

Minor Update: Circuit Corrections
Saturday, January 02, 2010, 5:30:45 PM
Minor corrections were just made to four circuits; the power supply, low voltage alarm, 12-24V DC-DC converter and the inverter. Details are here.

UPS Batteries Replaced, Momentary Downtime
Sunday, December 20, 2009, 7:27:41 PM
The site was momentarily down from approximately 6:50PM until 7:25PM EST tonight as the main UPS batteries were replaced. This took slightly longer then anticipated, but had no other complications.

Downtime This Weekend - UPS Battery Replacement
Friday, December 18, 2009, 11:55:29 AM
Sometime this weekend I will be bringing the servers down for about half an hour to swap out a dead set of UPS batteries.

Nav Bars Are Back, Fixed Tables In Megasquirt Write Up
Tuesday, December 15, 2009, 8:04:04 PM
I once again enabled the navigation bars on the circuits page, but still not the search box until I figure out some style sheet issues. Additionally, I modified the VE, spark and split tables for MS1 and MS2 on the Megasquirt writeup.

Temporarily Removed The Circuits Nav Bar
Wednesday, December 02, 2009, 9:52:51 PM
Just now I temporarily removed the navigation bar added two days ago to the circuits due to formatting issues. I'll fix it up and get it back there as soon as they are solved (something was weird about how the CSS was formatting the tables and search box).

Navigation Bar Added To Circuits
Monday, November 30, 2009, 8:22:58 PM
A navigation bar has been added to the top of each circuit. It improves navigation by providing a direct link back to the circuit category, circuits page and home page of the site. Additionally there is a Google search box to the right for searching all pages under aaroncake.net. Hopefully this will make it a bit easier to get around the circuits and search for information. I will ultimately be incorporating this navigation bar onto every page of the site.

New Project: Digital Copper Shop Clock
Sunday, November 15, 2009, 4:05:06 PM
A new project was just added, a digital copper clock I made for my shop. Using a Cana Kit digital clock kit and a hand made copper case, I created it in the style of an old "EXIT" sign.

Minor Updates To Two Projects: Computers and MP3 Player
Sunday, November 01, 2009, 4:50:00 PM
I made some minor updates to both my car mp3 player project and my computers to bring them up to date and correct a few errors.

Updated The Soldering Tutorial
Tuesday, October 27, 2009, 8:44:52 PM
My old soldering tutorial was looking a little lame after all these years, so it has received a full rewrite. It now covers the soldering process fully, from tinning the iron, to soldering PC boards, to soldering wire splices. All three processes are explained with pictures and video.

Moved Circuits Redirections Fixed
Wednesday, September 30, 2009, 10:53:02 AM
After running a log analysis I found that there were a few old circuit URLs not being properly redirected to the new locations. These have been fixed.

Major Site Update! New Circuits, RX-7 Stuff, Projects and More!
Sunday, September 20, 2009, 3:03:56 PM
It's been a long time in the making, but the site has been updated. After nearly 2 years I finally completed a major update. In a way, this will be the last major update this site will see. No, I'm not going to stop updating but I will be moving to a more gradual process that will be better for everyone. More...

Forum Restored
Sunday, August 16, 2009, 10:43:41 AM
I just completed a restore of the forum database from the backup copy made Saturday at 2AM. Only a days posts were lost, which I do apologize for. Everything should be up and running now. All users are advised to change their passwords.

Forum Corrupted
Sunday, August 16, 2009, 10:16:21 AM
Something odd happened and all the forum posts were lost from the database. At this point I don't quite know what happened but am currently restoring a previous version. I'll update this space when it is back up and running.

Downtime 4:30AM - 9:30AM
Friday, May 22, 2009, 11:32:01 AM
Sorry about the downtime. Apparently my router went off into space and as I was quite asleep at the time, I didn't notice until I made my daily server check at 9:30AM. A quick reset and we were back on the air.

Downtime Due To Power Outage, Approx. 2:15PM - 3:00PM
Wednesday, February 11, 2009, 3:01:51 PM
The power went out this afternoon around 2:12PM. I was at work and shut the servers down remotely a few minutes later. Power was restored around 3:00PM. Everything is back up and running.

Planned Downtime: Jan. 28 5AM - 7AM EST
Tuesday, January 27, 2009, 11:34:27 AM
Well, it's sort of planned. London Hydro needs to shut down the power between 5 and 7 AM of Jan. 28th to perform some maintenance and repairs. I'll have about an hours worth of UPS and then I'll be shutting down the servers until the power is back on. It would be unfair to run the unmuffled generator at those hours of the morning.

Slowness Solved, ISP Change
Friday, July 18, 2008, 8:00:00 PM
Over the past few weeks this website became progressively slower. After some testing it was determined that Rogers Yahoo! was throttling upstream port 80 traffic. Once one or two connections were made to port 80, traffic would slow down immensely. Getting Rogers to turn this off was unsurprisingly fruitless, and Rogers would not connect a commercial Internet service to my residential traffic. So I called up Bell and had them provision a DSL line for me, then signed up with their High Speed Business Internet Optimum service. A few hours ago I swapped my connection over and now the site is working faster then before. The slowness should now be a thing of the past as I have a faster and more reliable connection. It felt sad to leave RogersWave after 13 years, but they could no longer provide a service to fit my needs.

About The Intermittent Slowness
Tuesday, July 08, 2008, 11:00:41 AM
The site is experiencing some intermittent slowness. More often then not, page loads are slowed to a crawl. I'm currently investigating a cause and solution. It's not a server issue, but a network issue just outside of what I can control. My ISP may be "shaping" (interfering with) outgoing traffic on certain ports. Hopefully it will be solved soon. Thank you for your patience.

Added CAPTCHAs To Circuits Pages
Thursday, January 31, 2008, 8:26:19 PM
In an attempt to control the hundreds of spam posts to the circuits comments made everyday, I have added CAPTCHAs to the circuits page. A CAPTCHA is a "Completely Automated Public Turing Test to tell Computers and Humans Apart". In other words, those little semi-scrambled images of text that you need to enter when submitting a form. Such a task is easy for humans, but much harder for computers. This should at least slow down the torrent of spam I have to deal with.

If you see any errors on the circuits pages or other issues relating, please contact me.

And It Figures
Monday, November 05, 2007, 10:15:50 AM
Yesterday mere hours after going live with the site update, the power went out. At approximately 5:55PM, I lost power. I kept the servers running on the UPS until about 6:15PM, at which point it was clear the power would be off for a while so I shut everything down. Whatever the cause, we regained power at approximately 7:30 PM. Sorry about that. Maybe the next purchase I make for the site will be a generator?

Major Site Update
Sunday, November 04, 2007, 3:44:21 PM
I've just made a major update to the site. 9 new circuits were added, errors in some of the older circuits corrected, and some of the older content was improved. Loads of updates were done to the information on my RX-7 including the 6 year project of modifying the car; "Project Tina". Many smaller updates were made to the rest of the site as well. Complete details can be found in this forum topic.

Sorry About The Downtime Yesterday
Friday, April 13, 2007, 9:22:03 AM
But my ISP made changes that blew me off the air for 12 hours or so in certain areas. Things should be back up now for everyone.

Circuits Section Updated!
Tuesday, February 27, 2007, 8:55:32 PM
I've just made some major changes to the circuits pages. On each page, I've added the ability to comment on that circuit and rank it according to how much you like it (or how useful or not useful it is). In addition each page now tracks the number of times it has been viewed both each day and for all time. The main circuits page has been updated to show all the circuits in a table according to category. In addition it also tracks the most popular circuits today, yesterday and for all time. Ranks and author information are available as well, and a detailed view showing the circuit description can also be enabled. Please let me know if there are any errors.

MySQL Database Conversion Complete
Sunday, January 21, 2007, 6:07:50 PM
Moments ago I finished converting the last bit of this website over to MySQL. Overall the conversion from Access was not really painful at all. The only complication was that MySQL expects dates and times in a slightly different format then Access (Access is very liberal with how data is stored, MySQL is very strict), and a few minor syntax changes in the SQL used. I don't expect any problems but if you notice any weird database errors, let me know. The next thing to convert will be the forum but that one is going to be complicated so it may take a while. Now that the busiest parts of the site are running a "real" database, I will be able to do some cool stuff at the next update...

Database Upgrades
Thursday, January 11, 2007, 8:43:12 PM
I've started to convert the website database to MySQL (from Access). I'm only moving a few tables at a time while I get used to any syntax changes (I have not used MySQL much before this) and to watch for any bugs. I expect the process to go smoothly but there still is the possibility of a few issues during the transition. If you see any random errors relating to database or records, then I would appreciate it if you let me know (via email or the forum).

Server Upgrade!
Saturday, December 23, 2006, 12:00:00 AM
For the first time in 6 years, the server has been upgraded! Finally there will be an end to the random slowdowns and random downtime (related to the database) that plagued this site for the last few years. The new server is an IBM eServer X226 running dual 3.0GHz Zeon processors. Read all about it on the forum.

The Forum Is a Little Slow
Thursday, August 24, 2006, 12:00:00 AM
It looks like the newer forum code is a bit slower then the previous version. It can take up to a minute or so for the main forum page to load, but after that things are about the same speed as previously. Sorry about this, but it won't be fixed until the server is upgraded. Just be patient when you hit that first page...

Major Site Update!
Tuesday, August 22, 2006, 12:00:00 AM
Well, I finally got around to it. For the first time in 2 years, the site has been updated. And not only that, but for the first time in 10 years, new colours! There's far too many additions to cover them all here but be sure to check out several new circuits, a lot of new pictures in the misc. section, a lot of new RX-7 meet pictures, new RX-7 technical information, a new project or two, and lots of other minor changes around the site. I've also finally upgraded the forum to the newest version. Enjoy!

Server Network Card Replaced
Thursday, July 27, 2006, 12:00:00 AM
There was about 20 minutes of downtime tonight due to the server network card being replaced. I'm trying to troubleshoot a slowness problem on the network. At this point it appears external to the server, so I might just cut my losses and replace the whole damn thing if I can't get it solved...

Scheduled Downtime
Friday, July 21, 2006, 12:00:00 AM
Sometime in the next week or so, I will be taking the server down for maintenance. One of the network cards is failing and needs to be replaced. This can show up as extreme delays or dropped connections during busy periods and makes my local file access very slow. I could live with sluggish file access but the backup is also failing about 50% of the time so this needs to be sorted out. This weekend I will be swapping one of the hubs in the chance that is the cause of the trouble. If not, then I will need to pull the server down and replace the card. This may happen on the weekend, could be during the week. Basically whenever I get time.

Expect Downtime
Thursday, May 04, 2006, 12:00:00 AM
I'm having problems with the server again. The ASP service keeps randomly hanging. Sometimes I catch it within a Few minutes, sometimes it takes hours. I don't exactly know why, but it has something to do with the database. I'm Currently looking for Solutions and may just have to bite the bullet and go to MySQL instead of Access a little earlier then planned. This is coming at the worst possible time as I do not have the time/money right now to invest.

Sorry About The Downtime
Sunday, April 30, 2006, 12:00:00 AM
Late Saturday night the database died, and I did not find out until Sunday morning. Its up and running now, although a little slowly due to high traffic.

Help Fight Multiple Sclerosis
Thursday, March 30, 2006, 12:00:00 AM
On April 23rd, I will be taking part in the Super Cities Walk For MS. The WALK is a critical part of the Society’s fundraising efforts and is a significant program in funding research towards a cure for MS. A ground-breaking $4.3 million study of MS in children and a long-term, worldwide genetic susceptibility study are both made possible through MS Society fundraising events like the WALK.

If you would like to pledge your support, you can sponsor me online.

Scheduled Downtime Tonight
Tuesday, January 31, 2006, 12:00:00 AM
Tonight around 7PM Eastern time I will be bringing the server down for much needed updates and imaging. Some may have noticed that over the past few weeks this site has become more and more unstable and unreliable. The simple fact is that some of the databases have grown much larger then they were ever intended to (especially the forum). This is causing loads of problems with the Jet driver and MDAC which results in the ASP service dying. In attempt to solve this, I will be updating both those components to the newest versions tonight. Before I do so, an image of the server is long overdue so I'll be taking care of that at the same time. Hopefully updating the databases (and moving them to Access 2000 format instead of Access 97!) will eliminate the problems.

Once Again, Downtime
Monday, January 09, 2006, 12:00:00 AM
I apologize for the random downtime over the past several days. Once again the server has decided that the ASP service should randomly lock up. This basically renders all ASP pages (for example the main page, forum, the circuits page, basically anything that is dynamic) completely dead. The browser just times out waiting. All regular HTML pages and images work just fine, however. I believe that this is a database problem, so I have just rebuilt all the databases in an attempt to fix it. I don't know if this is the fix as I have been battling this problem for a while and have thus far not found a proper solution...I'm open to suggestions at this point.

Downtime Due To IP/DNS Changes
Thursday, November 17, 2005, 12:00:00 AM
Due to an unexpected IP address change, I have had to update my master DNS records. It takes several days for this to reach the far corners of the Internet, so this site may have availability issues over the next few days. Of course, if you can't see the site then you can't read this message, so...

I Think It's Working Now
Saturday, September 03, 2005, 12:00:00 AM
Everything should be back to normal at this point. The forum is back online after I restored the database from a recent backup. This does mean that all posts from Wednesday until Friday at noon are lost. The offending cooling fans in the server have been replaced, so there should be no more lockups or reboots.

The Forum Is Broken
Friday, September 02, 2005, 12:00:00 AM
Long story short, two of the server's cooling fans seized up early Thursday morning. This caused the CPU of the server to run VERY hot, resulting in random lockups and reboots over the past few days. During one of these events, the forum database got corrupted. I restored it from backup earlier today, but I guess it didn't totally work since there is an obvious problem with the forum. I am hoping I will have some time tonight or tomorrow to get it going again. It may take a few backup/restore attempts, and posts will certainly be lost in the process. Sorry.

Downtime Early Morning Sept. 1
Thursday, September 01, 2005, 12:00:00 AM
For some strange reason, the server blue-screened and locked up sometime this morning around 2 or 3 AM. I rebooted it around 8:45, and everything seems normal right now. Can't guarantee it won't happen again, but I can find no obvious problem so it may just be a random event in space/time.

London Hydro To The Rescue!
Thursday, August 04, 2005, 12:00:00 AM
I'd like to thank London Hydro for fixing the low voltage problem last night. I called them at about 5:20PM, and a truck showed up outside my place at roughly 9PM. They had to cut power to the whole street for a few minutes (the neighbours will LOVE me for that one) while they moved us all to a higher tap on the transformer. I'm now seeing 112-115V at the wall. Thanks again!

Downtime Today 2:40PM - 5:30PM
Wednesday, August 03, 2005, 12:00:00 AM
Sorry about the downtime today. We are once again experiencing brownouts, and the UPS can only stay on battery so long before it shuts down. I have called Ontario Hydro, but they have given me the runaround. Hopefully as soon as they get their act together and stop dropping our voltage (right now I'm getting 105V out of the wall...ridiculous) things will calm down. Hear that Ontario Hydro? FIX IT!

Website Email Functions Not Working
Monday, June 27, 2005, 12:00:00 AM
My ISP has begun blocking outgoing port 25 for all residential and commercial customers. Therefore, this website can no longer send email. I am currently working with them to solve the problem. If they cannot unblock me, then I will set up a workaround while I look for a new ISP. Details in forum topic: Forum Email Functions Disabled

Downtime: Sat. Jun. 11 - Sun. Jun. 12
Monday, June 13, 2005, 12:00:00 AM
Some of you may have noticed that the site was down early Saturday morning to late Sunday night. Sorry about that. The webserver basically crashed, and I was unaware that anything was wrong until late Saturday night. At the time, I was in Toronto without any internet access past what is available on my Blackberry (I couldn't even find an open WiFi network). On Sunday, I spent the day at an autocross, so again, had no access. So there was nothing I could do. First thing I did when I got home on Sunday was to restart the webserver, which came back on around 10:30 PM.

Email Lost - Oct. 29 to Nov. 15
Tuesday, November 16, 2004, 12:00:00 AM
Due to inbox corruption, I have lost all email sent to me regarding my website from Oct. 29th until Nov. 15th. Sorry about this, but due to the massive amount of mail (including spam and viruses) I get, sometimes this happens when a message with an invalid header comes through. You are of course free to resend any message you have sent in that period of time.

It's Alive! Well, Sort Of
Friday, July 16, 2004, 12:00:00 AM
My website is slowly coming back online. As DNS records are refreshed and updated, the site should be back for everyone by the end of the weekend. Thanks for your patience.

Scheduled Downtime July 14th - 15th
Wednesday, July 07, 2004, 12:00:00 AM
On Wednesday July 14th and Thursday July 15th, the site will be down as network hardware is upgraded. The downtime may extend to Friday for some areas. Just letting people know.

Awesome New Remote!
Monday, March 08, 2004, 12:00:00 AM
For the first time in 5 years, the "Universal Remote" on this site has been updated. Many thanks to obout inc., who graciously provided the server sideTreeView control that makes this possible. Let's face it, the old remote was neat, but entirely useless. The new one allows you to get to any page on this site in a few clicks, using a fraction of the time it would take to navigate there manually. Check it out by pressing the "Remote" button on any page on this site.

Major Website Update (Finally!)
Sunday, March 07, 2004, 12:00:00 AM
Finally, I was able to update the site. Major changes almost everywhere. Two new projects and updates to previous projects, major additions to the RX-7 section, additions to the misc section, and even a new circuit (try and spot it). There may be a few minor issues and errors over the next few days, but everything should basically work. Feel free to post any problems or concerns to the forum.

Email Lost - Stuff From Last Few Months
Tuesday, February 10, 2004, 12:00:00 AM
Due to the shear size of my website email box, and the amount of spam and viruses floating around, the mailbox became corrupted sometime in the last few months. Therefore, I may have lost your message as I was only able to receive about 50% of what was there. You are of course free to resend it if you wish.

New Router and Downtime
Wednesday, October 29, 2003, 12:00:00 AM
Last night I installed a brand new Netopia R910 router to replace the overstressed LinkSys BEFSR11 I have been using. Compared to the LinkSys, the Netopia is a "real" router. Unfortunately, this results in about 2 days of downtime due to DNS updates that have to propegate accross the entire Internet. The site should be back up to full operation by Friday. Note that I cannot guarantee there won't be future outages, since I am a little unsure about the Netopia. It doesn't appear to be working 100% reliably yet. Please be patient.

Downtime Yesterday/Today
Friday, October 17, 2003, 12:00:00 AM
Due to routing issues, there was downtime last night/this morning. It should be solved, but there may be lingering periods of unavailability.

Yet More Downtime
Wednesday, August 27, 2003, 12:00:00 AM
Due to major DNS changes, the site may appear to be up and down the next few days as the changes make their way through the Internet. Of course, those who can't get to the site will never see this message, so.... It's been the summer of downtime, and I apologize.

Major Power Outage
Friday, August 15, 2003, 12:00:00 AM
As some of you may be aware, there was a major power outage that began at approximately 4:10pm on Thurs, Aug. 14. This effected New York state, all of Ontario (where I live and consequently where this server is), Ohio, Michigan and Indiana. Power has just been restored here after being out for 28 hours. The biggest UPS in the world won't help when your ISP is knocked off the planet. The site should be officially back up, but I can't promise it will be totally stable as there will be rolling blackouts and my UPS tteries are exhausted.

Downtime Tonight
Monday, August 11, 2003, 12:00:00 AM
There will be some downtime tonight sometime after 8PM EST while the server is imaged and patches verified. Thank you for your patience. Expected length is about an hour.

Back To Normal
Tuesday, August 05, 2003, 12:00:00 AM
Everything should be back to normal now. The Real Media Server has been reloaded, and loose ends have been tied up.

Downtime Yesterday/Today
Monday, August 04, 2003, 12:00:00 AM
I apologize for the downtime most of yesterday and the wee-early hours of today. I applied some Microsoft "critical security updates" to the server, which promptly broke everything. I had to reload and configure the entire server from scratch. Good thing I had reliable backups. Real Media (ie. go-kart videos, RX-7 videos) will be down until I have the time to reload the Real Server. But it's like 2AM now, and I am going to SLEEP.

Laws Of Thermodynamics Broken!
Sunday, July 20, 2003, 12:00:00 AM
Endless free electricity is possible! At least, that's what "jim" says on my forum in the Power Supply section. And he can't be convinced otherwise. Check it out: enless free electricity (sic).

Downtime
Friday, June 13, 2003, 12:00:00 AM
There is random downtime today due to routing issues. Not sure when it will be solved, but it is temporary and things should be back to normal soon.

Guestbook Problem Fixed
Friday, April 04, 2003, 12:00:00 AM
There was a coding error in the guestbook jerk-filtering that actually prevented anyone from signing for the past two weeks or so. It has been fixed. Sorry.

AOL Users and Email
Friday, March 07, 2003, 12:00:00 AM
Just to let any AOL users know, AOL appears to be blocking mail from me for no apparent reason. I am not on their spam or open relay list, yet any mail I send to an @AOL.COM address gets rejected without explanation. My advice is to get a real ISP instead of AOL. As we all know, AOL is crap. Sorry about this, but if you want it fixed, complain to AOL.

About Me Updated
Sunday, March 02, 2003, 12:00:00 AM
I updated the About Myself page with a more recent picture. The 3 year old picture previously shown did not accurately represent what I looked like.

Email Lost - Nov. 2/2002 to Present
Saturday, February 01, 2003, 12:00:00 AM
It seems that due to a corrupt mailbox, I have lost all the email from my webpage since Nov. 2/2002. I apologize to those who have tried to email me since then, but this kind of thing happens once and a while with all the viruses and spam that are floating around these days. You are of course free to resend your message if you wish.

Server Upgrades and Downtime
Wednesday, January 01, 2003, 12:00:00 AM
Due to server upgrades, the website was up and down today between about 1:45 PM and 6:45PM. I apologize for the inconvenience, but I simply ran out of hard drive space. A new array made up of 3 Seagate Baraccuda UltraWide SCSI drives was installed, which not only doubles the capacity of the server, but should provide a significant speed boost during peak useage.

Minor Cosmetic Updates, New Search
Sunday, December 29, 2002, 12:00:00 AM
To make things more consistant, I updated all the tables across the site to use the same layout and style. Also, I removed the irritating black background from forms and replaced it with a more readable colour. The site search engine has also been upgraded to provide two different searching methods: fast and slow.

Power Outage Dec. 22, 1:30AM-4:30AM
Sunday, December 22, 2002, 12:00:00 AM
This site was down during that time period due to a power outage. Looks like a breaker tripped at the substation, and when they reset it, a transformer on my street blew up. Took them 3 hours to swap it. On a related note, it appears that I need a new UPS battery. Sorry about the downtime.

Forum Email Error Fixed
Wednesday, December 11, 2002, 12:00:00 AM
I have just fixed an error on the Forum. If email notification was selected when a topic was posted and a user replied, the forum would error out and the reply might be lost. This was due to anti-spam features I have on my mailserver (prevents it from being hijacked and used to send spam). I have modified the forum to fix the error.

Fixed Contact Page Errors
Monday, December 09, 2002, 12:00:00 AM
There were some script errors on the "Email Me" or "Contact Me" page that made it impossible to send me an email. I have just fixed these errors. Sorry for the inconvenience.

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