GE LEG Bright Stiks, 760 lumens, 5000K color temp
As I was tearing my 1997 Sub-Zero 601F freezer apart recently to troubleshoot a defrost issue (expect a separate blog post on that soon), I noted that it used four traditional 40W incandescent appliance bulbs as its light source. The 601R refrigerator installed next to it used the same. As […]

Quick & Easy LED Light Upgrade for your Refrigerator and ...

"Forget" your access point(s) on your existing UniFi Controller before adopting it on your hosted controller
After writing the post on how to quickly upgrade your Ubiquiti UniFi Controller on non-Debian Linux boxes (I run mine on CentOS), I decided that it still wasn’t quick enough. So I threw together a script called upgrade_unifi.sh that does the following: Stops the existing UniFi Controller Makes a backup of your old UniFi […]

Automated Script for UniFi Controller Upgrade on Linux/Unix Systems

"Forget" your access point(s) on your existing UniFi Controller before adopting it on your hosted controller 1
UPDATE: I’ve written an automated script that performs all the steps in this article in less than 60 seconds. Feel free to follow the steps below if you want full manual control, or download my script to make your life even easier. 🙂 Ubiquiti Networks’ Java-based UniFi Controller software has a […]

Upgrade Your Linux UniFi Controller Version in 5 Minutes

Setting up multiple WLANs in DD-WRT 24
For the past while, I’ve recommended DD-WRT K2.6 firmware builds for the Linksys E4200 router, as well as other Linksys / Cisco WiFi routers. The builds based on the newer K3.x Linux kernel have now reached a stable enough point where you can run them… but I still recommend the […]

DD-WRT K2.6 Kernel vs. K3.x and How To Upgrade

Becker Micarta Knife Scales
I love my KA-BAR / Becker knives. They look good, they feel good, but most importantly they work good (OK, I know it’s technically “work well,” but that would have thrown off the pattern). But if I have any complaint at all about these excellent knives, it’s the black plastic […]

Review: KA-BAR Becker Micarta Scales / Handles for BK Series ...

Sig Sauer MPX 10
UPDATE: When this article was first published in June 2015, SIG Sauer’s official position was that installing an aftermarket trigger in a SIG MPX would void the warranty. They have since changed that position. Aftermarket triggers no longer void the warranty, though SIG won’t be responsible for any damage to aftermarket […]

Will Upgrading the Sig Sauer MPX to an AR-15 Trigger ...

TANDEMKROSS Aluminum Super Grips
One of the cool features of the Ruger Mark III 22/45 is the ability to upgrade the grips with pretty much any 1911 grips. But TANDEMKROSS has made their aluminum Super Grips especially for the Ruger Mark III 22/45… and they’re awesome.

Video: Installing TANDEMKROSS Super Grips on a Ruger Mark III ...

Magpul MOE 1911 Grip Panels
In this video, I walk through replacing the stock grips on a Sig Sauer 1911 Tac Ops with replacement Magpul MOE 1911 Grip Panels, and discuss whether this modification should be considered an “upgrade.” Magpul makes these available in a variety of textures and colors.

Video: Installing Magpul MOE 1911 Grip Panels on a Sig ...

ecobee3 Upgrade Guide 7
When I first received an ecobee3 smart thermostat for review, I wrote a guide to installing an ecobee3 for first-time ecobee users. This post, by contrast, is for ecobee old-timers. I’ll walk through how to replace your original ecobee “Smart” unit and upgrade to the ecobee3, while re-using your existing in-wall wiring […]

Upgrade Install Guide: ecobee original Smart Thermostat to ecobee3

GeForce 6200 AGP
I hate throwing away old computer equipment. Whenever I buy a new system, the older ones tend to find other roles in my digital life. Maybe not on my desktop any more, but maybe in the playroom, or in a closet, or on my floor, or some other location where […]

Upgrade your Dell Dimension 4600 AGP Graphics Adapter and RAM

Upgrade from Fedora 17 to 18 with FedUp 1
Fedora 18 (codename Spherical Cow) was officially released today, and there’s a mad scramble to figure out how to upgrade to this latest Linux desktop from Fedora 17. Previously, you’d have to either do a fresh install with a CD or DVD, or you could use the built-in PreUpgrade method. […]

Upgrade from Fedora 17 to Fedora 18 with FedUp

Insight M3/M6 LED Upgrade Kit 2
Since I was already in an LED mood after upgrading my Maglites, I decided I’d punch up the performance of my M3 Tactical Illuminator with an LED upgrade of its own. The ubiquitous M3 Tactical Illuminator, a favorite among law enforcement and military personnel, is a rail-mounted weapon light produced by […]

Review: Insight/EOTech M3/M6 Tactical Light LED Upgrade Bezel Kit

Maglite LED Upgrade 3
I love my Maglites. I’ve owned a number of them in different sizes since I was a Boy Scout. And while their rugged construction, reliability, ease of use, and excellent customer service never go out of style, bulb technology has changed dramatically since the years when I was collecting merit […]

Review: TerraLUX Maglite LED Replacement Bulb Upgrade

Sig Sauer P226 MK 25 and 556 SWAT 6
After considering a couple of upgrades for a while, I decided to add a threaded barrel to my Sig Sauer P226 MK 25 pistol and replace the forward pivot in in my Sig Sauer 556 SWAT with a push-button version for easier field stripping. Here’s a quick report on the […]

A Tale of Two Sigs: Adding a Threaded Barrel to ...

Upgrade Prompt 36
If you’re an “ultimate” geek running an “Ultimate” edition of Windows (such as Windows Vista Ultimate or Windows 7 Ultimate), but you want to upgrade or downgrade to Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Home Premium, or Windows 7 Home Basic, you’ve got a problem: the Windows 7 installer won’t allow […]

Upgrade (or Downgrade) Windows 7 Ultimate or Vista Ultimate to ...