Reviews, Tests, & Hacks
Remove a Broken TV Cable Pin in a Gopro (2.5mm Plug Extraction)
I was recently asked to fix a GOPRO HERO2 whose TV pin was broken inside the 2.5mm jack. This is what finally worked for me. It's based off of a similar very long winded video for a 3.5mm headphone jack. Since I like getting to the point, here it is:
It should look like the the above when done.
As always, HYPOXIC is not liable for this breaking your camera or having a Q-Tip as a permanent fixture of your GOPRO.
Get Fees from Paypal
If you are like HYPOXIC and most online sales companies you generally accept payments via Paypal and perhaps even use PayPal as your merchant services. In addition you probably use quickbooks for your books and possibly have a method to suck your sales transactions into your books. I use a program called t-hub to do this but others do exist. The problem is at the end of the month, reconciling PayPal is a pain in the butt and takes hours to enter in all the PayPal fees. Many years ago I noticed this and had my buddy write a script that gets these fees from a paypal exported IIF file and creates another IIF with just the fees included.
If this is like you here is how you use it:
c:\python27\python.exe getfees.py nov_2013.iff > nov_2013_o.iif
There is a slight bug with international payments in other currency and also one with refunds. Both just do not import any fees. None-the-less, this is a great start if you got a bunch of transactions per month.
Thanks to Jose Diaz for originally writing this code!
GoPro HERO3 vs. GoPro HERO2
This is a quick guide on what skydivers need to know about the new GoPro Hero3 (GoPro3).
There are three editions:
GoPro 3 - Black - "Pimp" Edition ($399) - Available Here
GoPro 3 - Silver - Middle of the Road / No Wifi Remote / Lower def shooting modes ($299) - Look into buying the black!
GoPro 3 - White - Store Bought Edition ($199)
Hypoxic will only sell the Black and perhaps the Silver Edition since they are only available at speciality outlets like ours.
Major Body Changes:
Hints for traveling in an RV across country
We did the boogie tour last year and going to do a shorter one this year here are some pointers:
That's all I can think of for right now, good luck!
Adding a wired shutter to the Sony NEX-6r
I haven't modified a Sony NEX camera with a hardwired jack in a while since there are several new mirrorless SLRs out there with remote jacks (our article on mirrorless SLRs for skydiving). This article just shows the picture differences from the NEX7 mod since it's pretty much the same thing.
Previously, I've disassembled and modified a Sony NEX-5 and Sony Sony NEX-7. The NEX-6r disassembly is not much different than taking apart the NEX-7, but there is one new clip that you'll need to carefully use a "Spudger" on. To dismantle the camera, simply remove the screw above the USB connector, the one under the flash connector, two from deep within the battery port and one underneath the neck strap connector next to the shutter switch. At this point, the top should be fairly loose but stuck above the SONY lettering on the front. At this point, gently pry this plastic out to dislodge the clip as seen below. Use a plastic spudger or pick for this.
Now that the top is off, you can wire it as shown below. Black is ground, red is shutter and yellow is focus. Note that this switch is very sensitive. Do not get flux in it or it will be destroyed. I have not been able to find a replacement, so if anyone knows the source, please comment below. It's around a 3.7mm to 4.0mm 6 pin, where pins 2 and 4 are connected to the top. I always ohm these out before closing it up. I also use a drop of crazy glue to hold down the wires somewhere on the assembly since we are taking this in free fall.
I removed the back, just like the NEX-7, so that I could run the wires to the bottom. There is a single screw under the USB cap, two on the bottom (the one under the 1/4-20 is not necessary to remove) and one shallow screw in the battery compartment. The back should slide right off when the display is raised up.
This is how I ran the leads. Note that I drilled 3 tiny holes and affixed the connector with epoxy so it would not come off from a yank.
I tucked the excess between the battery bay and the hand grip, then put the camera back together.
HYPOXIC is obviously not liable for ruining your camera or any other negative things that may result from using these instructions. Use at your own risk. Please read the Adding a hardwire shutter release to the Sony NEX-7 before performing this so you get a full description. This article is just bare bones changes between these cameras.