Chris sent in his homemade controller for an old APC power distribution unit. This is a great way to recycle some old electronics.

I found some ‘flaky’ APC AP9217 PDUs in the trash and grabbed a few to play with. These have 8 power plugs that can be individually toggled which is infinitely useful for cycling the power on anything. As well as documenting how I modified this device this page is meant to serve as a general hardware hacking HOW-TO since it is a pretty easy to follow example.

Make your own Power Distribution Unit