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Do it yourself, dude!

diy February 14, 2006 posted by

LCD Windows box.

Hmm…just wondering why you’d want to embed a full blown LCD screen into your desktop computer? New definition of luggable computing? No desk space? Or just because you can? Answers on a Segway television please to….   All the materials for this project are easily available. Costs are moderate on this project because lets face it, LCD’s aren’t cheep yet. I am sure this same rig can be made much cheaper, there are many surplus outlets that have used LCD…

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diy February 9, 2006 posted by

Disposable camera stun gun.

Create your own stun gun from a Kodak disposable camera. Er….? Usual caveats about roasted body parts apply.  Because this isn’t very safe and you have a chance of getting shocked, (personal experience) an easy way to make a protective case is to. Step1) Cut apart the hard plastic inside of a “Five Star” binder. The tough plastic is very flexible and and can just be glued together.

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diy February 1, 2006 posted by

DIY Cutouts.

‘Turn any good quality photo into a full sized cardboard cutout’ at home using this $29.95 e-book. From the sad-but-true department. Usual caveats about rain, sharp scissors and general nerdiness apply.  Your games room looking a little boring? Your bedroom needs to be more “fun”? Missing your girlfriend or grandkids? This has to be the solution! All you need is your color printer, some stationery, a few stationery tools and about an hour of your time.

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diy January 27, 2006 posted by

DIY RFID Zapper.

Build your own RFID Zapper out of a cheap disposable camera and confuse the bits out of your local superstore. Or police station. As you’ll likely be invited to visit there shortly.  To keep the costs of the RFID-Zapper as low as possible, we decided to modify the electric component of a singe-use-camera with flash, as can be found almost everywhere…It generates a strong electromagnetic field with a coil, which should be placed as near to the target RFID-Tag as possible. The…

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diy January 11, 2006 posted by

DIY Vase.

The DIY Wonder Vase. Fill with warm water, hand form to your preferred shape, empty and re-fill with cold water to set. Rinse and repeat as needed. Best of all you can smooth them flat for storage. Neato thermal sensitive polymer see? Set of two – $12.95 each.

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diy January 4, 2006 posted by

Build your own game chair.

Build your own game seat rig. Save yourself a bundle and craft your own driving simulator chair. Who knows you may even have fun.  Unless you want to mess with all the wiring and supplying 12v to it, etc., just avoid power seats. If you really wanted to do a power seat, look for one that has the controls in the seat itself (as opposed to the door or center console) so you don’t have to figure out how to…

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Bookmark This! January 2, 2006 posted by

Fix your own printer.

FixYourOwnPrinter. Dot com. Interesting idea. Set up a site which sells a selection of inkjet repair kits for various brands. Inevitably there are not enough models on offer, but the forums and reference sections are definitely a useful resource if you’ve got a printer problem…

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diy December 20, 2005 posted by


Stepmania. Funky free Open Source version of the smash hit console and arcade dance pad game Dance Dance Revolution. We also love love the massive amount of home grown user-crafted add-ons and dance mats floating around. Fab stuff.  StepMania is a rhythm game for Windows, Mac, and Linux. It features 3D graphics, keyboard and “dance pad” support, and an editor for creating your own steps. Arrows scroll up from the bottom of the screen and you must hit a button in time…

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diy December 9, 2005 posted by

Make your own scratchcards.

The Bandai Pripy Pripy Tape. Make your own scratchcards with this roll on metallic tape. Think of the opportunities to swizzle old Aunt Agatha’s fortune out of her grasping hands. Boggle. Around $4.00 a pack.

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diy December 6, 2005 posted by

The DIY Laptop.

The DIY Laptop. Is it really worth building your own notebook computer? With prices as they are? Wow! Anyway this is an interesting review/guide to crafting your own portable computer which doesn’t skimp on detail. Worth a look if you’re getting fed up with the increasingly fragile build quality of today’s laptop.  It’s up to you to decide whether pre-built or barebones is the way to go for you. If you want a better sense of control in terms of…

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diy December 5, 2005 posted by

Pedal power.

The Pedgen I. David Butcher has built himself an electricity maker (here he is on a prototype not watching television). He hopes to release the plans shortly. Possibly only masochists need apply?   Every morning, I pedal to generate electricity. The pedal generator charges batteries, that run an inverter, that produces 110v AC, that powers the monitor on my computer, and many other small battery-powered things. It is the most inspiring workout you can imagine.

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diy November 22, 2005 posted by

The Tux Phone.

There’s these geeks, see, and they’re fed up with the current mobile phone scene. So they’re going to make a Linux mobile phone. A Tux Phone, if you will. Open source ringtones? Who knows.  For a programmer, this is a dream come true. Here’s the entire telephone presented to me as a data object. I literally write to and read from a file to run the entire phone if I’m programming in linux. The GM862’s the core of the phone, the…

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diy November 18, 2005 posted by

Cell phone mashup.

This is quite simply the ugliest DIY handsfree cellphone mashup we’ve ever seen. In fact it’s so ugly it’s almost beautiful. Almost.

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diy November 11, 2005 posted by

Roll yer own camera.

The Plamodel DIY Camera Kit [Babel]. OK, so it’s a 35mm and not digital, but cool or what? I think that we should be offered all sorts of consumer electronics in kit form at a cheaper price, kind of like an IKEA for gadgets. Snap, assemble, play. Right on! About $9.00.  As for the adhesive being unnecessary, using the clock driver which belongs lastly combining the part of the plastic which consists of 33 points, just sets the screw, the camera…

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