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Do it yourself, dude!

Bookmark This! April 23, 2012 posted by

GlobaLeaks lets anyone anywhere create their own free WikiLeaks type whistleblower site

Of all the recent online phenomena, probably the one with the biggest global impact has been Wikileaks, the anonymous whistleblowing site designed to let people submit information to the public gaze which might otherwise be kept secret. Whether you agree or not with the type of content they have released, it’s impossible to argue against the impact this kind of informational transparency has had on the political and commercial world.


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cool tech April 3, 2012 posted by

Shapeoko CNC Mill Kit turns your laptop and living room into a factory floor

The speed at which 3D printing is advancing beggars the imagination. Just a few years ago we were writing about these exotic new machines which promised to let you create cool products and components on a table top, and now they’re springing up everywhere, in all kinds of configurations and designs.


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Bookmark This! March 7, 2012 posted by

The ECO-iP4 DIY Paper iPhone Dock is easy on the environment and your wallet

This ECO-iP4 DIY Paper iPhone Dock can be made from any stiff paper or cardboard material and can be built in around 15 minutes if you’ve got a nice sharp pair of scissors and a printer handy. You can print it out on a variety of coloured (and/or recycled) stock and even customise it with text or a logo if you’re feeling especially corporate. And if you need a landscape version all you have to do is make ‘two little cuts’….


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diy March 6, 2012 posted by

The Logitech Mouse Double Click Problem and How To Fix It!

We’ve long had a love hate relationship with Logitech mice. On the one hand they’re ergonomically designed and feature the wonderfully useful hyperscroll wheel for sweeping through documents and web pages, but on the other they suffer from a fundamental fault after a few years of use, when the mouse buttons start to fail (note that other mice also seem to suffer from the problem, although we’re not sure whether that’s because they’re OEM models made by the Logitech factory). Despite our rant…


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The Logitech Mouse Double Click Problem and How To Fix It!
diy February 23, 2012 posted by

Build your own iPhone Boombox

We all like to listen to music on the go. Whether it be in the car, on a stroll in a woods, or having a picnic at the park, it’s nice to have some background music to accompany your day. Your iPhone likely carries a good hunk of your music, but it’s difficult to get much sound out of such a tiny device. Instead of paying a hefty sum of money on purchasing speakers, why not make some of your…


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Build your own iPhone Boombox
diy December 17, 2011 posted by

DIY Magnetic Levitating Sculpture Kit

A wise man once asked, magnets, how do they work? Come to think of it, wise might not be the right word. Anyway, that’s irrelevant. Regardless of the science behind magnets, they’re still quite fascinating, depending on how they’re used. My favorite is to see something suspended in midair using them. If you find this to be equally interesting, then you might want to check out this DIY Magnetic Levitating Sculpture Kit. The kit includes everything you need to suspend…


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DIY Magnetic Levitating Sculpture Kit
diy December 15, 2011 posted by

Rig your Christmas gifts to make sounds when shaken

With Christmas coming up, people will soon be putting gifts under the tree, to be opened on the 25th. Of course, curious minds will go to work, trying to figure just what is in those packages. You can only tell so much by simply looking at a box, but feeling its weight and shaking it can provide additional clues. If you want to really surprise those box-shakers, here’s a fun way to do so.


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Rig your Christmas gifts to make sounds when shaken
diy December 9, 2011 posted by

Use the Make Kit Guide to plan your next DIY project

When you go to the store and buy something shiny and new, you’ll bring it home and enjoy it. But after a while, it will just be another thing in your home that doesn’t really stand out as being special. However, when you create something with your own hands and use it for years to come, it will always be special, because you made it. Plus, when you’re building something, you can make it to be exactly what you need,…


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Use the Make Kit Guide to plan your next DIY project
diy December 6, 2011 posted by

Turn an old hard drive into a working speaker

There are certain basic components that one needs for their computer, other than the internal components. A display, keyboard, mouse and speakers are generally all necessary. Well let’s say that for whatever reason, you have no speakers, but need to find a way to output audio. Let’s also assume that you have a spare hard drive that you’re willing to dissect, and a few other key components. If you’re in this situation, you may yet be able to get those…


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Turn an old hard drive into a working speaker
diy December 2, 2011 posted by

Hack Siri to control your thermostat via voice

If you upgraded to an iPhone 4S from a 4, it’s very likely that you did so for one reason: Siri. That was the main reason I did it (that, and my old phone was worth more than the cost of a new one) and I love using it. Now that the novelty has worn off, I’ve been longing to use Siri to control more things than my texts, emails, and Google Maps. Well, it seems that I soon will…


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Hack Siri to control your thermostat via voice
diy December 1, 2011 posted by

Hack your monitor to only be visible with special glasses

If you’ve ever been in a government office or bank and looked at the computer screens, you might find that you can’t see anything. This is because such places use privacy filters to ensure that only people looking from a certain angle can see what’s on the screen. But what if you wanted to take this a step further, and make sure that only you could see it. Believe it or not, this is possible, with a bit of ingenuity.


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Hack your monitor to only be visible with special glasses
diy November 30, 2011 posted by

Build your own custom doorbell

The doorbell in my house is one of the more effective ones that I’ve had over the years. I have an odd sleeping schedule, so if someone stops by in the morning, there’s a good chance I’m going to be asleep. Thus, a loud doorbell is a good doorbell. If you’re more interested in the actual sounds it makes, you might want to take a look at this Campanello project.


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Build your own custom doorbell
diy November 28, 2011 posted by

Keep your cats off the counter by building a Blender Defender

I love my cat to death, but in the six years I’ve had her, there is one habit I can’t seem to break her of. When I’m around, she knows better than to climb up on tables, desks or counters. However, if I’m out of the room, she sees those areas as fair game. There’s never food out on those surfaces for her to eat, so there really isn’t any reason for her to go up there, other than curiosity….


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Keep your cats off the counter by building a Blender Defender