Monthly Archives: June 2011

Gadgets June 30, 2011 posted by

Contort USB Hub flexes to keep your devices safe

It seems that just about everything is powered via USB anymore. That is really convenient and all, but it oftentimes leaves us without space to plug things in. Not to mention that if your computer is in a awkward place, you risk breaking anything thatís plugged in. A thumb drive can only be smacked into so many times before it decides to break on you. The Contort USB Hub is a great way to keep your USB-powered items free from…

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Contort USB Hub flexes to keep your devices safe
heh heh! June 30, 2011 posted by

King Kai Pool Float is the best way to relax in your pool

After a long hard day at work, coming home and floating in the pool sounds like a marvelous idea. What is equally relaxing is to come home and plop onto a giant beanbag. It seems as though someone has had a stroke of genius and put these two very leisurely after work activities together to make the King Kai Float. This mega float is large enough for two people to be on, or one person to hog. Its Sunbrella material…

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King Kai Pool Float is the best way to relax in your pool
diy June 30, 2011 posted by

Learn how to recover seemingly lost Microsoft Word documents

How many times have you lost an important document to a power outage, computer crash, or any other instance where you’d forgotten to save? As a rule of thumb, I try not to go more than 15 minutes without saving a document that I’m working on. However, if the worst does happen, and you’re using Microsoft Word 2010, you might not be out of luck. This great guide over on MakeUseOf walks you through the steps of recovering unsaved documents….

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Learn how to recover seemingly lost Microsoft Word documents
Gadgets June 30, 2011 posted by

NES Controller USB Drive stores your files in retro fashion

It seems like ages have passed since the NES was what we all had at the top of our wish list. It may not be your main squeeze anymore, but it doesnít mean you canít still keep reminders of what once was around. If you want to store your data in style, you should look into the NES Controller USB Drive. This re-purposed NES Controller would store 32 GB of your important information, and look classy all the while. Not…

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NES Controller USB Drive stores your files in retro fashion
Fun & Games June 30, 2011 posted by

USB Mini Turntable won’t make you the world’s greatest DJ

There are all types of music out there, and some genres sound better when you scratch or tweak it like a DJ. The only problem being is that we canít really have all the awesome sound effects weíd like without having to invest in a lot of really nice sound equipment. If youíve ever wanted to experiment with sound like a real DJ, but just want an introduction, the USB Mini Turntable is a great place to start. This tiny…

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USB Mini Turntable won’t make you the world’s greatest DJ
diy June 30, 2011 posted by

Turn an old bottle into an ordinary drinking glass

While we don’t promote drinking here at the Red Ferret, there are plenty of instances where one can encounter a glass bottle. My favorite root beer actually comes in brown bottles. So what does one do when they’ve finished their drink? Or perhaps you’ve collected bottles by the side of the road. Sending them off to a recycling center is much better than dumping it in the trash, but you can also re-purpose them at home. The video below will…

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Turn an old bottle into an ordinary drinking glass
Fun & Games June 29, 2011 posted by

Star Wars Operation lets you dig into R2-D2

At some point in our childhood, I think we all have played the game Operation. It’s the one where you have to use a special pair of tweezers to remove things like the funny bone from a ďpatientĒ on your operating table. The trick is that if your tweezers touch the sides, a buzzer will go off and the guy’s nose lights up red. Well, now you’ll be able to play a similar game, with everyone’s favorite droid, R2-D2. This…

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Star Wars Operation lets you dig into R2-D2
Free Software June 29, 2011 posted by

Easily download webcomics for offline browsing with Pilfer

Webcomics are one of my favorite things to spring up, thanks to the web. While I looked forward to reading the comic section of the newspaper, your material was severely limited by the space of the paper itself. What’s worse, if you missed a day, that comic was lost to you for years, unless you track down a copy of that days paper. Now you can sit down and easily peruse years of comic strips with little more than a…

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Easily download webcomics for offline browsing with Pilfer
Fun & Games June 29, 2011 posted by

Educational Decree Whiteboard adds authority to your notes

I will admit to being something of a Harry Potter fan. I know that some of you out there are with me, while others are shaking your heads in shame. To those in the latter, I ask, is it not better than Twilight? There’s something about the whimsy of the almost backwards way of life that is depicted throughout the movies that tickles my fancy. A very retro-modern style that reminds me of the Steampunk movement (which I also love)….

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Educational Decree Whiteboard adds authority to your notes
Free Software June 29, 2011 posted by

Use iaza to quickly edit pictures from any computer

If you work with images very often, there’s a good chance that you have some decent editing software installed on your computer. However, sometimes you find yourself using a computer that has nothing better than Paint, when you need to crop, convert or otherwise modify an image. There are a variety of online editors available, however, one of my favorites is iaza. This online editor is one of my new favorites to use, because of its simplicity. Just upload an…

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Use iaza to quickly edit pictures from any computer
but is it art? June 29, 2011 posted by

Quarter Screw is simple, and costs much more than a quarter

How many times have you found yourself in need of a Phillips screwdriver, only to find that there are none nearby? It’s happened to me more times than I can recall, especially since I spend a great deal of time working on the insides of a computer, which uses such screws. Well here’s one way that you can ensure that you always keep this simple tool on your person at all times. The Quarter Screw is probably more of an…

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Quarter Screw is simple, and costs much more than a quarter
Gadgets June 29, 2011 posted by

USB Cooler Cushion keeps your rear from getting overheated

If youíre stuck at a computer for any length of time during the summer, you know how hard it is to stay cool. Computers generate a lot of heat, and when itís already hot out, sitting in front of what is practically a mini oven is not going to bode well with most. You may not completely avoid the heat, but the USB Cushion Cooler is a great way to fight off uncomfortable warmness. This thing is basically an air…

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USB Cooler Cushion keeps your rear from getting overheated
Fun & Games June 28, 2011 posted by

Add some accessories to your outlet faces

I’ve always wondered whether or not American power outlets were intentionally designed to look like a gasping face. They’ve even got the one prong larger than the other, as if they were trying to raise an eyebrow. One company seems to share my thoughts, as they’ve released a product that takes the whole face idea to a new level. Yes, Creative Outlet Stickers are rather silly. But you know that anyone who looks over and sees that spare outlet in…

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Add some accessories to your outlet faces
diy June 28, 2011 posted by

Fix your damaged audio cables

Have you ever picked up your favorite set of headphones, only to find that the dog has chewed through the cord? You get that sinking feeling, knowing that this expensive piece of hardware has been rendered useless because a couple pieces of copper aren’t touching anymore. Thankfully, such things aren’t terribly difficult to remedy. When you get down to it, there are only three things you need to do to repair a simple audio cable. Strip it back, join the…

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Fix your damaged audio cables
Free Software June 28, 2011 posted by

Back up your saved WiFi networks with just a few clicks

I re-install my operating system on a somewhat regular basis. I find that nothing gets a machine running at peak performance like a shiny new OS install. I’ve managed to streamline the process of backing up everything and putting it back on. Even most of the programs go back on with little effort. The one thing that is a pain is that when I do this to my laptop, I lose all of the information about the WiFi networks I’ve…

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Back up your saved WiFi networks with just a few clicks
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