Monthly Archives: August 2011

diy August 25, 2011 posted by

Learn to Solder Kit has everything you need to start working with electronics

We tend to show you cool DIY guides here at Red Ferret, since we’re fans of making things with our own two hands. However, one skill that comes up on a regular basis is soldering. If you don’t know how to solder, you’re going to have a hard time working with electronics. If you don’t know where to start, I’d recommend checking out this Learn to Solder Kit. This kit is being sold by the people over at MAKE, so…

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Learn to Solder Kit has everything you need to start working with electronics
Fun & Games August 25, 2011 posted by

Robo Vacuum isn’t quite Rosie from the Jetsons

If you followed cartoons and sci-fi books from several decades ago, you would believe that we all should have a robot doing the majority of our housework for us. Sadly, that is not the case. However, you can pretend that you have robotic helpers by getting a Robo Vacuum. This tiny little bot might not be able to perform a variety of functions, but it can keep your desk clean. Just insert a couple of AA batteries and push it…

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Robo Vacuum isn’t quite Rosie from the Jetsons
Awesome August 24, 2011 posted by

10 Reasons Why I’m Done With Windows. (or why Ubuntu Linux is now ready for primetime!)

The wife’s computer crashed last week. A big meaty crash, which is unusual for Windows XP, despite what the haters say. Apart from the execrable Windows Vista product, modern versions of the operating system have been extremely stable. Seriously. But in this case the crash was one of those which results in an endless boot-up loop, lots of blue screen, very little computing. Windows XP wouldn’t reinstall for some reason, so now I had a choice – either plonk down some…

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Gadgets August 24, 2011 posted by

Kandenchi Designer Mouse

There are all sorts of computer mice out there. Some are in different colors, and some are built to fit to your specific hand size. The Kandenchi designer mouse however, was built after the design and shape of a battery. It sits upright and has very basic mouse functions such as a left and right click, and a wheel. I would think this new mouse would take some time to get used to, and wouldn’t be very comfortable after long…

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Kandenchi Designer Mouse
Free Software August 24, 2011 posted by

Make stop-motion gifs on your Android device with Gifinator

Have you ever wanted to make your own stop-motion videos? You’re probably not going to have the steady hand or patience to make something as professional-looking as Robot Chicken or Gumby, but it can still be fun. If you have an Android device, it’s also really easy. All you need to do is download Gifinator. This free app lets you take a set of pictures, and then assembles them together into a gif file. If you’re not familiar with the…

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Make stop-motion gifs on your Android device with Gifinator
Eco Friendly August 24, 2011 posted by

iTouchless Bag Re-sealer

We’ve all done it at least once. Okay, probably more than once, and it’s not our faults because we were just busy, but leaving an open bag of chips out seems to happen somewhat frequently. We don’t always have a chip clip for our bags, so we just roll up the open end and hope they stay good for as long as possible. Well, never again my friend, for there is the iTouchless Bag Re-Sealer. This ingenious device will seal…

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iTouchless Bag Re-sealer
Bizarre August 24, 2011 posted by

Belt Watch makes absolutely no sense

If you were to measure the average watch band, it would probably be somewhere in the neighborhood of 8 inches or so (less if you’re a lady). While they do make them in larger sizes for those with bigger wrists, I never thought I’d come across one that was 42 inches. This Watch Belt has got to be one of the strangest things I’ve come across. It is a regular men’s belt with a Casio watch face sitting right at…

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Belt Watch makes absolutely no sense
diy August 24, 2011 posted by

Build your own solar FM radio for $3

In the event of a major disaster, it’s always good to have a radio on hand. You might think that your cell phone is going to get you through a crisis, but if it’s something on a large scale, such as an earthquake, you might have trouble getting calls through. Generally, you can flip on your radio and find some sort of up-to-date information on what’s going on. But how many of you actually have a radio that’s battery-powered? And…

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Build your own solar FM radio for $3
Gadgets August 24, 2011 posted by

WINGStand turns your keyboard into an iPad stand

Getting a wireless keyboard was one of the best ideas you had for your Bluetooth devices right? That is, until they made a keyboard dock that essentially does the same thing, only a little bit better. The only thing is that you aren’t going to want to spend more money on another keyboard if you already have one, just because it holds your device up like a stand. An ingenious new Kickstarter project that will be hitting production soon will…

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WINGStand turns your keyboard into an iPad stand
Gadgets August 23, 2011 posted by

FitDesk makes you work out while you work

If you work from home, that likely means you have an online job that requires you to be seated for quite some time regularly. Getting in the right amount of exercise can be really difficult when you are forced into a sedentary lifestyle, so why not try to meet in the middle? The FitDesk gives you the option of working at home, and working out at home. It’s essentially an exercise bike that you can perch your laptop on top…

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FitDesk makes you work out while you work
Free Software August 23, 2011 posted by

Google brings weather to your maps

When you’re traveling, it’s good to know what the weather is going to be like at your destination. Finding that out isn’t terribly hard, but Google has found a way to make it even easier. While you’re browsing Google Maps to find your route, you can click on Weather (it’s under Traffic, along with Photos and Terrain). This will bring up icons showing the current conditions and temperatures for a variety of cities in the area. If you’re not content…

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Google brings weather to your maps
huh..? August 23, 2011 posted by

Cedes Toothpaste Squeezer

There are some items that exist that you really question spending nay kind of money on. Then those same items are made in such a way that they cost more money than should ever be spent on any trinket. Surely the Cedes Toothpaste Squeezer is one of those items that really one of those items that is merely a display of wealth. I can understand needing to try and get every last drop of toothpaste out of the tube, but…

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Cedes Toothpaste Squeezer
Gadgets August 23, 2011 posted by

Counterclockwise Watch will make you glance twice

Once you learn how to read a clock, finding out the time takes no more than a quick glance. The location of the hands is enough to give you a pretty decent reading, even without looking at the numbers. However, what if your watch runs counterclockwise? This Counterclockwise Watch will make sure that you spend more than a second staring at it. The hands on this funny little timepiece run in the opposite direction of most standard clocks and watches….

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Counterclockwise Watch will make you glance twice
diy August 23, 2011 posted by

Build your own WiFi speakers

If I’m at home and listening to music, I’m probably using my computer to do it. There are times when I’m going to be out in the garage, or another part of the house, and I’d like to have that same music with me. I can generally do this with my phone, but I don’t have all of my music on there. Instead, I could construct a pair of WiFi speakers to stream my music anywhere. One hacker had the…

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Build your own WiFi speakers
Fun & Games August 23, 2011 posted by

Tie Fighter Pinata is no match for the power of the Force

When you’re a kid, birthday parties are one of the highlights of your year. You know you’re doing good when your parents invite over a bunch of friends from school for a pizza party. But what really makes that party stand out from the others is when a pinata is involved. The only thing better than a pinata, is a Star Wars pinata. Whether you’re a parent planning a party for your kids, or you’re still a kid at heart,…

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Tie Fighter Pinata is no match for the power of the Force