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diy December 23, 2008 posted by

Credit Crunch, the Game – play along with family and fellow sufferers

This free Credit Crunch board game from veteran business mag The Economist looks like it could be fun this holiday. The site supplies all the PDFs you need to print out the cards and board, all you have to do is supply four coins in lieu of dice. The aim is to be the last solvent player. Yeah right, good luck with that in real life too eh?  The aim is to be the last solvent player. In order to achieve this,…


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diy December 10, 2008 posted by

Honda HP450 Power Carrier – your new wheelbarrow is ready Mr Tracy

Looking like something Brains might have designed, the Honda HP450 Power Carrier is a high capacity, petrol-powered wheelbarrow with go-anywhere rubber treads and a get-out-of-my-way attitude. Driven by a pull-start 163cc, 5.5hp 4-stroke engine the HP450 can carry 450kg on level ground or 250kg up a 25 slope. It’s equipped with a hydrostatic transmission with two forward gears and one reverse and it can run continuously for 2.5 hours on a tank of fuel. They’re easy to drive too, just…


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Honda HP450 Power Carrier – your new wheelbarrow is ready Mr Tracy
cool tech December 10, 2008 posted by

The Fuzebox – open source DIY games console, we don’ need no stinkin’ wii

The Fuzebox is a bare bones basic, 8 bit DIY games console. You can hurry along and buy a complete kit for $100.00 which you then assemble on the kitchen table. Make sure it’s the kitchen table because part of the gaming fun is making the other half as mad as a badger. Once you’ve assembled your little grey box, take it somewhere damp, cold and preferably subterranean and start the second part of the challenge. Yep, you’ve got to…


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diy December 9, 2008 posted by

USB Rocket Launcher hacks – where do I begin?

USB rocket launchers were cool …. two years ago, but now everyone has one, even that annoying Joe bloke in Accounts. Well if you’re a dyed-in-the-wool geek and in a hacking mood you can go several times better. Invent Geek has instructions for hacking a USB rocket launcher and adding an Airsoft pellet gun. Not only can you defend your territory cubicle, you can actually go on the offensive. Watch out though, these things fire pellets at 250 feet-per-second and…


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USB Rocket Launcher hacks – where do I begin?
Bookmark This! December 5, 2008 posted by

iPhone 3G Replacement LCD Screen – the DIY option for warranty challenged handsets

iPhone 3G Replacement LCD Screen. Let’s just say that your 3G iPhone is out of warranty for…cough…some reason. And you sit on that beautiful screen by mistake. Rather than panic flailing like a chicken on crack, why not try installing this puppy? Hey, what have you got to lose? $85.00.  Spare part for iPhone 3G. Replace your iPhone LCD screen with this new part. Tags: iphone+3g+replacement+lcd+screen, gadget, mobile+phone, iphone


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diy November 20, 2008 posted by

MagWear – keep your metal bits handy, Harry

The MagWear screw tray is a decidedly low tech solution to an eternal problem. How to keep track of all those fiddly screws and bits while you’re working? Obviously you could just sling them in a box and hope for the best, but what if your pet tortoise eats them? Disaster. So strap this beast to your wrist instead (the MagWear not the tortoise) and let the magnetic tray keep things safe and snug. £10.10.  MagWear is a magnetic wristband…


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diy November 19, 2008 posted by

NASLite – DIY NAS

Networked attached storage devices are becoming increasingly common in home network setups, but they remain fairly expensive for what seems like a fairly simple idea. If you’d prefer to make rather than pay for a NAS then take a look at NASLite. They have a range of options for building your own NAS device from any ancient PC you might have lying around. NASLite has 3 main distributions, CD based, HDD based or USB based depending on how you want…


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NASLite – DIY NAS
diy October 29, 2008 posted by

DIY Solar Powered Grasshopper – Jimminy Cricket, Batman…

The DIY Solar Powered Grasshopper hops. Nah really, it does. Using only the power of the sun, some jittery metal legs and a snap-together design, it perambulates from place to place in tiny skips. Listen, you want more for your $10.95, you go design your own toy.  Eyes jiggle, legs wiggle, and antennas sway to and fro in the tango-jitterbug frightened – grasshopper dance. Use this kit’s contents to create a delightful little bug who nervously frolics around when powered…


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Bookmark This! August 13, 2008 posted by

DIY Mobile Phone Barcodes – create your own cell phone barcodes for fun and profit

The kind folk at Nokia have set up a web page to let people create their own mobile phone barcodes. You can choose between the QR and Datamatrix formats, and the images can be embedded anywhere you like for people to snap and use.  You can create mobile codes for web URLs, plain text and telephone numbers, and any camera phone with the right software should be able to read and decipher the code to deliver the information you want. I’m trying…


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Bookmark This! July 29, 2008 posted by

Namu6 Web Site Creator – free simple site creator is fast fast fast

Namu6 Web Site Creator. I want you to understand that you will NOT repeat not win any design, coding or other awards by using this free website editor tool to create your website, but you will be able to knock something up in about 3.5 seconds from loading the software. And to be blunt, there’s a ton of people out there who just want to bang up a quick page or two to publish to the world, and this will…


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diy July 28, 2008 posted by

DIY Music Box – create your own paper music scores you little Mozart you

This DIY Music Box features a punch-hole mechanism which will accept any punched paper ‘score’. So in theory you could compose a masterpiece using this instrument and go on to win fame and fortune on some naff reality show on Fox Television. However we all know that’s not likely to happen, don’t we? Especially since you can’t play sharps and flats with this puppy. Ah well, worth a dream. £15.99/$31.98.  This is the ‘big brother’ version of the Music Box Set. It…


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diy June 27, 2008 posted by

DIY Anti CCTV Glasses – hide your face from the nasty cameras with these digital hoodies

Fed up with being watched? Then you need to make yourself some Anti CCTV Glasses . Not rocket science, just some ordinary shades with two UV LED lights embedded in the frame. You’ll need some electronic smarts and a drill. Of course you’ll need to be facing the cameras head on for these to work, so try and avoid all those giveaway profile shots OK? And good luck with the Orwellian crusade, dude. Tags: anti+cctv+glasses, uv+led, diy, gadget, digital+hoodie


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Awesome May 19, 2008 posted by

How to Make Your Own Biodiesel – step by step guide to a cleaner burn

How to Make Your Own Biodiesel is a great step by step guide to making biodiesel for your own use. It covers just about everything you’re ever going to need, and is a goldmine of useful information. For instance the section on using biodiesel for modern turbocharged direct injection vehicles is a must read. Oh and SVO is straight vegetable oil, while WVO is waste vegetable oil (i.e. from restaurants and the like). (Psst…Elsbett makes a really cool single tank…


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Awesome May 12, 2008 posted by

The Filminator – a machine to make your own photographic film

The Filminator is a DIY project from a photography buff which will produce rolls of photographic film from sheets of plastic and some chemicals. Just to be clear, this involves layering chemicals on plastic, getting them to bond, and a whole bunch of stuff that nobody except a rampant loony would even think about. Incredible project and judging by the finished project sample below, it’s a working machine. Wow! [Via Metafilter]  The film base is off-the shelf, but the emulsion…


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Bookmark This! May 7, 2008 posted by

104 driving techniques to help you conserve fuel – easy with that right foot, partner

104 Driving Techniques to Help You Conserve Fuel. Wanna eke out your precious mileage? Then practice a few of these tips and see how you do.  Drive with load (DWL) AKA “target driving”. Put most simply, this technique is accomplished by choosing a “target” rate of fuel consumption and ensuring you don’t fall below it on hills (or in very strong winds, or any conditions which cause load to vary for a given speed). In other words, you will back off the…


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