Archive for the ‘Hands On/Build This!’ Category

Extra Harddrive?

Posted on July 9th, 2008 in Downloads, Hands On/Build This!, How To's, Tech News | 2 Comments »

Do you have some extra harddrives that are too small to be used, but you just hate to throw them away?
I have a few that have sizes measured in single digits…
Of course, you can always turn them into a grinder and sander πŸ˜‰
You need some hardware skills, some sandpaper and glue, but its not too hard.

Check out the video from hacknmod


Posted on July 5th, 2008 in Computer software/hardware, Hands On/Build This!, Tech News, Time Wasters | Comments Off on Flatwire

Here is a very interesting company, Flatwire. They make and sell cables that are extremely flat/thin and can easily be hidden by paint.
They make data cables, video/audio and even electrical cables. What I find very nice about this is that its so thin it makes installation very easy, without the need of ripping through walls or ceilings.
The only problem i find with this, is the price. Its rather expensive for a simple ethernet, but heh, very cool.

Check it out: Flatwire

Interesting Tip for the Summer

Posted on June 29th, 2008 in Hands On/Build This!, PSA-Types | Comments Off on Interesting Tip for the Summer

Kind of out of the range of this blog, but then again, nothing is out of range! *plans a post on the complex math behind string theory*
but, anyways…apparently, a lot of fans can turn both counterclockwise and clockwise. And furthermore…theres a difference between the two settings πŸ˜›
Since its summer, Simple Dollar recommends that you use counterclockwise in the summer. The way to verify that it IS right, other than staring at the fan of course, is to stand underneath it and feel if a breeze appears immediately after you turn it on. This makes the most sense during the summer of course. In the winter however, you spin it clockwise. The angle of the fins pushes air upwards, which will allow the cold air to circulate with the warmer air up by the ceiling. Of course, weigh the cost savings of having the fan turned on vs the heating benefit.

Cheers, and thanks to The Simple Dollar

Magic Sand

Posted on June 21st, 2008 in Hands On/Build This!, How To's, Science!, Time Wasters | Comments Off on Magic Sand

Do-it-Yourself Magic Sand.
You know the magic sand that used to be on TV ads, its dry sand that you can make underwater sculptures from, and when you take it out of the water, it’s still dry!
Well…..its rather easy to make apparently.
Just take some normal sand from a beach. Clean it abit so its contaminated πŸ˜›
Stick in oven and dry for an hour to make sure its perfectly dry.
Take Scotch Guard Spray and spray liberally, mix, spray again. Let dry, then….spray again. Once its dry again, try it out!
Thank to Bewerten at Google Video

No more Phone Bots

Posted on January 24th, 2008 in Computer software/hardware, Downloads, Hands On/Build This! | Comments Off on No more Phone Bots

So…youve added yourself to the donotcall registry so you’ve gotten less pesky calls from telemarkters. And those that DO call, you tell nicely to stop or else get fined. However…there are those phone bots that just refuse to do that. The best way to keep that from happening, is to trick the bot into thinking that your phone line…is vacant.
If you record the US special information tone signal for “vacant circuit” bots are supposed to mark that number as invalid and stop trying. Of course…there are 2 problems to this. First…human callers who get your answering machine will be kind of confused. Second…ever get those bot messages from the hospital saying that you have an appointment X at X, please confirm? Well…theres a possibility those bots will also be dissuaded from calling. All in all, if you have a pesky bot that calls ALL the time, its worth a shot to just get rid of it once, and then remove the tone.

Thank you artofhacking. Presenting: US Special Information tone signal: Vacant Circuit

Laser Flashlights

Posted on August 10th, 2007 in Computer software/hardware, Dumb Things That Happen, Hands On/Build This!, How To's, Labs/Experiments, Science! | Comments Off on Laser Flashlights

Seeing how i feel pretty sick today…im home from work, and well…what else is there to do but figure out and find more ways to make dangerous things? πŸ˜›
so, here is how you can take a maglite and a dvd burner, combine the two with a bit of tweaking and get yourself a laser on par with a Spyder laser. Check it out on instructables. Keep in mind never to point this thing at ANYone, or even point it where there could possibly be a person. also….don’t point it at an aircraft unless you want the FAA and possibly the FBI after you ;P

a How-To: Get the copper from a copper penny

Posted on July 17th, 2007 in Hands On/Build This!, How To's, Labs/Experiments, Time Wasters | Comments Off on a How-To: Get the copper from a copper penny

Yes, so I’m on lunch break >.<
Who knows what a US copper penny is made of? Well….it used to be copper. Now, its a copper shell with a zinc interior. You can get the copper shell very easily, provided you want to play with some acid. Get a penny and make sure its dated post-1982.
File around the edge to the point where you can see a bit of white (zinc)
Get muriatic acide from your nice, friendly, local hardware store. Its also known as HCL, its used for cleaning concrete.
Drop the penny in a glass bowl of the acide, make sure it doesnt splash, and wear gloves….please. After the bubbles stop forming, pour the acide into a sink, and make sure it doesnt splatter. NEVER add water TO a chemical directly, it can boil. always add chemical TO water.
Rinse the penny shells afterwards, and voila!

Thank you πŸ˜€

the only question left

Posted on July 11th, 2007 in Computer software/hardware, Hands On/Build This!, Photos/Videoes, Tech News, Time Wasters | Comments Off on the only question left

What…is the only question left after the iphone has been revealed, sold, and god knows what? Why…WILL IT BLEND?!

as Engadget puts it quite nicely:

Well rejoice friends, because the day of reckoning is upon us. Those with heart conditions might want to sit this one out

Watch it at engadget

Quantum Chess. Schrodinger’s Pawn

Posted on April 13th, 2007 in Dumb Things That Happen, Games, Hands On/Build This!, Science!, Time Wasters | Comments Off on Quantum Chess. Schrodinger’s Pawn

WARNING: What follows is a game only a Geek could love.

TodayÒ€ℒs design is a twist on the venerable game of chess, via quantum mechanics (SeeÒ€¦I warned you).

The above message was brought to you via Chrome Cow. The idea described below is also from Chrome Cow.

The concept of Schrodinger’s Cat is a widely known one. A cat in the box with a device that has a 50/50 chance of killing the cat. While its in the box, the cat could be dead, OR alive. But you do not know until you open the box or observe it some other way. Thus, through quantum mechanics, the cat is both alive and dead at the same time. Opening the box “collapses” the different states into the actual existing state. Now…imagine that concept, applied to chess. And now….i refer you to Chrome Cow, because honestly, the whole idea is kinda confusing to me, though I did spend almost an hour reading it and trying it in my head. I found a few problems, mainly in some of the fancier moves and checks….but, an overall interesting idea. Maybe we can try this in chess club? πŸ˜›
Thank you Sean Hyde-Moyer!

Plexiglass+2.2 Million volts

Posted on April 10th, 2007 in Hands On/Build This!, Photos/Videoes, Science!, Time Wasters | Comments Off on Plexiglass+2.2 Million volts

=ZAP. POP. Crackle.

Now, this is really cool. I need to figure out a way to do this without killing myself…if anyone has any ideas… πŸ™‚
It looks like he taps a lead onto the plexiglass, and the electricity  just sparks in. Wonder if theres anything special done to the glass. Check it out: