Archive for the ‘How To’s’ 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 😉
You need some hardware skills, some sandpaper and glue, but its not too hard.

Check out the video from hacknmod

Magic Sand

Posted on June 21st, 2008 in Hands On/Build This!, How To's, Science!, Time Wasters | No Comments »

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 😛
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

26 Tricks to Tame Google Calendar

Posted on May 21st, 2008 in Computer software/hardware, Google, How To's | 2 Comments »

Ever wanted to sync your Google Calendar with Outlook or Ical?
How about a desire to separate your business from your personal calendar events?

Take a look at this fast instructional article from PCWorld on 26 ways to get the most from Google Calendar.

http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,145844-page,2-c,webservices/article.html

Lolcats work to save the environment

Posted on May 13th, 2008 in How To's, Lacking a Category, Photos/Videoes, Picture of the Day, The Never Ending Story/Other FLB Events, Things we should do more of, Time Wasters | 1 Comment »

An Engineer’s Guide to Cats

Posted on April 13th, 2008 in How To's, Labs/Experiments, Lacking a Category, Photos/Videoes, Picture of the Day, Site of the Day, The Never Ending Story/Other FLB Events, Things we should do more of | No Comments »

Wheres Waldo – the Google Earth version!

Posted on April 11th, 2008 in Games, How To's, Labs/Experiments, Photos/Videoes, Picture of the Day, Things we should do more of, Time Wasters | 1 Comment »

“The striking young man – never without his
red-and-white-striped top, bobble hat, walking stick and glasses – had
a habit of turning up in the most unlikely and crowded of places, from
ancient Aztec kingdoms to medieval battlefields.

Satellite image of 'Waldo'
Melanie Coles, the artist, has released this photo of the figure taken from a helicopter

But
now a Canadian artist has brought the game into the 21st Century, by
painting an enormous Wally that can be seen by Google Earth satellites.

The
55ft figure was installed on an undisclosed rooftop in Vancouver last
month, sparking a flurry of interest among internet users keen to be
the first to spot this Web 2.0 Wally.”

. . .

“Coles, an art student who publicised the project on her blog www.whereonearthiswaldo.com, is encouraging others to follow her lead and create a network of Google Earth Wallys across the world.”

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2008/04/10/wwaldo110.xml

17 Google Easter Eggs, Gags, and Hoaxes

Posted on March 29th, 2008 in Computer software/hardware, Google, How To's, Labs/Experiments, Lacking a Category, Software/Hardware Reviews, Time Wasters | 3 Comments »

I’m just going to let this speak for itself.

Okay, i can’t keep my mouth shut.
I reccomend the following from PCWorlds list as particularly interesting and worthy of exploration.

#3 : The three AM one looks pretty cool.  I haven’t been up till 3 to test it out, but it looks neat.
#4 : I remember reading about Gmail Paper.  There may even be a FLB post on it.
#7.  The Google Earth flight simulator.  The first time I heard of it, i didn’t believe it.  Surprisingly, Brian or Joe hadn’t heard of it either.  So off to Google Earth I went . . . and there it was.  No lie.
#8. Google calculator. One of the things i love about Google.
#12. The Picasa Bear. Just how many it will show is a mystery. . . but its a lot.

http://www.pcworld.com/article/142620-1/googles_top_17_easter_eggs_gags_and_hoaxes.html

Happy Bunnyday!

Posted on March 23rd, 2008 in Dumb Things That Happen, How To's, Labs/Experiments, Lacking a Category, Photos/Videoes, Picture of the Day, Site of the Day, The Never Ending Story/Other FLB Events, Things we should do more of, Time Wasters | No Comments »

Just a humorous Happy Holidays from FLB!

PSA : Wear Your Seatbelt!

Posted on March 10th, 2008 in How To's, Photos/Videoes, Picture of the Day, PSA-Types, Science!, The Never Ending Story/Other FLB Events | No Comments »

I’m not going to list reasons why you should wear your seatbelt.
I’m simply going to show you what happens when you DON’T wear your seatbelt.

If you’d like to have an impression of your face on the steering wheel at 30mph, thats up to you.

And, if you must have them :

In 2005, 43,443 people were killed in the estimated 6,159,000
police-reported motor vehicle traffic crashes, 2,699,000 people were
injured, and 4,304,000 crashes involved property damage only.

It is estimated that seatbelts saved 15,632 lives in 2005.

(NHTSA)

Seventy-three percent of the passenger vehicle occupants who were in a
fatal crash in 2002 and were restrained survived; of those who were not
restrained, only 43 percent survived. [NHTSA, Traffic Safety Facts
2002, October 2003]

In fatal crashes, 73 percent of all
vehicle occupants who were totally ejected were killed. Only 1 percent
of restrained occupants were ejected. Safety belts are effective in
preventing total ejections. [NHTSA, Traffic Safety Facts 2002 –
Overview, July 2003]

In 2000, safety belts prevented nearly 11,900 fatalities and 325,000
serious injuries, saving $50 billion in medical care, lost
productivity, and other injury-related costs. [NHTSA, Economic Impact
of Crashes, May 2002]
In the year 2000, the total economic cost of
motor vehicle crashes in the United States was $230.6 billion. This
represents an amount equal to 2.3 percent of the gross domestic
product, or $820 for every person living in the United States. [NHTSA,
Economic Impact of Crashes, May 2002]

The lifetime economic cost to society for each fatality is over
$977,000. Over 80 percent of this amount is attributable to lost
workplace and household productivity. [NHTSA, Economic Impact of
Crashes, May 2002]

[Ed. comment – Even if YOU wear your seatbelt, and your buddy DOESN’T]

Overall, those not directly involved in crashes pay for nearly
three-quarters of all crashcosts, primarily through insurance premiums,
taxes and travel delay. In 2000 these costs, borne by society rather
than by crash victims, totaled over $170 billion. [NHTSA,Economic
Impact of Crashes, May 2002]

Stats from THIS page.

Noise-canceling Headphone How-To

Posted on February 14th, 2008 in Hands On/Build This!, How To's, Photos/Videoes | 1 Comment »


Headphone Hack! Make You Own Noise Eliminating Headset!A funny movie is a click away