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 | 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 😛
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

iphone app

Posted on January 14th, 2008 in Computer software/hardware, Downloads, How To's, Tech News, Time Wasters | Comments Off on iphone app

Even though I don’t personally have an iPhone, I have played with one and I have to admit, it is pretty fun. One thing I like are the various applications people have made for it. One that was really interesting, is Listen. When you have a song you are hearing, turn on your iPhone, put it near the music source and run the app. It will sample the music for a few seconds and then try to tell you the song, artist, and album. Its REALLY in beta, but its a wonderful idea.
Check it out:

IE is blocked? O.O

Posted on January 9th, 2008 in Computer software/hardware, How To's | Comments Off on IE is blocked? O.O

If you happen to work or use computers in a place where the net admin is well…paranoid. (Lemme rephrase that…more paranoid that usual), you may have run into a point where they go all out and block internet explorer, and for some reason, you dont feel like pulling out that portable FF (you know you should…) Microsoft is here to help! IE is not blocked completely 😉 for some odd reason….the help window allows you to use IE.
Open up a windows app like calculator or notepad. Click the help button. Click Help Topics. Right click on the title bar and click Jump To URL. Well…what do you know…as long as you add the http:// you can go to sites!
In the event that something like Fortres is running and you cant use windows explorer…well, this bypasses it also. Just type a directory like C:\ and bam, you’re in C.
Tip of the day 🙂

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? 😛
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 😀

Streaming Music

Posted on April 30th, 2007 in Computer software/hardware, Downloads, How To's | Comments Off on Streaming Music

Now, we here at Flashladybug have found an easy way of sharing and streaming music between ourselves, and our homes vs workplaces. Hamachi! and Itunes set to share music. However…what if you don’t have the ability to install 2 pieces of software, or just don’t want to be hassled with that? Well….theres Orb. Odd name…but hey, it works. Orb doesn’t just do music though…it also does photos, videos, tv, and documents. Its an interesting little online service. Its in beta right now, but it could turn out quite useful. Sadly, it shares some drawbacks with the Hamachi/itunes approach. It cannot share DRM’ed music, and your computer with the music must be on. It saps system resources and bandwidth, but with most modern computers and internet connections, its not much of a trouble.

This is merely an alternative to the hamachi/itunes method which brings it to any computer with a browser, although it does have its drawbacks. You can check it out at Orb

Recycling used CD containers

Posted on April 5th, 2007 in Hands On/Build This!, How To's, Time Wasters | 5 Comments »

If you burn plenty of cd’s or dvds, your bound to have a few of these floating around. Those hollow cylinders that hold your cd/dvd with a foam disc. What use are they once your done?
Well…do you like bagels? I do…
Think about this. Bagel+CD container. Better yet, make it a bagel sandwich, and youve got a bagel to go container. Just make sure you rinse out the cd case before you use it for food….and make sure there arent cds in there 😉
Thanks rodrigo piwonka

What do you do…when your ipod battery dies?

Posted on February 24th, 2007 in Computer software/hardware, Hands On/Build This!, How To's, Photos/Videoes | 3 Comments »

Do you go to the apple store and pay a ton of money to get it changed? could. OR, you could go and watch this how to movie and learn how to do it yourself. Its very simple, and easy. First though, try a reset. sometimes, it may have lost its sync with the battery and a reset will do the trick. Watch the video on Ifixipodsfast

Note: If your Ipod is still under warranty by all means bring it to the apple store, and flashladybug accepts no responsibility for any damage that may result from any attempts to repair a broken Ipod.

Big Combined Post :-)

Posted on February 18th, 2007 in Dumb Things That Happen, Hands On/Build This!, How To's, Labs/Experiments, Photos/Videoes, PSA-Types, Science!, Tech News, Time Wasters | 2 Comments »

Dilbert Movie
First off…..theres going to be…a DILBERT MOVIE!
Warner Bros via Chris Columbus has gotten movie rights to the Dilbert Comic. Woot!

Who wants Coca Cola when you can get OPEN SOURCE Coca Cola?!
Presenting…OpenCola. Amazingly, people say it actually tastes like Coke and Pepsi combined. The can even says “check out the source at” If you go, its actually a recipe FOR OpenCola. The recipe is..of course, licensed under the GNU General Public License. Crazy people…Sadly, the website that made it at first died after selling a some cans, but hey…its open source. Go go GO! Open Source Coca Cola

UN Radiation Warning Signs

the UN has decided that they need universal radiation signs. and i quote “the new symbol will not be visible under normal use, but only if someone attempts to disassemble a device that is a source of dangerous radiation”….uhhhh…ok…
crazy…check it out at the UN site

Finally, NukeProof USB Drive

now, plenty of these usb drives have been taken to the test. The bullet proof usb key was recently tested and it surprisingly withstood quite a few blasts, cept a shotgun. Now…this one, i dont think anyone is eager to test. Nuke proof? WHO NEEDS ONE? Anyways…check it out at Slashgear