Do-It-Yourself, How-To

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Our family has been cable-less for a long time now. We cut the cord on cable TV years ago, and ninety percent of the time we are completely satisfied streaming our content from Amazon, Netflix, Hulu, or the affiliates themselves. But there are definitely those occasions when I wish I could watch sports events live [...]

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Posted in: Audio, Video, TV Gear, Do-It-Yourself, How-To, Reviews
diy-midori-1

A couple years ago I reviewed the Midori Traveler's Notebook and commented that it was too expensive at $60 and that I could easily make one of my own for $20 or less. After I posted that review, I ended up buying all the supplies I needed to make my own covers. The next year [...]

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makerbot-digitizer

Even though I don't own a 3D printer and I have never created a 3D model before, I know that I really want a Makerbot Digitizer. This has to be the coolest gadgets I've read about in a long time. Just place an object on the platform and the digitizer uses laser beams (Yes, frickin [...]

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iphone-phonohorn

Ok kiddies, it's time to put on your Martha Stewart apron and bust out some scissors, glue and construction paper so you can make this cool (and free) sound amplifying dock for your smartphone. Consider this as an upgrade to the DIY Styrofoam Cup Sound Amplifier idea that we brought you a few weeks ago. [...]

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Posted in: Do-It-Yourself, How-To, iPhone, iPad, iPod, News
icup

Gadgeteer reader Gary Henderson sent in a great tip for anyone who wants to increase the volume on their tablet without spending money on portable speakers or other accessories. All you need is a simple paper, plastic or Styrofoam cup and a pair of scissors or a knife. Cut a slot in the cup and [...]

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Posted in: Articles, Audio, Video, TV Gear, Do-It-Yourself, How-To
Dremel-4200-1

I've always heard great things about the Dremel line of tools.  They are known for their good build quality, and can be used for  cutting, grinding, sanding, shaping, and etching various materials.  I recently had the opportunity to review the Dremel 4200 High-Performance Rotary Tool with EZ Change, so let's take a look at what is [...]

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weller-sp25nus-01

  Like many hobbyists, I rely on a good soldering iron.  I've been soldering since the 3rd grade, and I've had quite a few soldering irons over the years.  I'm currently using a Weller soldering station that I've had over 20 years (still going strong), so when I had a chance to try a new Weller [...]

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Remembering all the interest in Julie's recent Gadget Diary about the Qi inductive wireless charger, I know some of you will be interested in reading an article I recently found on the Huffington Post site.  They have an article about modifying a nightstand to turn it into a Qi inductive wireless charging station.  Basically, a [...]

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Posted in: Cables, Batteries and Chargers, Do-It-Yourself, How-To, News
calc01

Since the demise of the Heathkit, I've lived with an emptiness in my gadget life.  However hope springs eternal, so when I heard about the Calculator kit from SpikenzieLabs, I was prepared to do whatever it took to review it.  Thank goodness I was selected and could now feed my kit-building addiction.  Hopefully my excitement [...]

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imp_1

The Electric Imp is now out of beta and shipping developer kits. The Imp is an SD-card sized WiFi (802.11b/g/n) module with built-in antenna, 6 I/O, Arm Cortex M3 Micro-controller, and a Cloud-based infrastructure for programming and control. The I/O supports serial, I2C, SPI, A2D, D2A, and PWM interfaces. The Imp uses the Squirrel programming language, [...]

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Posted in: Do-It-Yourself, How-To, Geek Toys, News, Wireless
npw-byo-kaleidoscope-1

Some of my favorite childhood toys include a Spirograph set and a kaleidoscope. I'm still fascinated by geometric art and actually ordered a couple modern Spirograph type sets for myself this past Christmas. I always thought it would be really cool to make my own kaleidoscope, so when I was asked by the UK based [...]

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lego-books

Did Santa bring you a bucket of LEGO bricks and now you have no idea what to build with them? Never fear my brick snapping friends, I have 4 books that will have you building cool stuff (or dreaming about building cool stuff) in no time. The LEGO Adventure Book Vol. 1: Cars, Castles, Dinosaures [...]

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portabee

I have no idea what I would make if I had a 3D printer at my disposal, but I just know I want to play with one... The new Portabee 3D printer is an attractive option because it's reasonably priced at $480 unassembled (don't worry, there's no soldering involved and only takes a couple of afternoons [...]

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battery-powered-led-light-fixture

Just as the title says, you can add a pendant lighting fixture wherever you need one without having to pay an electrician to run wiring to that location.  The Battery Powered LED Pendant Light from Solutions installs with the included bolts.  The shade cover and the ceiling cover are both stainless steel with your choice [...]

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Posted in: Do-It-Yourself, How-To, Home, Kitchen, News
eargear

Earphones are great because they are so portable. But the vast majority of them do not fit right or fall out easily. Eargear is a silicone based polymer that can be molded around your favorite earphones to create a custom fit. Similar to the professionally created ear monitors that your favorite musicians use, Eargear is [...]

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Posted in: Audio, Video, TV Gear, Do-It-Yourself, How-To, News

I've seen a couple of TV shows about luthiers, and building guitars seems like a very interesting activity with a beautiful and useful end product.  Of course, it takes skill to make the wooden enclosure for any guitar, and the electronics for an electric guitar only adds to the complexity of the project.  This Mini [...]

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Posted in: Do-It-Yourself, How-To, Geek Toys, Music Gear, News
logitechalert

Last year I reviewed the Logitech Alert 750i Master System and continue to use it to this day to monitor both the interior and exterior of our home. One of my main Cons of the system was that its main control software was Windows-only. With Boot Camp running Windows to set it up and the [...]

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Posted in: Do-It-Yourself, How-To, Home, Kitchen, iPhone, iPad, iPod, News
Grease Monkey App Store 1

While the Google Play Store is evolving slowly, one of the biggest pains is the way that it displays all the apps installed on a device in a set of pages. If you have a look above, I've got eleven pages of apps installed on my Thinkpad Tablet. Reviewing my apps means clicking on the [...]

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Posted in: Android related, Articles, Do-It-Yourself, How-To, Miscellaneous
black and decker gyro_01

We all love power tools, but let's be realistic:  Unless your tools are part of your job or you're a serious handyperson, most power tools are overkill.  Yes, I've been guilty of using a $400 cordless uber-drill to tighten a cabinet hinge.  But what's this odd-ball, palm-sized thing?  A Gyro?  Isn't that meat eaten inside [...]

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