Now that you are replacing your incandescent light bulbs with energy efficient fluorescent ones, you can continue to keep the planet green by recycling them. Inspired by a Popular Science ad, LinuxH4x0r gives you instructions to transform them into mini-greenhouses with epoxy glue, a socket, a washer, a small plastic cup, soil, and a plant or seed. Note that cutting open a bulb requires some skill, so don’t make this a project for your kids. And if that’s too difficult, try the ghetto version out of an old soda bottle.
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A quick and simple way to set up fast Time Machine backups on your Mac Pro, or more storage for all those Bleeding Edge episodes you’ve been downloading, is to add in more hard drives. Thankfully, Apple has made the upgrade path to accomplishing this super simple. In this episode, we show you the step-by-step process that is takes to install a new hard drive in your Mac Pro in under 5 minutes. All you need is a Mac Pro, a Philips screwdriver, and a SATA hard drive. Oh, and of course a few minutes of spare time. It really is that easy. Hit up the video for the proof, and let us know what you think.
A big thank you goes out to HP for sponsoring this episode.
In this episode, we show you how to install and upgrade the RAM in your Apple MacBook Pro, in less than five minutes. In case you weren’t aware, the last couple generations of the notebook actually support up to 4GB of RAM. We are still trying to wrap our head around that number, because for a portable, that is insane. Even better, though, is the fact that this is such a cheap upgrade when you look at the very nice boost in performance it’ll net you in return. You can buy 2 2GB RAM chips for your MacBook Pro for just over $100 USD. Again, an easy way to get more performance out of your notebook at an inexpensive price.
Check out the video for the full tutorial. If you need to buy RAM for your MacBook Pro, hit up Crucial for a great deal.
A big thank you goes out to HP for sponsoring this episode.
It’s always fun to freak out your co-workers and this ought to do the trick. What looks like a cut cord is in fact a USB flash drive. A KingMax 1GB drive, USB cable, electrical tape, and gel-style 5 minute epoxy was used to create the device. DIY step-by-step instructions are available if you would like to create your own. As with all projects like this, you have to really be inspired, for if you buy the products to make it, you could actually end up with a cut cord and glue encrusted flash drive.
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It’s retro chic, it’s DIY…and it’s 100% cool. It’s the Do It Yourself Cubic Wall Clock, which we think bears more than a passing resemblance to the ever-maddening Rubik’s Cube. Just make sure the block with the clock hands is in the center… and the rest of the design is totally up to you! Comes with 12 self-adhesive colored plastic cubes that measure approx. 2.5 x 2.5”. Requires 1 AA battery. Perfect for the Rubik’s fanatic (we know you’re out there!), 80’s-lovin’ types or to just to add some major pizazz to your home. Available for approx. $70 USD.
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If you are not content with a basic tabletop Neon Happy Face, you can customize your own design with snap-together letters in this DIY kit. The sealed 2 x 3-inch blue blocks issue low heat and energy, and can connect up to 22 of them horizontally with a single power source. There are letters, numbers, and characters to choose from and it features a push button for steady or blinking lights. Priced between $3.99 apiece to $29.99 for a set, we could see using it to wish your neighbors a holiday greeting or, for even more prophetic fun in your neighborhood, “The End is Near!”
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Think Lego Mindstorms meets Radio Shack. Bug Labs has been working on their Bug Base—a fully modifiable, open-source gadget building block system. The base itself includes specs similar to “a three-year-old laptop” but includes WiFi and Ethernet, USB and more. Once you have the base, you can add additional “modules,” including LCD displays, GPS, cameras, motion sensors and tons more. Each of the modules will require you to program them using a software package similar to VisualStudio in appearance, but everything is open source. Bug Labs has about 80 different sensors on the roadmap right now and they’re constantly interfacing with the community to come up with new ideas.
The concept has a lot of promise and some great tinkering cred. For the first 60 days, they’re offering an early-adopter special with the base costing just $299 (down from $349) and modules ranging from $49-$119. Pre-orders began on January 21st and will ship by March.
Take a look at our video to see us get our hands on the base and its modules and to talk to Jeremy from Bug Labs about what’s coming down the road and what’s in store for Bug Labs.
The second in our series of Asus Eee PC how-to videos, this episode features instructions on how to activate the Eee PC‘s hidden Full Desktop Mode, a power-user mode featuring a launcher similar to the Start menu from Windows. Additionally, Nate True demonstrates how to activate Beryl, a 3d desktop effect engine that adds stunning visual effects to your desktop, including windows that stretch and wobble like Jell-O when you move them around and a rotating desktop cube display.
The process to install and activate Beryl is a bit involved, though the results are quite worth it. Check out the video for the details - and as promised, here are the two long lines so you can copy and paste them to your console:
To authorize the community Eee PC repository:
curl http://download.tuxfamily.org/eeepcrepos/key.asc | sudo apt-key add -
Remember the trailing hyphen (-) IS required. To authorize the Beryl repository:
curl http://firstname.lastname@example.org | sudo apt-key add -
Again, the ending hyphen (-) is required. We have a few more Eee PC hacks on the way, so be sure you are subscribed so you don’t miss any.
The Asus Eee PC is an amazing little wonder of a device. However, unless you buy the 8G version, your little Linux mobile laptop isn’t fully powered. Luckily, getting inside the Eee PC is not much of a challenge at all, and adding in some extra RAM typically works nicely for any computer user. In this episode, Nate True show us how to upgrade the RAM in the Eee PC. All you need is a tiny Philips screwdriver, a 1 or 2 GB RAM module, an Eee PC, and a few minutes of time. Check out the video for the full details, and let us know how it goes if you try it out. Remember, we will have more Eee PC tips and hacks for you soon.
Apple has locked down the iPhone battery, which means that once it can’t hold a charge, you need to send it in. If you’d rather just buy your own battery and replace it yourself, we’ve got your hookup. Nate and I got together to film this this tutorial, which shows how to replace your iPhone battery. Heck, even if you have decided that you will never open up your iPhone on your own, we think it’s still pretty cool to see the process - so just hit play, okay?
Oh, and just to be sure we’re all clear, we take absolutely no responsibility if you try and replicate what you see in our video and end up bricking or damaging your phone. Okay, happy viewing!