If you’re staging some epic Star Wars battles you could go original with Red or Blue lightsabers. But what if you decide you’re more of a fan of Jedi and want to go green? Or perhaps the prequels have inspired you to take on purple? Why choose at build time when you can adjust the color to match your mood.
We recently bought a new iPad 2 for work and I was floored at the prices of covers…..I just couldn’t bring myself to spend that much. My husband’s friend Walker jokes that his composition notebook is his “low-tech iPad” because it is exactly the same size…..so it gave me an idea. I would make a cover for our new iPad out of one of the old composition notebooks I had sitting around. Turns out it was pretty easy using the box my iPad came in, some hair elastics and a notebook with the pages removed.
Just because you’re stuck at your desk doesn’t mean you can’t sneak in a little fun. At BuildWithChrome you can slap together virtual LEGO bricks with ease.
The site, a collaboration between Google and LEGO, shows you a massive map of Australia and New Zealand covered in thousands of LEGO base plates. Zoom in, select a base plate, and get building. The block selection is fairly limited (you can work with the kind of blocks you’d find in a generic LEGO brick pack) but it’s still quite a bit of fun.
After seeing Ladyada’s Workshop, I started thinking about various ways Adafruit electronics and LEGO bricks could be combined. I’ve always thought it would be cool to have a minifig scale video display instead of a sticker or printed brick. So, I decided to give my minifigs a dynamic train schedule.
You probably have an RSS reader you really like and several feeds you follow. We encountered a situation recently where we had a Twitter feed for free eBooks (HundredZeros), but no RSS feed on the website and no RSS button on the Twitter feed.
When I introduced Car Hacks last week, I mentioned that cars can be thought of as huge rolling collections of interesting parts. This week I’m putting that idea to the test, by using some of those interesting parts to do something they were never remotely meant to do. Specifically, the parts are power seat controls, and the something to do is playing a 30-year old game of Ms.Pac-Man. And it works pretty damn well.
More specifically, I took the power seat control switch panel from an early ’80s Oldsmobile Cutlass Cruiser and rewired it to work as the controller for an equally ’80s Atari 2600. This same basic method can be used to make a USBMAME controller for a modern PC or Mac, so those of you not afflicted with Atari nostalgia can play as well.
Being a $35, full-fledged Linux computer, the Raspberry Pi brings a lot to the table. There’s one problem, though: this computer doesn’t come with a keyboard, mouse, display, or even a battery. Luckily, it’s pretty easy to add these devices with the help of a Motorola LapDock and turn as RasPi into a fully portable computing platform.
People often “tether” their computers to their smartphones, sending their computer’s network traffic over the device’s cellular data connection. “Reverse tethering” is the opposite – tethering your Android smartphone or tablet to your PC to use your PC’s Internet connection.
Microsoft’s update to the My Xbox Live app 1.5 brought along support for controlling an Xbox 360 straight from an iPhone. (The update was rolled out across all iOS platforms, but for whatever reason, this feature only works with an iPhone.) Here’s how to get it to work.
Often times when we see a cool web app or engineering design, we wish we could replicate it ourselves. Sometimes we take it a step further and look around for tutorial books on the material, only to learn that the books are too expensive to justify for the purpose of developing a new hobby.
A website called KnowFree counters this roadblock with an enormous library of free e-books on learning many different skills in several categories, making each book download as easy and free as saving a PDF. Now start learning!
When it comes to serving a chilled drink, you can use cube-shaped ice like adults do—or you can show your eternal youth with custom ice replicas of your favorite toys. With a few basic supplies and a bit of patience, you can make a reusable mold to cast frozen replicas anything—even a baby doll head that’s just about the right size for a rocks glass.
Doorbells are a great idea. They let you know when someone who’s not a burglar is trying to enter your house, apartment, or squat. They eliminate the need for lots of noisy yelling and startling door pounding.
The one thing doorbells don’t do is to let you know when someone forgets to press your doorbell—or doesn’t press it hard enough. Critical packages, proselytizers, and girl scout cookies could be waiting idly at your steps right now.
To solve this doorbell loophole, I decided to make a laser triggered doorbell alarm that rings whenever someone steps up to your door.
OS 6 is a big update for Apple fans, featuring several exciting updates—but those of us with Android devices don’t have to sit back and wait Google to deliver those same features to us; we can get the best of them right now. Here’s how.
If you have a single wired Internet connection – say, in a hotel room – you can create an ad-hoc wireless network with Ubuntu and share the Internet connection among multiple devices. Ubuntu includes an easy, graphical setup tool.
Despite plenty of user complaints, Facebook still hasn’t caught on to the “opt-in” philosophy: Most of us feel that when a service adds a new feature that affects our privacy, it should ask whether we want to enable it rather than quietly enabling it for us. Facebook adds new features to their site all the time, and many of those features share information you might not want out there. Instead of regularly scouring your Facebook settings for secret new features, we’re going to constantly update this guide with all the information you need about Facebook’s newest privacy-related changes, including details for how to tweak your privacy settings to keep your information safe.