Hacks

Ultra TV-B Gone Hack: Switch off TVs from 90ft away

TV B-Gone is a pretty smart device that can swtich off  virtually any television out there with a click of a button and it's great for parties and "pissing" off people when they are watching a game. But this hack to TV B-Gone gadget makes it more powerful.

The Ultra TV B-Gone uses a 9V battery and an array of 20 IR LEDs, which extends the range of the device to 90ft, which means you can switch off television's without even pointing to them any longer unlike the original. It's a smart hack, but you will need an original TV B-Gone  before you start hacking. Grab the instructions from here and if you don't own one, the original TV B-Gone from here

How To - Make an Egg Omlette on your CPU

Fry an egg on the CPU
 

This great hack is kind of cool even though it's err.. a little weird for most "normal" people.  Not too long back when  some CPU's used to shutdown because of the heat we used to  joke around that we could omlettes on the CPU. Well, it seems Trubador (Han-Tzong Su), a self confessed geek has done just that - make an egg omlette on the CPU, frying it with nothing but the heat of the CPU. > Read more

How To - Build your own Flux Capacitor

flux capacitor build and make one for yourself image and instructions

So, you missed the auction for the Flux Capacitor at eBay. Big deal! How about if we tell you how to make one for yourself? For the un-initiated the 'flux capacitor' is what powers the time machine circuit in the movie 'Back to the Future' and has the same status for us geeks like the Starship Enterprise from StarTrek.

Here's what you will need to build the Flux Capacitor for yourself:

  • A fuse box (small)
  • 14x14" piece of 1/4 inch Lexan (plexiglass)
  • Silicone caulk, black
  • 90 second epoxy
  • 6 ft rope light
  • Label punchM
  • Red tape for label punch
  • 14x14 piece of Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF)
  • Can of black spray paint
  • Hammer
  • Straight edge
  • Nail
  • Table saw
  • Skil saw (jig saw)

The complete plans and instructions are here. The best part of building your own flux capacitor?  you won't need 1.21 Jigawatts to power it!.  The idea is the brainwave of Cory Q, a self-confessed monkey fanatic. Dude, you are the geek!

Non stop Express Elevator Ride with a simple Elevator Hack

This one sounds so easy, we doubted it would work till we tried it ourselves. And we must say it does seem to work.

The big idea is to put the elevator into "express" mode so that it would sweep you directly to the floor you want to go to without stopping on any other floors; extremely useful when you are in a hurry or  want to show off your "hack" skills.

The hack is rather simple, instead of pressing just the "floor" button, press the "door close" and the "floor" button together at the same time. It works on most Otis Elevators (All but the ones made In 1992), Dover (Model Numbers: EL546 And ELOD862) and most Desert Elevators(All, But Model Numbers ELD5433 And ELF3655). Of course, it's hack so your mileage will vary.

[Originally discovered by  TheDamnBlog

Paper Cooled Computer

"The theory behind this project was that I could use a system of pipes and fans, to suck freezing cold Pittsburgh winter air from outside my room and blow it into my case. Ideally, the pipes would be made of thick PVC so they would be good insulators and keep the air cold until it reaches the case. Also it would have been nice to have had silicone rubber seals between each section of pipe and around the fans that pump the air."

Right we understand. That's what makes us  "geeks" cool; we make paper cooled computers. The project is here, if you want to make one :)

Lego Plotter: It Draws, Scans and is made of Lego

Lego MindStorms Plotter hack | A plotter made with lego

Who said Lego is for kids? Certainly, not the guy who made this - a plotter made with the Lego MindStorms kit. The 'Lego'  based plotter can draw on a sheet of paper and even has a light sensor for scanning low resolution images. The entire plans are on this Website.

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