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How to - Make Magnetic Water

Want  to make something un-believable this weekend? How about some magnetic water then? Yah, we know what you are thinking, it ain't April Fool's day yet. Yes, it isn't but, according to Dan Serena who has come up with almost un-believable idea and recipe it's not difficult to make your own home made magnetic water.  Here's the video of the magnetic water in action.


So, with out suspense here's the secret recipe for some fresh home made magnetic water: > Read more

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!

Pedal Powered Television


This is an awesome electronic project. Built on a home made electronic project called the "Pedal Generator", the Pedal Powered Television is a great way to generate electricity, burn some fat and watch TV all at the same time.

 

The Pedal Generator can power 12V DC appliances and gadgets directly and in case of things televisions, you can connect them via a power inverter. If you are upto it you can also make one for yourself with the plans available from here. Very cool.

How to build an Open Source MP3 Player for under US$ 30

build an mp3 player on your own - world's simplest and smallest DIY mp3 player

"For around $30 in parts and a good amount of patience, you can have a completely open source and hackable mp3 player ready to go. It can be modified to accept serial commands, be embedded in an art project, used as the voice of your next smart talking robo-sidekick, or filled with music and used as is. Put in whatever size card you want, up to the theoretical limit of the MMC format! All the source and schematics are here for free as part of the Creative Commons. "

So, if you want to really get into the geek list, forget the iPod and build an MP3 player on your own. Grab the instructions, schematics and source code from here. Sweet!

Benchmark your brain speed with a Brain Speed Test

Sure, your computer works at 3Ghz but what about your brain? 

"The Brain Fitness Program from Posit Science focuses on auditory processing—on improving the speed, accuracy and strength with which our brains receive, record and recall what we hear. This is closely related to our ability to communicate clearly, think quickly and remember fully." 

The test will take approximately 10 minutes. Pretty cool, but make sure you got Windows; it doesn't work on anything else.

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