Computing

ACME Tri-fold Laptop at CeBIT

Three LCD screens on a laptop? Oh, don’t doubt it so quick, fellow gearheads. Check out the ACME tri-folding laptop featured at CeBIT. Don’t get your hope panties all up in a bundle just yet. This ACME product is for now, just a prototype, but this rugged piece of lap gear is sure to turn a lot of heads. Especially ...

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DIY: On / Off Footswitch for appliances and tools

Here’s a cool DIY tutorial on how to create your own on / off switch for small tools and appliances, even lights. To create the switch you’ll need an extension cord, an SPST pushbutton switch, 4x4x1.5″ electrical box, 4″ electrical box cover, 5/16″ flat washers, and a 3/8″ electrical box cable connector, along with a basic tool set. The tutorial ...

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Hack: PIC controlled visual guitar tuner and preamp

Using a PIC microcontroller and an old stereo system, the developer of this hack, known simply as Rob, created a guitar tuner that visually represents the tuning of your guitar strings. LED’s are used to indicate how well tuned each string is. I recently had to make a guitar amplifier and thought it would be cool to include a PIC ...

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The iPhone at CeBIT…no, not that iPhone

Linksys presented its VoIP phone, the iPhone CIT 400 at CeBIT 2007. You might know it as the uglier iPhone. This is the first time the Linksys iPhone has been publicly presented. It earned much more attention than it would have because of the legal uproar between Linksys and Apple over the iPhone moniker. The Linksys iPhone is an internet ...

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Get a degree in Biometric Security

Davenport University of Technology is paving the way for tech courses with their new degree program for Biometric Security. Students confident that biometrics are the security choice of the future might want to look into a degree majoring in the security method, which could eventually lead to a lucrative career. The industry has already shown huge growth prospective, increasing from ...

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Dell, Alienware shipping terabyte drives

This week, Dell and subsidiary gaming computer company Alienware began shipping 1-TB hard drives in select desktop PCs. The addition of terabyte technology is now available for the XPS, Aurora, and Area-51 desktops. A TB of storage on the Area-51 is available for $320 added on to the normal price. “Digital content use is exploding in the consumer market ...

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Dance Dance Revolution….Tap style

Dance Dance Revolution better look into their copyright infringement laws on this one. The USB Dance Mat is a way for DDR addicts to get their fix of dance madness, even at work. The Dance Mat plugs right into your USB port and works similar to the way the normal DDR works, except it is completely played using your fingers. ...

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DIY: Megaman image window PC case mod

Here’s a cool PC case mod. MetkuMods explains how to create an image window on your PC case to really any design you might want to choose. For this example, they chose Megaman as their inspiration. Worried about dust getting into the case? Don’t worry so much, the hole is covered up with fiberglass. Neat idea. — Andrew Dobrow Link

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Download: Zync plug-in, makes YouTube even more social

NousTube is a cool little plug-in for Yahoo! Messenger that allows you to watch YouTube movies with your friends as you converse through IM simultaneously. This is a nice alternative to sending your friend the URL and waiting for them to watch the movie. This is how YouTube SHOULD be as a social networking tool. You can even pause and ...

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Sandia’s Z machine makes really fast ice

Sandia’s Z machine is not what you think it is. The title says the machine creates ice quickly. You’re probably thinking, “Wow, fast sub-zero temperatures!”, and you would be wrong. The Z machine actually heats up to temperatures hotter than the sun. “The three phases of water as we know them cold ice, room temperature liquid, and hot vapor ...

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