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How to Make a DIY Touchpad Input Device!

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Adding a touch-input to your next project can enhance its user experience but did you know that a simple touchpad isn’t rocket science but do-able under budget?

Giorgos Lazaridis shows you (and even shares his circuit diagrams) on how to make such DIY touchpad input device, and believe me, no one wants to push physical buttons these days.

I made this circuit, because i faced several problems with the touch-pad for my keycode doorlock project. I tried many dif

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How to Install A Chandelier!

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Ever wonder if you could a chandelier to your rooms with no hanging lights? If you have access to your attic, this might not be such a hard task so long as you have some tools and wire up some power lines to your desired room.

Here’s three great videos on YouTube that can help you install a chandelier:

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How to Make an Android Bluetooth Garage Door Opener!

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Here’s a really simple garage door opener which you can easily to yourself to make an Android bluetooth garage door opener using a bluetooth headset and transistor.

The idea is simple that a bluetooth headset’s amplifier produces a small signal when connected by your Android device, that can be connected to your garage door’s motorhead signal inputs and voila, you’ve got an Android garage door opener with no programming, just hit connect/disconnect on your phone.  Brilliant!

The author has even wrote a

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How to get 300Mbps Connection on Wireless N Dual-Band Router!

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I’ve recently bought a new Linksys E4200 Wireless N dual-band router that works on dual-band, 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz (which is a really great router btw, highly recommended).

Well, I’ve connected my main desktop via Wireless N to my new router but my Windows 7 indicates that I am only connected at 130Mbps.

To see your Wireless connection speed on Windows, right click on your wi

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How to Make a Solar Charged Kobo eReader!

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Do you have an eReader such as a Kobo or a Kindle that you read often under the sunlight, perhaps at the beach on your smoke breaks?

If so, you might be interested in turning some of that UV rays into charging your eReader as one user did with his Kobo eReader, attaching a 80mA output solar cells to the back of the unit.

Although most eReaders do have good battery life but this could be a good application to refer if you have similar projects.

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How to Forge Your Own DIY Sword from Scratch!

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Using some incredible creativity and DIY improvisations, Jesus Hernandez forges his own sword from scratch, starting with making his own steel-forging equipment to experimenting with various different methods to make a Japanese short sword.   The best part?  Jesus did take some detailed photographs and left a long 6-part journal so you can forge your own sword from scratch. (Yes, it was that interesting, I read it all!)

“From Dust to Edge” is the documentation of a long journey in the e

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DIY Web Interface Control System for Central Heating and Hot Water!

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In the near future, you should be able to control all of your house heating system and even hot water via a web interface.  But for those of you who don’t want to wait for that, you can make your own like Nicholas did, a DIY web interface control system for your central heating and hot water made possible by a linux box and some relays.

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How to Make a Spy DIY WiFi Sniffin’ Digital Photo Frame!

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Ever wondered what your daughter or son is doing upstairs in her/his bedroom?   How do you know if they are actually doing homework or browsing online something they shouldn’t be?

Well, here’s a simple spy DIY wifi-sniffin’ photo frame you can make using a free linux program called Driftnet, which sniffs images being surfed via an open network.   You could even use just a regular linux box too.

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Garden DIY – How to Make a Raised Bed Garden!

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For those of you looking for ways to help your older parents manage their garden better without hurting their backs, you might want to think about building them a “raised” bed garden”.  I think this is also a great idea for keeping your lawn intact while adding a bed garden to your yard.

I first got this idea from a older couple i know. I just wanted it bigger. My ground has allot of clay in it so i built up my first garden about 10 inches off the ground.My parents are getting older so i thought i would make them a smaller one so they wouldn’t have t

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How to Upgrade to iOS5 Today!

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For those of you who want to upgrade to iOS5 today, you will need a developer account OR you can follow the directions here:

1. Download the iOS 5 IPSW file from the web (it’s easy and readily available. Just Google it and torrent it down). 2. Update your iPhone using iTunes. To do this, connect your iPhone to your computer, click on the Check for Update button with the Option (Mac) or Shift (PC) key pressed. Select the iOS 5 IPSW file from the place you downloaded it to. 3. Wait until it upgrades. A new activation screen will appear.

Activate iOS 5 1. Triple click the

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