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TSA Closes Terminals Over a DIY Mint Tin Project!

TSA recently closed one of its terminals due to a bomb threat (or so they thought it was) and calls in the bomb squad and the FBI.   Of course, this wasn’t actually a bomb but a DIY mint tin project.

The Omaha Police Department’s bomb squad was called after a suspicious-looking item was found in a carry-on bag shortly before noon at the airport’s north checkpoint in Terminal B.

Screening operations were suspended, and the B concourse was evacuated. Operations were not disrupted in Terminal A, according to a Transportation Security Administration official.

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How to Make a DIY PID-Controlled Crock Pot!

One of the coolest devices for cooking and brewing is a temperature-controlled crock pot.  I actually have a similar project that I am working on using a PID to control the temperature of my Korean rice wine that I brew at home but you can use this example of a DIY PID-controlled crock pot for many applications.

There are some home appliances you simply can’t buy (way too expensive) but you can make them yourself using a PID controller.

What is a PID controller?

PID controller is basically a piece of computer that can control temperature of another electr

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How to Make a DIY Dice USB Flash Drive!

USB flash drives are becoming smaller and smaller, giving hackers and makers more ways to turn mini USB flash drives into more personal items such as this DIY Dice USB flash drive.

The process of making a DIY Dice USB flash drive is actually rather simple, the hardest part is basically cutting a hole out of your dice, which shouldn’t be too hard so long as you have the right tools. This is a great reference for those of you w

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How to Install Native Ubuntu on EeePad Transformer Android Tablet!

The other day, I had the pleasure of enjoying/installing native Ubuntu on my new EeePad Transformer Android tablet.   It’s not complete by any means but the keyboard is working, touchscreen is working, and it’s fairly fast.

For those of you interested in modding your Transformer tablet, you can follow complete step-by-step instructions over at EeePadHacks.net on how to install native Ubuntu on the Transformer.

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How to Make a Simple DIY Bluetooth Garage Door Opener/Car Starter!

Using DaisyBoard Bluetooth Module, here’s how you can make a simple bluetooth garage door opener which can be modified to even start your car with your smartphone. Pretty neat.

via hackedgadgets, Project Page

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How to Make your Own DIY PCB Circular Saw!

Need an accurate saw that can cut your PCB boards in perfect lines?  Perhaps you might want to think about building your own DIY PCB Circular saw.  The best part?  You can probably make this from some of your old electronics and doesn’t take up a whole lot of space on your desk (yes, it fits on your desk!).

via hackaday, Project Page

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How to Make a DIY Keypad Door Entry System!

Here’s an interesting hack that will allow you to build d DIY keypad door entry system.  The highlight of this system is that you can hack a normal keylock with an RC servo, brilliant!

I believe that kids (and not only kids) that have their hands on electronics, wanted at least once in their lives to make an electronic keylock system for their house or room. When i was a kid, i had bought a Smart Kit Keycode lock system, and i had adapted it on the external door of my house. But this door had already the automatic-release mechanism. I only had to find which wires actua

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How to Install Ubuntu on Galaxy Tab 10.1!

As some of you may know, I’ve recently picked up a brand, spanking-new Galaxy Tab 10.1 Android tablet.  It’s certainly a piece of art and a mean, lean machine that can do lots of things including running Ubuntu alongside Android Honeycomb dubbed “Tabuntu”.

For those of you who want to install Ubuntu on the Tab 10.1, you can check out my full step-by-step directions over at GalaxyTabHacks.com on How to install Ubunt

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How to Make a DIY Touchpad Input Device!

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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DIY Receipt Printer Racing Game!

How would you make video games in a world where LCD displays didn’t exist?

Well, there’s actually an answer for that, use a receipt printer to literally print your screen while you try to make through the maze, as shown on this DIY receipt printer racing game.

No matter how pointless and wasteful this game seems, I am sure it has some good applications to other projects.

The game is played on a receipt printer, a common device you can see at every convenient store. It prints those papers you usually find crumbled up in your pockets, just to throw the

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