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DIY – How to build your own Penny Stove

Check out this howto on making your own Penny Stove for your next camping trip instead of buying one from Wal-mart. It is as powerful as stove top burners!

The Penny jets produce a flame size about the same as those on a Viking stovetop. Obviously Viking thinks that big jets must be an effective way to burn gas and transfer heat to a pot and my tests confirm this. They are also less affected by wind, po

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Daylight Savings Time 2007 and more Global Warming

This year, daylight savings time start earlier as I speak…

Make sure your clock is in sync to the US Navy time.

It’s going to be great getting one less hour of sleep…well we will have more time for golf and blogging.

This Sunday, the second Sunday in March (March 11), at 2 a.m., Daylight Saving Time begins in the United States. This year, Daylight Saving Time is four weeks longer than last year with the passage of the Energy Policy Act in 2005. The Act, which extends Daylight Sa

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Does the internet cause globalwarming?

Does internet cause global warming? The answer is, “it doesn’t cause it, but does use a lot of electricity”.

120 billion kilowatt-hours. That equals a electricity bill of 7.3 billion US$. 14 complete power Plants are needed to “run the Internet”. In the USA that corresponds about 1.2 per cent of the entire power consumption. As much, as all TV-sets together. And that’s only for the infrastructure. The continuing need for more power at data centers is a growing problem, with many at their power budget limit and looking for mo

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Van de Graaff Electrostatic Generator

video://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tvSsCuuEM2g

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Check out the cool Van de Graaff electrostatic Generators!

Here’s an excerpt from Wikipedia:

Van de Graaff generator is an electrostatic mac

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DIY HACK – Wifi-bot

video://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S28Bsx5nsgE

Wow, check out the wifi-robot from wifibot.com!

WiFiBoT comes to fill the gap between the simple toys and the sophisticated but expensive robots that can be found today in the market. In our platforms you will find the right compromise between cost and sophistication so you don’t overshoot your needs with any complicated gear

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DIY HACK – HOW TO Make your own drill powered skateboard!

Here’s a great way to make a drill powered skateboard! Why didn’t I think of think when I used to skateboard all the time when I was skateboard commuting in college? You could probably find a better way to make this so you can stand up while the drill powers you through some nice asphalt. The example above seems very dangerous though, you could get your hand caught between the asphalt and the drill and…yuck…that wouldn’t be nice.

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Samsung RH269LB Fridge with ICE tablet PC

Tight fridge with tablet PC!?! It would be great for managing the types of beers, soju, and sake at my apartment.

This is Samsung’s latest hi-tech refrigerator model pimping the built-in ‘ICE Pad’ tablet PC for your computing pleasure. The detachable tablet, with 10.4-inch TFT touchscreen display, features food management software, a calendar, scheduler, and memo board making it easy for you to organize your kitchen lif

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Solar GPS Logger

Here’s a cool little project that stores data into an SD card using solar power.

After some prodding from customers and an upcoming prototype run I decided to throw in a little breakout board that would allow 2 solar panels to be connected in parallel to a 7805 linear regulator. An LED was added with a switch so the user could identify when the board was making power. These boards can output 8V@300 mA and should easily provide more than enough votage and current to charge the batt

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DIY HACK – Cheap high voltage

Check out this cool DIY you can make some cheap high voltage.  I’ve always wanted to do this at a low cost but here it is!

What you see here is a spent propane torch tank with a 1-inch (2.5cm) ball bearing glued to it with a 1/4-inch (6mm) bearing glued to that. I stripped the propane tank with paint stripper, but this is unnecessary as you can just scrape off the paint where the ball bearings go. The Leyden jar is just a common quart sized polyethylene bottle cut off at the top. The

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DIY HACK – How to make a Solar Cooker using an old satellite dish

Check out how you can build your own solar cooker using an old satellite dish!

The basic idea was to use a satellite dish and rivet sheet aluminum to it. This is because a satellite dish is already a paraboloid shape with a pretty exact focus. The sheet aluminum was to be cut into triangular pieces and then be drilled in 3-5 places for the rivets. They would conform to the shape of the paraboloid and not lessen the integrity of the focal point. We wanted the

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