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How to Install SSD (Solid State Drive) Hard Disk on Your Laptop!

Yesterday, I installed my very first SSD (Solid State Drive) because my ASUS UL30Vt‘s hard disk suddenly died on me. Of course, I remembered that SSD can be a great enhancement for your laptop or desktop because the file transfer rates are near 200MB+/s in real life and 2-4X faster on most IO tasks.

Anyways, installing SSD on a laptop can be pretty darn easy. In fact, all I really needed to do was unscrew about 8 screws then screw it back. I r

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Fan Hack – How to Make a Hard Disk PWM-Controlled Fan!

My friend Alan over at HackedGadgets has done it again!  He needed to cool his external (networked) hard drive more efficiently, so he made a hard disk PWM-controlled fan that automatically detects how fast the hard disk is working and adjusts accordingly.

I have an external Ethernet enabled hard drive that is connected to my LAN and it gets lots of use. I have noticed that after a few hours of hard use the case is quite hot to the touch. I’m sure the design is fine and the heat that is generated is within the tolerance of the drive but I wanted to give it some ventilation

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Hard Disk Life and How to Maximize Hard Disk Life!

I’ve always wondered how long a hard disk’s life is if you left it on 24 hours a day (which I do with some of my server computers).

Well on average, according to this site,

The average service life of a hard disk is usually given as “5 years or 20,000 hours.” This means if a hard disk operates 24 hours a day, you will need to replace your drive with a new one every 1.5 to 2 years. (For specification details, refer to your hard disk drive’s user manual.) The measure of service life

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Mac Hack – How to Clean CPU Fan and Replace Hard Disk on a PowerBook G4!

Recently, one of my friends who is a plumber in San Francisco, gave me an old PowerBook G4.  Well, since I am not an Apple fan boy (sorry Apple fan boys), I’ve figured I can install Windows XP.

I ran into the big problem that Windows XP is not supported on a PowerPC CPU, which is what the PowerBook G4 has.  Since I do also run a bunch of linux machines at my home, I figured I could run some linux on the PowerBook.  It turns out the

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DIY Hard Disk Clock for Sale on Etsy!

Remember the wall clock made from a hard disk?  Well, there’s an Etsy seller who’s selling this-style of hard disk clock for $32.

It’s sold out right now but this is an awesome clock to get if it’s available again soon.

This is a real 3 1/2in computer Hard drive converted into a desk clock with a quartz drive movement installed. The clock measures roughly 4″w x 6″h, and runs on 1 AA battery, included. It will ma

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SheevaPlug Tiny Linux Box!

Here’s an awesome tiny linux box called SheevaPlug, basically super-tiny Linux box running on ARM processor and minimal hardware.  The linux box can connect easily to your network and USB devices while only using 5 watts of power.

This will be a great tool for linux tinkerers and hackers, who should be able to make most of this device.

I can already think of dozen ideas on how to apply this for security systems, alarm systems, etc…etc…

The platform is built using Marvell’s Kirkwood series system-on-chip (SoC) desi

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USB Hack – How to Turn a USB Flash Drive into a Local Hard Disk!

GetUSB.info has a great write up on how to turn a USB Flash drive into a local hard disk.  This might be a great way to stick everything you need in a USB if you happen to use multiple computers on daily basis

The process of turning a USB stick into a hard drive is fairly easy.  However, there are limitations.  For example, this works best with Windows XP operating systems.  You also need to update the drivers for the device for any computer you are going to use.  Typically, this isn’t a big deal as you can easily do this for your work and home computers.  However, this isn

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HD Camera/Camcorder Review Under $200!

Well, I am about to buy an HD camera/camcorder so I figured I’d do a market analysis (or review) of all the HD camera/camcorders out there that are under $200.

For one, I am looking for following qualities in an HD camera:

    HD quality (at least 720P) videos – I want to be able to record high-res videos that I can also upload to high-res video websites. Ability to use SD cards for extra memory or a hard disk – I don’t want a fixed internal memory, that’d make the camcorder completely useless if I am on a boat and I run out of memory.  (No, I don&

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Eee PC Hack – How to Make your Eee PC Boot in just 5 seconds!

Here’s a cool Eee PC Hack that uses a modified Fedora Linux to speed up the boot time of Eee PCs.  I think this shows how great linux operating systems are modification by uses.  I am sure you can do something similar with Windows, but not to the extent this hack does.

How did they do it? Arjan said it starts with the right attitude. “It’s not about booting faster, it’s about booting in 5 seconds.” Instead of saving a second here and there, set a time budget for the whole system, and make each step of the boot finish in

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DIY Green/Red Laser Projector!

video://www.youtube.com/watch?v=APO74lvh78o

Wow, check out this green/red laser projector which can do animations.

This is one of my experimental Dance/Trance songs from 2000. I build laser systems for fun so I have put together pictures and clips from assembly to a full working system to go with the song. I know the song gets really annoying after awhile sorry. Iv’e been getting a lot of email asking how the projector works and what parts are in it. Here’s ho

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