Posts Tagged ‘DIY’

Free Quick / Fast Boot Linux OS Reviewed

Free Quick / Fast Boot Linux OS Reviewed

Quick boot OS or Fast Boot OS is the in thing these days and plenty of laptops shipped these days, come pre-installed with some version of it. While Chrome OS is still under development there are a couple of Quick boot “OSes” already out there, these are mostly Linux based and are free to...

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Cheap DIY esata Enclosure Hack for 2.5″ Laptop SATA Drive

Cheap DIY esata Enclosure Hack for 2.5″ Laptop SATA Drive

If your laptop or desktop features an eSATA port, then you can take advantage of it and connect your external drive to the eSATA port for faster data access, when compared to USB. But the standard eSATA enclosures are way costlier. This hack tells you, how to convert your existing USB enclosure to eSATA...

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Free: JailBreak your Iphone (4, 3GS & 3) / iPod Touch / iPad running iOS 4!

Free: JailBreak your Iphone (4, 3GS & 3) / iPod Touch / iPad running iOS 4!

I recently switched to being a happy Nexus One user from a bored iPhone one. I like changing things around me to reflect my mood and needs, and with iPhone its impossible until strangely if you and Apple happen to be in a perfect sync. I have been using Nexus one for about two...

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Can I Turn a Laptop LCD to a Desktop Monitor?

Can I Turn a Laptop LCD to a Desktop Monitor?

Most certainly you can, and that too without having to spend a fortune or two and without having to stress your grey cells. All you need to buy is the appropriate controller board kit from ebay. You would have to mention your LCD panel type (manufacturer name and model number and resolution) to the...

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Cross Platform Music and Video Streaming with Subsonic

Cross Platform Music and Video Streaming with Subsonic

Update: See the changes to be made to the code for Subsonic 4.1 see this post. All other steps remain the same. Subsonic is a free to use, web-based media streamer, providing ubiquitous access to your music. It can be used to share your music with family and friends, or to listen to your own...

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How to Fix a Nikon SB-600 Flash Stuck Zoom

If you Nikon SB-600 Flash powers up, makes funny whizzing noise and then the LCD display shows blinking “–” (instead of the lens focal length), then most likely the motor inside the flash has broken off from its original place. This can happen if you drop your flash or bump it against something. If...

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Super Cheap DIY Homemade HTPC Computer Case

Super Cheap DIY Homemade HTPC Computer Case

I needed a computer case. but didn’t want to invest any money in it as I would be making a long distance journey in near future and won’t be able to lug the heavy case along. DIY solution comes to the rescue. Computer case made of cardboard box! This is built for my test...

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DIY Free Keyboard Cover to Keep Dust Out

DIY Free Keyboard Cover to Keep Dust Out

Build a super cheap cover for your desktop keyboard. It would take you 5-10 minutes, and the raw materials needed are: two sheets of paper (please use paper which is already printed on at least one side and not needed), some glue and a postcard from the junk promotional snail mails that you get....

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Easy to Use Backup in Ubuntu 10.04 (Lucid) or 9.10 or Mac

Easy to Use Backup in Ubuntu 10.04 (Lucid) or 9.10 or Mac

Backing up your files to a local drive or over the network can be done in linux, (most versions) and even Mac using luckyBackup. luckyBackup is an easy to use application that backs-up and/or synchronizes any directories with the power of rsync. It does incremental backup, only updated files are backed up. It is...

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How to Set up a Public GIT Repository

Assume your personal repository is in the directory ~/proj. First create a new clone of the repository and tell git daemon that it is meant to be public: $ git clone --bare ~/proj proj.git $ touch proj.git/git-daemon-export-ok The resulting directory proj.git contains a “bare” git repository—it is just the contents of the “.git” directory, without any files checked out around it....

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Best Approach to Apply And Remove Thermal Compound/Paste

My Shuttle desktop Core2 Quad Q9550 processor was always showing idle temperature around 50 deg C. I got a little concerned that I overdid the thermal compound application between the CPU and the heat sink. So, I decided to re-seat the heat sink and reapply the thermal paste. I googled on ways to remove...

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Why Should You Build Your Own PC?

Recently I was having an argument with one of my friends that it is cheaper to build (assemble) your own PC than to buy it from a seller like HP, or Dell, or Lenovo. Yes this is true, but this is clearly not the only reason for assembling your own PC. Let me list...

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HTPC Softwares (Windows 7 and Ubuntu 9.10) Reviewed

HTPC Softwares (Windows 7 and Ubuntu 9.10) Reviewed

I was trying to make it a perfect HTPC (I know its an overkill, so another cheap HTPC is in the pipeline) and this lead to test drive of several HTPC/Home PVR solutions. I software that I tried with windows 7 platform are the following: 1. SageTV (not-free) 2. Windows 7 Media Center 3. XMBC 4. GB-PVR 5. MediaPortal 6....

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