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  • How to: Delete Apple's iPhone apps

    How to: Delete Apple's iPhone apps

    I’m certainly nowhere near the cusp of 148 apps on my iP3G, but I know some of you are getting close or are already at the maximum. The process sounds pretty tedious, IMO, but if you’re really gung-ho about it then clear out 10 minutes or so of your day. Oh, and you’ll need 9 full pages of apps for this to work. Read More

  • How to add RAM to the Acer Aspire One netbook

    How to add RAM to the Acer Aspire One netbook

    The Acer Aspire One netbook. It’s inexpensive, it’s tiny, and the base-level version only comes with 512MB of RAM. I cracked open the case, voided the warranty, and added an extra gigabyte. Watch the above video to see how. More details after the jump. Read More

  • Old timey Lego record player

    Well garsh durnit if this boy didn’t make himself a grammyfone out of a bunch of Legos and a cup. In my day, we used to just rub an old flour can against record and it would play loud and clear enough for all of us to dance at the hootenanny. What will these kids think of next? via Make Read More

  • How to install Linux on the PS3, or you can win one

    How to install Linux on the PS3, or you can win one

    The PS3 has been out for almost two years now, so it’s sorta odd to see a Popular Mechanics article explaining, in painful detail, how to install Linux on the system. But lo and behold, here we are. As you know by now, pretty much all you have to do to turn your PS3 into a fully functional computer—OpenOffice, Firefox, etc.—is download the PS3 version of Ubuntu, backup all your… Read More

  • Useful: Missile throwing robot

    Useful: Missile throwing robot

    If you’re the tinkering type, then you might want to check out this little slice of heaven. It’s a missile launching robot, I think, that doesn’t tame the savageness of man, but rather entertains you for all of two minutes. The fun, I’d expect, is in making it; the necessary parts are all there for your enjoyment. As I’ve said before, my knowledge of hacking and… Read More

  • Geek Squad vs. Your Girlfriend

    Attention Men of NYC- It’s Thursday, May 29, 2008, and that unfortunately means tonight is the premiere of the “Sex and the City” movie. Your significant other has undoubtedly begun harassing you about it and she probably already bought tickets for it. If your lady friend really knew you or even liked you, she’d probably be going with her pack of rabid girlfriends, but she… Read More

  • Get you a free beer

    http://www.5min.com/Embeded/1945/Watch more DIY videos on 5min.com Pretty clever, those British. Always caging free drinks. Read More

  • Help Key: How to download off Usenet like a champ

    [photopress:usenethow.jpg,full,center] If and when the **AA have Usenet shut down after the piece appears, feel free to blame Biggs. He’s making me write it. I occasionally mention Usenet when talking about piracy here, but I’ve never really explained what it is or what it does. I’m still not going to explain what it is, technically, (that’s what Wikipedia’s for), but… Read More

  • Wired tells us how to convert HD DVD to Blu-ray

    Wired tells us how to convert HD DVD to Blu-ray

    Holy crap, this almost seems like more trouble than it’s worth but if you’re looking to convert your “old” HD DVDs to Blu-ray, Wired’s How-To Wiki has got you covered. You’ll need a fast Windows machine, an HD DVD drive, a Blu-ray burner, 30GB of hard drive space, money, and a bunch of software. Read More

  • Help-Key: How to make a book into a sexy, nerdy gift box for Valentine's Day

    http://www.metacafe.com/fplayer/1080629/sexy_secret_book.swf I am a single blogger. I have no girlfriend or even anyone I’m actively dating, so this Valentine’s Day I’m going to be drinking whiskey at a rock show here in Seattle with a couple cute girls I know as we commiserate about being in that unenviable position. But you, you’re a stud. You’ve got a wife or… Read More

 
  • Some steps to successfully run a BitTorrent tracker without getting caught

    [photopress:bttracker.jpg,full,right] Despite my affinity for getting music and movies for free, I never once entertained the idea of setting up my own BitTorrent tracker. Too much risk for my liking. But there are ways to minimize that risk, both on a technical and common sense level. One BT tracker admin gave a list of do’s and don’ts (anyone know the correct punctuation for… Read More

  • Help-Key: Jailbreaking your 1.1.3 iPhone/Touch

    Help-Key: Jailbreaking your 1.1.3 iPhone/Touch

    Well that was quick! A few days after 1.1.3 hit the proverbial streets it’s been cracked wide open for general consumption. To that end, we’d like to discuss a few ways to crack open your 1.1.1 or later iPhone/Touch with a few simple tools. Read More

  • Every Eee PC hack known to man

    Every Eee PC hack known to man

    I still haven’t seen an Eee outside of a press event and if I were in the market for a small-ish laptop then I’d opt for the Eee over the Air based on the simple fact that I can upgrade the little bugger for far less. A couple thousand less, actually. I don’t usually mod things, but I think I’d be ok with it this one time. If you happen to own an Eee, but you’ve been… Read More

  • Boost your cell phone reception, MacGyver-style

    http://www.metacafe.com/fplayer/963126/boost_your_cellular_signal.swf Ah, I remember when I was working for Verizon when a similar line of Moto phones came out (maybe five years ago) and there was an actual external antenna that you could buy to juice the signal a bit. Here’s how to make your own. This actually looks to improve the signal quite a bit — even moreso than the add-on that… Read More

  • Video: How to make inexpensive spy glasses

    http://www.metacafe.com/fplayer/1028544/how_to__spy_sunglasses.swf How To: Spy Sunglasses! – video powered by Metacafe Surely I can’t be the only person who thinks walking around with video recording spy glasses is sorta creepy. It’s a fun project to kill a couple of hours on the weekend, but making the jump from gadget tinkering to creep-o spying is too much for me. Covert Spy… Read More

  • What is a Histogram, why do I need it?

    What is a Histogram, why do I need it?

    Over the last couple weeks I’ve been taking more photos and really immersing myself into the whole thing. It’s an area (DSLR) where I know very little, which is completely unacceptable from a geek’s perspective. I’m still reading and digesting this handy how to guide on histograms so I thought others could read along with me and the more advanced photogs in the crowd could… Read More

  • Smartphones Now: Five simple Windows Mobile tricks

    Smartphones Now: Five simple Windows Mobile tricks

    The tricks contained within this post probably aren’t going to be revolutionary to most seasoned Windows Mobile users but if there’s one thing I can’t stand about the operating system, it’s how many steps and/or the amount of extra software it takes to do simple things sometimes. Here are five tricks that don’t require any extra software and should each take under a… Read More

  • Install Vista SP1 Release Candidate in ten easy steps

    Install Vista SP1 Release Candidate in ten easy steps

    Are you looking to try out the Vista Service Pack 1 Release Candidate but you’re not quite sure where to start? It’s not as straightforward as you might have thought, huh? Just follow this simple ten step guide and you’ll be good to go before you know it. Read More

  • Help-Key: How to upgrade the measly HDD on your MacBook

    Help-Key: How to upgrade the measly HDD on your MacBook

    After much deliberation I have decided to just swap out the hard drive on the MacBook rather than letting the existing 60GB drive crap out. I also now don’t feel that my previous ranting on Leopard was fair considering the possibility that said hard drive was about to die a horrible death. Even though Leopard’s just as buggy as Vista, I´ll give it a go with a fresh hard drive. If I… Read More

  • How to replace your iPhone battery

    http://blip.tv/scripts/flash/showplayer.swf?tabType4=guide&tabUrl4=http%3A%2F%2Fendscore%2Eblip%2Etv%2F%3Fskin%3Drss&tabTitle4=End%20Score&tabType3=guide&tabUrl3=http%3A%2F%2Funboxing%2Eblip%2Etv%2F%3Fskin%3Drss&tabTitle3=Unboxing%20Live&tabType2=guide&tabUrl2=http%3A%2F%2Ffilmcrunch%2Eblip%2Etv%2F%3Fskin%3Drss&tabTitle2=FilmCrunch&tabType1=guide&tabUrl1=http%3A%2F%2Fbleedingedge%2Eblip%2Etv%2F%3Fskin%3Drss&tabTitle1=The%20Bleeding%20Edge&logo=http%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Egearlive%2Ecom%2Fvideo%2Fgearlivewatermark%2Epng&file=http%3A%2F%2Fblip%2Etv%2Ffile%2F509287%2F%3Fskin%3Drss&fullscreenpage=http%3A%2F%2Fblip%2Etv%2Ffullscreen%2Ehtml&fsreturnpage=http%3A%2F%2Fblip%2Etv%2Fexitfullscreen%2Ehtml&linkfromdisplay=false&showfsbutton=true&brandlink=http%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Egearlive%2Ecom&brandname=Gear%20Live%20Video&showguidebutton=true&showplayerpath=http%3A%2F%2Fblip%2Etv%2Fscripts%2Fflash%2Fshowplayer%2Eswf iPhone not holding a charge? Ninjas running down your battery at night? The kids at Gearlive did a great video of a full iPhone disassembly and battery replacement. Good stuff. via GearLiv… Read More