I am new to case modding but thought I would give it a go. Instead of using real wood, I am using MDF which you can usually buy from your hardware store. I also want to thank Thermaltake for sponsoring me with a awesome PSU (power supply unit) Day 1 I am using the metal frame of an old case I have, and plan to fix the MDF to the frame (haven't quite worked out the details of that yet).
Click to view Touch screens are all the rage right now, so it's no surprise that there's a large DIY movement to accompany their popularity.
The enterprising mind of 17 year old Luis Cruz has built a low cost, eye-controlled Human-Computer Interface (HCI). Eye controlled devices are available for around $10,000, making the technology much too expensive. This version, which you can fund via Kickstarter , is just $300 which makes it far more affordable. An inexpensive pair of glasses houses electrodes which measure tiny electrical signals generated by the eyes. These signals are then converted into horizontal and vertical movements, allowing the user to select letters on a screen.
Last week, we showed you how to build your own custom PC, from picking the parts, to putting it together and installing your OS. Here's the complete guide, along with a printable PDF version that you can use as a reference.
Laptops, unfortunately, go through a lot of wear and tear, to the point of unusability. Hacker Bart, however, shows us how just because a laptop's hinge, monitor, or keyboard is broken doesn't mean it can't still be a working, desktop computer. This project is still ongoing, but has most of the kinks worked out and is a great springboard for a similar project with any laptop. After getting a free Macbook Air in not-so-great condition, Bart set out to turn it into a tiny desktop PC. Minimalist Mac towers are nothing new (from the old G4 Cube design to the newer Mac Minis), but this now-desktop is special—instead of being its own mini-tower, it resides in a small case under the keyboard and Magic Trackpad, hooked up to an external monitor. The other nice thing about this project is that you don't need to wait five years for your laptop to break, either.
To build your own, custom PC-in-a-desk , follow this all-in-one tutorial for a fantastic workspace mod. The Compudesk is built from scratch and is made of aluminum and glass with green and blue illumination. But the Compudesk is not just a computer built into a desk with pretty lights – there’s some serious hardware (Intel Core i7 980X processor, two 17”, and one 27” monitors) storage (10TB), and all of it is completely water cooled.
Knob controllers can control volume settings, scroll through web pages, and help edit movies among other uses. You can buy a commercial one from Griffin Technology for $45 or build one yourself with an old scroll-wheel mouse and a few electronics components and tools. DIY enthusiast zine Make offers instructions and a video tutorial on how to construct the rotary knob controller using a PS/2 or USB mouse with scroll wheel. The scroll wheel will need to work via a rotary encoder and not an IR transmitter/detector; see the source post or the video tutorial for more details and how to spot the difference. Once you have a suitable donor mouse with a rotary encoder, you will gut the mouse removing the scroll wheel, rotary encoder, cord, and circuit board.
Microsoft Windows is a very easy operating system to use, and the latest versions certainly have taken security seriously. However there are still many people who don’t know enough about their computers to use them properly. Words like “CPU,” “hard drive,” and “RAM” are commonplace for tech-savvy people, but the average person isn’t as familiar with the concepts and easily falls victims to scammy gimmicks and expensive computer repairs.
This article was submitted by a Hack N Mod reader like you. Submit your projects and earn cash! I was inspired by one of the previous see-through computer desks posted on HacknMod, but I wanted mine to be slightly different. I used my current wooden and installed a glass sheet on top.
by Gina Trapani You can do things between computers on your local network you can't from out on the internet: like listen to a shared iTunes library or access files in shared folders. But using the free virtual private network application Hamachi , you can access your computer from anywhere on the internet as if you were home on your local network.
Wireless is everywhere and routers are the force that makes it happen, so why not supercharge yours to take proper advantage of it?
When there’s a shortcut or trick that can help you save time, it’s our mission to pass that help along to you. Our new cheat sheets are a collection of exactly that, ready for your download and great for printing.