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Sick of smudges on your screen? Get a candle. Who would have guessed that the solution to one of the biggest problems for a technophile would be simple candle soot?

Sick of smudges on your screen? Get a candle

It may seem implausible, but researchers at the Max Planck Institute in Germany have indeed proven that the carbon residue released when burning a candle can be used to create a coating that is both oil and water resistant. Simply put, by making the screens on your mobile devices dirty with soot, you can keep them from smudged with fingerprints.

Of course the process to make this happen is much more scientific then slapping a pile of soot on your device, so please don’t be rushing for your fireplace. While the hurdle of liquid resistance in electronic screens is nothing new, no one has come up with a practical solution until now. A team from MIT has come the closest with an expensive form of nanolithographics that never gained footing because of the complexity and cost associated with it. The other applications for the soot coating are wide and varied. DIY Solar Lamp: Make Your Own Eco-Friendly Sun Jars. The principle is simple and seductively clever: solar lights that store energy during the day and release light at night.

DIY Solar Lamp: Make Your Own Eco-Friendly Sun Jars

These can be purchased ready-made in a variety of colors (yellow, blue and red) but they can also be built at home. A simple, less-technical approach involves buying a conventional solar-powered yard lamp and then essentially harvesting it for key pieces to put in a jar. This is simply a way of taking an existing solar lamp design and appropriating its parts to make something more attractive for display around a house or home. A more electronically-savvy individual can take the more complex route and built a solar lamp from the ground up using small solar panels – though the aesthetic result may not be as impressive. Whatever route you choose to go, these are fun and sustainable gadgets that make it easy to go green, automate the process of turning on lights at night and can add some color to your porch, patio, garden or windowsill.

Holder for Charging Cell Phone (made from lotion bottle) My husband and I both have cell phones.

Holder for Charging Cell Phone (made from lotion bottle)

And both of us have phone chargers. And that means lots of obnoxious cords. You never know when one of us may be moving phone cords around, to give our phones an extra charge while we’re chatting away……… or trying to charge our phones up before running errands or something. Convert a DVD Movie Directly to AVI with FairUse Wizard 2.9. Are you looking for a way to backup your DVD movie collection to AVI?

Convert a DVD Movie Directly to AVI with FairUse Wizard 2.9

Today we’ll show you how to rip a DVD movie directly to AVI with FairUse Wizard. About FairUse Wizard FairUse Wizard 2.9 uses the DivX, Xvid, or h.264 codec to convert DVD to an AVI file. It comes in both a free version and commercial version. The free, or “Light” version, can create files up 700MB while the commercial version can output a 1400MB file. FairUse Wizard states that it does not work on copy protected discs, but we’ve seen it work on all but some of the most recent copy protection. Installation and Configuration Download and install FairUse Wizard. FairUse Wizard will open on the new project screen. Select “Create a new project” and type a project name into the text box. Next, browse for a destination folder for the output file and temp files. Click on the Options button at the bottom. Under Preferences, choose your preferred video codec and file output size.

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Art crafts projects. How To's. How to Make Images Unique We all use images — photos and illustrations — in our daily design work.

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Lots of them. And while the best way to make sure your images are unique is to have custom photography or illustration done for you every time, this is not very realistic. Often, due to time and/or budget constraints, we have to use royalty-free images. And, royalty-free images, by definition, are available to anyone who pays their fee… Read more.