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This week: How to build your own TiVo (or, How to never miss an important football game ever again.) Building your own TiVo—or FreeVo, as some call it—is more than a dream. It's more than a trend. It's the new cool way to stick it to The (TiVo) Man while impressing your friends. Make and Wired have published detailed how-tos. There are also several online communities like The Green Button that will help guide you through the tricky parts. For the technology dunces of the world—myself included—I had several friends break down the jargon into simple steps we can all understand. Your mission: To build your own digital video recorder from mail-order parts. The payoff: An integrated entertainment system that records TV programs with no monthly fees. Keep reading for your marching orders... Ingredients 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. "You have to consider WAF (wife acceptance factor -- or HAF if it's the wife doing the installation). Steps 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

32 Custom Birth Announcement Postcards and Greeting Cards by admin | May 26, 2010 | Design The birth of a new life into this world is definitely worth a celebration! Whether or not a baby shower is in the works, baby announcement cards are a must to share the new family’s joy with relatives and friends. Make birth announcement cards even more special by making them as unique as the baby they’re welcoming! Click on the images for individual design credit. We hope this collection leaves you bubbling with ideas for your own birth announcement card designs! Tagged as: Birth Announcements, greeting card designs, greeting cards, Postcard Design, postcard designs, save the date cards This post was written by admin+ Leave a Comment

Healthy Eating 5. Mexican-Style Chopped Salad Makes 4 servings 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar 1/2 tsp Dijon mustard Salt and freshly ground black pepper 3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil 1 avocado, peeled, pitted, and diced 1 jicama, peeled and sliced 2 roma tomatoes, seeded and chopped 1 red or yellow bell pepper, chopped 4 cups chopped romaine lettuce 1 cup cooked and diced shrimp, chicken, or ham 1. 2. Change It Up: Make it Asian Style Swap the vegetables for carrots, scallions, shredded cabbage, and snow or snap peas; add a dash of soy to the vinaigrette. Make it Indian Style Swap the vegetables for roma tomatoes (seeded), steamed new potatoes, carrots, and chickpeas (rinsed and drained); add a pinch of curry to the vinaigrette. Transform Your Body!

The Nerd Handbook A nerd needs a project because a nerd builds stuff. All the time. Those lulls in the conversation over dinner? It’s unlikely that this project is a nerd’s day job because his opinion regarding his job is, “Been there, done that”. At some point, you, the nerd’s companion, were the project. Regarding gender: for this piece, my prototypical nerd is a he as a convenience. Understand your nerd’s relation to the computer. First, a majority of the folks on the planet either have no idea how a computer works or they look at it and think “it’s magic”. The nerd has based his career, maybe his life, on the computer, and as we’ll see, this intimate relationship has altered his view of the world. Your nerd has control issues. The reason for this typeface selection is, of course, practicality. These control issues mean your nerd is sensitive to drastic changes in his environment. Your nerd has built himself a cave. Each object in the Cave has a particular place and purpose. Nerds are fucking funny.

Math Help An Engineers Quick References to Mathematics Algebra Help Math SheetThis algebra reference sheet contains the following algebraic operations addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. It also contains associative, commutative, and distributive properties. There are example of arithmetic operations as well as properties of exponents, radicals, inequalities, absolute values, complex numbers, logarithms, and polynomials. This sheet also contains many common factoring examples. Calculus Integrals Math Sheet This calculus integral reference sheet contains the definition of an integral and the following methods for approximating definite integrals: left hand rectangle, right hand rectangle, midpoint rule, trapezoid rule, and Simpson’s rule.

How to Deliver a Speech that Gets a Standing Ovation Rebecca MacDonald, a Canadian immigrant born in the former Yugoslavia who started with nothing and is now executive chair of Just Energy, a $2.3 billion (market cap) energy firm, delivered such a vivid and passionate speech at the Womens' Presidents Organization annual conference on Thursday afternoon in Vancouver, that the entire audience of 650 women business owners spontaneously leapt out of seats to clap, howl and cheer her on. 'I laughed, I cried, I almost had to leave the room when she spoke about her relationship with her mother,' said Nancy Lyons, president of Clockwork in Minneapolis, raving about the range of emotions MacDonald inspired just moments after the remarks. So what can you do to make a speech that spurs your audience to similar applause and admiration? Get personal. Be honest. Tell jokes. Talk to your audience. Act as if each attendee is the only one. Forget notes, visuals or a PowerPoint presentation. End on a high note.

Grace Hopper Explains Nanoseconds to Letterman Rear Admiral Grace Hopper is famous both as a computer pioneer and for, at the time of her retirement (at age 79), being the nation's oldest active military officer. Hopper worked on early computers, and is widely credited with popularizing the term "computer bug" after she found a moth stuck inside a relay in Harvard's Mark II computer in 1947. (Thus "debugging" became the term for fixing computer problems....) You can see the first computer bug (they kept the moth!) at the Smithsonian, in the American History museum. In this 1986 interview with David Letterman, Grace Hopper displays her grace and wit, and explains the concept of a nanosecond, using Bell System telephone wire cut into 30cm lengths -- 30cm is the maximum distance light can travel in a billionth of a second. "When an admiral asks you why it takes so damn long to send a message via satellite, you point out to him that between here and the satellite there are a very large number of nanoseconds. (Via Waxy.)

Guide To Building An Open Source HTPC / Media Center on Ubuntu | Linuxlookup HTPC is an acronym for Home Theater Personal Computer. A computer system designed with the sole intention of being connected to a television, for entertainment purposes such as watching live TV, playing movies, surfing the Internet, games, listening to music, or viewing digital photographs. A HTPC may also be referred to as a Media Center, which is usually the software portion of the device that combines the functions of a personal computer and media software into a single convergence device. You have likely seen a few commercial Media Center products in stores. Hardware recommendations Creating an Open Source HTPC/Media Center requires some hands-on assembly of standard PC hardware components. HTPC Case When selecting a Home Theater PC chassis it is a good idea to first determine where it is you'd like to physically place the case. Motherboard The ASUS P5QL-EM Motherboard is an Intel G43 chipset Micro-ATX motherboard supporting the latest Intel Core2 processors using socket LGA775. Memory

How to Become a Human Calendar Mentally finding out the day of the week for any date is a skill you can easily learn. You don’t need to be an autistic genius – all it takes is basic memorization effort and some trivial math. When I first learned this technique many years ago, I did it just for fun. The Method To find out the days of the week for any date, use the formula: [day of week] = (yearcode + monthcode + day) mod 7 If you’re not math-inclined, this may look quite scary at first, but don’t worry: using the formula is straightforward. Month and Year Codes The month codes are one of the formula’s most troublesome parts, since they don’t follow a clear logic. January: 1 February: 4 March: 4 April: 0 May: 2 June: 5 July: 0 August: 3 September: 6 October: 1 November: 4 December: 6 We also need the year code, which are also apparently arbitrary. Days of the Week The result is always a number from 0 to 6, and its interpretation couldn’t be any easier: The Calculation Step 1: Get the codes for month and year. August.

Free Accounting Software | GnuCash Brave New World by Aldous Huxley Chapter One A SQUAT grey building of only thirty-four stories. Over the main entrance the words, CENTRAL LONDON HATCHERY AND CONDITIONING CENTRE, and, in a shield, the World State's motto, COMMUNITY, IDENTITY, STABILITY. The enormous room on the ground floor faced towards the north. "And this," said the Director opening the door, "is the Fertilizing Room." Bent over their instruments, three hundred Fertilizers were plunged, as the Director of Hatcheries and Conditioning entered the room, in the scarcely breathing silence, the absent-minded, soliloquizing hum or whistle, of absorbed concentration. "Just to give you a general idea," he would explain to them. "To-morrow," he would add, smiling at them with a slightly menacing geniality, "you'll be settling down to serious work. Meanwhile, it was a privilege. Tall and rather thin but upright, the Director advanced into the room. "Bokanovsky's Process," repeated the Director, and the students underlined the words in their little notebooks. Mr.

Top 10 Beginner Video Tutorials To Learn GIMP Fast Since I’m also a learner of GIMP, I thought that tutorials illustrating the first few points of the official user manual from may just be what beginners need to familiarize themselves. This collection here gathers clearly-narrated screencasts and are thus very good starting points for those that don’t prefer to read long user manuals. So hit the jump to learn more GIMP terminology. GIMP Basics This is a video walkthrough of the installation and user interface of GIMP, made by a university instructional design staff member, so you can expect a very easy-to-follow and informative narrative. By watching these, you’re basically going over the first text tutorial on, GIMP Lite Quickies. Optimizing Images For Web Use The following video shows how to export a file to JPEG and monitor the file size of the new image. In the video, the user tries to save a JPEG with the highest quality while keeping her image under 256KB which is the YouTube limit for channel background images. Paths