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Top 10 DIY Tech Gifts

Top 10 DIY Tech Gifts
@keyboard-vomit: Yeah, but wouldn't it be awesome if some of our not so tech friends actually attempted (and accomplished) one or more of these feats? I mean, when "it's the thought that counts," shouldn't it be a thought about something we'd actually appreciate. Then again, maybe socks are your thing. ;) @HunterShoptaw: That they are, I'm wanting some socks with an integrated HDD, and some USB connectivity. @HunterShoptaw: The thought does count, but it sure would be nice if they enjoyed the gift too. So for this year, I created wishgenies dot com for people who WANT to give good gifts, but don't know what they'll want. @keyboard-vomit: I swear that some day, some how...Google will be able to find my lost socks. Related:  More Projects

Build Your Own Grid-It Tech Organizer in a Vintage Book No! NOOO! As cool as this may look, I just cannot do this! I love my books too much. I would kill me to do this to a book, even if I owned several redundant copies of a book that I absolutely despised. Wouldn't someone enjoy reading them? Say I actually went through with this, probably under deep sedation, then what would I have? The only way I can see myself going through with this would be to find a book that I so thoroughly DESPISE that I would want to carry around with me for the rest of my life a perpetual reminder of the eternal spite and loathing that I have for that author and his or her lump of inestimable drivel. Then, in the tears of the vanquished, I would see my own reflection and despair for the irreperable harm that I've caused to not only another book - but to a fellow book lover. No, Melanie Pinola, I cannot do this.

Octalysis: Complete Gamification Framework (This is the Gamification Framework that I am most known for. Within a year, it was translated into 9 different languages and became classic teaching literature in the gamification space in the US, Europe, Australia and South America.) Octalysis: Complete Gamification Framework Gamification is design that places the most emphasis on human motivation in the process. In essence, it is Human-Focused Design (as opposed to “function-focused design”). Most processes design around function and efficiency – they try to get the job done as quickly as possible. Even though many Gamification techniques were in use long before video games were around, games were one of the earliest examples of a holistic approach to implementing Human-Based Design – so now we call it Gamification. In the past few years, I have been digging deep into the formulation of a complete framework to analyze and build strategies around the various systems of Gamification. The 8 Core Drives of Gamification 8) Loss & Avoidance

The Bastard Operator From Hell Complete How to make a tool set Life without tools is barbaric. But even simple tools can be expensive in rural parts of developing countries. Import duties bump the costs up higher than they are in the States or elsewhere, and sometimes only low-quality brands are available anyway. So, to hold off future barbarians, we'd like to show how to build a simple tool set on a very low budget. Larry Bentley, the man who figured out how to make these tools, said a wise thing: "Without tools, kids don't take stuff apart, and without taking stuff apart, you don't learn how things work." These tools, Bentley says, could be in the hands of the next William Kamkambwa,who made a working wind power generator from backyard scraps in a village in Malawi. Here's Larry's quick guide to DIY tools. The tools in this guide: Saw Pliers Wooden vice Wood drill bit / star drill bit Chisel Strap hinge vice

DIY Gear: Create Your Own Awesome Believe it or not, Do-It-Yourself isn’t just the realm of Bob Vila and that dude Ty on all those Discovery shows. You can, in fact, do it yourself. With a helpful bit of inspiration and an almost complete lack of instruction (exactly how we like it), you can combine found items and a bit of know-how into some seriously awesome stuff for your home – without the obscene price tag that high designers and big box stores would charge you for similar items. Like any good vacation, the planning of any project starts with the destination. So here you go, here are your destinations. Disclaimer: Real life DIY doesn’t have a standby emergency team. This Hyundai sponsored post is about snapping out of the norm and creating your own awesome. Wall Lamp Like the functional Erector set cranes you used to build as a kid, this lamp combines a few pieces of wood, some nuts and bolts and electrical hardware to create one of the cleanest wall or desk lamps that you can save roughly $250 building yourself.

Make a Free, Customized Desk-top Organizer during your lunch break!! all you have to do in this step is to take a few seconds to categorize all the stuff on your desk, writing utensils, rulers, stapler equipment, stamps (if you have), thumb tacks, paper clips, binder clips, glue stick, etc. once you've categorized all your things, you need to figure out how many boxes, trays and/or cups you'll need. this is what i figured i'd need: - 2 cups (1 short, 1 tall) - 1 box tray for stamps - 1 tray w/ partitions - 1 tray for my stapler - 1 tray for the staple remover i wanted my cups to be big enough for all my writing utensils, so i made them 3" in diameter each. remember that old formula we learned in math class, C = 2π (r)? well, if my desired diameter is around 3", the radius is going to be 1.5". so to get the desired circumference length, i want to calculate C = 2 x 3.14 x 1.5..... i wanted a tray with partitions so i could throw in my miscellaneous small stuff, like taks, pins, paper clips, etc. so i made a tray with these dimensions:Partitioned Tray: 7.5" x 6"

ConceptDraw MINDMAP 7 Get Free Trial A versatile, yet easy-to-use tool for organizing ideas and data. Creates mind maps that intuitively illustrate your thought process. What are The Output Capabilities of ConceptDraw MINDMAP? ConceptDraw MINDMAP offers a variety of outputs, making it easy to share map content in the appropriate format. With one click, you can communicate status, update tasks, write articles, and build presentations from your map, choosing the appropriate document type and template. Helpful copy and paste capability built into ConceptDraw MINDMAP can be used to manage spreadsheet data from MS Excel. What are the Presentation Capabilities of ConceptDraw MINDMAP? ConceptDraw MINDMAP offers a set of tools to create presentations from a mind map. Different audiences require different types of presentations. What are the Input Capabilities of ConceptDraw MINDMAP? ConceptDraw MINDMAP supports inputting external data into a map with one click. Data comes in a variety of formats. Back to top

Antique Strongbox Protects Itself With Mechanical Loaded Pistols Imagine a bank vault that handcuffed every John Dillinger who walked in through the door. Nothing like that quite exists, but this Russian strongbox, circa 1815, comes pretty close. The antique dealer Carlton Hobbs LLC has acquired a nineteenth-century steel safe with a complicated lock system, capable of firing two pistols at an unsuspecting intruder. According to Dana Donadio, senior decorative arts researcher at the gallery, "Of the strongboxes produced during this time, this one is by far the most complex." The upper safe is a small raised box with a keyhole hidden on its top. While the box is believed to have come from workshops in Tula, a city just south of Moscow, the secrets it kept are unknown. Of course, differentiating what is and is not a true antique is the toughest part.

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