How to Give Your Laptop the Deep Cleaning It Deserves

How to clean your laptop

If you're sitting at your laptop right now, I want you to look down at your keyboard. Get really close. Close enough so you can take a peek under the keys. Now look at the screen. Move from side to side to get different angles. How's it looking? If your computer is like mine was before I cleaned it, then you're probably noticing a bunch of greasy fingerprints mixed with crumbs from lunches past. Real talk: When was the last time you actually cleaned your laptop? Continue Reading

Last-Minute DIY Gift Idea: Two-Toned Felt Gadget Cases!

created at: 12/21/2011

Holy cow, it’s December 22nd and you don’t have a gift for that person who has everything!!  First, take a deep breath; fret not.  And then bust out some basic sewing skills and make them a two-toned gadget case!   

 

You can size these to fit anything from a smartphone to an e-reader to a tablet.  The supplies are readily available and the required skills are, like we said before, absolutely basic.  All you need is the following:

  • 2 18″ square pieces of wool felt in contrasting or coordinating colors
  • cotton thread to match the exterior felt
  • felt buttons (you can buy these or easily make a few yourself… or just use some fun buttons from your stash!)
  • colorful cording

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Roundup: Hip Accessories For A Totally Mod Office

created at: 01/03/2011

I’m a firm believer in the idea that “it’s all in the details”, which for our purpose today means it’s all in the accessories!  If you’re ready to rock and roll with some hip desktop doodads, read on.  

created at: 01/03/2011

Wires and cords and cables, oh my!  Fixing the mess just got easier with these handy organizers, left to right: the brightly hued CableBox Mini, self-sticking CableDrops, and the Walnut and felt Juice Box charging station. Continue Reading

How To Calibrate Your HDTV.

You spend all that time researching your new tv…then you spend all that money purchasing your new tv, and all that effort to get it hung at just the right height, to figure out the remote, etc.

This article from the New York Times helps you with that final step: calibrating your TV to get the colors, brightness, and contrast just right.

Options include:

  • Having the electronics store (such as Best Buy’s Geek Squad) do the work, but for a significant price
  • Reducing the amount of light
  • Finding a THX optimizer on a DVD (such as the Incredibles or Toy Story…I also remember the anniversary edition of Eraserhead offering a light/dark contrast set up tool)
  • Use a calibration software DVD (around $30)

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Awesome DIY Projects from Recycled Disposable Cameras.

Photo labs have boxes of disposable cameras, waiting to be recycled. If you ask nicely, and they’ll share them by the dozens. Check out the ideas below for some clever and amazing projects for the sake of art and recycling.

  • Create a Ring Flash: This Instructable shows you how to make a DIY ring flash from six disposable camera flashes and a couple metal bowls. The project requires a bit of electronics knowledge, but the results look awesome.
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Hide Your Cables With a Picket Fence.

The Picket Fence adapts to older homes and cleanly manages the electrical necessities of the occupants. The baseboards have a certain thickness to them, typically much thicker than an electrical cord. By sticking these pickets onto the baseboard, a space is created between the wall and the picket points. This space serves as a track for routing all of the wires cleanly around the room. They can go wherever they like and double back as much as they need to, all concealed behind a picket fence.
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