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In Pictures: 20 Do-It-Yourself Geek Projects From Instructables

In Pictures: 20 Do-It-Yourself Geek Projects From Instructables
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Remember MacGyver? He could make just about anything with a piece of string, a paper clip, and a pocket knife. Inventive technology enthusiasts can be just as handy. Even if you don't have a natural proclivity for such things, a site called Instructables makes it possible to emulate the power users who are. The community is full of simple, yet effective engineering feats, ingenious chewing-gum-and-paper-clip creations, and good old-fashioned tips. This feature includes some of the geekiest do-it-yourself achievements we've spotted there.

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    xpeh , November 9, 2012 4:03 AM
    The Apple Kleenex box is probably one of the best uses for Apple's products.
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    esrever , November 9, 2012 5:40 AM
    xpehThe Apple Kleenex box is probably one of the best uses for Apple's products.

    And its overpriced like everything apple.
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  • 31 Hide
    xpeh , November 9, 2012 4:03 AM
    The Apple Kleenex box is probably one of the best uses for Apple's products.
  • 28 Hide
    esrever , November 9, 2012 5:40 AM
    xpehThe Apple Kleenex box is probably one of the best uses for Apple's products.

    And its overpriced like everything apple.
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    Syaoran74 , November 9, 2012 5:59 AM
    the usb light is over complicated
    -get usb cable rather than drive as they are already split in wires.
    -find 5v and ground (usually red and black)
    - get 5v led , resistor and wires.
    -solder together.
    -heatshrink
    tada
    i did something similar for a diy laptop cooler but using a 12v fan so didnt need the resistor and a card box as a platform
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    Northwestern , November 9, 2012 2:18 PM
    While some of these DIY projects are useful (Computer lock and double end thumb drive), others are actual products you can find in stores (USB Lamp and Phone charger).
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    Augray37 , November 9, 2012 3:17 PM
    this article....was awesome!
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    junixophobia , November 9, 2012 5:58 PM
    Hey tom, can you allow more than 20 likes for comment?
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    quangluu96 , November 9, 2012 7:36 PM
    The only thing Apple is great at is copy and paste and call it innovation.
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    Anonymous , November 9, 2012 11:38 PM
    aww man, none of my computer related instructables are on the list =[
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    geof2001 , November 10, 2012 1:42 AM
    The kleenex box was actually slated for a release at one point. It was call and iBlow.Jobs cancelled it though after some very messy results with user testing. That and there was a high risk of patent infringement
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    QEFX , November 10, 2012 3:21 AM
    geof2001The kleenex box was actually slated for a release at one point. It was call and iBlow.Jobs cancelled it though after some very messy results with user testing. That and there was a high risk of patent infringement


    I see what you did there.
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    memadmax , November 11, 2012 12:30 AM
    #14.....

    Hackintosh...
    =D
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    JonnyDough , November 11, 2012 7:32 PM
    Modifying your mouse to hold cell phone batteries? I clicked on the link. It's horrible. What a waste of time. Using a dremel to cut up a mouse you could replace for $15...you'll spend more on the dremel, the battery, and in the amount of time it takes to do all that you could get a job and work for two hours at minimum wage. Go buy a new mouse and donate your old one.
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    phump , November 12, 2012 7:01 PM
    The garage door opener sounded great, but you need to buy their $65 dongle.
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    gm0n3y , November 13, 2012 7:56 PM
    JonnyDoughModifying your mouse to hold cell phone batteries? I clicked on the link. It's horrible. What a waste of time. Using a dremel to cut up a mouse you could replace for $15...you'll spend more on the dremel, the battery, and in the amount of time it takes to do all that you could get a job and work for two hours at minimum wage. Go buy a new mouse and donate your old one.

    To be fair, if you're the kind of person that is in to DIY projects you would prefer the cell phone battery powered mouse and you would likely already own a dremel.
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    house70 , November 15, 2012 9:18 PM
    xpehThe Apple Kleenex box is probably one of the best uses for Apple's products.

    The only better application would have been a toilet-paper dispenser.
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    k7mm , December 17, 2012 12:18 PM
    I have a Apple Cube aquarium.

    http://walyou.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/i-fish-tank.jpg
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    guvnaguy , March 19, 2013 10:02 PM
    Wouldn't it be a lot easier to just buy a USB 3G modem to plug in whenever you need it, and still have Wifi-connectivity?