Popular Science has a short and sweet guide on transforming that old Xbox into an Xbox Media Center (XBMC) – “…unleashing your Xbox’s hidden talents no longer requires soldering skills or Linux savvy. Since we first wrote about modding the console, in May 2004 ["Let Your Xbox Loose"], hackers have devised programs known as softmod installers that make unlocking the box a simple “click Next” process anyone can follow. Once complete, you can copy dozens of applications, including Xbox Media Center (XBMC), from your computer.” – Link.
This is an interesting interface for an iPod – an umbrella. Opening and closing pause/play, shake it – and get random songs. I’d like to see a water sensor that switches playlists to songs about rain or something… [via] Link.
Under $200-ish Nixie tube clock kits – “The GeekKlok is a truly amazing designer clock, created by AWARD-WINNING DESIGNER Raymond Weisling. This clock is for geeks and nerds and gadget lovers, so it has many features not found in the typical Nixie clock, and in fact not found in most clocks of any kind” – Link.
“Sixteen Needs Met by Ingenuity” – Popular Science 1927. I like the pedal powered merry-go-round and the high speed bread toaster – Link.
Spoons made from broken china – Link.
This looks interesting, make any device with serial inputs and outputs ethernet/internet-enabled for less than $35 – ” Ready-to-Go Serial to Ethernet Gateway module mounted with RJ-45 connector, Serial Command Support, Simple Command Frame Format, Comprehensive & Readable Command Set for Network and Serial Settings, Available of on-site Configuration without PC, High Stability & Reliability by using W3150A WIZnet Chip (Fully Hardwired TCP/IP Stack), Easy and Powerful Configuration Program, 10/100Mbps Ethernet Interface, Max, 230Kbps Serial Interface.” – [via] Link.
Here’s a new blog that has some good tips (and choppers) – “This blog will help you with the maintenance and repair of your bicycle. Everything from chain lubrification to wheel alignement will be covered in time. It is easy after you know how-to. For now here’s the – Tip of the day: The best and cheapest chain lube around is Automatic transmission oil. It is synthetic and a quart will last you a very long time for the price of a small bottle of bicycle chain lube. It works great for a lot of things. Avoid using regular motor oil at all cost. This mineral oil is a magnet for dust and foreign particals on your drivetrain.” [photos] – Link.
Turns out – it’s possible to make (some) cell phones more annoying by making a “HeadOn” ringtone – here’s a zip file with a MP3 and WAV. When my phone rings it now says – “HeadOn, apply directly to the forehead, HeadOn, apply directly to the forehead, HeadOn, apply directly to the forehead.” Handy for testing cellphone jammers… To make this ringtone, I used WireTap (Mac) and just played the video from YouTube to capture the sound as a MP3 – Link.
- Tones Dem Tones, Damn Ringtones. Shouldn’t people make their own ringtones, not buy them? MAKE 06 – Page 11.
- Other DIY ringtone projects, etc – Link.
Here’s a neat idea – use those old 5 1/2″ floppies and make some Space Invader art – Link.