Mattr’s handy Instructable “The “Notebook Akku Hot-swapper” is a device which allows to exchange the rechargeable battery of a Notebook during runtime avoiding the need to shutdown/poweroff the system before the exchange.” Link.
The MSN Encarta Instant message bot I added a few months ago to my buddy list IMed to tell me “On this day in 1971, Alan Shepard was the first person to golf on the Moon and the fifth man to walk on the Moon, spending a record 33.5 hours on the Moon’s surface.” – this was the first time I received a message without asking, first typing something or setting a preference. I really like this, I just wonder if this is a new feature. It could also be something odd with the client logging in that I am using (AdiumX). Here’s more about the bot if you want to poke at it…
Janos’s awesome case mod! “I already had a powerful computer setup so I wanted something more quiet, small and low power consumptioning to function as a basic home server. I love to tinker with hardware etc. so I wanted to make something quite unique for a case. I have seen many nice and creative cases before but none of them were made out of a bottle. In November I bought an industrial 3.5″ SBC board (with Socket370). For the project I selected a 1.5 litre Ballantine’s bottle for case. That was the proper size and shape for the task at hand.” [via] Link.
Teralab’s glass blowing how-to “This section describes methods for working glass for scientific vacuum devices such as glow tubes, filament lamps and thermionic devices. It is a record of the approaches which I have taken and the problems which I faced. The articles below apply to soda-lime glass and are intended to be read in order, starting at the top.” [via] Link.
Greg from DIY live writes “I know that starting out in Electronics can be intimidating. There is a lot that you have to understand in order to really get a grasp of electronics. Sure, you can find some schematics, and put them together, but without understanding what resistor to put with a LED, and why you pick that resistor for that LED, then you can’t really do much except for just copy other people’s designs. I decided to find a few links for everyone to go to that will help them understand circuits, and circuit design.” Link.
Chris writes “You can save money on an expensive hard drive enclosure, by adding a connector for a cooling fan, replacing some LEDs, and lengthening a power cord. A relatively simple mod, it fixes almost everything that makes this cheap enclosure so cheap, using only materials found in a nerdy basement.” Link.
Unigamer writes “My dream has come true. Ever since last summer when I saw the Skype Video Payphone, I wanted to have a payphone hooked up to VOIP. Not long after I saw that article on Makezine, I put a “wanted” ad on Craigslist Sacramento for a Payphone. I said I wanted it for a project, didn’t have a lot of money I can spend on it, and it didn’t have to be working. I left it alone, never thinking I’d get a response from anyone.” Link. Hopefully, I’ll have time to accept real money in the MAKE payphone soon and have that converted to Skype credits…
Drew writes “If your vehicle was manufactured after 1996, it contains an On Board Diagnostic (OBD) computer that captures information about how it’s running. I’ve put together a basic HOWTO Guide for OBD-II so that you can get started playing with it. I use ScanTool‘s great hardware and GPL’d software for my setup. You can use it to save money by reading error codes without a trip to the mechanic when your “check engine” light is on, capture performance data about your car’s drivetrain in real-time, or log data as if it were an airplane’s “black box”.” Link.