Do it Yourself Flash Drive Mods

Flash Drive ModsRachel, a student at UCLA, has put together a new site to help you spice up those ubiquitous keychain flash drives that everyone seems to be carrying around. (Mine is full of newspaper clippings about myself, so that I can dazzle at a MOMENT’S NOTICE.) She plans on having a library of tutorials and a store for buying and modding USB flash drives. Some of the tutorials already up include a Hot Wheel car and rubber ducky USB flash drive mod. Check it out. (via Gizmodo)

High-Velocity Lego Mindstorms CD Thrower

Lego ThrowerMan, the New Lego Mindstorms sets, named “Mindstorms NXT,” really are capable of some amazing things. And while categorizing this entry under “Media Management” may be a bit of a stretch on my part, this high-speed CD thrower is nothing short of astonishing. Never before has it been so easy to send your old AOL signup CDs careening into the wall, where they shatter. TechEBlog has more pictures, video, and a full rundown, while you can see the original project plan over at Philo’s amazing collection of Mindstorms projects.

The Diet Coke and Mentos Trick

  1. Buy Mentos
  2. Buy Diet Coke

And here’s why:

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HOW TO: Resurface a CD

Resurface CDsGot a CD that’s scratched beyond repair, but don’t want to buy one of those Got a CD that’s scratched beyond repair, but don’t want to buy one of those expensive (and often, ineffective) resurfacing machines? Turns out its easy to resurface them yourself. A little Brasso and a little elbow grease is all you need.

Welcome to the New Movement

The very notion of the Do-it-Yourself (or DiY) ethic is different things to different people, and the definition changes depending on who you ask. To your grandfather, DiY could well mean slapping together a makeshift guide for his router table, rather than paying for one that would cost many times more. Your dad might tell you it’s a way of making do with what you have in order to get by, the way you might if you swapped in a pair of pantyhose for a blown fan belt on a car engine. Someone who came of age in the late 1970s and 1980s will go a little further, describing DiY not as an ethic, but as an anti-consumerist movement that spawned whole genres of new music.

DiY questions the uniqueness of the expert’s expertise, and promotes the ability of the ordinary person to learn to do more than he or she thought was possible. But how does one define Do it Yourself for the 21st century? I mean, weaving the sweaters you wear is great and all, but is there a place for DiY in today’s world of gadgets, computers, and high technology?

You’d better believe it. Now, more than ever. People worldwide are re-purposing old electronics, creating entirely new machines where before there was an old shell. Crafting digital video projectors out of old LCD screens and bright light bulbs. Emulating software that ran on long-dead hardware, and undertaking massive arcade cabinet woodworking projects. Making cannons that shoot entire rolls of toilet paper hundreds of feet. Going green and building power-generating windmills, or performing large scale gasoline-to-electric conversions on their cars. Using sophisticated tools, technology, science, and online collaborative learning to take on projects they may previously have thought impossible. This very specific branch of doing it yourself, of geeking it yourself, continues today more strongly than ever.

Welcome to the GiY movement. Now, let’s have some fun.