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Do-It-Yourself Projects

Build Your Own DVR

By hagrin - Posted on 05 August 2006

Sick of the subscription fees, hardware installations and limitations that come from such DVR systems such as TiVo and your cable companies DVR options? Well, Lifehackers shows you how to build your own DVR. This is a terrific guide for creating your own low cost DVR system which is accompanied by screenshots and great detail. The DIY article talks about using SageTV as your software application to control your DVR PC. I will definitely be taking a look at this article when I get a chance this weekend and only wish I had this setup for the NCAA Basketball tournament.

DIY: $9.00 Lockpicker

By hagrin - Posted on 05 August 2006

Some people are just so creative mechanically it's scary. Invent Geek has posted a guide on how to make your own $9.00 lockpicking device from a toothbrush, some batteries, some picks and that's basically it. Fantastic (or to quote the Guiness guys - Brilliant!). These devices cost approximately $60-100 dollars online when purchased from some company so a cheap, easy to assemble alternative really shows the industry that profit margins on these devices may be coming down. Good read and a good test of your geek

Sew Your Own Linux Tux

By hagrin - Posted on 05 August 2006

Dammit, I knew I should have paid attention during Home Economics. has published sewing instructions for everyone to make their own Linux Tux penguin. Wow, too cool (ok, maybe I shouldn't have said that out loud). Go buy your own sewing kit and some fabric and make your Linux Tux penguin today!