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Commercial meter readers are expensive; this DIY hack allows you to cheaply monitor your power consumption for a greener tomorrow (and, realistically, a much lower bill).

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Friday is here once again and that means time for fun and games! In this week’s game you are a weapons smuggler who has been captured and sentenced to 30 years in prison. But fate smiles on you when aliens attack the ship you are being transported on. Can you make the most of this unexpected opportunity to escape or are you doomed?

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You can use Audacity to recreate a few really common and popular effects, such as “rewinding” and that creepy ghostly pre-echo. All you need to do is start with reversed tracks.

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If you have images or PDF files with text in them that can’t be selected, you can use the OneNote printer and the built-in OCR functionality to extract the text from them. Here’s how to do it.

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Every week we take a moment to dip into the reader mailbag and pull out some tasty tips. This week we’re taking a look at Kindle shortcuts, snappy ways to search in Explorer folders, and easy Android ringtone organization.

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The folks over at Get Satisfaction have put together a fun infographic chock-full of details about the “fine qualities and characteristics” of internet trolls. If you have been aggravated by a troll lately, then h...

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The premise is straight forward: your camera stamps each photo with a unique serial number and that serial number appears in all photos that have not been sanitized. Stolen Camera Finder scans online photo sites looking for m...

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Fire in the Sky (HDR) [DesktopNexus]

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If you’re looking for a stealthy way to bring tunes to a room without plunking down speakers everywhere, this stealthy electronics project hides your speakers inside old books.

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A bad audio jack can cut your listening short and force you to buy new headphones. If you’ve got expensive cans or rare equipment, however, you can save money by replacing the connector yourself.

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This week we’re getting up close and personal with your geeky hobbies. What hobbies build your geek-cred, keep your soldering iron hot, or otherwise endear you to your fellow geeks?

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Do you have a wildlife themed desktop that needs some great icons to go with it? Then we may have just what you are looking for. The icons in these two packs have a stylish wire-frame look to them that will add a unique, arti...

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The Galapagos Islands are well known for being geologically young and the large number of endemic species that can be found there. Now you can do some exploring of your own and bring the wildlife of the Galapagos Islands to y...

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Rather than dig through various menus and try to figure out how to clean out each individual cache, History Eraser Pro puts everything in a neat dashboard for easy cache wiping. Fire it up, select what you want to dump (like ...

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The GRASP Lab at the University of Pennsylvania is doing some interesting work with UAV quadrotors–tiny four helicopter blade unmanned aerial machines that are as deft as hummingbirds. In the above video they’re d...

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purple-and-pink-fuchsia [DesktopNexus]

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Dino Segovis, the guy behind Hack-A-Week TV, shares an awesome video on how to build an Arduino-based 1/2 watt amplifier that amplifies both your speakers and your guitar (with neat distortion effects). Check out the video ab...

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