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There’s no need to shell out for an expensive commercial leak detector when you can cobble together a simple one from basic parts.

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If you have a device that doesn’t come with a wall-adapter, this tutorial outlines how you can construct your own using generic parts and, in the process, free yourself from dependency on fickle batteries.

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Christmas lights have come a long way from the original incandescent strands. Newer lights, like GE Color Effects, include LEDs driven by addressable micro-chips. Read on to see how you can hack them into a customizable display.

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Clever Altoids-Tin-Chargers abound, but many feature complex builds. This DIY charger feature a simple schematic more suited for beginners.

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This DIY Ambilight–reactive ambient HDTV lighting–setup is brighter and more sophisticated than the original. Check out the video to be blown away by the brightness.

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Electroluminescent wire (or EL wire for short) is a low-voltage and low-heat way to add some dramatic lighting effects to your Halloween costume. Read on to see how you can easily incorporate it into your outfit this year.

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There’s no need to leave the high-caliber theatrics to Disney when there are DIY guides like this one floating around. Bring the Haunted Mansion’s Singing Ghosts to your front porch.

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Upon arriving home you look in your messenger bag and your ebook reader is gone. What do you do? This guide highlights what you need to do for the three most popular readers to minimize your losses.

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If you’re looking for an interesting electronics project that combines something old and something new, this clever build combines a new Arduino chip to re-create a 1970s era microcomputer.

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If you’re looking for a fun project to teach a kid the wonders of electronics tinkering it’s tough to beat a book that lets them spy on their siblings.

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Earlier this week we asked you to share the ways you’ve enhanced your home router. We’ve rounded up the responses here; read on to see how your fellow readers supercharge their home routers.

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Sure, you can take your router out of the box, plug it in, and use it with the default settings, but there’s nothing particularly daring or geeky about that. What we’re interested in is all the ways you tweak, enhance, and modify your outer for maximum usefulness.

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Originally introduced by Philip Electronics, Ambilight is a simple system of LED lighting on the back of an HDTV monitor which extends the color scheme of the individual video frames out beyond the actual physical screen. In ...

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There are plenty of software-based temperature monitoring solutions, fewer hardware-based solutions, and even fewer hardware solutions that include prominent visual indicators. This DIY hack changes the lighting on your case ...

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Want to make sure you catch anyone brash enough to loot your beloved media center? Include this PS3 Trojan Horse in the mix to track your gear.

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We’ve covered QoS before when we showed you prioritize your DD-WRT router’s traffic and in our 5th tip for getting the most out of Tomato. It’s a little more complicated than creating rules, so let’s see how things work.

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Super Pixel Bros is a fantastically retro re-imagining of the original Super Mario Bros game on an 8×8 LED grid–every game element is reduced to a single pixel.

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Just because a computer isn’t peppy enough to be your primary machine anymore doesn’t mean it’s worthless. This week we want to hear about your repurposing projects. How do you squeeze life out of an old machine?

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If you’re interested in some high-voltage experimentation on the cheap, this DIY Tesla Coil is a steal.

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If you’ve got a perfectly functional but boring alarm clock this Chumby-powered hack will upgrade its old Beep-Beep to a custom readout of the weather and daily headlines.

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Running unsigned code on the Xbox360 requires a bit of know how and a specific plan tailored to your particular model/chipset. A freshly released hack, however, works on every version of the Xbox.

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I’m so old [9GAG]

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We’ve got a product review this week! Diamond’s WR300N is a super-compact wireless repeater/bridge device. Does it hold its own, or fall short of conventional devices? Read on to find out!

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We’ve shown you how to statically set the IPs on your network, now lets flip that DNS switch for added elegance and ease of use. Today’s guide will show you how to access your machines using DNS names on your DD-WRT enabled router.

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Having a media server is really awesome, unless the other people on your network don’t know how to share the bandwidth. Using some simple QoS rules, you can give your computer a priority and stop your streams from dropping out.

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