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Whether you’re making a new electronics project or trying to add definition to an old piece, you can use a simple crayon to make etched logos and text pop.

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Most people are in the habit of jiggling their mouse or tapping their keyboard when they want to wake their monitor. This clever electronics hack adds a sensor to your computer for motion-based monitor activation.

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If you’re looking for a versatile battery booster, this DIY 3-in-1 solar/usb/wall current charger known as the MightyMintyBoost will top of your phone, mp3 player, and other gadgets with ease.

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If you’ve been longing for some of that sweet ambient lighting found in higher end HDTV setups, long no more. This DIY electronics guide will show you how to add custom and quick-responding ambient lighting to your comp...

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If you’re looking for a fun electronics project to hone your tinkering skills with, this fun project guide shows you how to build a Clapper to control gear around your house.

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If you’ve ever wished that you could get notification upon the delivery of your physical mail (just like you do with your email) then this hack is for you. Turn a wireless doorbell into a snail mail indicator.

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It’s Christmas Eve and if you’re lucky you’ve got some time off ahead of you. Let’s put that time to good use with some holiday-centered geeking out. Come on in for LEGO ornaments, Darth Vader snow flakes, and Christmas light hacks galore.

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Are you still using your service provider’s DNS servers? You might have heard about Comcast’s DNS servers dying and taking down the internet for anybody not using the more reliable OpenDNS or Google DNS. Here’s how to set it up on your Verizon FIOS router for every device on your network.

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If you’ve just switched to Verizon FIOS and they’ve installed the new router in your house, there’s just one problem: it’s set to use lousy WEP encryption by default, instead of the much more secure WPA2. Here’s how to fix it.

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Just because you don’t get much playtime out of your PlayStation 2 doesn’t mean you have to eat the price of all those expensive peripherals. Hook them up to your computer.

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Have you ever tried to login to your Verizon FIOS router, only to find out that you’ve got no idea what the password is? Here’s how to reset the password to the factory defaults and get access to your router again.

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We have previously covered how to set up a PPTP VPN Server using Debian Linux here on Sysadmin Geek, however if you are already utilizing a DD-WRT firmware based router in your network then you can easily configure your router to act as the PPTP VPN Server.

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There are numerous ways to block advertisements in your browser, but what if you could block them on the router? Here’s how to use the DD-WRT firmware and deliberate “DNS poisoning” to block ads for every device on your network.

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Are you confused by the barrage of video cables available today?  Let’s take a look at the most important video cables today, HDMI and DVI, and see what’s the differences between the two.

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Got a ton of USB drives and devices that you want to plug into your PC? Here’s a crazy hub over at ThinkGeek that supports up to 24.

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I’ve been planning on upgrading my home desktop setup with some new, bigger monitors, and I came across this deal over on Newegg which seems like a really great deal—and I figured I’d share it with you, the readers, to get your opinion.

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The screen that you see when your computer first starts is known as the BIOS, and it’s based on a really old technology that is finally being replaced with something better—and it will make your PC boot faster, too.

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A new exploit discovered in the iPhone hardware, or more specifically, the A4 processor, makes the iPhone, iPod touch 4G and the iPad jailbreakable for life. The exploit is found in the A4 hardware, so Apple can’t patch...

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Ever needed to connect two machines directly together? All you need is a crossover cable—but if you don’t have one handy, the Tested blog has the quick instructions on how to make your own.

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Long Zheng figures out what Microsoft Hardware has been tweeting about—a new touch mouse.

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The geeks over at Tom’s Hardware decided to find out whether they could get enough gold from motherboard connectors to actually make the process worthwhile, and posted up a picture guide to the process.

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If you rely on somebody else for managed hosting of your Linux servers, you might not always know exactly what type of server you’re actually running on. There’s a quick and easy way to figure this out, however.

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All Dell servers come with the Dell OpenManage Server Administrator software which has the ability to monitor and display system level indicators. Additionally, through the Alert Management tab you can configure actions to execute whenever an alert is triggered. Unfortunately there is no vehicle for applying uniform notifications to all events, so we are going to provide a script which configures all the alert actions to send an email notifying you of the respective event. While you could set these up manually, having a script is ideal as you can easily deploy this across multiple servers.

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If you live in an apartment complex you’ve probably noticed more than just the passive-aggressive network IDs that your neighbors use—very likely you’ve had problems with your wireless connections dropping out, or just not being as fast as you’d like. Here’s a quick fix.

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OpenDNS is an incredible alternative to your ISP DNS server.  Simply put DNS (Domain Name System) translates IP address to easy to remember hostname’s. Not only will OpenDNS make your browsing faster, there are a lot of additional features provided by this free service. 

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