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DIY Web Site Picks

There are tons of web sites out on the Internet that promote DIY projects and all you have to do is play for plans.  My mom and my brother-in-law both sent me a link so I can have plans to make my own green energy for just $49.97. Sounds like a bargain?  It is not.  There are plenty of places to find DIY projects with detail instructions for free.

Instructables – â’The World’s Biggest Show and Tellâ’

Instructables is a web-based documentation platform where passionate people share what they do and how they do it, and learn from and collaborate with others.

If you have an upcoming project that you feel the DIY community could benefit?  Then follow these five steps; 1) Take a picture or video of each stage, 2) List all parts and tools needed to complete the project and 3) Divide your project into easy to understand steps along with the appropriate images for each step.

Cost: Free and Paid Membership (paid membership has the added function to view all the steps on one page).
Registration: Free
Submit Project: Free
(http://www.instructables.com/)

Howtoons

Howtoons are cartoons showing kids of all ages “How To” build things. Each illustrated episode is a stand-alone fun adventure accessible to all. Howtoons are designed to encourage children to be active participants in discovering the world through fun, creative, and inventive project and to rely a lot less on mass-consumable entertainment. (http://www.howtoons.com/)

MAKE Projects

MAKE brings the do-it-yourself mindset to all the technology in your life. MAKE is loaded with exciting projects that help you make the most of your technology at home and away from home. It is your right to tweak, hack, and bend any technology to your own will.

Cost: Free
Year Subscription: $34.95 (http://tinyurl.com/ttmakemag)
(http://makezine.com/projects)

CRAFT Projects

CRAFT is dedicated to the renaissance that’s occurring within the world of crafts. Celebrating the DIY spirit to unite, inspire, inform, and entertain a growing community of highly imaginative and resourceful people who are transforming traditional art and crafts with unconventional, unexpected, and even renegade techniques, materials, and tools; people who undertake amazing crafting projects in their homes and communities. (http://craftzine.com/projects/)

Hack a Day

Hack a Day serves up fresh hacks each day, every day from around the web and a special How-To hack each week.  Warning: This site is for those who loved to void warranties. (http://hackaday.com/)

Lifehacker

Lifehacker, an award-winning daily blog that features tips, shortcuts, and downloads that help you get things done smarter and more efficiently. There are actual solutions to lifeâ’s little problems and yes; your life can be hacked. Also a great source for Mac and Windows DIY projects to make your life just a little bit more â’shinyâ’. (http://lifehacker.com/)


Not all DIY projects are worth bragging rights, some turn into nothing more than a kludge. A kludge (or kluge) is a workaround, a quick-and-dirty solution – a clumsy or inelegant, yet effective solution to a problem, typically using parts that are cobbled together. I have seen my share of kludges including a wired hanger for car antennas, duct tape and plastic wrap for a car window replacement and a shoestring to hold up an exhaust pipe.

There I Fixed It

Picture 1This site celebrates iconic images of mankindâ’s eternal struggle to hammer square pegs into round holes (with duct tape.)  There are as many sources for the word Kludge as there are jury-rigged mailboxes in the mobile home parks of America. Whether the source of the word is Gaelic, German, or Naval Acronym, we know them when we see them, and on this web site, we celebrate these iconic images of mankindâ’s eternal struggle to hammer square pegs into round holes (with duct tape.) Submit your handiwork to: thereifixedit@gmail.com (http://thereifixedit.com)

Tech Talk Picks

Website: Santa Tracking with NORAD (http://www.noradsanta.org/)
Freeware
: Scribus – Professional layout and publishing software (http://www.scribus.net/)

Next Week: Solutions to Cyberturleâ’s question concerning speeding up an Windows XP computer.

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