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Rocketmonkeys update

Posted by james on March 7, 2008


24 pictures.

That's right folks, we're up to v6.0 now. I really can't keep track of how many rocketmonkeys there's been, so 6 will do for now. Let me know if anything is broken, most likely it is. Besides the bright bright colors and the giant size buttons, the best thing is the image viewer. Check it out, so nifty and convenient. I've got some more refinements to make, which will probably happen just before I redo the whole thing yet again.

How to make a laptop stand for bed (aka. I'm famous!)

Posted by james on Feb. 15, 2008


1 picture.

I watch movies/TV in bed quite often now, and it's really uncomfortable to balance the darn thing on my chest while it overheats, possibly causing me chest burns, or potential future sterility. I saw a <a href="http://www.laptop-laidback.com/product_info.php">good looking laptop stand</a> that looked perfect, but at $139 it's about $124 more than I wanted to spend. So I made my own, and it works great so I figured I'd share it with the world <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/A-better-laptop-stand-for-bed/">Here on instructables.com</a>.

It was promoted to the front page of Instructables today, and it also made <a href="http://lifehacker.com/357091/diy-laptop-stand-for-the-bed">lifehacker</a>, both sites I love. Everytime I see something neat, I think "I could make that". Beds, Projection TV's, flowbies, Computer Monitor stands, surround speakers. This time I actually did it, and it came out great. One interesting note about the first version of the laptop stand is that I wanted to make it while Lauren was visiting, and she said I wouldn't have enough time. If I thought I wanted to make it before, at that moment I knew I had to get it done by the time she woke up. I spent the next hour getting the materials (bolt, washer, stick of wood, piece of MDF board, screws), and got home with a half hour left. So I winged it, just going at it with my cordless circular saw, slicing things off as I went. And the funny thing is it all worked right. Amazing.

Take that Lauren! Of course, she's the one that benefited most since she uses it all the time, and now she knows how to motivate me. "I know you could never setup that bookshelf before I'm done cooking" or "I bet you can't build a trailer out of scrap metal next Saturday when I'm gone." Or even "I bet you can't make a DIY flowbie out of a weedwacker motor, coat hangers, a 2 liter soda bottle, razer blades, and duct tape, during a rain storm." Proved her wrong that time, too. Of course, it then blew up while I was using it and was abandoned forever. But it still counts.

A look back: the Cardboard Computer Case

Posted by james on Dec. 21, 2007


27 pictures.

I just saw an article online titled "Worst case mod ever" about someone who made a <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/21627831@N05/">computer case out of cardboard</a>. It brought to mind a similar project I did a long while back, when I first got to Hawaii. Below are the pictures for your viewing pleasure. I'm proud of this one; even though it had no ventilation (and so had to be dismantled), I did use it for quite a while and it worked well (with the exception of the non-vertical friendly dvd burner).

For the curious, it was an Athlon XP 2800+, 512mb PC2700, 80gb + 160gb, ATI Radeon 8500 LE. My current setup, for reference, is a Sempron 3100+, 1gb PC2700, 74gb Raptor + 200gb + 160gb, NVidia 6600 (this time in a more "professional" and boring case). Not much different, and it's 2 years later. Next step, Core 2 Duo...

Take me back to.... 2005!


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