If you're sitting at your laptop right now, I want you to look down at your keyboard. Get really close. Close enough so you can take a peek under the keys. Now look at the screen. Move from side to side to get different angles. How's it looking? If your computer is like mine was before I cleaned it, then you're probably noticing a bunch of greasy fingerprints mixed with crumbs from lunches past. Real talk: When was the last time you actually cleaned your laptop? There's no shame if the answer is "never," and luckily it's a pretty quick clean. If your QWERTY is crusty, keep reading to learn how to clean your laptop at practically no cost.
Have you begun turning your home into a "smart home" yet? I have the pleasure of living with someone who is very invested in the world of smart home products, and he's always looking to try something new to make us lazier and lazier. Newsflash: it's working. We no longer get up to turn off the lights, we don't pull our phones out to play music and we don't even reach for the remote to turn the TV off. Whether you're striving to enjoy your laziness or simply want to embrace the technology available to make your house an ecosystem of connected device, this list of the best smart home products is perfect for you.
Don't worry, it's not actually like that Disney movie Smart House that made me terrified my house was going to turn on me...at least not yet. When adding more products to your home's ecosystem, just make sure to use all of your privacy settings, and hopefully you won't have to worry about your technology turning on you, ha!
Heads up: this is not a post about how our family doesn't watch TV. We are a busy family, like any other, but we do love to watch our favorite shows and sports. Instead, I want to share how our family manages to enjoy television with out spending a ton of money on cable TV service each month.
We decided to cut the cord nine years ago, and haven't looked back. We've had to adapt our methods as networks and subscriptions have changed, but I don't think we missed anything we have really wanted to watch. Here is how we do it today.
How To: Set Up a DIY Photo Booth Using Your Computer (Free Software Download Included)
In the spirit of the new year, we're taking a look back at some of some favorites from the archives. Because old acquaintance should not be forgotten, we're bringing some inspired projects back to mind. Today, take a look at a DIY photo booth that is sure to be a hit at any 2012 bash!
In the final days of our "Work_____" series, we thought it was only fair to give you a tour of the offices, studios, and desks of the folks that make Curbly happen. So, have a peek at the spaces where our articles are researched and written, photos shot and edited, mistakes made, things learned, and the DIY community built.
This one is not one of them. I'm more than a little embarrassed when it comes to Mr. Mod's laptop bag/tech gear/briefcase (pictured above). It's everything it shouldn't be. It's big, bulky and made from black nylon and has a company logo on it.
I tried. Really, I tried. Some clever alliteration. A pun perhaps. But...nothing. No thoughtful titles or commentary on this tiny living space set up in a PC tower. So, I'll leave the task to you good people as you absorb the adorableness.
2008 was the year of the sticky-note mosaic...large, pixelated images created on walls from the sticky squares of Post-Its (see here, here, and here). So, in 2009, make your own with the help of this Instructable and some open source software. Just be careful with your paper waste.
Instructable-r NoahW has got it right: "keyboard keys + push pins = awesome keyboard thumb tacks!"
Just grab an old QWERTY keyboard (on sale en masse at your local thrift store) and cut away the excess plastic, then drill out a cozy space for your pushpin, and hot glue it in.
So, Apple has apparently captured the technology to power their portable electronics with el sol. So states Inhabitat: "Apple just filed a patent to infuse their hand-helds and computers with a thin film of solar cells, paving the way for a new generation of gadgets with battery life boosted by the sun. The patent approaches the prospect from every angle, with schematics to stack...
From bowling balls to pies to pink erasers, makers everywhere are getting more creative in customizing their portable USB drives. Here's a few clever mods to make your flash a little funky.
Adobe Photoshop is the premier photo-editing software, but it carries a heavy price tag for the casual user. Instructables user TechnoGeek95 offers several free alternatives to Photoshop to import, edit, stylize, and publish your photos. The tips highlight several (though mostly PC-only) freeware and online tools that get your photos looking sharp, organized, and viewable by all.
There are probably geeky communities in which I could ask this, but I hope some of the Curbly technogeniuses might have some ideas:
So, I just got a new Mac Book Pro, and I'd like to hook it up to my LCD television. (To get better use out of it, since we rarely watch TV [it was a Christmas gift]). I'd like to use the larger viewing area for Photoshopping and hopefully some video editing in the future...and of course, Curbly posting!
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Whether you're writing your next novel, balancing your checkbook, or simply creating a killer Curbly post, it's essential to be inspired and motivated by your workspace. Here's ten ideas for making your home office a creative haven on the cheap.
- Buy a Plant
- Get a Recycling System
- Tidy Up the Wires
Bind cords together
Clamp long running wires to walls
- Get retractable cords.
- Bind cords together
- Add a Filing Cabinet
- Organise Your Desk
- Get some Colour
- Get a Clock
Scan this messenger bag created entirely from 3.5" floppy disks and (what looks like) jump rings.Oh, and a strap. There's also a short how-to video so you can makes your own. Cool, cool.
Making stuff is always way more fun when you're using the images of your friends and family as source material. Here's eleven clever projects that allow you to use your own digital photos to create beautiful artwork and fun crafts.
- KidGrid: DIY Photo blocks
- Customized party gear
- Make photo magnets
- Personalized mini-stickers
- Custom coloring books
- Create your own pop art
- DIY Photo mobile
- Bookplate stickers
- Personalized baby books & scrapbooks
- Photo puzzle
Tech blog PC Tips Box offers three tips to keep your lap and fingers cool as you work on your laptop, perhaps as you write your Curbly post masterpiece?
1. Clean the fan
2. Monitor the vitals
3. Work using a ergonomic fan riser.
Read the full article here.