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Seat of Power: the computer workstation for the person with everything | Ars Technica

The $21,500 Emperor 1510 LX rotates, tilts, talks, and comes with a cupholder.<p>Science fiction is filled with cherished seats of power, workstations …

What My Father Taught Me: Mike Rowe

The Eagle Scout and Dirty Jobs star on learning to fell trees and prepare firewood. (See our full list of fatherly advice, "Everything My Dad Taught Me." And tweet your own with #DadAdvice.)<p><b>"People love chopping wood.</b> In this activity one immediately sees results."<p>—Albert Einstein<p>When I was 14, I …

Fan TV revealed: is this the set-top box we’ve been waiting for?

Built in secret, Fanhattan is finally showing off its Yves Behar-designed device to the world.<p>In June 2011, a Silicon Valley startup released a well received iOS app named Fanhattan to serve as a central place for finding streaming video. More recently, Fanhattan brought its service to the web. But …

Thinner Than MacBook Air, The New Razer Blade Wants To Be 'The 4th Gaming Console'

While Intel‘s HD 4600 integrated graphics in Haswell will raise the bar for what ultrabooks are capable of, discrete GPUs will always reign supreme for gaming enthusiasts. Thinness is an expected staple in the gadget world, but gaming laptops have traditionally sacrificed power for pounds. That …

Quiet, Humble Sugru Attracts a Crowd at Maker Faire

They are located directly across from the flashing lights of Make:Labs’ Nuclear Fuser. The <i>pew-pew-pew</i> of ray guns is in the air.<p>But Sugru, the humble, quiet “self-setting rubber” is managing to attract quite a crowd at Maker Faire.<p>It makes sense: in the epicenter of geeky tech culture there’s a …

Tinkercad Is Back! Autodesk Is Buying It

<b>Tinkercad is back — and it’s even better.</b><p>Autodesk announced today they’ve signed a deal to acquire Tinkercad and revive the popular web-based 3D design tool and its growing community of makers and educators.<p>Tinkercad shut down in March to the disappointment of many makers who appreciate its …

Controlling LEDs with Charlieplexing

MAKE contributor Andy has created a great tutorial to introduce you to the utility of “Charlieplexing,” a method for controlling multiple LEDs without the use of multiple microcontroller pins. With Charlieplexing you can turn on or off one LED at a time. To light more than one LED at a time, you …

A Practical Guide to the Catchphrases of Arrested Development | WIRED

In 2012, I watched <i>Arrested Development</i> for the first time and discovered that roughly 60 percent of the lexicon of my peer group consisted of direct …