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The 25 Most In-Demand Job Skills Right Now, According to LinkedIn

Looking for a new job? Depending on what line of work you’re in, you may want to brush up on your technical skills—or learn some new ones. LinkedIn …

New study quantifies bitcoin’s ludicrous energy consumption

Bitcoin could consume 7.7 gigawatts by the end of 2018.<p>The bitcoin network is run by miners, computers that maintain the shared transaction ledger …

Raspberry Pi: creating a cross-development environment for ARM

So here’s a confession: I hate make files. And I’m really not all that keen on the whole compilation thing, with all those flags and whatnot. Why? …

Making a Sandblaster from $6 in Parts and a Soda Bottle

You’ve got love simple hacks like this one that give you access to a tool you don’t otherwise have or can’t afford. Adam Fleisch modified a $5 Harbor Freight airgun and a .77 fitting and used a soda bottle to create a super-cheap but what appears to be effective sandblasting gun.<p>The only really …

The Only Four Cycling Workouts You Really Need

Do these each week and you've got your basic training covered<p>There are as many ways to train as there are coaches, plans, online articles, and books. Even seasoned riders can get lost in the sea of intensity zones, HIIT workouts, mobility moves, plyometrics, strength work, and core training. That’s …

Cycling

Grease Gun Hydroforms Custom Motorcycle Parts

Never underestimate the power of an incompressible fluid at high pressure. Properly constrained and with a full understanding of the forces involved, …

26 time-management tricks I wish I'd known at 20

Time-management skills can take a while to learn.<p>Étienne Garbugli, a Montreal-based product and marketing consultant, the author of "Lean B2B: Build Products Businesses Want," and the creator of a course to help entrepreneurs find their target market, distilled the lessons he wishes he'd known when …

Time Management

How to Stop iOS Apps From Stealing Your Apple ID Password

iOS: Security researcher Felix Krause is killing it this month, if “it” means iPhone users’ sense of security. We recently covered two of his …

This Tiny Wooden Word Clock Can Be Worn as a Watch

If you’ve seen videos of a word clock in action, you know that it displays the time in a non-traditional manner by lighting up a series of words instead of a dial or numbers. Though this method would likely take some time to get used to, it’s a really unique way of picturing things, and the results …

These Tiny Drawbots Put Unique Doodles on Coasters

If you go to a bar or restaurant, you’ll likely be given a disposable coaster on which to rest your drink. Though they might be interesting, and feature the establishment’s logo or another fun image, wouldn’t it be better if you could customize them on the fly? No, I’m not talking about doodling on …

Going Open Source to Make Your Own Loupedeck Alternative

There is an extremely talented landscape photographer called Thomas Heaton whose YouTube videos I find very instructive and entertaining. Recently he …

Woodworking: Clever Japanese Technique for Getting Perfect-Fitting Joinery

It's called "kigoroshi" and it ensures there's no gaps<p>A half-lap joint is good-looking, functional and, once you get good at it, quick to cut with …

Woodworking

What Your Core Really Is and How to Strengthen It

Crunches and planks aren’t everything. If you want to strengthen your core, you need to think bigger. Your core includes all the muscles in your …

Thin, Good Looking & Strong – Micro Plywood Splines, Part 1

While designing a 9th-grade box project, one thing kept bugging me: How should we reinforce the miter joints at the corners of the boxes? After …

Woodworking

5 Indispensable Shop Tools You Can Make Yourself

On Jeremy Fielding’s YouTube channel, he runs through five work-a-day shop tools that he made himself. These stands, filters, jigs and guides save time, space, and make the work go easier and safer. Here is the video tour of the tools followed by each of them broken out and explained.<p>5-in-1 …

The Raspberry Pi Makes A Great DIY Surveillance System

Plug-and-play wireless security cameras are cheap as chips these days. Unfortunately, many are made by companies that care very little about …

Most Winter Boots Have Terrible Grip on Ice

Your winter boots have to protect you from the cold and prevent slush from leaking in. That’s easy enough to check in the store: just look for …

Evil Mad Scientist Labs Release AxiDraw V3, a Writing and Drawing Machine

Over the years, Windell Oskay and Lenore Edman, aka Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories, have consistently created some of the most unique, clever, and just plain cool projects and products, from their LED coffee table (which started it all) to Bristlebots to the EggBot and the WaterColorBot.<p>The Mad …

Maker Faire

One reason why the 12-inch MacBook is better than the new MacBook Pro

As I write this blog post, I have ten tabs open in Chrome and no other apps running on my five-year-old MacBook Pro. Despite this low workload, my MacBook Pro's cooling fan whirs loudly. This is not a rare occurrence. It seems that with each passing day, the fan spins more and rests less. And …

Loupedeck | Bringing Lightroom Control To A Physical & Purpose Built Console

There has been a rather obvious and sharp increase in photographers and non-photographers using photo-centric applications, and perhaps the more …

Tutorials

How to turn scrap metal into a ‘homemade’ battery

Engineers used bits of metal scraps and a household chemical to create the world’s first steel-brass battery that can store energy at levels …

Make Your Own Miniature Linux Laptop for Less Than $100

While you can install Linux on just about anything, old tablets are probably the cheapest way to do it. Case in point, Node put together a guide that …

Miniature

6 Best macOS and Linux Programming Text Editor For Web Development

Notepad++ is by far the most popular code editor in the market, it is free but limited to Microsoft Windows OS only, for those into coding on a macOS …

Linux

Move over Raspberry Pi, here are a dozen, better alternatives | ZDNet

BeagleBone Black<p>BeagleBone Black is a low-cost, community-supported development platform for developers and hobbyists. This $55 board allows you to …

Making Circular Saw Crosscut & Miter Jig The MAX CUT 2 | Limited Tools Episode 003

EspoTek’s Labrador Packs 5 Lab Instruments onto a Single Board

There are a slew of electronic lab kits that can be found online to perform any number of functions but most of these only center on one tool, such as a stand-alone digital oscilloscope or logic analyzer. That means if you want to perform more than one function, you will need two or more lab …

Standalone

No-slide, Removable Small Parts Drawers

Jeremy Schmidt, of Jer’s Workshop, found it annoying whenever he had small parts bins organized in a drawer, took a bin out, closed the drawer, and had the remaining bins shift position. His solution was to custom-fabricate a series of small wooden parts bins that always stay put as the drawers …

Wazer: The Waterjet For Your Garage

Most hobbyists don’t have waterjets in their garage, but they would if they could! A Waterjet (or Water Jet Cutter) is a marvelous tool. Simply mount …

Carbon Fiber

Quick Tip: Cable Bundling via the “Roadie Wrap”

We’ve covered techniques for proper cord and cable wrangling before. There are obviously different ways to get the job done and people have their preferred method. One common way to wrap cable so as to minimize kinks is the over-and-under twist method commonly known as the “roadie wrap.”<p>In this …

Guitar

Desktop Waterjet Cutting Comes to Hobbyists With Wazer

As digitally driven tools become more accessible, machines traditionally reserved for industrial use continue to shrink in size and price — something we’ve seen with everything from 3D printing to CNC milling. Now the introduction of Wazer puts the waterjet cutter into home workshops too.<p>The new …