William Smith

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India holds the key to Bhutan’s economic success, and its failures

It’s known as the Chicken’s Neck, a 30-odd km wide strip of land that connects mainland India to its seven northeastern provinces. To the north of this narrow swathe, lies Bhutan, surrounded on three sides by India—and beyond that China.<p>That strategic location has meant two things for Bhutan: The …

How Google Is Quietly Taking Over

Earlier this month, Google announced disappointing earnings, and its stock immediately dropped 5% (Disclosure: I own Google stock through a fund). Most disturbingly, the company’s core revenue driver, the revenue it gets for each click on an ad, decreased 6% while traffic acquisition costs …

Rebuilding Old Capacitors

Check out this great tutorial by Don Fox over on Make: Projects, describing how to rebuild vintage caps using smaller modern capacitors inside the old housing.<p>When working in an old TV, audio amplifier, or turntable, invariably I will run across capacitors of all types, paper, mica, electrolytic, …

How to Design the Perfect PCB

If you’re interested in designing your own PCB — I know I am! — it seems like a very daunting challenge, with lots of stuff to learn. Michael Leonard’s great PCB design guide is just the ticket! In his blog post, Michael describes PCB features like the board, layers, traces, vias, solder mask, silk …

How to Make Easy Money

Are you looking to make money with little to no work, and as quick as possible? Have no fear - doing so is easy! Look into selling products or …

Chess Playing Robot - Hacked Gadgets – DIY Tech Blog

An Arduino is being used here to power this Chess Playing Robot game that Max Justicz built. The assembly is built using drawer slides, some of these …

Easy DIY Outdoor Games Anyone Can Make

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How to Throw a Perfect Bonfire Party

Throwing the perfect party can definitely be a challenge. But throwing the perfect bonfire party? That one is pretty doable, actually. Bonfires are …

Heart Simulation Project - Hacked Gadgets – DIY Tech Blog

This Propeller based heart project demonstrates how a heart actually works. The board looks great and the shape is heart shaped like a real heart …

Arduino Based Aquaponics - Hacked Gadgets – DIY Tech Blog

Arduino Based Aquaponics uses apduino to get things done. Kretzinger is able to configure the system to work as desired based on sensors and a large …

Bright memories

Building a Classic Star Trek Control Panel

Scott, Blair, and Bob of the USS Nokomis Star Trek fan club, who also frequent Minneapolis’ Hack Factory, built this control panel for a local science fiction convention. It’s powered by an Arduino, which controls the lights and buttons, and a RasPi, which manages the sound.<p>The Arduino also scans …

Make It: Picnic Basket From Wooden Apple Basket

Summer time is picnic time. When you dine outside, you absolutely need a picnic basket. These adorable baskets are made from a craft store staple and …

10 Beach-Inspired DIY Ideas For Your Home

I've always wanted to live on the ocean; there's something so calming about the beach. But it hasn't happened yet, so instead I'm filling my home …

How to Start a College

If you have an educational philosophy you feel strongly about sharing with students, you may feel motivated enough to start your own college based on …

In Chicago, 3-D Printers Are Available To Anyone With A Library Card

The Harold Washington Library's new Maker Lab is free and open to the public. Get making!<p>3-D printing may be the way of the future, but for the average Joe, actually getting ahold of a 3-D printer to use on the cheap remains somewhat challenging.<p>Starting this week, though, 3-D printing will be as …

15 Summer Entertaining Essentials

It's BBQ season, y'all! Gather your friends and family and make the most of the warm summer nights. With these outdoor entertaining essentials from …

How to Make Chiles Rellenos

<i>Chiles rellenos</i> is a Mexican dish made from chile peppers (usually poblano or Anaheim) that are stuffed, dipped in batter and fried. The name of the …

How to Get out of a Depression

If you're plagued by feelings of worthlessness, sadness, and lack of hope, then you may be suffering from depression. Depression is different from …

Rivertowne Brewing: Risking It All for the Joy of Home-Brewing

Meet Andrew Maxwell: mad scientist and brewmaster at Rivertowne Brewing in Murrysville, Pa. He started home-brewing beer at age 17 and built a lab to analyze it while a student at Villanova. A huge drug company offered him an analytical chemistry job "with a lot of zeroes at the end," but he walked …

Flavors

Disneyland and the Coming Maker Singularity

I’ve been Editorial Director at MAKE for eight weeks now, and much of it still seems a bit like a dream. Of course, it started with the week of Maker Faire Bay Area, which is like a journey to another state of consciousness involving 16-hour days, fire-breathing dragons, and meeting mythical folks …

15 Secrets to Cleaning Your Home in Half the Time

No need to block off a full day for cleaning.<p>No need to block off a full day for cleaning.

Cleaning

How To Turn A Match Into A Tiny Rocket [VIDEO]

Blast off!<p>The swift strike of a match on July 4 typically precedes sky-high spectacles. But matches themselves can be fireworks. When ignited, the bulb of fuel on a match's tip combusts into space-hogging gases. By containing the gas in aluminum foil and directing it downward, you can create a …

Children Get into Carpentry with ToolKid

[bs_slideshow]<p>Here’s something many of us can relate to: as young kids, we all start out as tool gophers. It’s not a bad gig, it helps you to learn the names of everything, but often puts you in the backseat of a project. For certain power tools, the specter of the tool gopher can wend its way well …

Clean It: How To Make Your Grill Look Brand New

After each use, the grill takes a nasty hit. Grease, grime, and bits of charcoal manage to stick to the outside making it a nasty experience to …