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Useless WorldSpace

I have a worldspace satellite reciever lying around at home. I'm from India and WorldSpace service in India has been stopped due to low profit. Now that reciever set and the antenna thing are thrown around useless. I wonder what I can do with it? And is it possible to make a mobile phone signal booster with it??? Or any other idea, anything??? 

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Stop with the useless topics!

Ok, so I have noticed some forum topics that seem to serve no purpose, and thought I would bring this to the community's attention. An example of one of these posts would be Knexfreak's topic about how he is going on holiday. These posts are getting the K'nex community laughed at, quite frankly, and while sarcasm may be hard to pick up on on the internet, some others must have noticed at least something. And at least if you want to post some tat, use correct grammar and spelling. This is what mainly contributes to the stereotypical view of the 'K'nexer'. Or you could continue, as I did chuckle at the whole 'fourever' dialolgue in kookoo for knex's post. Thank you for that, caitlinsdad and others. 'Non-K'nexers' may want to use this topic to give advice to the K'nex community. Also, my name seems silly and has stopped me posting on other 'non-K'nex' instructables more than once , in fear of ridicule. Any ideas for a shiny new name are welcome.

Topic by knexguy    |  last reply


The Useless Machine ( Candle Version )? Answered

Hey Guys, I thought of an idea after watching the most useless machine. Why not make a machine that blows out a candle everytime it senses light near it? Could anyone make a circuit for this? I want it to be that whenever the light senser senses lots of light near it it turns on a dc motor fan. Thanks in advance -Prickly Potato

Question by The Prickly Potato    |  last reply


Want to build a useless box but can't find the gear motor...

Want to build a useless box but can't find the gear motor... Solarbotics is sold out and can't find it on makers shed... any advise ?

Question by dandanski    |  last reply



loosen toggle switch

I'm trying to build a "most useless machine" with the dpdt method.  I found a dpdt mini toggle, but its still hard to flip.  anyone know a way to make it easier to flip

Question by Rob311    |  last reply


Machine that turns itself off

Hello, I recently watched this video on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KxaWvJ-ziXA&feature;=player_embedded It is easy to see why this machine is a must-have...its simply awesome! Unfortunately I have no clue how to make it and which parts to use..would anyone here be able to make this epic device? Regards Peter

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gET RID OF wINDOWS 8?

Sorry for the damn caps-lock! My sister bought a laptop- after many years of my urgings and advise...(Compaq CQ58). Nice machine, but the damn thing is loaded with windows 8. (no, not -pro!) Normally, I would format the drive, en subsequently install pirated Windows 7! But in this environment, nothing works, and nothing is what it seems! How to format the W8 Drive? I want to get rid of the W8 installation, wipe the drive clean, and install W7! Windows 8 has, for me, in 2 occasions, proven to be a burden, incompatible with performing any real work,. Many pirated programs, always performing fine, suddenly present huge problems-like deadlines of 30 days appearing: after years of use!!! It has a mind of its own: screens popping up (unable to click it away!). I never needed 'apps' and still have no idea what they are and why I would need them! After this very negative experience, there is only 1 desire: Get rid of windows 8!!!  How???

Question by BobS    |  last reply


Instrucables that don't actually give instructions...

So I assumed that the purpose of this site was to provide guides and instructions for people to be able to do/make the things that the Instructables are about.  Am I wrong in this assumption?  If I go to an Instructable for "make your own SLR camera from scraps around your home", I expect to find instructions on how to make what the post is about, not a video of some guy saying "I'm not going to give you any instructions, tips, or hints, but I've posted a video of me making one myself without any explanation, and you can watch that." A video of someone making something with absolutely no explanation, tips, hints, help, or instructions isn't really an Instructable, is it? I'm asking because of this post: https://www.instructables.com/id/7FT-Gundam-Ultimate-Papercraft-1/ The author of the post has posted a few pictures and a few videos that don't show anything besides him talking about why he made the project, and time-lapse videos of him putting it together.  In the videos, it actually shows him using the computer generated, printable files necessary to put the project together, which he didn't bother posting in the Instructable.  The entire post seems more like a brag posting of "Look what I can do" instead of being an actual Instructable, because there were no files provided to make your own, no instructions provided on how to do it yourself, no tips or anything. I'm asking here because, when asked about it, the author of the post said (and I quote):           visualspicer (author) says:           Please forward your complaints to the staff of Instructables.com who personally invited me to post this project here in its current format. So my question is: Is the staff of this website inviting people to come post Instructables without actually giving instructions for how to make the things they're posting about?  If this is the case, is this site going to degrade into just a bunch of bragging photos and video of people saying "look at the cool stuff that I made, but don't bother trying to make it yourself, because I'm not giving you the instructions."?

Topic by chefguru    |  last reply


Useless Machine was on The Colbert Report!

Make Magazine's editor-in-chief, Mark Frauenfelder was on the CR promoting his new book and he brought a few gadgets with him.  Imagine my surprise when he brought out the Useless Machine. After letting Colbert try the machine, Mark explains that it's only function is to turn itself off.  The audience laughs and Colbert says "I'll tell you what it does Mark...it breaks my heart." I guess I should mention that the machine will be featured in the next MAKE magazine and that was why Mark brought it on the show! My mind is officially blown. Mark had sent me a heads-up letting me know about this, but I didn't receive it until after watching the show.  I'm a regular viewer of the CR so for me this was especially sweet.  Thanks Mark! http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/311944/june-08-2010/mark-frauenfelder Cheers, Brett

Topic by Frivolous Engineering    |  last reply


what to do with a useless remote

I have a sony RMT-CE75A remote control for a radio cassette player we used to have, i just want to make something cool out of it, i know our car(jeep safari could use a new car remote because we broke the spare) but thats just makes me wonder about its frequency and stuff like that is it possible to convert this remote into a car remote(giving the fact that i would make a new case for it) if not what else can i do, i have alll day a good soldering iron and im bored

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Useless Machine is engadget's Robot of the Year

The Most Useless Machine EVER is a great project. It's easy and has some satisfying results. Over at engadget, readers also voted it as the Robot of the Year. So congratulations to SaskView for making the Robot of the Year! It's a remake of another project, sure, but it's still a lot better than the Kondo robot that the editors picked. The winners of the 2009 Engadget Awards!

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Useless Machine Kits are now available

Solarbotics.com has just come out with a complete parts kit for the Useless Machine: http://www.solarbotics.com/products/60005/ It's only $25 and includes a very cool acrylic case as seen in the photos.  Dave Hrynkiw at solarbotics really did a fantastic job with the design. Keep in mind this is an even lower price than if you bought just the electronics parts at digikey!!!

Topic by Frivolous Engineering    |  last reply


Useless Machine Featured in Make Magazine!

Volume 23 of Make Magazine is now out and it it features the Useless Machine: http://makezine.com/23/uselessmachine/

Topic by Frivolous Engineering    |  last reply


Ultimate Useless Machine V2 (AKA: Easiest Kit EVER...)

Version 2 of the Useless Machine is now out and it may melt your brain. Don't take my word for it, check it out yourself: http://frivolousengineering.com/?page_id=750

Topic by Frivolous Engineering  



Lame Slideshows

The increased visibility/accessibility of the "slideshow" option seems to have resulted in a large increase in the number of useless/non-instructive/incomplete/spam/whack-a-doodle postings. I'm tired of wading through heaps of crap just to find real, honest-to-goodness Instructables: step-by-step instructions for making/doing things. I have no beef with the slideshow format itself; it is quite appropriate for some projects, but the content has recently been predominantly junk. I regard it as littering up the site and polluting the "mission" of Instructables. I'm just grumbling here, as I have no real suggestion for a solution, except that perhaps the standard for approval of postings needs to be higher.

Topic by aeray    |  last reply


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Topic by mikeasaurus  


Pre-historic Video Amplifier Antennas useless?!

I've been learning quite a bit about video amplifiers recently. And it's brought me to a question. When antennas were the source of video-signal, you would often hear horror stories of people having to get up off of their couch to adjust the "bunny ears", to get a clearer signal. I'm just confused. Why would they have to be adjusted? The signals, if my understanding is correct, is electrical signals sent through the air, and the signal would cover thousands of feet. It surely didn't matter if the antenna was all but a few inches from one spot or another. The signal should be able to hit it just the same no matter what, correct? If you are in a car, it's one thing - you're moving. But in a house, you're stationary. Any explanation?

Topic by freethetech    |  last reply


Firefox almost useless after latest updates!?

I just had to restart and with that came the update for FF.Right after a nice info bar letting me know that a plugin no longer works.Bit weird as the auto update is active for my plugins but a look won't hurt...As it turns out every single one of my plugins is disabled now and it is not possible to just enable them either.All that is possible is "looking for updates or alternatives" - what a joke!You want to get your ad-blocker working and with the click of a button you get browser bars, weather infos, networks stats but nothing that would even come close to ad-blocking.My favourite image download is now suggested to be replaced with an addon to show me Email notifications or as an alternative to give me quick access to my bookmarks - WTF!?Is it possible that some of our code monkey now also work for Mozilla? - No offence, just kidding!!

Topic by Downunder35m    |  last reply




Test subjects with working but useless computers needed *please*

 Hi I am looking for some test subjects who are willing to sacrifice their old or junk computer to help me test something very important, please to not feel urged but if you wish to please reply, I will send you a pm with a file if you wish to help. It is a virus but not as you think, it was made fully from a batch file, please hep, I will soon be  pro and may give patches out. THANK YOU if you help. More info: self replicating and running virus which is set to run the first time your computer turns on after you run it, afterwards it needs to take some time to re read the files and re running.1 gb of spce will be filled every 6 minutes so it is kinda deadly but it slows down afterwards, then it self replicates and runs a lot and then you turn you pc off and back on it self replicates again and makes more folders and files until your hard drive comes to a halt, on the slowest computers it can fill a 360 gb drive in 3-5 hours depending on cpu usage. Because it uses to much processing power it is extremely detectable so please help me I will also post a file to stop all of this. Name: qwerty virus

Topic by knex_mepalm    |  last reply


Why Knex bullpups are (mostly) useless and a stupid idea.

So in the real world the point of a bullpup design is to either reduce the overall length of a gun, or to have the same length of gun but with a longer barrel, which results in a higher velocity bullet which can go further.  Another often added bonus is that the gun is more balanced weight wise around the handle, making it easier to handle.   Now to crush your dreams. Not a single on of those advantages carries over to knex guns.  Not one.  A bullpup knex gun will only end up longer(yes LONGER), use more parts, have theoretically lower range, it is less balanced, and more complicated with more things that can go wrong.   With a knex gun, you want as short of a barrel as possible for the shot to go through, so that there is as little friction as possible on it.  This is one reason that turret guns can be so powerful.  Now with a bullpup design, you almost automatically have to add a longer barrel, as the shot has to leave the action area AND go over your handle/trigger mech.  Not good. The gun will be less balanced because now basically the entire gun is behind the handle, unless you put some fat barrel on the front to balance it out, but then that breaks the first point I talked about, as well as using many more parts and defeating the purpose of being a shorter weapon.  Most ram guns now are mostly balanced, as the handle is usually in the middle of the gun, as the ramrod has to be pulled behind it as well as going in front of it, so you place the handle and trigger as close to the middle so as to make the trigger simpler. Now as to why making a knex bullpup will make it longer, just look at the pictures.  It will make sense then.  Also this is why you need many more parts for a gun like this.  Also the stock becomes disgustingly long. And finally, this is more of a design issue than a complete flaw, but the trigger is usually(USUALLY) weaker and more prone to failure/not working correctly with a bullpup gun.   Now this doesn't apply to everthing.  Slingshot guns and repeating slingshot guns actually benefit from a bullpup design, that will actually make them shorter and more balanced, because they are more similar to real guns in their layout in that the shot/magazine is the farthest part back in the mechanism.  Also replicas, well duh.   The pictures should make this all make more sense.  And I assumed a build for performance, so the pin draw is long and the magazine is as far away from the pin as possible.  Because all knex guns should be built like that.

Topic by TheRacker    |  last reply


can you share me how to make a robot using small and electronic objects which are useless?

Can you tell me how to make an automatic machine or a robot using 'useless electronis objects',,like TV,Radio,watches etc..

Question by oosaravelli    |  last reply


Removed intake resonator, now I have a small whine

I removed the intake resonator on my car, now I have a small whine to my engine. I know the resonator takes away noises and stuff, but others have done this and got a low hum, not a whine. I don't like my car sounding like a Ford power steering pump. Why is this?

Topic by Yerboogieman    |  last reply


Scrap Metal and Coal/Charcoal

Hey everyone, i was wondering if anyone in the Hollywood-Miramar-Pembroke Pines area of Florida USA has any old scrap iron, steel, charcoal, or coal they do not want and would be kind enough to offer it to me for free or for a reasonable price. I am doing blacksmith work so it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks! Things wanted: Bolts, car springs, brake drums, any kind of bar (round, flat, square, hexagonal, octagonal, etc.) lump charcoal, any large chunks of steel to be used as anvils, any old blacksmith tools such as hammers, etc.... anything donated is appreciated. Thanks again!

Topic by thoraxe    |  last reply


Why is "Danger is my middle name" filling the site with junky posts?

I get the intern stuff, but it detracts from the 'recent' material to dig through useless collection after useless collection of other people's work. Knock it off. And I  thought 30,000 K'nex posts were a waste of space.

Question by idontreallycareeither    |  last reply


Annual Stupid Robot Contest

Forget world domination, the next big thing in robotics is stupid robot tricks by useless robots. The classic rules of robotics get replaced with:1. It must be mechanical2. It must be completely useless from a societal point of view.3. It must make people laugh. Linkvia Neatorama

Topic by fungus amungus    |  last reply


Laptop wifi? Answered

Whenever I turn my dell vostro 1500 on, sometimes the wifi works and sometimes not. At the startup, the wifi light turns on. Even if it isn't connected to anything. I have checked the wifi capability switch on the side and the 'diagnose and repair' is useless. I am using windows vista. Thanks for any solutions.

Question by knektek    |  last reply


Inside Jokes

Ever thought about how many useless unimportant inside jokes that we have? They just go on and on!

Topic by anna rox    |  last reply


what are the 3 outputs on my sound card for? Answered

I know 1 runs my speaker but the others seem useless

Question by superduper65    |  last reply


What can I do with 90 useless old cell phones?

Hi! I have a lot of old cell phones (Around 90 telephones, years 1997 to 2003) that a cousin give to me, because he has a repair store and people never go to pick them up. What ideas you have for those old cell phones. They are absolutely deads, no working, mostly, without battery. They are mostly NOKIA: 5120, 6120, 8XXX.... anyone has ideas? Maybe a Publicity Logo made out of parts?

Question by rafasuarez    |  last reply


Idea for "Useless Box"... not sure how to build or what I'll need.

So I got this as a gift from a friend on my birthday. I assembled it, and its great I love it. You can check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aqAUmgE3WyM It always brings a smile to peoples faces on around the 3rd try to turn it on lol...  I know NOTHING about electronics what so ever just so you know, you're going to have to reply like you're talking to a second grader.  That being said, here's my idea... I want an LED scroll bar (like the kind that has text with a message you read as it goes across... similar to ones you would see in an airport, just tiny) with a script. Every time you hit the button on, it turns itself off, along with flashing a message. Do it again, another message. Etc... But I want the messages to go in some sort of order... I was thinking the script could look like this: 1st Click: "You just couldn't keep your hands off, could you?" 2nd: "Much more amusing the second time, right?" 3rd: "Ok, now you know what I do... now stop." 4th: "Please... Keep your hands off." 5th: "It's starting to hurt..." 6th: etc etc etc.... for something crazy, like 100 messages... No idea of what I need to do or how to go about it. Any guidance is welcome!! Thanks!!!!

Question by brann0n    |  last reply


Amazon users ad pops up

Amazon users ad pops up EVERY time I open an instructable. Makes instructables useless to me! Is there a fix for this!

Question by FXR127    |  last reply


what do you think of this?

This may change how you think about this, you may comment but after reading that  you may not comment or you may comment in a different  way then you will reread this and comment in a different way that will change how you comment on other forum topics then you might come back here and comment saying this is useless but then realize it must not be useless if i am commenting

Topic by bravoechonovember1    |  last reply



Where did the search button go??

I like to search for specific projects, ie: the most useless machine,  but can't figure how to search for it or where to find it.  Thanks for any help.

Question by geogus    |  last reply


Polyclens

I have used Polyclens for decades. There was no product to equal it. I am sick of "progress" and " green" . What product is recommended as a replacement as most others are useless in comparison?  I live in Saskatchewan, Canada.

Topic by rosealea    |  last reply


Now transform this!

This is the most useless piece of wasted technology ever; the "men's groomer" "as seen on tv" !!!!!! I've bought two of these, planning to build from them something more useful, that is a circular etcher / drill and a sort of sliding saw, to etch / smooth / saw materials like hardened paperclay, glass, balsa wood and terracotta; but surely I've presumed to be smarter than I'm in electronics..... So I'm stuck with these two pieces of useless stuff in hand; do you know how to get an etcher and a saw from these? I'm sure there're many smart guys here. This may be one of the smartest instructables ever.

Topic by filt3r    |  last reply


Airport Security...

We all hate it... it makes air travel a hassle... way too much attention is paid to it... it's useless... what do you think? what should we do about it? tips?

Topic by AnarchistAsian    |  last reply


Instructable's Prizes

I already won a Instructables T-Shirt, and was wondering if I won another contest with a T-shirt as a prize would I just get another one (kind of useless), or is there like an alternative. Like a patch or button. ,Dan-0

Topic by TheCheese9921    |  last reply


I can´t turn on mi TV Answered

Someone stolen my tv remote, wich it has a "lock key", that´s the problem I can´t use another universal remote, and the tv is useless

Question by antagonico    |  last reply


Could i use beeswax for surf wax?

Ive seen lots or surf wax recipys online, and it say beeswax and coconut oil. but could i just use bees wax or will it be useless?

Topic by sk8r-ryan    |  last reply


Laser cut ruler? Answered

I was thinking about a laser cut ruler. Is it really pointless? It will be made out of blue light-gathering acrylic. I was just wandering if it was going to be useless...

Question by knektek    |  last reply


Does electical tape melt easily?

I've coated my usb (the circuit board, split the case) in electrical tape, but the USB gets warm (as expected. Will this damage my USB, despite the fact that it's a useless 128mb one anyway?

Topic by Noodle93    |  last reply


Rc transmitter and controller.

Hi Guys I'm ne to the rc world and I was just wondering if I lost my rc receiver would that completely deem my transmitter as useless or can you just purchase a new receiver. Many Thanks in advance.

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No Search..

Wow, instructables is great when I enter from a link but useless when I can't search.. Windows 8.1, Chrome.. Just nothing happens when I enter search criteria and hit go..!! Please!! I joined, donated etc. and need it.. Thanks, Alan

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Dolphin Gets Prosthetic Tail

This dolphin was just a couple months old when it got caught in a trap and turned its tail into a useless stump. After a year and a half of recovery and building, she now has a prosthetic tail and has been swimming about with it. Nice. Link

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take apart computer for kids to play with? Answered

I have an old imac that is pretty useless as a computer, I don't want to throw it away. What parts are safe for kids to play with? (i mean no hazardous materials) to play with if any? Any dangerous pieces when I do take it apart?

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