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Topic by canida 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


Is Cnet.com safe to download from? Where should I download Pivot Stickfigure animator? Answered

I am wanting to download Pivot Stickfigure Animator, Cnet.com has it but I don't know if Cnet.com is safe to download from. Please Help!

Question by resophonicguitarist 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Hacked Road Signs

This may be one of the greatest pranks I've heard of in a while.We see them everywhere these days, digital signs by the side of the road telling us about road conditions or that we should prepare to stop or that our local bridge might be closed next Tuesday from noon to midnight. And if you're like me, you've always just assumed that the message on the signs is legitimate and properly authorized.But what if the sign, instead of reading something like "Ice Ahead" was flashing the message, "Zombies Ahead"?It's true that in San Francisco or a few other cities, such a sign could be put up by local transportation officials to warn people of an impending zombie march, but even in those places, the more likely explanation would be that the sign was hacked.And if you're in the Boston area and saw signs hacked in this way, there's always a decent chance it was done by students from MIT.According to the blog i-hacked.com, some programmable road signs are easily messed with, largely because they often have unlocked instrument panels, a text-entry system that is easily accessed, and are often protected with uncomplicated, or unchanged default passwords. That's some of the text from an article on cnet, here. I love what the hackers did with the text. :-)

Topic by Gjdj3 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


I realize this (CNET mention of Instructables) is old news and it was probably posted when it happened...

But as long as I have been going to CNET's site, this is the FIRST time I have seen this: Instructables link from CNETMaker Faire: CNET visits the tech DIY show MEET YOUR MAKER.(4/21/2006; updated 4/28/2006)Are you a compulsive tech tinkerer, a closet MacGyver? Do you wish science fairs weren't just for students? Well, now there's an event for you: the first Maker Faire, where backyard inventors show off their projects and demonstrate how you can build them, too. CNET's on the scene, checking out the fashions, the music, the gadgets, the robots, the tech running on alternative energy--from steam to biodiesel to, yes, trampoline--and, of course, the homemade rockets... Turning a VCR into a cat feeder....Dinosaur sitings !

Topic by Goodhart 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


Win a Free Ticket to Maker Faire

Maker Faire is coming soon and we're going to be there. Will you? If you want to go, but haven't gotten a ticket yet, then check out this contest over at CNET where they're giving away 20 tickets to the event.Read the details below. It can't take you that long to write about DIY and America, right? Go for it and let us know if you win one.The event's organizers have given me 20 passes to award CNET News readers. And all you have to do to win one is tell me, in 150 words or less, how you would use DIY to remake America (the event's theme).So, send your 150-words-max ideas to me at daniel(dot)terdiman-*at*-cnet(dot)com by May 8 (please include the words "Maker Faire contest" in your e-mail subject line, as well as your full name in your e-mail), and maybe I'll be seeing you at Maker Faire. UPDATE: This is for the Maker Faire in California, not Texas. Win a free ticket to Maker Faire

Topic by fungus amungus 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Sucsessful Forum Post From Windows 7

I am not sure if this is the first, but Instuctables has been viewed using Windows 7! For anyone not aware, the Windows 7 beta is free to download for the first 2.5 million visitors, and last I checked it was still available. This is a link to the download site.UPDATE: Microsoft has lifted the 2.5 million download limit and it will be available until January 24th Cnet Article

Topic by Ferrite 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


I'm looking for cheap audiophile headphones? Answered

I want some cheap audiophile headphones to listen to music from my laptop.  I'm unwilling to spend more than $100 on them but that doesn't mean I want to spend $99 on them if I can avoid it.  I just want the best sounding over the head, earcup, noise cancelling headphones i can get for the cheapest price.  Do you know of any?  I already tried cnet and it was sorta helpful but you're probably more helpful.  Thanks!

Question by cdubnbird 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


What camera should i get?

I want to get a nice point and shoot to use this year especially as a counselor at camp but as well as at my new England home. I was looking at these 2 specificly http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00328HR76/ref=asc_df_B00328HR761589039?smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&linkCode;=asn&creative;=395093&creativeASIN;=B00328HR76&tag;=cnet-4241-20 http://www.amazon.com/Canon-PowerShot-SX210IS-Stabilized-Black/dp/B0035FZJM6/ref=cm_cmu_pg__header Im leaning towards the Sony but are they still worth it after a year? If you have any other suggestions for pocketable cameras under 200$ please share.

Question by zigzagchris 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Laser Etching at Web 2.0 Expo

We've been at the Web 2.0 conference using our Epilog to laser etch all sorts of things for free. The biggest job that we did was a complete tattoo on a brand new MacBook Pro that a gadget blogger from Chile bought the previous day just for this! It was the biggest job of the show and took 26 minutes to do. Other etches usually take a lot less time as most people are etching phones (lots of iPhones).Check out some of our awesome pictures. Bring in your gear tomorrow, and we'll give it a tattoo too!More Links: CNET loved us Wired was inspired Fayer Wayer article with more pics Fabulous fractals QR codes more QR codes ... and a bit more video

Topic by fungus amungus 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Free Software Sources

. I'll kick this off with my all time favorite, SourceForge. "The world's largest Open Source software development web site.". No matter what you want to do, you can probably find a free program that will do it at SourceForge.. Quality of the programs varies widely, but if you pay attention to last revision dates (be wary if it hasn't been updated in a few years or hasn't been updated since it was posted) and the number of downloads (more is usually better), you can skip over the lesser stuff.. Not sure how they handle malware prevention, but I've never been infected by any of the plethora of stuff I've downloaded.. . 2008-04-26. Here's the sources others have contributed, in a handy list with links. MS Visual BASIC (Brennn10) Softpedia (LinuxH4x0r, ll.13) MajorGeeks (Goodhart) Download.com (CNET/ZDNET) (Goodhart, ll.13) The Pirate Bay (ll.13)

Topic by NachoMahma 11 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Hulu App For Iphone!

Big news for the iPhone and iPod touch owners! Hulu is finally developing an app for the iPhone.From cNet news...Silicon Alley Insider is reporting that a dedicated Hulu application is indeed on its way to the iPhone and should be here in just a few months.SAI says the application will work over Wi-Fi and AT&T;'s 3G network, meaning that users will be able to view programming anywhere with a fast data connection.Rumors suggesting that an iPhone-friendly version of Hulu swirled around this time last year, however, they predated the launch of the App Store, and Hulu flat-out denied that one was being worked on.This time around, though, it's far more plausible, with the upcoming iPhone OS 3.0 software update, which lets developers bake streaming media into their applications. For Hulu, this means that the advertising could be stuck into the mobile stream and that users would be able to watch videos without leaving the application.One of the things that keep this rumor from holding water is that Hulu is in direct competition with Apple's iTunes business. Users of Hulu can watch ad-supported, full-length television shows and movies on their personal computers for free, instead of paying Apple to download a copy for offline viewing.If such an app were available on the iPhone, it would also offer portable TV and movie watching, something not yet offered in Apple's own mobile iTunes app, which is limited to video podcasts. In past instances of this, the company has simply denied applications such as Podcaster from making it through the app approval process, only to launch it as a first party feature later on.On the other hand, some of Hulu's competitors have already gotten a foot in the door, including Joost and CBS-owned TV.com, which has its own iPhone application that streams in content in chunks. In addition, Google's YouTube, whose application comes preinstalled on the iPhone, has recently reached an agreement with major studios, including Sony Pictures, Lions Gate Entertainment, and CBS (publisher of CNET News), to offer visitors full-length TV shows and feature films.If Hulu can't manage to pull off getting advertisements in the stream, using this system, it would be fairly simple to force users to sit through advertisements between clips.Link.

Topic by Gjdj3 10 years ago


DIY laptop battery pack (textbook size)

It took me a long time to find a suitable forum to ask this. I have a thread at Cnet, a tech site. I'd really like to have the power I need to last through the school day, and I'm sure other students feel similarly.  I thought about solar, but it's too low of a yield. Nimh and Ni-cad have shorter lifespans than Li-ion. What's necessary in this setup would be: small enough to fit in a backpack thin enough to leave room for my books if need be must be able to fully recharge a laptop at least once while in use. AC current preferred, DC if necessary, I can get an inverter. I have a soldering gun in my electrical kit and would love to show off to my friends next school year. edit: I forgot to include that this is to use with a laptop update: I've decided that I can use a briefcase if I get a slightly larger backpack next year. I found some batteries, and I'm trying to figure out the voltage and amp-hours for the PCB and charger To clarify: THIS IS AN EXTERNAL BATTERY PACK.

Topic by leaf26 6 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


LEGO Mindstorms Competition - Robo Lunch Party

Instructables participated in the LEGO Mindstorms Competition today (August 29th) at SOMA StrEATFood Park.  We went against Pandora, Facebook, and Flickr.  The competition was about using the new LEGO Mindstorms EV3 Kit to create a robot that best represented the city of San Francisco. Our team consisted of Randy, Sherry, Dave, Karen, and myself: Penolopy Bulnick. Instructables:  Robit the texting techie robot that walks around while playing on his phone not paying attention to his surroundings and running into people.  We gave him glasses (it made him look like Wall-E) and then wore LEGO Glasses ourselves. Flickr: San Francisco Icon Emperor Norton. Pandora: Two robots.  Dressed in baseball outfits.  One was the pitcher and one was the hitter. Facebook: This robot was also baseball themed.  They had one that would hit the ball and then follow a track to run the bases home. It was a tough competition, but in the end Pandora came up with the win.  We didn't leave empty handed though.  We managed to snag the coveted "Best Texting While Driving" award!  (Please remember to not actually text and drive, or you will get in an accident like our robot did.  Poor robot, should have known better.  Smashed into so many pieces.) Good job Instructables! Check out the Fast Company and CNET articles about the competition, including more information about the other contestants and images of all the entries.

Topic by Penolopy Bulnick 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago