new microsoft office panel !

School installed office 2007 with the new panels i really like it ! i want the same thng on my linux boxes at home ! are there any applications like power point and word which are for linux and free and with panels as in microsoft office ?

Posted by 11010010110 9 years ago


I BEELEV U HAS MAH STAHPLAR

Lolcat picture I found while crusing teh intarwebs. If you havn't seen the movie "Office Space", you won't get the joke, mm'kay?

Posted by thefonz101 10 years ago


homemade paperweight

I'd like to make a paperweight from things I have around the house. I don't possess great creativity so I'm having trouble finding things that are both heavy and small around the house. Any suggestions?

Posted by aprilsflower1958 6 years ago


Going postal!

We had a parcel delivered today (somebody has been buying shoes again).  When I opened the door to the courier, he handed me the gadget to sign for the parcel, glanced up, and said Oh! Instructables! I was, of course, wearing my robot t-shirt. He was busy, so our chat was necessarily brief, but he admitted to being a member, but using the site as more of a spectator sport than a resource.  In his words; "My god, what have they built now??" It is quite peculiar to find the places where I find fans of the site, and where I don't.  I have been a supply teacher for the last couple of years, and I reckon I've met a couple of thousand high school kids in that time.  I typically wear a Robot pin badge, and occasionally it gets recognised by kids.  They've typically been using the site as a resource for their own hobbies, mainly in three areas - making knives, building K'NEX guns or cosplay costumes. In that same time, I've met dozens of teachers of the kinds I would expect to be big fans of Instructables - DT ("shop") and Science teachers, but only one Science teacher (if he's reading this, hello Cliff!) had heard of the site (he used it to build a set of video game cabinets), and none of the DT teachers had (a situation I quickly fixed). That's it really, just making a couple of observations, unless you'd like to mention the oddest time you encountered an instructabler or instructables reference? Oh, and I forgot to ask the courier what his user name is, so, if you delivered a pair of shoes to a chap in a navy Robot t-shirt, please let me know.

Posted by Kiteman 3 years ago


favorite office weapon

What is your favorite office weapon

Posted by EPL 9 years ago


Freeware Office for Macs?

We just got a iMac 20" with 2.6GHZ processor. It's an awesome machine, but it doesn't have any office software. I downloaded and tried Open Office, but to no avail, it isn't seem to like it (even the Mac version). I also tried installing Abiword(.exe) but it didn't open it correctly (kept trying to open it in text edit). Any help? I need to get at least some office software going before I'm gone, a relation of mine is in need of it for college... Thanks! A Person Completely New To Macs RocketScientist2015

Posted by KentsOkay 9 years ago


Eric's Awesome Office

Thanks to the Robot Art Contest Winners my previously boring office is now awesome! Everyone who comes in is literally taken aback at all the robots, each of them ready to back me up in any tough decisions. Check it out! Come visit, and bring more art!

Posted by ewilhelm 9 years ago


what about this group?

Why doesn't this group, the office ninjas, have any instructables except mine. the author hasnt even posted any! come on guys!

Posted by EPL 9 years ago


Mini Weapons of Mass Destruction 2

Toy inventor John Austin released Mini Weapons of Mass Destruction 2 (Chicago Review Press) this past October. This awesome sequel to the Mini Weapons series includes over 30 new mini weapons with which to terrorize your office with. Here's an excerpt from the press release: "All the projects in Mini Weapons of Mass Destruction 2 are built from inexpensive, commonly kept items: binder clips, playing cards, rubber bands, markers, clothespins and discarded packaging materials. The projects - modeled after real-life gadgetry - range from "sidearms" and "weapons in disguise" to "villain mini weapons" and "surveillance and intel" and cost mere pennies to assemble. This easy-to-follow primer also features plans to construct periscopes, bionic ears, grappling hooks and code wheels. plus, each project includes a supply and tool list, italicized safety tips and step-by-step instructions supplemented by clearly marked, illustrative diagrams" I managed to get my hands on a copy and made the Grappling Hook Gun; the project was easy to follow and my project came together in under 30 minutes (including the time it took to snap a few pictures). My grappling hook went about 20 feet and I'm sure it could travel further with a few minor tweaks! So if you're reading this while sitting bored at your desk, take a look around you. If you're surrounded by un-used rubber bands, pen caps, and markers, perhaps it's time for you to assemble your own office supply arsenal! For Authors outside Canada, USA, UK and Australia The first 3 comments left here with a picture of your own version of an office supplies mini weapon of any type will receive a free copy of this book! All books have been claimed!

Posted by mikeasaurus 6 years ago


Office supplies contest question

Just a quick question; would an entry of something made out of popsicle sticks count as a valid entry? The finished product is something that you would use in the office. Thanks.

Posted by Hiyadudez 6 years ago


I cannot upload Office docs (PPT/VSD Power Point/Visio

I cannot upload power point or visio docs.  I can do it if I hide them in a zip file...

Posted by Z0t 5 years ago


Something to block office lighting?

The office building where I work has a conference room that has 4 fluorescent light units, each measuring 28” by 44”.  The problem is, one of the four light units is an emergency unit, and is always turned on.  So when we want to show power point presentations, etc.  the room is never  fully dark.  With the 3 lights being off, it’s just barely dark enough, and it would be so much better not to have the light from the emergency unit.  Due to safety codes, turning off this light is not a realistic option for us.  So I was examining it today and was wondering if someone had an idea to construct some sort of temporary “cover” that we can quickly and securely place over this one light unit while we have our power point presentations?  The cover would have to be lightweight, secure (we would not want it to fall on any clients!), and I think made of some sort of fireproof material, in case someone forgets it’s up there and the heat from the florescent light tubes doesn’t cause any danger of fire.  Each light unit has this metal “grid” that I guess is meant to reflect and disperse the light in an efficient way.  This “grid” is made up of smooth 1/8” metal strips, which create 24 empty space “cells”. The inside of the cells measures 7”X5.5” and is 2.75” deep.  There is a small clearance between this metal grid and the fluorescent tube lights.  And the light unit is 10 feet off the ground. Any suggestions??  Thanks!

Posted by jim5150jvc 7 years ago


Liquid nitrogen at the doctor

No real point to this but I wanted to post anyways because it is kinda cool.  Went to the doctors office with my wife today because she had this spot on her ear that was bothering her.  Well the doctor wanted to freeze it with liquid nitrogen to get rid of it.  Well of course my ears perked right up because to be honest this was going to be the same time I was even in the same room as this *cool* stuff.  I asked her to pack some up for me to take home.  She laughed and said she wished she could but did not have anything to transport it with.  But she brought in a styrofoam cup about half full of it.  She used a quetip to apply it to the spot on the ear three times.  Then handed me the cup and said "I know the geek inside you wants to play with it.".  Our doctor knows us well.  But the bummer part was that I did not have anything to put in it.  So since the only thing I had to freeze was myself I put the quetip on my finger.  ......Yes this hurt.  But it was still fun.  Then I was left to just watch it boil and then blow on it once in a while.  But when we were leaving I handed the cup back to her since I figured I could not leave with it and it was almost gone anyways.  Then she said something she liked to do with it was to pour it on the floor.  I was pretty cool to watch the "fog" it kicked up and listen to the floor crackle. Anyways, that is my story of the day.  I did not get to do much with it, but it was still *cool*.

Posted by jcaresheets 6 years ago


The best of Office weapons

We have all at one time built a weapon out of a pen. There are plenty of Instructables under office supplies that cover booby traps, launchers, and even siege weapons. But some are repeated. Which are the best? Which need more? You decide.

Posted by SpareParts 7 years ago


Office Supplies Challenge Results!

Results are up here!

Posted by canida 11 years ago


Extending Office Chair?

I want to raise the height of my office chair, about 4" or so, but I don't know how to do it. The piston is already maxed and its still too short. Does anyone have any ideas on how I could accomplish this?

Posted by Tsylord 8 years ago


The Rocket Office Chair for Your Emergency Getaways

If you think that you might need the option to blast through the roof to safety, this chair can do it for you. With enough thrust to keep you up in the air for 45 seconds you'll have plenty of time to escape and plan for what you're going to do when you come back down again without a parachute. Linkvia Boing Boing Gadgets

Posted by fungus amungus 10 years ago


Help Decorate Eric's Office! UPDATE

Eric's office is totally boring. There's a big blank wall next to another big blank wall and I can't take it any more. So we're looking to you, yes you, to help him out!So please print out the PDF, color or decorate it in any way you want, and send it to:Eric's Boring WallInstructables489 Clementina St.3rd FloorSan Francisco, CA 94103Our printer does weird things to colors so we can't accept emailed or PMed images. All the art will go up on Eric's wall. One artist chosen at random on Dec. 22 will win a copy of The Best of Instructables, Volume 1. Bonus points if you don't fold it.UPDATE:We can't randomly select one out of one entry and we still haven't seen any robots so we've extended the Date of Randomness. Also, everyone who sends something in will get a patch. UPDATE2: Winners Announced!

Posted by fungus amungus 9 years ago


Share Office Space with Instructables at Squid Labs in San Francisco

2010-04-05 Update: We've moved, and all our shared space is occupied!  Do you have a cool small company and are looking for some shared office and/or lab space in a really great environment? Share space at Squid Labs! Squid Labs recently opened a new office in San Francisco and we're looking to fill spaces in our shared work environment. The current tenants are Instructables (community project sharing) and HumCycles (electric motorcycles). Features of the space: - Tons of natural light. Windows on all 4 sides and skylights. - Landlord is awesome and tech/green savvy. - Space is clean/professional yet also stylish/zany. - Cool intra-space neighbors working on hot technologies. Lots of idea/resource sharing. - Close to BART, MUNI, and freeways for your commuting needs. - Parking lot with space for 9 cars. Shared resources: - Large conference room with table/chairs/projector. - Smaller meeting room for phone calls. - Two kitchens with fridges, microwaves, plates, etc. - 75 watt laser cutter - Lounge space for eating, hanging out, brainstorming. - Shop space in the garage with a mill, lathe, welding, and other power tools. - 4 unisex bathrooms. - Internet, wireless, firewall. Static IPs available. - Pizza parties, build nights, and meet-ups. What's available: - A mix of cubicles and large and small private offices. - Month-to-month cubicles, or longer-term larger-area leases are possible. - In the layout below, the blue and pink areas are available, and the green areas will be available in the future. White is open common space, and dark gray is bathrooms, closets, and the elevator. This represents single cubicles to 5000 sqft of the 7500 sqft total. Location: 489 Clementina St. San Francisco, CA (Right next to 6th and Folsom) Contact me if interested! Click on my username in the right-side column for contact info.

Posted by ewilhelm 10 years ago


Turning a simple task chair into an ergonomic chair

Greetings Instructables Community!  I have an issue finding a nice ergonomic chair for my desk at home. I'm currently using a task chair that looks like this mildly crude cartoon (blue chair with fuscia burst). I was thinking of disassembling it, using the back rest and the seat to make an ergonomic chair, much like this one (the kneeler with the chappy gent on it). Or I could save myself some trouble from building the frame from scratch and make a chair like this (the black office chair-esque kneeler). So, any tips? I've been turning it around in my head for months and any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I guess I don't want blood clots in my calves. Thanks! - Jules

Posted by mrjoancroft 8 years ago


What??? An awesome office supplies contest!

Hot off the presses! An awesome office supplies contest is set to launch. Check out the not only fantastic but "limited edition" prizes and come up with something mind blowingly cool. Contest launches Monday!  https://www.instructables.com/contest/officesupplies/?show=PRIZES 

Posted by Culturespy 7 years ago


Useful knex office supplies

Recently I made some knex office supplies. They include: A knex inbox A knex pencil holder A letter holder A business card holder And a note book cover What do you think?? Killer~SafeCracker

Posted by Killer~SafeCracker 8 years ago


(Romantic) Post Office Art

After seeing hay_jumper's post office art and revenge of the post office art instructables, I decided to give it a whack. Just so proper respect is given where due please note that l read hay's instructables once and remembered the ideas several months later that's how awesome this idea is.I wanted to make a creative valentine's card for a special friend who happens to be very very talented at all that creative stuff that I tend to suck at. I figured the best way to impress her was to FAKE IT!I basically copied what hay did except l most importantly used a heart-shaped fence to make a specific shape and a (much) smaller stylus than his second project. The pictures should explain most of this madness. The stylus was made with two square layers of foam i cut and PLENTY of glue (in between layers as well as in/around pencil holes.Aftermath: I decided to send it anonymously and she called the middle man (who I used to add further anonymity as well as shipping time) and told her how awesome it was and asked for my phone number. THIS SHIT WORKS, GENTLEMEN. TAKE NOTE!

Posted by zoundsPadang 10 years ago


Instructables LiveStream for the Red Bull Creation Contest

Update with gameplay video and more can be found here! Ever wanted to look behind the scenes at Instructables? Well, here it is! On livestream! http://www.livestream.com/rbc_teaminstructables We've set up a webcam and microphone in the office, courtesy of Red Bull and the Red Bull Creation Contest. Starting at 6pm today and ending at 6pm Sunday, the Instructables Team will be competing in the Red Bull Creation Contest, and you can watch us work on it. The team (more or less) consists of: randofo audreyobscura amandaghassaei mikeasaurus noahw selkeymoonbeam Until 6pm tonight, you can see us go about our regular business. We will be working and occasionally trolling the webcam. Feel free to chat with us over the livestream! If there's a critical mass, we'll start doing some more entertaining things (by request), including but not limited to: walking tours of the office; staging interviews with each other; getting the Instructables Band together for another office jam session (after 5pm only). After 6pm, you get to see us in action! We'll be ideating, building, and generally making for 72 hours, and the camera comes too. Come join us! In case you missed it, here's the Instructable that got us qualified for this finalist round: Romance Pants Press: Video interview of the team by SF's KTVU here!

Posted by SelkeyMoonbeam 6 years ago


Faux Window

I'm looking for ideas to make a fake window for my cubicle at work. Ideally, it would be lightweight and provide something other than the flourescent lights above. I really like the look of Bright Blinds (see attached photo). I'm thinking a DIY version of that with maybe a poster with a view behind the blinds? I'd love some input on how to go about this project! Thanks!

Posted by gharper1 5 years ago


Great Free Program for Students

I recently found a cool little program on source forge that has turned out to be a life safer when it comes to writing papers for college. It is a really simple program that makes the web style pre writing maps like they teach in elementary school. The program even has sticker icons to help you further organize your ideas. This program really helps me because i am a really visual thinker. anyways its called free mind and here is the link:Free Mind

Posted by Twlight 9 years ago


"Import from Word"

I've been trying to post my most recent instructable and all has gone smoothly except for the fact that the "paste from word" option does not work. I am using word 2010 on a windows 7 computer with chrome, firefox, and IE 9. All three browsers will only import the plain text format of word documents that I type up rather than the fully formatted versions. It's not that I cant format everything I need via the main text input screen, its just that frankly the scrony forum post-type entry field sucks for writing well organized instructables. Please fix this! ~Love poent

Posted by Poent 7 years ago


What it does?

My submission is using only office supplies, but its not a artsy craftsy submission. The rules say, "It can be fun or functional, big or small- just be creative, and document your project well." Can a business card office supply entry please count!! Not just paper clips and staples are office supplies.

Posted by bryceronie 11 years ago


Office Instructables

I am looking for the best and the brightest to help me find the top instructables for making my office life easier. I work in cubicles on the ground floor with no windows, institution gray walls, and fluorescent lights. The building contains no plants and nothing else of interest. I'm looking for anything that keeps us from going crazy.  So far, I've decided to make these: www.instructables.com/id/Self-Watering-Plant-Container-out-of-a-2-liter-bot/ and these: www.instructables.com/id/Recycle-lamp-shade/   Hope to get some awesome responses from you all!  Thanks,  McAfee15

Posted by mcafee15 8 years ago


Office Warfare Book on Sale Now

Spending all day in a cubicle is a lot like a war of attrition between you and the clock, with skirmishes against neighbouring tribes to establish dominance. While we haven't yet figured out a way to speed up time to get your out of your white-collar jail, we do have a handy book that could make your hours under fluorescent light s little more enjoyable. Presenting, Office Weapons: Projects to Fortify Your Cubicle A collection of over 40 projects made by YOU, members of Instructables, that you can create in your cubicle from easily sourced office supplies. There's grappling hooks, trebuchets, darts and more - all made out of office supplies! We've even included some fun non-warfare projects at the end to keep you entertained in times of peace. Check out the projects that are in the book, then head over to ThinkGeek or Amazon to grab a copy for yourself. If all else fails, you can always use the book as a shield from your cubicle neighbour (who has already purchased this book and is arming himself as you read this).

Posted by mikeasaurus 5 years ago


Instructables Pier 9 - One of the Most Amazing Office Spaces On The Planet

At least according to Business Insider who recently posted an article of the 9 most amazing office spaces on the planet.  They included Pier 9 and even listed it second! Check out the article

Posted by Penolopy Bulnick 4 years ago


*Clears throat* Hm Hm. Dear Public Safety officer:

Dear Public Safety officer, there is a large difference between a bomb, and an LED throwie. Please stop bugging me about the red light on the electrical box, and go do something useful, like stopping a robbery. Thank you, Zem. Basically, I made an LED throwie, gave it to my friends little brother, and where does he stick it? An electrical box... Good boy. Then, not ten minutes later, a public safety officer comes over and says "Whats this? -.-" I say "Its just a light, its not doing any damage." "Okay. Just putting them up for fun are you? -.-" "Yes" "Okay. -.-" And he walks away.

Posted by Zem 8 years ago


Maker Faire NYC Office Hours

Are you coming to Maker Faire NYC this weekend?  We are, and we'd love to meet you! While you're welcome to come by the booth at any time, we're scheduling Instructables Office Hours from 2:22 - 3:22 on both Saturday and Sunday, so you can maximize your chances of meeting people you know from the site. What happens at Office Hours? First off, everyone who works the booth will show up.  I'll be there, as will Eric, Randy, Dave, Billy, Bilal, Star, Zach, and more of your favorite Instructables authors!  Come say hi, and pick up a sticker. Comment below if you're planning to be there, so we know to look out for you!

Posted by canida 7 years ago


Office Pranks - what do you do to torment your co-workers?

Inspired by the instructable "The Unusable Computer" found at https://www.instructables.com/id/EALTMA1OPWEP287OVU/?ALLSTEPS . What are some of your favorite pranks to play on your friends at work?

Posted by jerbtown 11 years ago


3D Dinosaur Cake, Solar USB Charger, Office Beach Prank

3D Dinosaur Cake Solar USB Charger Office Beach Prank Pan for Gold 5-Minute Ice Cream Stolen Passport Guide 8-Bit Sculptures Sand Fire Pit Flexible Fabric Circuit Stylish Lamps Remove a Cork with String Tasty Sandwiches Starfield Ceiling Digital Picture Frames Easy Copy Stand

Posted by randofo 7 years ago


BUILD DAY AT THE OFFICE

Every last Friday of the month is Build Day here at the office. Sometimes we all get bogged down with emails and spreadsheets and bugs and stuff, so it can be kinda hard to make something. Today I'm gonna spray paint a new robot on the door a la Amanda: https://www.instructables.com/id/Laser-Cut-Robot-Stencil/ The yellow might have to wait- I cant find it! I did find this great orange acrylic color so maybe I'll use that! update: RANDY HAD YELLOW ACRYLIC! 

Posted by ReneediCherri 5 years ago


New bathroom signs at the office

Woohoo! We now have new signs for our bathrooms. Now people will know exactly what to do when they see them. Both of these were cut with the Epilog laser cutter. The first sign has foamcore cutouts on top of black acrylic. The second one is white acrylic with black sprapyaint applied on top.

Posted by fungus amungus 8 years ago


Current Address for Instructables HQ?

I am going to be in San Francisco on July 15th and 16th, and I am planning on visiting the offices of Instructables. I keep searching for a street address of the office, but there are three different ones. Could I get the current address, the hours it is open, and who is likely to be there? I would love to meet the guys behind one of my favorite websites!

Posted by arpoky 5 years ago


DIY Office Chair Playseat Conversion?

Hi everyone, I've been looking to make something like this for a while now but have not come up with an idea of how to pull it off. I am a fan of flight/space simulators and have a Saitek X52 joystick (which is a two piece joystick for those who aren't familiar). I noticed a picture of the Playseat Office Chair with it's dual arm attachments and it seemed like the perfect compliment to my joystick. The issue is, the seats are horrendously expensive and way way outside my budget. I was wondering if anyone had any ideas how I might be able to pull off a conversion of my current office chair to add arms like the playseat has. Here is a picture of the playseat: http://www.logitech.com/assets/27529/27529.png Please keep in mind that I do not have access to a welder so it would be difficult for me to make anything metal :( Thanks in advance for any advice! Scynthe 

Posted by Scynthe 7 years ago


Loft Winch for Fun

Hi, I want to make a fun lifting mechanism which I can use to raise critical beverages, light office supplies, etc., to the loft in our house, where my office is.  It could be manual or motor driven.  It can brace, lean against or grip the square handrail and square balusters,  but can't mar or be screwed into any woodwork or flooring.  Ideas?

Posted by mahoopes 4 years ago


Office Supplies Challenge Winners!

The audience has voted, and the results are in! Thanks to all who entered- with these Instructables, there's no excuse for being bored in a cubicle again! Check here for the full list of Office Supplies Challenge projects next time you need inspiration.Have a suggestion for the next speed contest? Tell me all about it here.First Prize: Page ViewsWinner receives a robot t-shirt and engraved red Swingline stapler.DIY Fix Broken iPod! by bryceronieFirst Prize: RatingsWinner receives a robot t-shirt and engraved red Swingline stapler.Office Booby Trap by PocketSizedRunners Up: RatingsWinners receive a robot t-shirt.Retro CD Wallet by zieakLiquid Fuel Rocket by Tool Using AnimalCubicle Planters, A Garden in Your Cube by nugget659Pimped-Out Pencil and Photo Holder by sonja with a jWinners, check your Instructables inboxes this weekend- I'll send prize claim information via private message!

Posted by canida 11 years ago


What are the thoughts on multiple instructables?

I plan on building a wooden loft bed for a very small room in my house I like to call an office. I live about 45 minutes from the nearest town in a small house on the lake so I want to make one for my small office so I can still have the space of an office as well as a spare bedroom for visitors. Anyways, there are a few instructables on loft beds and I plan on making one that will be much more functional and better (not that the ones on here are bad) my question is, should I make it an instructable? it will have more features to it, like a shelving unit built in and a built in loft night table. but basically it will be very similar to others. what do you think?

Posted by chaoscampbell 10 years ago


Need help building a gattling gun to fire olives

Hello, Ok so me an some friends have some ideas to cause some summer time carnage whilst everybody is back from university etc. The main idea is to build some form of gattling gun/ mini gun to fire whole unpitted olives, so far we figure the best way to do this is to fire them using a compressed gas similar to how paintball guns work, possibly with natural gas (not set light) but open to other ideas. what do you guys think? hopefully together we can work out a kick ass olive gun to shock the world!

Posted by MrMutiny 7 years ago


how to built a printer

Any one know how to built a printer for my office... its a 4" by 8" 3 copies... so i like to use a daisy wheel..

Posted by jayjayx_jay 10 years ago


Office wars: cannon , piece count! (K'Nex)

Well if you have heard (you have now!) i have made a cannon for the office wars saga started by Dinky. it is very cool, instead of having a block trigger there is a pin you pull out of the top. it works like a real cannon, but mini. it gets a really good range*, concerting its size and piece count. rodsred--------------------1yellow----------------2white-----------------11green----------------19connectorswhite-----------4yellow---------4red-------------6light grey-----1orange-------3dark grey----12exoticblue spacers------------------------12tan locks/blue connectors-----4grey spacers------------------------2black hands-------------------------1total: 280 exact.sorry i don't have a recent picture of it. my camera is dead. but i have a older picture.i don't have a exact range measurement but i can shoot it across my room easily and it hits the wall with a decent amount of force. for the record the room i shot it across is around 10-15 feet long.

Posted by dsman195276 10 years ago


Solar reflector mounted on part of an office chair, might give people some ideas.

Http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VhpwOD2gZLA is a video that shows a solar reflector that I made from mylar and an 8 by 4 sheet of corrugated plastic. I approximated a parabolic dish by cutting it to  make cones. I used bamboo to make it more sturdy. (Still needs more bamboo). It is on a stand made from an old office chair.  I intend to line up the mount properly and put it on equatorial mount but that will take a while. It might be weeks before I have time to test the thing so here it is for now.   I am slow at the experiment stuff. The dish started last september! And it took me that long to figure out how to keep the shape resonably tight. So here it is at this moment. It will change a lot before it is finished but no reason not to show the current state of the project. Brian

Posted by gaiatechnician 7 years ago


Shirts are finally in!

We've finally got the actual shirts! The boxes arrived in our offices this very afternoon. We're shipping them out tomorrow, so contest winners should keep an eye on the mailbox next week.

Posted by canida 11 years ago


Make a phone ring

Anyone know if its possible to make a phone ring without a call coming in? Maybe get this to work via remote. This would be an awesome practical joke for my office!

Posted by slide23 9 years ago


Designing a Contemporary Computer Desk

Hello everyone in this wonderful community! I want to share something to see what you think about it! When I finished high school in February last year, my family gave me some money as a present. I put all that money into my new computer. However, I had no other place to put my computer than my work desk. I need this desk for many other things, such as airplane modeling, drawing, designing, soldering, and such. Therefore I have to get a separate desk for my computer. I always enjoy making stuff myself, so I thought that I could design my own desk. So, this is what I came up with. The desk I have designed has a contemporary, extravagant look, and is NOT designed to save space! It will be made of MDF and have a dark glass top. No drawers or shelves needed, except for the keyboard and the mouse. It will be wall-mounted. The MDF will be painted black. I have made the design in AutoCAD 2007 in 3D to see what it will look like, these are the renders I made, of the complete desk, of the structure, and of the pieces needed.  --------------- I am not sure of the thickness of MDF and glass that I should use, or if the structure is too heavy or too weak. (I have a desktop computer, not a laptop) Please help me with this part! --------------- If I ever build this, I will make an Instructable of it! Please take your time and say what you think of the design! I will greatly appreciate it!

Posted by colorex 7 years ago


First Day Interning at Instructables

Today is my third day as an intern at the downtown SF Instructables office. I thought I'd recount Day 1 as a day-in-the-life! It starts off with: "Don't come in before 10am" from Eric, and a mention from Noah (my more direct boss): "We recommend that folks bring their computers, a contractor trash bag, a good pair of running shoes, a banana and hard hat on their first day - that way, they are prepared for whatever challenges may await them at Instructables." So I walked out to the office, found the robot-painted door wedged between the liquor store and the Mexican restaurant, and walked up the stairs. It's one big room- open tables everywhere covered in stuff of all sorts: duct tape, paper towels, electronics, crocheted Pac-Man, a giant styrofoam face, an electric toaster. Everyone is at their workstations- one folding a 3D paper alphabet, another fiddling with a breadboard. The devs coding on one side of the room while walking on treadmills at the computer and DJ'ing the room. Anyway, I walked in and looked around, and was greeted with a tentative "Hello?" from someone at a desk*. I clarified that it was my first day of work, and that cleared things up. Bilal, the artist-in-residence, gave me a shoulder tap, and I was welcomed by Eric and Noah. *Apparently random strangers occasionally wander up the stairs. We now have a laser cut "days since a random stranger walked up the stairs" counter for the office. Noah showed me around, introducing me to the editors' corner, the marketing team, showing me the rooms along the back wall: "Office, sewing/electronics lab, office, store room, office, prize room, woodshop/laser cut room, 3D printer. Probably ask someone before you use the 3D printer. Test kitchen, game corner." And that was it. Back at his place in the editor's corner, he nodded. A brief pause, and then I asked, "Is there anything in particular I'm supposed to do?" Noah laughed. "Good question! Since you're just here for the summer, you'll be doing a lot of making stuff. You can use any of the supplies, or if you need to buy anything, let me know." There are a few other things I get to do, too. I can feature Instructables, and am encouraged to do outreach to people who aren't on Instructables but ought to be. But right now, most people in the office are working hard on entries for the Make it Real contest. So I got to work. You can check out my page for the fun things I've begun to make here at the office. A few other key points of the first day experience: -2pm check-in: everyone in the office meets around the lunch table to say what they've been doing that day. -Membership at TechShop- lots of fun toys for making things! -Picking up things from the MakerFaire -Getting project cards Since then, I've gotten some fabric and done some sewing for a project I haven't posted yet and worked with CNC paper cutting, 3D printing, taught myself Google SketchUp and Silhouette, and have begun to list all the things I'd like to work on this summer All right, that's enough writing. Time to make!

Posted by SelkeyMoonbeam 6 years ago