Monthly Archives: September 2007

Alarms: Schedule Wake Up Calls and Reminders at WakerupperLifehacker

Schedule free wake up calls and reminders online with web site Wakerupper. Just enter the time and date you want your call, your timezone, phone number, email address, and an optional bit of reminder text that will be played text-to-speech style when you get the call. The site requires no registration, though registration is possible if you want to use the service for more than the occasional one-off wake up call. Most of us have learned to use our cell phones as anywhere alarms, but if you’re paranoid about waking up when you’re traveling or before an important meeting, Wakerupper is a useful tool for creating anywhere, anytime wake up calls (a little redundancy is always calming).

Wi-Fi antenna extender hackMAKE Magazine

You know that someone is going to cry fraud any time there’s a how-to on extending wi-fi range. And this one is no exception (read the Comments). I don’t know why people doing these projects don’t show before and after readings on a signal strength meter to prove their claims. I’m not a radio engineer or a ham, so I can’t really judge without trying this out for myself on a spare antenna. I’d be interested to know what MAKE readers think who have experience in this area.

WIFI Antenna Hack! – Link


  • Other wif-fi antenna coverage on MAKE: Blog – Link

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Featured Windows Download: Burn CDs and DVDs with CDBurnerXPLifehacker

Windows only: Freeware application CDBurnerXP is an easy to use, all-in-one CD and DVD burning suite with an impressive range of features. This app can burn gapless audio CDs, create and burn ISOs, and even handle burning to Blu-Ray and HD-DVDs. Its simple Drop-Box feature offers a really smooth way to add new files to a project via drag-and-drop. If you’ve got the urge to burn a lot of optical media but you don’t want to shell out $100 for Nero or some other professional suite, CDBurnerXP is an excellent alternative. CDBurnerXP is freeware, Windows only.

How To: Build a Workbench on the CheapLifehacker

DIYer Bruce Maki describes how to create a simple but sturdy workbench for less than $20. For this project, you’ll need a few 2x4s, Oriented Strand Board, and deck screws. Size can vary depending on your personal preference. The end result: a workbench that can handle your weight and then some.

The MP3 stick (DIY/Homemade MP3 player)۝MAKE Magazine

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Nice AVR based MP3 player… –

The MP3stick is a simple and small portable MP3 player. A microcontroller Atmel AVR ATmega128 is the heart of the circuit. MP3 decoding is done by an VLSI VS1011b decoder IC. A MMC/SD card works as memory medium for MP3 files, playlist files and skin files. The player is designed to draw his power from a LiIo/LiPo battery with 3.6V. a charger cicuit, based on MAX1811, is included. All information will be shown on a Nokia color LCD with 128×128 pixel and 256 colors. The player will work in text-only mode and if a skin file is available, also with nice graphic skins. A docking port allows outside connectivity for serial control signals, audio signals and charger voltage input.

۝The MP3 stick (DIY/Homemade MP3 player) – Link.

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Health: Plan an Ergonomic WorkstationLifehacker

What does your optimum ergonomic workstation look like? Ergonomic product company Ergotron offers an installation tool to figure out just that. Just click your height and various values are displayed; sitting eye height, standing elbow height, seat height, etc. Using this made me instantly aware of how screwed up my sitting system (such as it is) really is—and why I have such a backache.

How to get number of CPU on Solaris?

Here’s a quick way to find out what hardware is installed in your Solaris system:

    $ /usr/platform/`uname -i`/sbin/prtdiag

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Ask The Readers: Best Firefox userchrome.css Tweaks?Lifehacker

Just as extensions add functionality and about:config tweaks change behavior, you can style Firefox‘s “chrome” using the userchrome.css file. The chrome includes menus, toolbars, tabs, and the address bar—all the outer control area in Firefox—and web developers know that CSS sets colors, sizes, visibility and more. We've already covered how to consolidate Firefox’s chrome with style tweaks, but there are still lots of possible ways to change the fox’s appearance with userchrome.css. Here’s a compilation of my favorite userchrome.css tweaks—add yours in the comments.

/* * Do not remove the @namespace line -- it's required for correct functioning */
/* set default namespace to XUL */
@namespace url("");

/* Remove Edit menu (if you already use all the keyboard shortcuts) */
#helpMenu, #edit-menu { display: none !important; }

/* Remove Back button when there's nothing to go Back to */
#back-button[disabled="true"] { display: none; }

/* Remove Forward button when there's nothing to go Forward to */
#forward-button[disabled="true"] { display: none; }

/* Remove Stop button when there's nothing to Stop */
#stop-button[disabled="true"] { display: none; }

/* Remove Home button (never use it) */
#home-button { display: none; }

/* Remove Go button from address bar */
#go-button-stack, .search-go-button-stack { display: none !important; }

/*Remove magnifying glass button from search box*/
.search-go-button-stack { display: none !important; }

/* Eliminate the throbber and its annoying movement: */
#throbber-box { display: none !important; }

/* Show keyword input box when adding a bookmark */
#keywordRow { display: -moz-grid-line !important; }

/* Make the active tab wider */
tab[selected="true"] { min-width: 200px !important; }

Thanks to TheQwerty for my latest addition, the last few lines, which makes the active tab wider than background tabs.

For more on how to edit userchrome.css, see our previous post on consolidating Firefox’s chrome. What else have you hand-added to your chrome style? Let us know in the comments.

How to create a sparse file on UNIX.

To create a sparse file on UNIX use following command line:

$ dd if=/dev/zero of=<file name> bs=<block size> count=1 seek=<position>

The result of the command line is a file named ‘<file name>’ of a size ‘(position+1)*block size’.

Cooking: Turn a $5 Steak into a $50 SteakLifehacker

Those of us on a quest for that perfect steak will appreciate cooking blog Steamy Kitchen’s tutorial on how to transform the mediocre into the marvelous. Apparently, it’s all about the salt, salt and even more salt (don’t worry, most of it comes out). I’m willing to try anything within reason to get my steak just right, so this recipe is going on this weekend’s menu. If you’ve got a secret tip for the Best Steak Ever, please share in the comments.

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