How to use a MacBook Pro with the lid closed

My son spilled “a small amount” of water into his 2-year old MacBook Pro’s keyboard causing the LCD display to turn black and the keyboard’s ‘A’ key to stop working. Although the computer was within its AppleCare warranty, liquid spill damage is not...

How to create a custom iPhone web page icon

Here’s how to create custom web page bookmark icons for your iPhone’s home screen. 1. Make your custom icon by creating a 114 x 114 pixel graphic image at 72 pixels/inch. Just make it a simple square — the iOS will round the corners and add a nice...

DIY White Noise Sound Machine for under $20

Sleeping in a noisy environment can be extremely difficult. For example, people who live in apartments, students in dorm rooms and anyone in a busy urban environment. And since it’s usually noisier during the day, conditions can be worse for those who work...

DIY MobileMe Alternative for Syncing Contacts and Calendar

Every time my MobileMe service comes up for renewal, I think about whether or not it’s worth $99 for another year. Of all the services they offer, the only one that I really use is contact and calendar syncing. It really works well. But is it worth paying $99 a...

Bottle Cap Camera Tripod

This Bottle Cap Tripod is a good idea, albeit a little pricy at $10 + $2.50 shipping. It should work well with small cameras for self-portraits and timed shots. A weighted bottle could also double as an inexpensive steady-cam...

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