This week at Lifehacker: Build yourself a gadget recharging station. Hack together a pen-sized wireless antenna. Revive a a soaked piece of hardware killed by spillage. Finally, download essential free software that Google Pack whiffed on.
The ball and chain's been on your back for months about doing something with the milk crates stacked up in the bedroom filled with charging gadgets. What to do with your 17 smart phones, cameras, PDA's, and MP3 players? Mod a regular old piece of furniture into a gadget recharging station that looks like it belongs in a house where humans live and earn those brownie points you so desperately need.
Your laptop's wifi card needs a little signal boost, dontcha think? Build a small antenna that fits inside a pen case and mount it to the back of your laptop screen for maximum signal reachage with the utmost hacker cred.
Your router got rained on. What to do? Give it a bath and a careful cleaning with some cotton swabs, and transform your drowned device into a useful member of electronic society again.
Google put together Google Pack, a collection of free software that "makes your computer just work." Well, it was a nice try, but no cigar. Check out Lifehacker's picks for best essential free Windows software, called Lifehacker Pack, cuz we're really original like that.
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