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BYO Media Center 2005 PC

It's pretty rare to see a full BYO appear on the Internets, but here you go: a working MCE 2005 Media Center in all its rackmounted glory. Very cool external display, dual DVD burners for copying "personal movies" and all kinds of sweet images of the guts of a pretty powerful machine.

Homemade Video Projector

Plans for homemade projectors are appearing around the web and our fatherless Jeep loving friends over at jeepbastard are providing a little insight to this homemade project. Essentially all plans work around the same concept, remove the backlight and reflective material from an LCD (monitor or laptop) and place it…

Laser Sighted Pencil Launcher

This is SO COOL. It's a DIY laser-sighted pencil launcher that can kill you or—worse—shoot through a can. All you need is a laser pointer, some rubber bands, some clips, and some other junk. Called the Super Mauly, it can be found on a site dedicated to the construction and testing of office-based projectiles.…

Phone Pimp in Da Hiz-ouse


Give it up fo' Vonage's "Pimp That Phone" contest, where four design enthusiasts get to bling up tired ol' ringers into an "uberphone," and you get to pick the winner! We're hoping for bejeweled dialpads, luminescent numbers, and whicka-whicka-whack receivers. Let's just hope their phones are better than my…

BYO External Laptop Display

Why wait fifteen to twenty-five years for Windows Vista when you can have a cool external laptop display—flogged by MS since last year as the latest in rocking UI—right now. MAKE magazine repurposed an old iPaq to become a super-ninja external display with all the color trimmings. Then, by using Konfabulator, AKA…

BYO Outdoor Misting System

With only a fan, a spray bottle, and a little love, you, too, can cool your mottled, puffy skin with a sweet mist. While I'd fill my spray bottle with a little kerosene and create a beautiful light show for my neighbors, you can hook yours up to the garden hose for hours of delightful misting action.