Simple Hack Adds Power-Charge USB Slot to VGA Socket

Sometimes the simplest hacks are the most useful: If you've got a laptop with limited USB ports and you're in the market for something small and handy to let you charge a device over USB, then this is for you. All it takes is a male-male VGA adapter, a spare USB socket and some accurate soldering: it's all in the… » 11/26/08 10:10am 11/26/08 10:10am

DIY Magic Mirror Makes Disney's Look Positively Low Tech

This is for those of you who got a shiver when the magic mirror spoke to the witch in Snow White... or rather, it's the sort of thing that'll give your kids a shiver in this electronic age. A guy called Al has hooked up an old PC, an LCD screen, an Arduino board and a slew of sensors to give his daughters their very… » 10/27/08 1:15pm 10/27/08 1:15pm

Teeny Web Server is Smaller Than a Business Card, and Way More Useful

Hackaday's running a cute little electronics project at the mo (well, if you think electronics can be cute) which shows you how to build a fully working web server on a circuit board no bigger than a business card, in plan at least. It's capable of serving up web pages and files and instead of using tricky-to-access… » 9/26/08 10:15am 9/26/08 10:15am

Candle Maker Gadget Makes Candles Out Of Old Candles

Have you ever finished burning a candle and wondered what to do with the wax left over? We sure haven't—because we're dudes! But if your wife has this problem, gift them one of these candle makers that pound the leftover parts of various other candles into an all-new candle, ready for the burning. After about 1,000… » 10/03/06 11:25am 10/03/06 11:25am