Internet Hacks

How to: Convert a Windows 7 Laptop into a Wi-Fi Hotspot

How to: Convert a Windows 7 Laptop into a Wi-Fi Hotspot

Here’s some new software for Windows 7 called Connectify which allows you to turn your Windows 7 laptop into a wireless hotspot. Basically, it converts your laptop into a wireless router of sorts, acting as a wireless access point for computers...
How to: Physical Flag Alert for New Email

How to: Physical Flag Alert for New Email

Learn how to use microcontrollers to control just about anything as we build a device that raises a flag every time you get a new email!  Microcontrollers form the heart of many electronics projects big and small. David uses them constantly for ...
Ultrasonic Pet Water Dish Monitor

Ultrasonic Pet Water Dish Monitor

Using an Parallax ultrasonic sensor, an Arduino and a computer this Ultrasonic Cat Water Dish Monitor project will allow you to monitor the cat dish level from anywhere. I think a cool upgrade would be monitoring and record the time and frequency of...
LED Board for Google Voice to Text Message

LED Board for Google Voice to Text Message

Learn how to  and shows you how to link an LED sign to your Google Voice account which can physically show you your voicemails through an array of LEDs.  The video below walks you through a quick demonstration of how the LED message board...
Dirt Simple Wi-Fi Signal Booster

Dirt Simple Wi-Fi Signal Booster

Learn how to make a dirt simple (basically free) wifi antenna booster using tin foil.  Yes, it sounds crazy, but it actually works and significantly increases your wifi signal in the dead zones of your house. The video above is pretty...
Webcycle: Human Powered Internet Access

Webcycle: Human Powered Internet Access

Is your desire/addiction the web strong enough to pull you away from the information superhighway onto an exercise bike in order to keep you plugged in? The webcycle is a bicycle which controls your internet speed based upon how quickly you’re...
DIY a Giant Net Enabled Etch-A-Sketch

DIY a Giant Net Enabled Etch-A-Sketch

Remember those plasticy Etch A Sketch toys from childhood? Two knobs allowed you to draw line images on a flat screen. In this video demo, Jeri Ellsworth and George Sanger give a low down on their net enabled version. Replace the grey screen with a...
How to: Control Your House using Twitter

How to: Control Your House using Twitter

Using Twitter, a new social networking site, you can set up your laptop and connect it to your light switches (or any other electrical device) and control the device by sending text messages to your twitter account. It’s a fairly simple setup...
Twitter Robot makes Popcorn, starts a Movie

Twitter Robot makes Popcorn, starts a Movie

Imagine this… On your way home from work, you send the Twitter command “Prep movie" to your robot.  Your robot reads the command, waits for a bit, pops some corn and starts a movie.  Build your own twitter powered roboslave and learn how...
How to: Control your Computer using Twitter

How to: Control your Computer using Twitter

There's no denying the power of running your own SSH or VNC service at home for remote access. But wouldn't it be cool if you could just SMS your computer and say something like, "Hey, what's your external IP address?" or, "Can you download this ...