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Treadmill Desk Set-Up

Walking while working on a computer became a necessary and life-changing experience for me in 2010 after a nasty sciatic injury prevented me from sitting in a chair. I got lucky with the purchase of the electric adjustable desk frame from GeekDesk. (Reviewed here.) It cost $549 plus shipping. I saved a fair bit of […]

$8 Ikea Tool Set

I recently moved and somehow lost my tool box. I knew I would have to wrestle with endless amounts of disassembly, reassembly, and re-reassembly and so I bought an Ikea Fixa tool kit for $8. My kids love using them because they can swap out screw driver heads, the tools fit their hands (I think they […]

Tictail

The easiest way to add a shopping cart, or e-commerce, to your website is with Tictail. You can set up a digital store in only 30 seconds for free. Tictail gives you a way to present a storefront, track sales of your items, interface with social media, collect money, manage customers, and organize an online […]

Induction Hot Plate

Induction does for cooktops what microwaves do for ovens, but with the added safety that low frequency inductions fields won’t heat human tissue. Induction heating works by inducing eddy currents into conductive heating containers, usually iron or stainless steel. Titanium works great too. Copper and aluminum pans do not work because they are TOO conductive. […]

Gerber Artifact

We’ve all been there. You run out of the house for a quick errand and leave your everyday carry multitool on the table by the door. You’re not going to need it, right? I’ve been burned by this so many times it’s not even funny; clawing apart clamshell packaging in my car, scrounging for a […]

SmartJars

Somehow our work bench keeps getting taken over by a crazy mess and our current organizational system, the one left to us with the house, was just not cutting it for how we use the garage (aka Halloween Craziness takes over). We found SmartJars in May 2013 at the Bay Area MakerFaire and were impressed […]

Magic Arm with Camera Bracket

The Magic Arm is just that, a magic arm to hold your camera, lights, bounce, flag. I use it with the camera bracket on one side and Manfrotto 035 Super Clamp($25, photo below) to turn a staircase railing, or the railing of a scissor lift, into a camera support. You could use it similarly to […]

What’s in My Bag? John Edgar Park

Curious to know what’s in my daily work/travel bag? Please, have a look (click the images for an even closer look). I carry this bag and gear for my daily work routine, as well as when I take trips. Note: I do carry some worrisome, pointy things that I place in checked baggage or leave […]

Author Howard Rheingold [Cool Tools Show #003]

Howard Rheingold is a critic, writer, teacher, and artist; his specialties are on the cultural, social and political implications of modern communication media such as the Internet, mobile telephony, virtual communities, digital media and learning, and online co-learning. He joins the Cool Tools podcast this week to discuss how his budding interest in woodworking has […]

STOCK TIP

If someone tells you “Buy it now! Everyone is buying it like crazy!” Ask them “Who is selling it and why?” – Waldo Weyeris, Engineer, Boulder, CO, USA Article source: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/CoolTools/~3/XWzoHauA1Ic/20408

ESTIMATING BAROMETRIC PRESSURE

A barometer’s reading will drop about an inch for each thousand foot increase in altitude. – R. A. Heindl, Design Engineer, Euclid, OH, USA Article source: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/CoolTools/~3/AmNuc0M9_Ts/20409

TIP TOP TOMATOES!

When planting tomato seedlings, wait until you have at least two sets of leaves, preferably three or more sets. Remove the bottom set(s) of leaves so that you have only one pair of leaves remaining. Crush some egg shells (1-2 eggs worth) and put them in a hole that is deep enough to plant your […]

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