Cool Things to Do with a Laptop

How To : Do cool things with strings in Python

Bucky from The New Boston serves up this Python video tutorial on how to do cool things with strings in Python. This is the program you use to write all of your Python code down. Do cool things with strings and format them! Python is a dynamic, object-oriented, high-level, pr ...more

How To : 5 Cool Things to Do with Origami Paper Cranes

Origami paper cranes make for lovely eye candy and, once you know how to fold them, become wonderfully meditative when you compulsively make a bunch of them in one long sitting. So what to do when you have a whole bunch of them? Whether you have a small handful or one thousan ...more

How To : Find cool things in Google

If you are bored and surfing the internet, check out all the strange and hidden features of Google. Here are all the entries to type in google : google bearshare, google gothic, google linux, google l33t, google ewmew, xx-klingon, xx-piglatin, google bsd, google easter egg, go ...more

How To : 8 Cool Things You Can Do with Rocks

Are your paper clips, pushpins, and other metallic objects always in a disarray on your work desk or drawer? To organize them more efficiently and in a visually cool way, paint over medium-sized rocks with magnetic paint and then use its magnetic surface to keep clips and othe ...more

How To : 40 Damn Cool Things You Can Do with Eggs

All day I dream of eggs: scrambled, poached, over easy, hard-boiled, fried, baked, raw... Okay, the last one is a joke (unless you're Gaston, which means that you eat five dozen of them and you're roughly the size of a barge). But eggs are freaking good in just about any cooki ...more

News : 25 Cool New Things You Can Do with Android Nougat

Codenamed "Nougat" after the sugary stuff that fills your Snickers bar, Android 7.0 is living up to its name with tons of sweet features. There's almost too many changes over Marshmallow to cover in one go, with new functionality ranging from a revamped Doze Mode for battery s ...more

How To : Use an old laptop battery for other things

Batteries are fairly expensive. There are a few tricks you can use, storing seeming depleted batteries in the fridge, etc. Take a look at this instructional video and learn how to use a battery from an old broken laptop for other things. The batteries in this video are 18650 b ...more

How To : Cool Down Your Apple Mac Laptop

Mac laptops, especially the older PowerBooks, often can become very hot when doing processor intensive tasks like movie rendering, YouTube videos streaming, database lookups, or just gaming. Often just lifting the machine from the surface is enough to cool it down without the ...more

Solidoodle : Cheap 3D Printing at Home for Under $500!

The possibilities are endless for 3D printing. With your very own 3D printer, you can make spare parts, circuit boards, inflatable balloons, duplicate keys, Minecraft cities, and even tiny replicas of your face. From a more artsy standpoint, you can make complex sculptures, li ...more

How To : Send & Receive SMS Texts on Your Computer for Free

There's no iMessage app on Android, so unlike the folks who own both an iPhone and a Mac, we have to rely on third-party solutions to send and receive SMS messages from our computers. But on the bright side, this means we don't have to buy an exorbitantly expensive desktop or ...more

News : Your Desk Can Be an AR Smart Surface with Lampix

If you ever imagined turning the surface of your desk into one large augmented computer, well the future might not be far off, my friends. Lampix, the company that transforms any surface into a smart surface, is currently working on a portable and quite fashionable lamp to pro ...more

How To : Safely Share Files Online

Okay, stop me if you've heard this one. You have a document that you want your co-workers' advice on. You attach said document onto a mass email. The first reply comes back with an edited version of the document. You begin to make changes, but another email comes in, with yet ...more

How To : Use VLC player

This tutorial shows you cool things you can do with VLC Player, a free, multi-platform video player. You can rip and encode DVD's, play videos as ASCII art, and even stream music and video over the internet

How To : Draw an isometric pyramid inside a cube

Fashionable things come and go (remember gladiator sandals?), but truly cool things stay around forever. Take pyramids, for instance. Since the Egyptians (well, arguably, the Mesopotamians) invented them more than two thousand years ago, they still fascinate people all around ...more

How To : Make musical instruments from household items

This SUPER cool video shows how to make some fantastic percussion instruments out of items you can easily find around your house, or for cheap around your neighborhood. From plastic pails, PVC pipes, tin cans, buckets, 45 gallon drums and more. This video is short, but very in ...more

How To : Play the major scale on the guitar for beginners

There are zillions of fun and cool things you can do with guitars, including riffs, hammer down, and so on. But in order to unleash the rock star that we know is hidden deep within you, you have to start with the basics first. About half of all pop and rock songs are based on ...more

How To : Add web search to the start menu in Windows 7

One of the cool things in Windows 7 is the new start menu. It is now possible to add an internet search area to your Start Menu. Instead of searching your computer, you can select a separate option called Search the Internet. This video shows you how to enable and operate thi ...more

How To : Make a top hat out of duct tape

Duct tape is so versatile. You can make incredibly cool things out of tape. Duct tape is cheap, tough and sturdy. In this tutorial, learn how to make a very cool project - a top hat! Look just like a punk rock Abe Lincoln with this tall top hat made from duct tape. Get creativ ...more

How To : Make a Dashboard Widget on a Mac with Safari

This is a tutorial on how to create a dash board app for Mac. All you have to do is go into safari, and find what you make the app for. The next step is to find right click on the back ground and click open in dashboard. Once you go to dashboard it will appear as a bright box. ...more

How To : Repurpose an old skirt into an oversized tote bag

In this video, learn how to take things you find in thrift stores and repurpose them as cool, new items. In this clip, you will learn how to cut up a frumpy old skirt and turn it into an adorable, stylish oversized tote. This is a fun project that costs just a couple of bucks ...more

How To : Make a double-barrel sawed-off shotgun prop

Using guns in low-budget films is tough. You probably can't afford a real gun or a replica can you? Especially for more specialized guns. Fortunately, this video has the solution. It will show you how to make a really realistic sawed-off shotgun prop for cheap. You will need s ...more

How To : Work with numeric text in After Effects

In this episode of Red Giant TV, Aharon Rabinowitz gives you some cool tips for working with Numeric Text, for things like video game scores and other digital readouts. No third-party Plug-ins are used in this tutorial. Whether you're new to Adobe's popular motion graphics and ...more

How To : Make an animation sequence with Sketchup

As you already know, Sketchup is a very cool program which allows you to design a myriad of things. But, did you know you can then animate those images? You can, and this tutorial will walk you through the steps to show you how. This is a very valuable thing to know if you're ...more

How To : Make an electromagnet at home

An electromagnet is a fun experiment. These cool tools are easy to make and can be done with things you find around your home. So, the next time you are looking for a fast and cheap science project that will impress your classmates, flip on this tutorial and give this one a tr ...more

How To : Turn an ordinary hardback book into a PDA notebook

Check out this video from Make Magazine! Forget the Macbook air, there's a new lightweight portable in town - join our new video Maker (Kip Kay) as he shows you how to turn a modified hardback book in to a PDA powered "laptop" with keyboard. This will make you the cool guy in ...more

How To : Make a Nerf crossbow out of household materials

Do you find that ordinary Nerf guns lack power, DIY flair, and intimidating looks? This video can take care of that. It provides instructions for making a sort of Nerf crossbow out of common household materials. It shoots like the dickens, and looks like it could kill a vampir ...more

How To : Get better battery life on DROID smartphones

Battery life is a constant problem with cell phones today, and the Droid smartphones running Android software are no exception. If you want to learn how to get the most out of your Droid battery, then check out this helpful video that provides 8 tips on cutting battery-eating ...more

How To : Make art on YoVille whiteboard

YoVille is a pretty cool game, but wouldn't it be cooler if you could get in and tweak a few things? Maybe make some art? Well, you can! This how-to takes you through the steps to let you make your own art on the whiteboard in the game. You can find the necessary file here. T ...more

How To : Discover 5 great Xbox 360 tricks

5 things you didn't know that your xbox 360 could do! These are just 5 cool tricks just to make your xbox 360 experience a little more enjoyable. You can use the USB port for more than just HDs. Plug in a keyboard. Or play movies on the drive.

How To : Pull a stoppie trick on a sport bike

Let's face it, stoppies on sport bikes are cool because they're basically a backwards wheelie, but what makes them work are three simple things. Body positioning; you have to rock your body forward. Brake modulation; the fancy way of squeezing the brakes of your motorcycle. Re ...more

How To : Craft a vintage/Steampunk rose brooch

When you think of flower brooches, you probably imagine those dusty, ancient things your grandmother used to wear on her wool cardigan. But brooches can be uber cool - and even street chic - when done in a vintage/Steampunk style. Check out this video to learn how to craft a ...more

How To : Turn a wine bottle into an oil lamp

Check out this DIY video tutorial from Curbly, the best place to share pictures of your home, find design ideas, and get expert home-improvement advice. Turning a wine bottle into an oil lamp couldn't be easier. If you don't have the supplies on hand, a quick trip to the hard ...more

How To : Do a toeside predrift on a longboard downhill run

Longboarding is one of the most fun things that you can do in a dry, hilly, sparsly-populated (if you value your life) area. This video will teach you how to do a cool downhill longboarding trick, a toeside predrift. It's gnarly, dangerous, and totally awesome.

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