Category Archives: Methods

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Be A Book Or Magazine Mogul


I’ve been looking into ways to get my thoughts, commentary, and how-tos out to the mass market. A couple of companies are making the book and magazine publishing process super easy.  And, pretty inexpensive. For books, take a look at … Continue reading

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DIY Pool Pump – Revisited


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Bureaucrats And Herd Followers: Forget About Trying Linux


After reading the recent Mike Cassidy column titled “Linux Could Ease Schools’ Tech Crunch” on SiliconValley.com, I couldn’t help reminiscing about the long-held fantasy of rolling Linux into schools. In spite of the sad economic climate, prompting the ever-present “using … Continue reading

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The Western – A Truly American Invention


The American Western…a great Hollywood invention. How does it relate to DIY? Take the case of Clint Eastwood, one of my favorite actors. Mr. Eastwood hails from the Carmel, California area.  He’s lived there a long time and has had … Continue reading

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DIY Idea Sites


Sometimes do-it-yourselfers need a little inspiration.  Here are several techno-geeky sites that I like to visit, “to get my DIY mind right”. Hacked Gadgets Hack-A-Day GizMag Slashdot Geek.com Make Magazine All of these sites have pretty high traffic numbers and … Continue reading

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Let’s Experiment With Pachube


Pachube.com is a site used to ship real-world data around the Web.  You can upload sensor data from various sensors around your house or business (home weather station, building control system, alarm system, etc.) or use feeds from around the … Continue reading

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Parts, Tools, and Inspiration


Parts, tools, and inspiration are three things you’ll need to be a DIYer. Make a habit of collecting nuts, bolts, brackets, metal and wood scraps then organizing them so they can be used in the future.  I have several old … Continue reading

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