Thursday, July 11, 2013

Desktop Catapult

IMG_1975.JPGThis Instructable will show you how to create a small desktop catapult that can be made with a few supplies from around the office. Although it may seem there are a lot of steps, but don't despair each one is very simple and you will be launching paper balls and other desk junk in no time.IMG_1956.JPGSo the first thing we need to do is gather the proper supplies. So here's the list:

Supplies                                                              Tools
2 Jumbo paperclips                                          Wire snippers
1 Cheapo ballpoint pen                                    Hot glue gun
2 Push Pins
1 Sleeve of staples

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How can I make flossing easier?

How can I make flossing easier?

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MSI GeForce GTX 770 Gaming and ASUS GeForce GTX 770 DirectCU II Review

Legit Video Card Reviews

Last week NVIDIA introduced the GeForce GTX 780, which became the company's first GeForce 700 series graphics card to be released! Quickly following the release of that card comes the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770. This card is similar to a GeForce GTX 680, but has been refreshed with a new GPU cooler, more powerful power system, higher clock speeds, 7Gbps memory modules, and GPU Boost 2.0 technology. GPU Boost 2.0 technology basically means that the cooler the GPU operates, the faster it performs. Boost 2.0 also gives you more control over the GPU, so you can do overvoltaging. The best thing about this overhaul of the GeForce GTX 680 is that the new GeForce GTX 770 is priced at $399 for the 2GB version and a 4GB version should be coming out later in June for around $448 ($49 more than 2GB card).

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770 Reference Card

If you take a look at the image above you'll see that the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770 reference card looks nearly identical to the GeForce GTX Titan/780 as it shares a similar GPU Cooler. The GeForce GTX 770 reference board measures 10.5” in length. Display outputs include two dual-link DVIs, one HDMI and one DisplayPort connector. One 8-pin PCIe power connector and one 6-pin PCIe power connector are required for operation.

When it comes to the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770 specifications you'll be happy to learn that the reference card has a base clock of 1049MHz and a Boost click of 1085MHz, which is a ~2.5% bump in boost performance. Both cards share the GK104 Kepler GPU, so the stream processors (CUDA Cores) remain the same at 1536. The GeForce GTX 770 and GeForce GTX 680 both have 128 texture units, 32 ROPs and a 512KB L2 cache size.

The one major difference that we need to talk about on this card is on the GDDR5 memory. In recent months 7Gbps memory has been made available by Hynix and Samsung, and NVIDIA moved to it for this refresh. In order to do that NVIDIA found that they had to beef up the board power. NVIDIA went with a 4-phase power design for the GPU and a 2-phase power design for the 2GB of GDDR5 memory on the GeForce GTX 680 reference card.  The new GeForce GTC 770 reference card has the same GPU power system, but stepped up to a 3-phase power design for the more power hungry 7Gbps memory chips. This is why someone can't just flash an old GeForce GTX 680 and make it GeForce GTX 770 as it actually requires more power. This is the main reason why the boards TDP went from 195W on the GTX 680 to 230W TDP on the GeForce GTX 770. So, thanks to these new GDDR5 IC's and the boards beefed up power system, NVIDIA is able to get 7010MHz (effective) memory running on the 256-bit memory interface.  This ~1Ghz jump in memory clock means that the memory bandwidth on the GTX 770 is now 224.3 GB/s, which is a 17% increase. So, the GeForce GTX 770 has higher clock speeds, beefed up power and should run cooler (run in boost longer).


NVIDIA unfortunately did not send Legit Reviews a GeForce GTX 770 reference card, so we do not have one to show you or use today as a baseline card in the performance tests.  The good news is that our friends over at ASUS and MSI came to the rescue and provided us with their custom GeForce GTX 770 solutions that both come overclocked from the factory.  Neither ASUS or MSI will have a GeForce GTX 770 video card based off the reference design or with reference clock speeds. So, we will be looking at the ASUS GeForce GTX 770 Direct CU II OC 2GB and the MSI GeForce GTX 770 Twin Frozr Gaming OC 2GB. Both cards have a suggested retail price (SRP) of $409.99 and


The GeForce GTX logo on the edge of the board is also LED backlit just like the one on the GeForce GTX 690 and Titan. NVIDIA suggests a 600W or greater power supply for the GTX 780 and you'll need both an 8-pin and a 6-pin PCIe power connector for proper operation.

Now that we have the basics covered, let's take a quick look at the test setup and move along to the game benchmarks!

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Laser Beveled Glue Bottle Top Popper

6-DSCN0114.JPGIf you've worked with a certain major brand of wood glue you have probably run into the dreaded "glued on top" phenomena.  No matter how persnickety you are about cleaning the outside of the top, there's always glue trapped between the "pop-up" spout and the fixed part of the top that semi-hardens, just enough to make opening the top a job for magilla-gorilla.2-DSCN0102.JPGOne fairly straight forward fix is to cut an acrylic disc, like I did at the Techshop,, to fit under the top's ridge. This gives you a larger area to grip and pull up the top. But, the lower edge of the disc has a sharp edge, left from laser cutting.
Wouldn't it be a fine thing if the edge was beveled? Well, my friend, read on!

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Kotaku Chart: How Microsoft Confused Everyone With the Xbox One | io9 Gender-swapping superhero's cr

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Easy-Peezy High Calorie Survival Bars

Here is the recipe for my favorite Survival "Calorie Bars".
Each 2 inch x 2 inch square has roughly:
600 calories
8g of fat
24g of protein
38g carbohydrates.

All in all, if you munch on these on the couch, you'll gain like 10lbs per week (I don't know that for fact and haven't actually done calculations to come up with that number)

These ARE meant to be eaten when you have NO OTHER FOOD. Even though they are tasty.

I'm going to take a quick break while these photos upload, maybe I can go and find my sewing machine.... Not for this project of course, I'm thinking about another project. Yeah I'm gonna grab my sewing machine, be back in a few.

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HTC One Google Edition Brings Stock Android to the Best Android Phone

On Stage at the D11 conference, Google's Android chief Sundar Pichai confirmed rumors that an HTC One Google Edition running vanilla Android will be available on June 26th for $600. That means the best Android phone in the world will be available unlocked and without the often clunky HTCSense skin. Heck yeah.

Today's announcement comes just a few weeks after we learned about the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition during the company's I/O developer's conference keynote. While we're quite fond of Google's Nexus-branded hardware, it's been pretty lame that until now you've only been able to get other flagship Android phones with each OEM's skin on top of older versions of the OS. Now you can get the two hottest phones out there with the latest version of Android and regular updates.

In other words, this is an awesome trend. Now if only you could get these vanilla handsets subsidized by a carrier. [Google+ via AllThingsD]