Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Revo Uninstaller Pro Uninstalls Your Programs Better, Is 50% Off

Windows' built-in uninstaller is okay, but far from perfect. Revo, our favorite app uninstaller, has an awesome pro version that is on sale for $20 right now, down from $40.

Revo Uninstaller has a lot of great features, and the free version is something everyone should have on their system. It's better at finding leftover files and registry entries than Windows' built-in uninstaller, and includes things like a "Hunter Mode" that let you click on any running application to uninstall it.

The pro version is even better, though: not only does it have more advanced scanning techniques, but you can monitor system changes, backup your registry before you delete old keys, and—our favorite feature of the bunch—uninstall multiple programs at once.

It's usually pretty expensive at $40, but at 50% off, it may be worth your while—especially if you're the kind of person that likes to try out new software a lot (and thus are constantly uninstalling old things).

Revo Uninstaller Pro - 50% Off

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DIY Kool-Aid Play Dough

Playdough 17.JPGSometime you just need something fun for grandkids, (or children) to play with.  Don’t get me wrong, I have lots of toys in the grandkids room, but sometimes you just have to pull out the BIG GUNS.   Whenever I pull out play dough, I have very happy kids for a very long time (usually close to 2 hours).  When the play dough smells fruity it’s even better.  This is a basic recipe I have used a lot.  Adding a package of unflavored Kool-Aid has made it even better.  So, here how to make a batch of fruit fragranced play dough.Playdough 1.JPGIngredients:
1cup (144 g) flour
1 cup (230g) water
2 tsp. (5 g) Cream of Tartar
1/3 cup (104g) salt
1 Tbs. (10g) vegetable oil
1 package unsweetened Kool-Aid (any color you want, I use what I had)
Nonstick cooking spray (not shown)

Sauce pan
Rubber spatula

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Make a Rip Stop Nylon Hammock

IMG_0159.jpgRip stop nylon is some pretty cool stuff. It’s used in jackets, sails, kites, wing suits, and parachutes. While at the sporting goods store, I saw it’s used in hammocks as well.

I made this hammock from two sections of rip stop nylon sewed together. While a single ply would have probably done just fine, I played it safe and doubled it. Don't worry if you don't know how to sew. This is probably the 3rd time I've ever used a sewing machine.  

IMG_0110.JPGThe material is already 60” wide right off the bolt. I asked for 4 yards. That gave me a section 12’x60”. When I got it home I cut 1’ off of the end making is 11’x60”. The one foot strip will be used to make a storage bag.

This material only stretches diagonally. Since I’m using the fabric in line with the weave, I able to use a straight line stitch. Otherwise, I would have had to use a zig-zag stitch to allow for stretching. I adjusted the sewing machine so the stitches were wide enough to prevent it from being a failure point. If they are too close together it becomes a perforation rather then a strong seam.

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Convert Battery Powered Electronics to Use an AC Adapter

Convert Battery Powered Electronics to Use an AC Adapter

We're in a day in age where battery powered electronics are just an annoyance to most of us. Charging, or even plug-in power is so much easier to use. Instructables user DIYHacksAndHowTos shows off how to convert those battery powered electronics to run on AC.

Although the process sounds pretty complicated, it's not as difficult as you might think. It uses a voltage regulator circuit, , a switch, and a dummy battery system to take up space. The dummy battery also makes the whole thing removable in case you want to revert back to the batteries. As with any project where you're working with electricity, you'll want to be careful, but the process here is pretty straight-forward. Head over to Instructables for the full guide.

Convert Battery Powered Electronics to Run on AC | Instructables via Hack a Day

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Supersized Jenga game

4- - 10’ long 2”X3” pine (the radiata pine boards available at Home Depot  are great for this project ,they are usually quite dry and it is a light weight pine.


A tape measure or ruler

saw (I used a table saw with a cross cut sled )

You can use whatever type of saw you have

Router with a round over bit


Hardhats (i found some at garage sales)

A game box for the set (I will  a separate instructable.)

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