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Content posted in November 2007
DIY (Do-It-Yourself) is alive and well
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11/30/2007   Post a comment
I'm absolutely delighted to discover the DIY Life website, which presents all types of projects, from hobbies and crafts to home improvement and technology.
$95,000 for a wristwatch?
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11/29/2007   Post a comment
I'm currently in the market for a new wristwatch. I know the one I want, but when I called the store to ask the price, their answer made me cry!
"Drive-by" restorers establish secret workshop and repair antique clock
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11/28/2007   Post a comment
In which we discover an underground movement of "Cultural Guerrillas" in France who sneak around repairing and restoring antiques without their owner's permission.
Want to build a moon rover?
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11/27/2007   Post a comment
Seriously, would you like to be part of a team that builds a robot rover and flies it to the moon?
Small and easy-to-use FPGA boards for interfacing and control
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11/20/2007   3 comments
No, I'm not TELLING you what they are ... I'm ASKING you for your advice!
FPGA implementation of antique Friden EC-130 delay-line calculator
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11/14/2007   Post a comment
In which a student learning VHDL creates an FPGA-based implementation of this 1963 transistor/diode four-function calculator.
Only 42 shopping days remain till Christmas!
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11/13/2007   Post a comment
Eeeek, the sands of time are slipping through the hourglass ... what presents are we going to buy for everyone?
Why aren't the values of SMD capacitors marked on the little rascals?
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11/12/2007   5 comments
A reader poises an interesting question for which I have no answer ... do you?
Dolphins save surfer from becoming a tasty treat for a shark
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11/9/2007   Post a comment
Stories like this make me glad that I'm sitting safely behind my desk.
The Mobysaurus Thesaurus
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11/5/2007   Post a comment
Light in size but heavy in features, this little scamp is a comprehensive, feature-rich, easy-to-use, freeware English thesaurus for Windows.
Steampunk Motorcycles
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11/1/2007   Post a comment
Wouldn't it be uber-cool to ride around on a Victorian-styled, steam-powered motorcycle?


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Jolt Awards: The Best Books
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