I just built one these ingenious document stands for the iPhone. Designer Kyle Koch created this clever stand so the iPhone can also double as a document camera. You can purchase a ready made one from his online store at Ponoko in either cardboard or MDF or you can download his plans and build one yourself. I just created one tonight from two USPS Priority Mail boxes.
I’m hooked on this new site called upl8.tv. The genius is in it’s simplicity. It continuously plays “curated” videos from YouTube. Don’t like what’s on? Change the channel by pressing the space bar. You can “seed” the tv by putting a term after the URL like “/monkeys” or whatever. Up late indeed.
Windows, long known for making painfully embarrassing product videos, are up to their old tricks again. And as usual the tables have turned. Oh Microsoft, when will you learn?
Make sure you watch the real one first (don’t worry, you won’t be able to get through the whole thing and that’s ok– it just sets up the remix that much better).
Link via Engadget.
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I’m an advocate for drying clothes outdoors. There are many reasons why I choose to do this but the biggest is the reduction in the utility bill (we have an electric clothes dryer). Even before we installed solar panels on the roof, I would hang laundry outside to reduce our carbon footprint.
Jeff just tipped me off to a new movie coming out in 2010 called Drying For Freedom that explores the growing and reversing trend of drying clothes outside. The trailer mentions that $5 billion (yes BILLION) is spent on just drying clothes in America. What a waste! The movie also exposes the growing trend of communities passing laws that prohibit clothes lines. What this causes, according to the trailer, is to equate power consumption with status. (This sounds awfully familiar!)
A while back I had jailbroken my original iPhone and installed the UStream.tv Broadcaster application. It was great and worked really well. If you have an iPhone 3G it will work over 3G as well as WiFi (sorry, no Edge).
No matter, since I got the 3G S, my 2G hasn’t had much love. So I picked it back up again and jailbroke it (OS 3.1) and went to look for the UStream Broadcaster app. I couldn’t find it, it was removed from Cydia. After some searching, I found the fix.
Found the Ustream streaming app.
click Add Source
Downloaded it and it does not work on 3GS with OS 3.0
So far, so good.
Today was the first day we had the solar panels turned on since they were installed last week. (We were waiting for the final inspection and the orientation session on how not to get ourselves electrocuted.) Unfortunately, today was a very cloudy day with some rain (unlike the picture here) there was no sun to be had. But I have high hopes for the remainder of the summer season, especially with the cool weather we’re having now.
The system is internet-enabled, sending statistics from the inverter to an online site that will create fancy graphs and such so we’ll be able to track our “investment.” At full capacity, it will generate 3.67 kilowatts of power (18 panels total).
My next project, a DIY handset to cell phone adapter. It’s simply exchanging one plug for another, pretty straight forward.