Instructables user Sobaka-Gemini decided to build his own computer desk from a pair of 2 foot by 4 foot MDF plates, some table legs he acquired on the cheap, black paint, and polyurethane to seal the desk and protect it from moisture. He estimates the total cost of his desk to be around $35, but he omits the price of some of the optional items (like the moisture sealant) that you'll probably want if you want to try this for yourself. Plus, just in case some of his costs are lowballed, we bumped up the budget in case you want to take his list of gear to your local hardware store and pick up what you'll need to put it all together. … [Read more...] about Build Your Own U-Shaped Computer Desk for Less than $100
You should also keep your holiday and personal purchases separate because it’s way, way, way too easy to think “it’s okay to buy this much, the holidays are about giving!” and then, two days later, open a package that’s, like, 85% gifts for you. … [Read more...] about The Best Cyber Monday Shopping Strategies
Some film sequels are "necessary" in the sense that they're planned franchises from the beginning, continuing an at least partially incomplete story. (The Empire Strikes Back comes to mind.) But most sequels are rushed into production when their progenitors make money, and are driven less by story necessity than by the desire for a quick payout from an assumed built-in fan base. It's a rare stand-alone sequel that finds its own feet as something other than a loud, pandering redux. Still, cinema occasionally manages to rise to the occasion with something like Aliens, a slick, thoroughly enjoyable actioner that was in no way required or even set up by Alien. Ridley Scott's terrific 1979 original was an atmospheric horror movie, but Aliens managed to repurpose its elements into a shoot-'em-up thriller without disrespecting its parent film. It's almost a model sequel: bigger and faster, but not dumber, and not just a rote copycat of the first movie. Later Alien sequels weren't nearly as … [Read more...] about Back to the well: 21 unnecessary film sequels that are great anyway
For the baby, you don’t need to buy anything, because he’ll probably be excited about just opening boxes. When my kids were tiny tots, I looked around for games, toys and stuffed animals that they didn’t play with and were buried at the bottom of their toy bins or stashed at the top of their closets. I wrapped up those items and put them under the tree. Seriously, who remembers what they got at 2? … [Read more...] about Don’t Buy Your Toddlers Holiday Gifts
In our tests though, the N2 was a speedy device, moving and copying files across our network as fast as we could transmit them, and setting up remote access, security, and connecting via the iOS and Android apps were simple. The nice thing about Synology's approach is that you have quick access to tons of features, even if the software can get a little overwhelming at times. Aside from that, setup was a snap, and granting remote access to select users (who had to authenticate to get to their files) was also easy. Best of all, the N2 didn't suck down a ton of power when we left it running for days on end. … [Read more...] about The ioSafe N2 Is a Near Disaster-Proof NAS that’s Packed with Features
Now that you’re done laughing about the number of Allroads by us, we live right in Auburn Hills, Michigan so I see E-trons and Allroads on a daily basis. Sooooooo.... here’s what we need. We’re looking for ideally another wagon that’s just as safe as our last few Allroads and will fit the usual stuff required for driving around a three year old. I’ve got a Grand Cherokee so probably don’t need/want another SUV. All-wheel drive is a must and something new/newer would be ideal. A brown, manual, Golf wagon would be nice, but again we see Golf wagons on the daily. … [Read more...] about I Need A Family Friendly Car That’s Fast And Unique! What Car Should I Buy?