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Taking All-In-One to a Whole New Level

As we are now getting into the month of August, I need to think about what to get my mother for her birthday. This is not as easy as it may sound because she is an extremely practical women. Instead of jewelry or flowers, she would rather have a new iron or coffee maker. That said, I started looking around for the right new coffee maker for her (It can’t be to fancy, just nice and simple).

While I was looking around, I came across the Sunpentown 3-in-1 Breakfast Maker. This contraption is the Frankenstein mash-up of a coffee pot, a toaster oven, and a fry pan. Don’t get me wrong, I am all about efficiency, and space conservation; living in a studio apartment myself, but this is mildly frightening. Besides the apparent danger of an open fry pan on top of a toaster oven, you can purchase this “solution” at Walmart for only $39.88. Quality craftsmenship right there.

As much as my mother is practical, I’m going to go out on a limb and assume that this might not be the new coffee maker she wants. I’ll continue my search,but for now, if you are horribly cramped on space, and crave an efficient start to your day, try this new kind of all-in-one….Just don’t come crying to me if your closet sized apartment bursts into flame.

The power-supply mod

I have recently worked to resurrect an Apple G4 Mirror Drive Doors tower as an additional machine for myself. As seems to be the curse of the MDD, it’s extremely expensive and proprietary power-supply had died, and I wanted a mac. A little while ago, my friend efeion had done some similar Resurrection work, and modded an ATX power supply to replace the old apple one. Well, I knew it could be done so I decided to give it a try. With the help of my friend Matt, we set about on the project. As it was, I learned to solder for this, so it was a double win. The process was surprisingly straight ford, involving matching up the necessary wires from each power supply, and soldering them together. Then, with a little electrical tape and some Chinese wrap, walla a professional looking power-supply. As with efeion‘s, the apple cinema display is now the only thing that won’t work, but who has one of those anyways. For more information, check out his blog.

A Former Project

To set the tone of this page, I’m whipping out the frankenstein project I made for sophmore year in an art class. What happens when you have five rundown PC’s, 4000 popscicle sticks, and 300 sticks of hot glue? Heres what happened with me.