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Google CR-48 netbook hacked to run Windows 7 and Mac OS X Snow Leopard

We already shared Google's instructions for installing Ubuntu on a CR-48 Chrome OS netbook with you, but one enthusiast has decided to take things a step further. After all, if you can get two x86 operating systems running on the CR-48 why not try for three or four? YouTube user Damis648 has managed to get both Windows 7 and OS X Snow Leopard running on Google's plain black machine. It's a com...

KinEmote controls Boxee or XBMC via your Kinect

The Microsoft Kinect hacks just keep on coming, and we'll probably be seeing even more cool apps released now that first-party drivers are available for download. Today, we've got a glimpse at a new open source project called KinEmote in action. It's designed to take advantage of your Kinect in its natural habitat: the living room. KinEmote is a -- you guessed it -- remote control app which al...

Mobile Minute: DIY cradle from cardboard coffee sleeve

It's amazing how expensive cradles are for mobile devices. Most users realize that there is a big premium being charged for what amounts to a formed piece of plastic, and it makes them less likely to pony up the big bucks for a device that holds their phone. Luckily, this is an area where a little DIY creativity can help. A Download Squad tipster pointed us to their YouTube video describing how to...

How to Auto-Tune yourself in GarageBand

Even though Auto-tune - that funky robot effect that ruled the radio for a big chunk of 2008 - has been officially declared dead by no less a rap superstar than Jay-Z himself, people still went nuts for T-Pain's Auto-tune app on the iPhone. You don't have to have an iPhone (or pay hundreds of dollars for official Antares Auto-tune software) to get that T-Pain sound, though. In fact, you can do i...

Lessn offers an easy way to create your own URL shortener

With all the drama around brand-name URL shorteners, a lot of blogs have advised people to skip the big guys and create their own. Easier said than done, though, right? Well, maybe not: Lessn, a service from brilliant designer Shaun Inman (who also developed the Fever feed reader), makes getting a personal shortURL as simple as possible. All you need is some server space where you can throw up som...

theGameCrafter.com lets you create your own annoying, addicting card games

Whenever I see another one of those "collector" card games targeted at kids, I think "Man, what a horrible waste of natural resources." Then I think, "Maybe I'm just bitter because I haven't come up with some insipid card game that could net me a cool million with very little effort involved." If only there were some kind of service on the Internet that would allow me to do this. And maybe create ...

Script.aculo.us: How to easily AJAX your site

Script.aculo.us is an amazing framework for enriching your website's user experience very easily. Built on top of the very popular prototype javascript framework, scriptaculous makes AJAX cake, and gives everyone the power to have a sexy AJAX-powered website, yes everyone. Scriptaculous is a tiny (140kb) javascript framework that gives you the power of effects, several dynamic data components, and...

PC World Video

This holiday "gift" for you and yours comes from PC World. Their new video area offers practical guides on the small screen (PC that is) on how to replace a graphics card, set up a wi-fi network, and others. The gift part is that you can enjoy a nearly "my-new-technology-doesn't-work" phone-call free holiday season. Okay, I am dreaming a little bit here, but you get the idea. The videos are fairly...

Produce your own semi-professional videos - Part 1

There comes a time in every savvy, blog-reading techie type person's life when you want or need to produce a smallish, but good-quality-ish video that looks decently like it is at least screaming "cool little video" if not "Oscar." For me this time came at work when I was asked what could be done to really spice up our sales pitch to hook a really big and important customer. What better way to ins...

How to run your own network wiring

Engadget's Will O'Brien has written a great piece called How-To: Run your own network wiring. I think it's fair to call it a pretty quick-and-dirty guide, as some of the commenters are criticizing its ad-hoc nature, but if quick-and-dirty is what you need, this is the guide for you. O'Brien tells you what supplies and equipment you'll need to put together your own custom-length cables and then giv...