Upgrade Your Mac with an SSD
So, yesterday I actually upgraded the drive in my 27” iMac from the stock hard drive to an SSD. At first I was a little scared because you have to take the screen off, and disconnect all sorts of cables and things. But I followed the guide on iFixIt, and it was a lot easier than I expected. Bonus – the drive is now 250% faster! And of course, you could even make it much faster than that.
Anyway, if you have an iMac I highly recommend upgrading it. And I documented everything you need to know over on my blog. View “How to Upgrade iMac Hard Drive to SSD“.
Drifting Fun with the Crazy Cart XL
Enough of that! Today is all about YOU guys. I found all of this awesome right over on our Geeks+ community on Google+. If you haven’t joined yet, geekbeat.tv/geeks will get you there.
First up! Paul Dixon found the Razor Extra Large Crazy Cart drifter! I… I want one.
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What else can you say? They have been making a small version of this which will hold people up to 140 pounds. But I need the jumbo size model! Can’t you just see me driving this around in the new building on the Dropcams?!?
We’ll call it JohnKata!
3D Printing Using Metal Welding? Yes!
Just when I thought my daily lust needs were full, Paul also whipped out this bad boy. It’s a 3D metal-welding “printer”. Genius!!! It just takes a normal Mig welder and within a 3D space it builds up metal in whatever shape you want.
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That is actually a technique that some metal artists use. I call it deposition welding. Where you don’t actually weld sheets of metal together, but instead you just use weld filler material. Entire sculptures can be made this way and they are very unique. Maybe I should make one on a stop motion video to show you guys how it works. It’s pretty fun.
Generating Power with Your Clothes
Moving on! Tom Lombardo found this power generating suit! It’s made of resilient, lightweight, and inexpensive 3D fibers with piezoelectric properties.
Flexible piezoelectric fibres can generate electricity by harnessing the energy created by an impact or movement, for example a footstep on a carpet, then converting that mechanical energy into electrical power. With pressures of only 14.5 PSI the material generates up to 5 microwatts per square centimeter. That’s enough to power small wearable sensors and low-power personal electronic devices. Imagine covering a large floor area with power generating carpet and storing it for later use! Could be a great alternative energy source.
Dot Matrix Performs “Eye of the Tiger”
Rami shared this printer which was programmed to play Eye of the Tiger.
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I had to go run up and down some steps after hearing that. And punch someone in the eye.
Self-Repairing Frozen Bacteria
Recent studies have shown that some psycrhophiles – technical-speak for cold-loving bacteria – are able to maintain basic metabolic functions at subzero temperatures.
Researchers have now shown that one bacteria – Psychrobacter arcticus – can repair its DNA at temperatures as low as -15ºC, or 5ºF. Moreover, it can do so 100,000 times faster than damage occurs from the UV radiation constantly bombarding us from space.
In related news, I’ll soon be selling Psychrobacter Arcticus Berry Milkshakes as a fountain of youth diet supplement. You can back my Kickstarter project at http://NoIWont.com
Electric Shocks Are as Good as Coffee!
And finally, in our Shocking News of the week, Jason Wynn has uncovered super classified, yet for some reason publicly released, US Air Force documentation showing that a mild electric shock can be as good of a stimulant as caffeine.
So, the next time you’re driving down the road, feeling a little sleepy, just pull out the taser and let ‘er rip! Then, being tired will be the last of your worries!