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Who needs electricity!? This handheld crank radio powers my surround sound system!

Now, I’ve had this little radio for over a year now and pretty much right before hurricane Sandy hit my area, I had just broken its built in speaker. Do not ask me how, It’s just the way things go. If this idea had crossed my mind, say, before October 29th, maybe my experience through the storm would’ve been a tiny bit more enjoyable.

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To make this contraption, I started out finding which wires went to the speakers – easy enough. A smart person would then solder the wire to that connection, but of course, tape would suffice. After many attempts to get the speaker wires to stay even when pulled a bit, I closed up the casing and there you have it, a working crank radio that actually handle some real bass.

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I don’t know why I didnt try my entire speaker system at this point, probably a lack of faith for the little contraption, but eventually I realized it’s true power.

Running 11 full sized speakers, the radio can’t handle such a long time without needing a crank or two (You can obviously figure out why) but here are my results:

10 minutes of music = 50 cranks. How long does it take to crank it 50 times? Give me 20 seconds.  As a secondary attempt, I got 25 minutes of music after a minute of cranking. Cranking is such an odd verb.

Regardless, that’s pretty awesome considering it’s running completely off the grid. Now if I could just get it to run my phone….

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A Journey to Find the Perfect Tablet PC

UPDATE 2: The laptop below is actually my old(er) tablet. I found a newer HP TC4400 for only a tad bit more and sold that one.

Tablet PC’s round 3:

Well, my cherished 60 dollar laptop decided to cut out on me short, so it was time for me to upgrade. The new laptop, an HP-Compaq (because they still haven’t figured out what to name themselves) TC4400, was similarly acquired on eBay, but the price tag was a bit higher. It was only $78.89 for the laptop + $7.05 for the adapter + $3.50 for some stupid cover that wasn’t included and + $21.99 for a hard drive, since this is my first SATA laptop (I’ve finally stepped into the “future” and the only SATA hard drive I actually had was coincidentally broken.) I added another GB of ram with a stick that I had lying around, why I had it is beyond me, and I already had a stylus for it because I have two older tablets. All in all, it cost me $115, much lower than any computer on the market today, but I can already tell that it was well worth it! The computer comes with a fingerprint reader, which has been a nerdy dream of mine since I first heard of them, and a fancy dual core processor (although they’re up to quad core by now, I’m sure.) It was also my first laptop that actually ran Android 4.0 without a problem, something I hadn’t expected to work at all, to be honest! For once, I bought a laptop that actually has a mousepad and actually has decent battery life (around 3 hours), so it’s a great feat in my book. But chances are, I’ve bored you to death reading off all the specs of a laptop and how amazing I am for getting it. So, in lieu of your boredom, here are some pictures to make you more jealous:

Now, a lot of people always ask me how I get things for such a cheap price. I always say that I got it from ebay and immediately I get death stares that scream, “How could you” or “You fool!” Who’s the fool now?

UPDATE: The laptop below is actually my old tablet. I found a more unique HP TC1100 for the same price and sold that one. Tablet PC’s round 2:

The TC1100 is unlike any PC i’ve ever seen. It’s a slate with an attachable keyboard, not a laptop. I loaded mine with Windows 8, and it couldn’t be a better experience. (And I have less than 1GB of RAM.) If I didn’t know any better, I would say this laptop is from 2009. Its design is amazing, and for a PC from 2003, it’s thin! I wouldn’t DARE go back to the tablet I boasted about above! There’s literally no comparison to my new toy! Go buy one and shove it in an iPad lover’s face!

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Recently, I set out on a quest to fulfill my childhood dream of owning a Tablet PC. I’m cool, I know.

Now, if you’re trying to find a tablet PC under $100, ebay is the first place to look. (I got mine for $60 on ebay and +$30 for the special stylus (NO, a DS stylus will NOT work – lesson learned) and an IDE hard drive.) Just for my own use, I bought 2 1GB RAM sticks for $15 each, but that’s not at all required.

It’s sad to see that a laptop once worth $2,450 USD is now worth barely a cracked iPod touch.

And you would think the battery would be crap by now, but I still get around 2 hours worth of use – that’s actually more than one of the newer laptops in my household!

Pig Shaped Headphones. The Greatest of Them All.

I wish I was kidding when I say this, but believe it or not, these are the best headphones i’ve ever owned. Sure, it’s hard to justify being a guy and wearing pink obnoxious earbuds, but the quality honestly justifies the humility. Unfortunately, finding a pair of these headphones are near impossible. Originally, I bought a pair for my sister in an airport store as a gift. However, when my cousin and I tested them on the plane, we were beyond jealous. Long after, my sister admit to having lost the pair so I decided to buy a pair myself. After much searching, I found a pair under $20 on a foreign site.

The point of this little story? Well, there is none. When is there ever a point to anything I say? Just go scavenge the earth for a pair.