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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….

Why do people buy magazine subscriptions?

I think any magazine company makes an ample amount of money with all their ads every other page, so I’m not trying to bring down any magazine, but people still buy subscriptions when t
here are plenty of ways to get a year long subscription for free. No, really…

 

Look:


Simply type into google the magazine you want, and “free subscription” and chances are, a freebie website will come up with a bunch of handy links like this one!

I recommend hunt4freebies.com for any and every freebie out there! Go crazy! Really. That’s it. There’s the guide. Go!

How to get around Facebook’s latest invasion of privacy: Facebook Unseen

So, in case you haven’t heard, Facebook introduced a new feature that allows someone to see if you saw their message. I already wrote my rant about that one here:

http://jcoinster.wordpress.com/2012/05/05/facebook-where-do-you-draw-the-line-the-messenger-app-just-ruined-everything-3/

But there is already a way around this privacy invasion for Chrome users.

So before you get into one of these dreaded situations, I suggest you get this extension for Chrome:

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/gfjpoahaombpolfifdahikhbdnjjeifk

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$90 for an ink cartridge? AWW HELL NAW.

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A few days ago, I stopped by a to Staples to find a replacement ink cartridge for my printer, since someone else in my household had decided to print a 70+ page document for themselves. Whether or not they read the document or not (they didn’t, in case you’re wondering) doesn’t matter, because every printer runs out eventually and chances are, the cartridge weighs only a few ounces – if that. So whenever my life is in peril, I turn to the website that solves it all: eBay.
There, I learned about a little known cheat that would save me quite a few bucks. Apparently, ink cartridges are refillable and the ink only costs a few bucks to get yourself. Thanks HP for not mentioning that on, you’ve been a real pal for all these years.

So I bought a pack just to try (I’ll post a link on the bottom so you can use it as a reference) for $6.40. With a price tag like that, how could I not give it a try?It was extremely easy to refill with the pictured directions, so there’s no point in explaining it, but I recommend having a few paper towels on hand…

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All in all, it saved me 80 bucks. So I can’t complain about having ink covered hands. But I really suggest you give this a try, because you’re only lining the pockets of massive corporations that know they’ve been ripping you off for years. No big deal.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/320886254920?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1497.l2649