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Old hard drive platters make wonderfully good drinks coasters - they look dead smart and expensive and you've stopped people reading your old data into the bargain.

Have you taped all your remotes together, peep-show-style? Have you wired your doorbell to the toilet? What enterprising DIY have you done with technology?

Extra points for using sellotape rather than solder.

(, Thu 20 Aug 2009, 12:30)
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My friend David has a huge country house*
So that he'd know if people were coming down the drive, he got an old traffic counter off the council - you know the ones with the black rubber tube across the road.

He wired up the counter to his phone line and now the phones ring every time a car comes in or out (with a different ring for each).

BT complained about the voltage he was leaking into their system, so he stuck in a relay so that the ringer circuit was disconnected from BT before the ring current was sent.

And now the phone drops every time a car comes in the drive. This was 10 years ago, and it's still like that. He doesn't seem to mind. Just rings you back with, "sorry, that was the postman."

*he bought it derelict and has spent most of his adult life doing it up, starting with putting in a roof and then floors. It was cheap.
(, Thu 20 Aug 2009, 14:28, 2 replies)
you mean to say:
He lives in a house, a very big house, in the country?

Dare we ask why he needs such privacy - not into "agriculture", I hope?
(, Thu 20 Aug 2009, 21:58, closed)
Chavs driving vans down in the middle of the night and nicking stuff.
(, Fri 21 Aug 2009, 0:46, closed)

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