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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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three hacks, two mine and one from Joel Veitch
* My son used to turn off my PC as a toddler - it had a big flashing button that he couldn't resist pushing - irritating even disastrous when I was working. So I stuck an old memory card over it with sellotape - it was about the right size. Worked wonderfully well.

* Also I used to keep a pair of headphones handy under the bed to jack into the laptop to stop the boot up noise from waking up my wife.

* But mostly I'm impressed with one I saw Joel Veitch do the other day. The train on his sons trainset was having trouble getting up the hill bit and kept slipping down - Veitch cut small strips of sandpaper and stuck them on the wooden hill to get more grip, and gosh it works as well.
(, Thu 20 Aug 2009, 15:12, 6 replies)
Number two does not count as a hack!

"I use some headphones"

(, Thu 20 Aug 2009, 15:27, closed)
I reckon it is a hack
I'm not using the headphones to listen to the start up noise - it's so that that speaker cuts out, as you can't control the volume until the computer has actually booted up.

the important bit is the jack, not the headphones at the other end of it.

yes I know I could just turn the system sounds off for boot up.
(, Thu 20 Aug 2009, 16:01, closed)
that would require thinking about it another time though
it's one of those things where as soon as it has happened it is forgotten.
(, Thu 20 Aug 2009, 16:11, closed)
I hate the Windows noises
The first thing I do on a new XP installation is set sounds to 'none'

The interminable click whenever you do something in Explorer drives me up the wall.
(, Thu 20 Aug 2009, 16:17, closed)
I'm the same
not just computers either. anything that makes a noise gets turned off. mobile phones in particular. Even to the point where my phone is never off silent.
(, Thu 20 Aug 2009, 16:19, closed)
I don't need to turn off my phone noises...
...because no one ever calls me.

(, Thu 20 Aug 2009, 16:30, closed)

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