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A hammer and bent screw

French B&Q equivalent 'hacked' to offer visitors vulgar DIY tools

French DIY goods store Castorama has pulled its website offline after miscreants manipulated the site search function to suggest rude versions of household appliances. Yesterday Castorama.fr's home page was swapped out for a message translation experts reckon means: "Dear Internet, this site's page in unavailable. Thank you …
Banana Wifi setup

Squeeze the banana to log into this office Wi-Fi

In some offices, you have to ask around for the Wi-Fi password, or find it written down on a bit of paper. In others, you do it by poking a banana. Danish network engineer Stefan Milo constructed his fruity authentication system by wiring a piece of fruit to a Makey Makey board and a Raspberry Pi mounted on acrylic glass. The …
Shaun Nichols, 22 Jan 2016

Revealed: The amazing magical innovation in the iPad Mini 3 – a lick of paint

Teardown Ready to ditch your iPad Mini 2 for the latest and greatest miniature fondleslab from Apple? You may not get much more for your money. Hardware teardown specialist iFixit has dismantled of the iPad Mini 3 and found that, underneath a pile of glue and some gold paint, it's more or less the same tablet as the iPad Mini 2. …
Shaun Nichols, 24 Oct 2014
Apple iPhone 6

Pop open this iPhone 6 and see where the magic oozes from ... oh hello again, Qualcomm

Teardown Apple's new iPhones have been torn apart to reveal their innards – and we're told if you're prone to lobbing your new handset at the ground, there's a good chance it's repairable. The chaps at iFixit have given both the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus and 4.7-inch the iPhone 6 seven out of ten in terms of repairability, after tearing …
Shaun Nichols, 19 Sep 2014
The Register breaking news

Essential maintenance website down for, er, essential maintenance

B&Q won't let you do things for yourself at the moment, since its website, diy.com, has collapsed, presumably under the weight of pre-bank holiday DIYers. The site is unavailable "due to essential maintenance", rather ironically, according to its landing page. Oddly enough, no-one on Twitter seems to have noticed that the site …
Team Register, 20 Aug 2013
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Open source team creates apocalypse survival kit

A team of open source enthusiasts is putting together instructions for how to build 50 tools essential to establishing – or reestablishing – a civilization. The Global Village Construction Set (GVCS) is being developed by the Open Source Ecology (OSE) group, and includes such basic tools as a well drill, steam engine, and …
Iain Thomson, 17 Nov 2011
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DIY white iPhone 4 guide posted

Want a white iPhone 4 but can't face the wait until the end of July? Then make your own. The secret: buy a white face plate from some Chinese guys on eBay, take your black iPhone 4 to bits, and replace black plates with the white ones. DIY white iPhone 4 'Don't matter if it's black or white...' except to Engadget That's …
Hard Reg, 28 Jun 2010
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Ancient typewriters reborn as USB keyboards

The personal computer may have consigned the typewriter to the dustbin of history, but some vintage models are being reborn as USB keyboards. Jack Zylkin, an enterprising tinkerer and the mind behind USB Typewriter, developed his typewriter conversion system at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania's Hive 76. This self-described " …
Rik Myslewski, 15 Jun 2010
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Homemade airship prang closes highway in Oklahoma

A homemade airship went out of control above Oklahoma last week and came down on an interstate motorway, causing startled highway patrolmen to hurriedly close several lanes to traffic. According to reports, the 79-year-old pilot and inventor of the craft was uninjured - but is now in trouble with the feds for not possessing …
Lewis Page, 23 Dec 2009
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Bloke uses nail clippers to go roundhead

A medic at Lister Hospital in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, has advised men against attempting DIY circumcision with nail clippers, after a young man who'd decided this was the best way to go roundhead was admitted for emergency treatment. Staff disinfected the unnamed victim's wound, and he was dispatched to an observation ward …
Lester Haines, 30 Jun 2009
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DARPA seeks spraycan wound-polyfilla* for injured troops

Those splendid brainboxes at DARPA* - who are to ordinary insane scientists in their dungeon laboratories as platinum-selling popsters are to teenage-saddo garage bands - have done it again. This time the wildside-walking wingnut warboffins are looking for a sort of medical equivalent of DIY spraycan sealant, which troops could …
Lewis Page, 16 Jan 2009
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US nailguns itself towards extinction

The US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention has demanded that more be done to make DIYers aware of the dangers of nail guns following a massive rise in injuries provoked by the tools. Indeed, the CDC says that since 1991, nail gun-inflicted injuries have risen by 200 per cent, averaging 37,000 victims a year between 2001- …
Lester Haines, 13 Apr 2007

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