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Turn Capslock Into Another Enter Key with KeyTweak for Faster Typing

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Everyone knows that using capslock goes against internet etiquette. Since you are no longer writing screaming emails, you can use that key for something more productive. Using a program called KeyTweak you can remap any of the functions on your keyboard.

KeyTweak can remap the functionality of any key. I suggest remapping Capslock to Return (Enter). Doing so will allow you to enter many words using only your left hand.

Create a Quick Whiteboard on the Cheap Using Hardware Store Paneling

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Whether you're planning a heist or a shopping trip, a clean surface to jot down your thoughts is always useful. White boards are perfect for temporary notes and large boards can be used to present to an audience. The problem is large white boards can be expensive, sometimes running up to $150. However, using hardware store paneling, it is possible to attach a good size white board to a wall for under $15.

Acquire Materials

Find the wood paneling section in your local hardware store and locate a nice flat whiteboard surface. The Lowes in my town stocks "Mark-R-Board" for just under $11.

Now ask a store employee to help you find "Mirror Holders" or "Mirror Clips". These will secure the white board to the wall. I found that four clips were enough for me, but depending on the size of the board you purchase, more may be needed.

Measure, level, and attach the board to the wall

Find the height you want to use the board. Mark two (or more) points at this hei…

Download YouTube Videos and Other Web Content Lickety Split with File2HD

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The predecessor to YouTube, "Google Video" had links underneath each video to download. Unfortunately this practice has been left behind as YouTube became top dog for online video and we are all at the mercy of Google to catalog and archive videos for the future. However, if you want to download a video from YouTube, it's pretty simple with the help of a website called File2HD.

File2HD looks at any website and pulls links for all attached content including images, applications, and videos. Just paste the YouTube link into the text box (the full link, not the "youtu.be" shortlink), select the "Movies" radio button and click "Get Files". File2HD will populate a set of links for the videos. Right click the link that ends in ".mp4? and select "Save target as..." The file should download in just a moment.

Purchase a Hinged Shadowbox Display Case to Keep Your Devices Dust Free and Easily Accessible

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While smartphones are becoming Swiss Army Knives of productivity, many of us still have separate devices for specific tasks. Usually these devices sit on our desks taking up space and collecting dust. With the help of a shadow box from your local crafts store you can display these devices in style, while keeping them within arms reach.


Find the framing section of your local crafts store and look for a hinged shadow box. The hinge is important, since many display cases are closed with clips on the back like a picture frame.

You will also need a piece of black foam to line the bottom of the case. Make sure it is big enough to cover the entire bottom.


If your box came with a piece of paper inside, keep that to measure the size of the foam. Cut the foam to fit and place it inside.

The box pictured is unfinished wood. I plan to paint it black on the next dry day. If you paint your box, remember to cover the glass with painters tape. However, you can avoid painting altogether with a prefin…

Build Your Own Entertainment Center for Maximum Customizability

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For a long time my 32" flatscreen sat upon an old dresser which barely had enough room for my components (Xbox 360, PS2, Wii, etc.). My computer, to which my TV connected via HDMI, sat on a folding TV Tray Table positioned next to the dresser. This setup lasted for years because I could never find an adequate entertainment center in stores. Retail entertainment centers were either too small, had too few compartments, or were way out of my price range. That's when I decided I needed to build my own.

Requirements

There's no point in building your own furniture unless you customize it precisely to your needs. Here are the requirements I had:

Deep enough to contain a standard size PC
Shelves should be at least DVD case height
Enough room for all components
Sturdy construction
Easily accessible backside for routing wires.

Planning

I am not a master carpenter, so I came up with a plan to have my local hardware store do some of the work. At Lowes, you can get one cut for free w…