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20 Jun 19:13

Treadmill Desk Set-Up

by mark

Walking while working on a computer became a necessary and life-changing experience for me in 2010 after a nasty sciatic injury prevented me from sitting in a chair. I got lucky with the purchase of the electric adjustable desk frame from GeekDesk. (Reviewed here.) It cost $549 plus shipping. I saved a fair bit of cash by making a custom top out of a nice piece of birch plywood.

Finding a proper treadmill to fit under the desk was a challenge back then. The first one from Sears, bought on sale, was adequate but noisy. I bought quieter, second-hand machine and blew the motor after a few months. I got lucky on my third purchase with the LifeSpan TR1200 treadmill, specifically designed for walking while working. A small control panel replaces the upright arms and large display on standard treadmills.

Over the past three years, a great variety of treadmills and complete treadmill desks have become available and the technologies have greatly improved. Since you’re buying a tool that will get daily use, spend as much as you can afford. I ended up spending about $1,600 on the desk and treadmill (if you don’t count my two duds).

But think of it as an investment. Slowly walking an average of 4-5 miles per day while typing, talking on the phone, designing pages or cruising the news has provided many benefits. In the wintertime, I turn on a SAD lamp hanging from the ceiling for light and perceived well-being.

-- SalishSeaSam

LifeSpan TR1200-DT3 Standing Desk Treadmill

GeekDesk v3 Frame

Available from Amazon

16 Mar 21:18

Rosewill IDE/SATA to USB Adapter with Protection Case for $15 + free shipping

Newegg offers the Rosewill IDE/SATA to USB Adapter with Protection Case, model no. RCW-608, for $14.99 with free shipping. That's the lowest total price we could find by $12. This device allows you to turn 3.5" hard drives and 5.25" optical drives into USB drives. It comes with a power adapter. Deal ends March 19.
01 Mar 15:36

Deal/Day: Celebrate Raspberry Pi's Birthday + Save 50% on Ebooks and Videos (Includes 5 *new* ebooks!)

by O'Reilly Media
17 Jan 21:48

Free Self Service Password Reset – Quest Active Directory Version

by Joseph Moody
The free self service password reset guide is one of the coolest projects that we've covered. This easy task allows your users to securely reset their passwords and unlock their accounts! Best of all, users reset their password by text message. No need for extra hardware.A few readers have asked for a Quest AD cmdlet version of this script that can be ran on any domain level.. Below is a modified script that solely uses the Quest AD cmdlets. If you haven't set up a self service password resets, take 30 minutes and do it now!
07 Jan 00:17

Toshiba unveils first-ever 4K laptops -- but do consumers actually need them?

by Brian Fagioli

I have been enjoying a 32-inch Dell 4K monitor for a few weeks now; testing it for an upcoming review. First things first, yes 4K is awesome -- no, it is godly. However, there is not much 4K content out there. All movies in that format which I watched, were on YouTube. Watching frolicking puppies in glorious 4K is fun, but it will not likely spur sales.

While 4K is great on a large 32-inch monitor, do consumers or professionals really need or want it on a small 15-inch laptop screen? Toshiba seems to think so. But do you? Read on and tell me.

"Today Toshiba has made 4K display technology more accessible to mobile professionals and enthusiasts by announcing two exciting new Windows 8.1 laptops that feature integrated 15.6-inch 4K Ultra-HD displays. Coming in mid-2014, these new Toshiba 4K laptops will take laptop screen resolution to the next level", says Gavin Gear of Microsoft.

Toshiba will offer two variants -- one aimed at business (Tecra W50) and the other at consumers (Satellite P55t). While both laptops feature the same display size and 4K resolution, the P55T adds a touchscreen.

Although prices have not yet been announced, one thing is for sure, they will be expensive. Therein lies the problem -- is the cost of the 4K display justified with actual need or is it simply bragging rights? They will both be available "mid-2014". Will you be buying? Tell me in the comments.

08 Nov 20:45

Flap Wheels and Flap Disks

by mark

Anyone working with metal should be aware of these two tools. They make finishing metal a smoother experience. I prefer these two attachments over composite disks, belt sanders, or orbital sanders.

I learned about them as a construction worker while prepping process pipe for welds on oil refineries. Both tools are standards in the steam fitting trade. I’ve since used them on robot creations, blacksmith projects, and anywhere else metal is involved.

Flap disks are more forgiving than standard composite grinding disks. (Use grinding disks and stones to grind, but use the flap attachments to finish.) Flap disks allow the user to treat a work piece like a sculptor. There’s a sense of touch and shaping involved. Less likely to gouge while still smoothing at a fast rate.

The flapper wheel has similar qualities but gets inside tight spots and is excellent on irregular surfaces. Attach it to an end grinder, drill, or set one up on a bench grinder.



Here are before-and-after photos of a railroad spike knife that was ground with a flap-disk. (Actually it is the un-ground side of the knife vs. the ground side). Doing this took less than 2 minutes.

Railroad Spike Knife from Dustin Firebaugh on Vimeo.

-- Aaron Nipper

[This is a Cool Tools Favorite from 2013]

Flap Wheels and Flap Disks

Available from Amazon

04 Aug 02:06

Alfred E. Newman

"Crime does not pay ... as well as politics."
04 Aug 01:49

Shopping List (Android) - Makes grocery shopping fun again!

by (Barry Mahfood)

Well, maybe not fun, exactly. Maybe a little less of a pain in the behind.

Going grocery shopping today? One of the things we can't avoid is foraging for food. We've had to do it since we lived on the savannas of Africa. Of course it wasn't called Africa then, but I digress. Modern day foraging can be standing in front of the fridge with the door wide open, hoping that something inside it might suddenly seem edible. Or it could be taking a quick run to a fast food joint. But sometime or another, it comes down to going grocery shopping.

That's where a nice, attractive and easy-to-use shopping app for your Android device can become the equivalent of a sharpened stick clutched by your ancient, hominid self. Check this one out...

Developer Quote: "“Shopping List” helps you to organize your purchases – fast, intuitive and as easy as possible."


• Easy and fast to use
• Four completely different designs
• Category-View
• Entering of quantity, unit, price, note
• Important-mark for elements
• Progress bar
• Dragn'n'Drop sorting function
• Auto complete while typing
• Completely customizable font-size and color
• Five different fonts
• Lock- and edit-mode
• Reminder function
• Automatic element sort-order (including alphabetic)
• Automatic shopping list sort-order (according to progress, alphabetic)
• Share your shopping list with other users
• Share your shopping list via sms, e-mail and so on
• Adding of already typed-in items
• Manage multiple shopping lists
• Manage already typed-in items
• Import and export function
• Easy adding of items to the shopping list via enter-key
• Supports all characters
• App2SD-Support
• Supports all screen sizes

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20 Jul 12:42

TCHunt can uncover hidden TrueCrypt volumes on your drives

by Mike Williams

TrueCrypt is an excellent encryption tool, a very good choice for anyone who wants to protect their most confidential files. If you use its ability to save your documents in hidden containers, though, it’s worth keeping in mind that these aren’t quite as secret as you might think: TCHunt, a free Windows tool, can identify (though not decrypt) them in just a few seconds.

The program comes in the form of a compact (244KB) executable, with no extras and no installation required; you can just download and run it.

You will need to launch the program from the command line unfortunately, but there’s no great complexity to it. The simplest way to start is to point TCHunt at the drive you need, like this.

tchunt -d c:\

The program then scans your hard drive, reporting any issues it encounters (files it couldn’t access, say), and highlighting likely TrueCrypt volumes as "suspect_files".

Once you understand what TCHunt is doing, using this command will simplify the process.

tchunt -d c:\ 2>nul

The extra details will be removed and you’ll see only the list of suspect files (if there are any).

And as usual with command line tools, running tchunt on its own displays more information about the command line switches available.

Please note, the developer says that TCHunt can produce false positives. In our tests this didn’t happen once, but it can’t be ruled out, so take its results as a general indicator only. If the program highlights something you’ll need to investigate the file further yourself.

Photo credit: megainarmy/Shutterstock

11 Jul 23:16

14 Ways SharePoint Can Help Your Business

by Karl L. Gechlik |

SharePoint is software introduced by Microsoft to develop detailed sites or internet application for small or medium sized business. SharePoint 2010 is the most popular software, but more and more companies are starting to use SharePoint 2013 migration tools to update to the newest version.

SharePoint offers an exceptional platform for advanced file sharing, file management, and editing shared papers which permits everybody to collaborate and make choices together.  There are actually tons of certified SharePoint designers that can help businesses establish advanced desktop computer application. These applications can assist companies to expand their company environment for regulated workflow and joint working. MOSS (Microsoft Workplace SharePoint Server) and WSS (Windows SharePoint Solutions) are both significant specification of the SharePoint platform which adds even more collaboration possibilities for users.

Here are 14 ways that SharePoint applications can help businesses of all sizes work more efficiently:

  1. SharePoint offers desktop computer applications which are set up on extranets, intranets or regular websites. Every individual working at your company or agency can develop and share information with others regardless of his location.
  2. SharePoint advancements have actually gotten rid of the restrictions of Microsoft InfoPath applications. SharePoint now permits staff member to straight up release the files which are provided by InfoPath. These files can be accessed, shared and utilized by the various other workers.
  3. Companies can quickly personalize their SharePoint applications based upon their requirements.
  4. SharePoint utilizes metadata to create a powerful information storage system. It makes use of paper collection to produce, handle and save information throughout the business.
  5. Internet partnerships are also one of the helpful functions of SharePoint. Staff members can enhance their synchronization. It can be customized to include any amount of individuals.
  6. Using the software, you do not need exchange server center rather all e-mail traffic is built up at one main point then safely dispersed throughout the various nodes of company.
  7. Permits every person to take part in choice making procedure of the company.
  8. Printing and graphing files is simpler with the SharePoint modern technology. Utilizing this device, one can quickly export information fast.
  9. Website migration is much easier through STSADM and SMIGRATE energies.
  10. SharePoint advancement offers a main point for circulation of information. This information can be moved to various other sources making use of various transportation modes.
  11. Utilizing this software, one can produce any kind of website like file collections, study websites, conversation boards, department websites and lots more. Likewise, it allows simple upkeep of these websites.
  12. Accessing the essential info in the quickest time is possible by the general search function of all SharePoint application.
  13. This device assists in efficient management and tracking of company procedures.
  14. One can develop efficient reports on routine basis which shows up throughout the company.