The Debut! – The PractitioNERD WIRed #1

Despite a faulty camera, a day of lost work, and computer issues, here is the debut episode of “The PractitioNERD Show.” After a brief introduction to myself and the blog, I’ll discuss : 1) Architecture ~Fundraiser to publish a book about London’s Art Deco architecture (http://goo.gl/d81G6) ~A beautiful Brazilian bungalow getaway house (http://goo.gl/PRiam) 2) Technology/Gadgets ~A CPU fan/heatsink combo (http://goo.gl/WPTV6) ~A DIY HDTV Antenna (http://goo.gl/z2IB4) … Continue reading The Debut! – The PractitioNERD WIRed #1

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D.I.Y. Paper-Thin, Cheap AND Super-Powerful HDTV Antenna

While you can buy any HDTV antenna from the plentiful options available at your local electronic and/or department store, you could always build your own.  Here’s the kicker: this do-it-yourself project actually looks nice enough that you would want to hang it in a window, PLUS it’s powerful enough to pick up over-the-air HD channels in your area. The best thing about this option is, of all things, it’s really cheap to make.

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Have A Spare Coffee Can? Turn It Into A Long Range Wi-Fi Extender

After digging through the remainder of coffee grounds for your morning “cup of joe”, you realize that your large metal coffee can is empty and bound for the recycle bin.  But wait, what about re-purposing that piece of  metal can into something that you can get a a lot of use from?  That sounds like a novel idea!  In only an afternoon (assuming you have the hardware parts necessary), you can turn a metal coffee can into an rustic-looking and fashionable Wi-Fi antenna or signal booster with an surprisingly long range.

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