Kipkay http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/7462/all en-US My favorite electronic gadget hacks. http://www.wisebread.com/my-favorite-electronic-gadget-hacks <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my-favorite-electronic-gadget-hacks" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/259143656_2bf5f2962c.jpg" alt="Dr. Frankenstein" title="Dr. Frankenstein" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="166" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>As many of you may have guessed, I&#39;m a Metacafe junkie. I love that place. It&#39;s a great resource for those &quot;how to&quot; videos that make life easier, cheaper and quite often, more fun. I thought I&#39;d share some of my favorite gadget hacks from the past few months. I&#39;ve used them all, they all work 100% and they&#39;re quick and easy. No real skills required.</p> <p><strong>1: Make your own professional Noise Cancelling headphones for $20.</strong><br />I work in a cubicle farm. Not that I mind, most of the time it&#39;s got a good vibe. But when I want to get down to some serious writing, I need to do it with no distractions. My boss got me a pair of $200 noise cancelling headphones. They&#39;re ok, but not great. So I searched the web for a recipe to find a DIY pair, and Metacafe had the solution - all for less than $20. Best of all, they work much better than the expensive pair.<embed flashVars="altServerURL=http://www.metacafe.com&amp;playerVars=videoTitle=Headphone Hack! Make You Own Noise Eliminating Headset!|showStats=no|autoPlay=no|blogName=wisebread|blogURL=http://www.wisebread.com" src="http://www.metacafe.com/fplayer/548578/headphone_hack_make_you_own_noise_eliminating_headset.swf" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"></embed></p> <p> <p><strong>2: The homemade USB cell phone charger.</strong><br />Once again, my office was the reason for my internet search. I was tired of bringing the charger to and from work, often I would leave it at my desk and be left without it at the weekend. I had a spare charger but it was on the fritz. Then I wondered if I could use it to make a USB charger. I was right and it was Kipkay (the man who made all of these videos) who came to the rescue. This is a very cool way to charge a phone and I get comments on it all the time<embed flashVars="altServerURL=http://www.metacafe.com&amp;playerVars=videoTitle=USB Cell Phone Hack! Charge It With... |showStats=no|autoPlay=no|blogName=wisebread|blogURL=http://www.wisebread.com" src="http://www.metacafe.com/fplayer/621701/usb_cell_phone_hack_charge_it_with.swf" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"></embed> </p> <p> <p><strong>3: Boost your car remote key by 50 feet.</strong><br />They say necessity is the mother of invention. Well, my mind is sometimes a little forgetful and I work far enough from the car park to see my car but not lock/unlock it without walking out of the building. And this became a pain if I hadn&#39;t remembered to lock the car. Metacafe gave me a simple way to boost my car remote range by around 50 feet. Now I can lock it from my desk. Sweet.<embed flashVars="altServerURL=http://www.metacafe.com&amp;playerVars=videoTitle=Boost Your Car Remote Range!|showStats=no|autoPlay=no|blogName=wisebread|blogURL=http://www.wisebread.com" src="http://www.metacafe.com/fplayer/358044/boost_your_car_remote_range.swf" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"></embed></p> <p> <p><strong>4: An underwater video camera housing for $10.</strong><br />Just like Kipkay, the producer of this gem, I needed to do some underwater filming but didn&#39;t want to fork out the big cash for the equipment. My setup cost a little more than $10, coming in closer to $15, but it&#39;s still a steal for great underwater shots. A sweet idea. <embed flashVars="altServerURL=http://www.metacafe.com&amp;playerVars=videoTitle=Underwater Camcorder Mod! $10!|showStats=no|autoPlay=no|blogName=wisebread|blogURL=http://www.wisebread.com" src="http://www.metacafe.com/fplayer/648138/underwater_camcorder_mod_10.swf" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"></embed></p> <p> <p><strong>5:Get your PC to boot up much faster.</strong><br />I really hate sitting in the chair watching my home computer take it&#39;s time to load everything before I can access my mail. I wanted a fast, easy way to make my PC start up at super speed, just like the day we first bought it. Here, Kipkay takes you through a simple step that stops a bunch of programs from slowing you down. An effective tip.<embed flashVars="altServerURL=http://www.metacafe.com&amp;playerVars=videoTitle=Quick PC Startup!|showStats=no|autoPlay=no|blogName=wisebread|blogURL=http://www.wisebread.com" src="http://www.metacafe.com/fplayer/312936/quick_pc_startup.swf" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"></embed></p> <p> <p>There you have it. On a personal note I&#39;d like to thank Kipkay, wherever you are, for your cool videos. They have really helped me out, they&#39;re concise and well made, and they&#39;re the reason you&#39;re one of the top earners on Metacafe. Nice one. </p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/my-favorite-electronic-gadget-hacks">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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