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Ben Heck reworks his portable workbench

Ben Heck reworks his portable workbench

I'm not the sort that is organized enough to have a portable workbench or even a stationary workbench. I have a bunch of tools crammed in various drawers and bags so it takes about twice as long to do something just because I can’t find my stuff. Modder Ben Heck is the organized type and he has constructed a new portable workbench for the latest episode of his show.

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Lenovo PC modder challenge produces articulated touchscreen table, desktop arcade, more

Lenovo PC modder challenge produces articulated touchscreen table, desktop arcade, more

Lenovo has been courting PC modders in the run-up to CES 2011 this week, and some of the results of the "What's Your Idea of Fun?" campaign are pretty striking. Taking regular Lenovo computers as their starting point, the modders variously came up with a desktop arcade cabinet, a beautiful Birdseye maple and teak gaming PC, and the bizarre MD-5 robot-themed touchscreen computer shown here.

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ArcadeDock Uses IdeaPad Y560 Notebook to Make Half-Sized Arcade Machine

ArcadeDock Uses IdeaPad Y560 Notebook to Make Half-Sized Arcade Machine

While ThinkGeek's iCade Arcade Docking Station may have been a clever April Fool's joke, the concept behind the machine was a good one. And it's good to see that the Do-It-Yourself crowd out there is doing their best to make that magic happen again. The difference this time around, though, is that this particular modder was called out by Lenovo to come up with "an idea for fun." That idea happened to be a half-sized arcade machine.

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Insignia Infocast gets browser with creator’s blessing

Insignia Infocast gets browser with creator’s blessing

With chumby founder Andrew "bunny" Huang actually giving instructions on how to hack Best Buy's 8-inch Insignia Infocast "internet media display," it comes as little surprise that someone has taken him up on the invitation.  chumby forum member Ken has got a WebKit-based browser running, together with a USB keyboard and touchscreen support, basically turning the Infocast into a (mains powered) tablet.

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