Growing up, my dad would take me for a soft-serve ice cream cone as a special summertime treat. I'd love to do the same with my family, but there aren't any soft-serve sellers near where we live. The Deni Soft Serve Ice Cream Maker provides one of my favorite treats right at home. The system includes a motor and canister that chills and churns your ingredients into soft serve in just a few minutes, even dispensing it with the signature twist of a soft serve treat. The base is also large enough to slide large sundae bowls underneath, … Read more
Magix Slideshow Maker provides users with a fantastic tool for quickly creating a slideshow of photos and music. With a simple layout and excellent results, this is a great choice for computer users of all skill level.
The program's interface is delightfully simple thanks to the step-by-step instructions. By breaking the process down into easy steps and shepherding users through their photos and music, novice users and experts alike will get the job done quickly. If any questions arise, there is also a great Help file available. Creating a slideshow begins with choosing photos and videos in the first … Read more
Acme Photo Screensaver Maker provides users with an excellent tool for creating a personalized screensaver. With simple commands and great results, this is a download everyone can enjoy.
The program's interface is so simple that users will most likely not need to take a trip to the Help file and Guide. With large command icons and an intuitive flow to input data, customizing your screensaver could not be easier. Users can choose individual photos to input or select entire folders with the program's photo tool that operates using addition and subtraction symbols in tandem with a file tree. … Read more
Whoever came up with the advertising slogan, "Soup is good food" was spot on. Soup is good food. And good for you, too, especially when you make it yourself. Cuisinart is set to introduce (sorry U.S., looks like just U.K. for now) the Cuisinart Soup Maker in September 2009. The name may be uncomplicated and accurately reflect the simple nature of soup, but this blender-meets-heater is all business.
The soup maker is designed to help you create delicious homemade soups from start to finish. Even the ability to lightly saute aromatics is integrated. For example, you … Read more
While there are plenty of great doughnuts shops out there, sometimes I just have a craving for plain, old-fashioned doughnuts--and none of the shops really have something that tastes just right. That can mean making my own, which is a process I don't mind making easier. That's where the Norpro Donut Maker comes in. I can mix up a batch of batter, pour it in to the doughnut maker and push the plunger. Perfectly shaped doughnuts are released; you can drop them straight into hot oil, or make up a whole batch to drop in at once. The … Read more
Barcoding inventory, patient charts, customer files, and more is easy as pie with this handy app. Using it with Excel files for multiple items, or simply creating single barcodes is as simple as printing labels from your own printer.
Universal Barcode Maker launches a drab but very functional interface. Although it displays a number of fields, drop-down menus and radio buttons, the items are cleverly arranged in categories according to the steps to follow in creating barcodes, so understanding how to use the app requires only a minute or so. This neat little app performed nicely in our tests, responding … Read more
If you've read anything I've ever posted, you know that I have four children who seem to believe they are entitled to several meals daily, and I am cheap. A favorite breakfast in my house is waffles. Think two per child, per day. Plus sometimes I eat one--or two. So figure that we eat about 50 waffles per week.
I've tried store brands, national brands purchased on sale with coupons, and bulk-size boxes. However, the lowest price I can find is about $1 for 10 waffles, so I'm paying at least $5 per week--often quite a … Read more
Updated at 12:03 p.m.: To correct that Arc Attack did not synchronize music to its tesla coils.
Just in time for Maker Faire, I read in the San Francisco Chronicle this morning that a local fire artist has created a revolutionary machine: a fire pit, from a company called Live Spark, designed to make flames dance to the beat of music.
According to the Chronicle, Brett Levine--not surprisingly, a Burning Man and Maker Faire artist, as well as a former software entrepreneur--has begun selling his so-called "Fire 2.0," a $15,000 device that has gotten … Read more
SAN MATEO, CALIF.--One of the great things about being at Maker Day, the day before the gates officially open at Maker Faire, is that every time you walk around the fairgrounds here, everything looks different.
That's because, of course, in the time it takes to make a circuit around the San Mateo Fairgrounds during Maker Day, the annual home of the do-it-yourself (DIY) celebration that is Maker Faire, a whole bunch of new "makers" have arrived and others have added a great deal to the projects they had only just started at the beginning of the … Read more
The annual Maker Faire, which lies somewhere between San Francisco's counterculture tradition and Silicon Valley's materialism, is set for this weekend in San Mateo, Calif.
I've been making some fun things myself since I bought a small milling machine awhile back. Here's a titanium adapter I made to attach a small commercial USB flash drive to my keychain:
Not long ago I found some blocks of aluminum bar … Read more