Category Archives: Hacks n Tweaks

How to Buy an iPhone 6s Screen Repair Kit

Sometimes crap happens! You drop your phone and before you know it your tether to the world is mangled with a cracked or broken screen. Not to fear! There are several options available to you to get your device repaired; some people go to the professionals, where you’ll shell out quite a bit of money for the labor cost. But there are some adventurous people that repair their device on their own, buying a new screen and installing it. Sound too difficult? You have flintstone fingers? Not to worry – removing a broken screen and installing a new one is quite easier than you think.

Screen replacements are one of the most common types of repairs made. The fact that the screen is made from glass makes them vulnerable to damage from being dropped. The large size of the phones also makes them awkward for someone with average-sized hands to hold onto. As a result of high demand, screens and screen replacement kits can be found all over the internet. So how do you choose a screen replacement for iphone 6s ?

People tend to treat their iPhones like they do their cars. They think the dealership is the only place to get top quality maintenance and repairs. You do have other options than the Apple Store when it comes to getting an iPhone 6 screen replacement. One of the most affordable options is to do the job yourself.

There are lots of popular venues that sell the parts you need that are either the genuine article, or quality knock offs made by third party manufacturers. PLUS – there are dozens of websites that feature step by step instructions showing that YOU can make the repair on your own. Some repairs are more difficult than others, but if you follow those instructions carefully you will enjoy the use of your device again! Personally, I recommend Ifixit for the adventurous individual that wants to repair almost any smartphone or tablet. Check them out!

BitTorrent To The Rescue


I’ve been downloading torrents for many years, and have come to know many handy tips and tricks.  One that I learned a while back, but had never had an opportunity to utilize, is correcting and repairing hefty sized files using your client’s hash of that file.  Yeah, it may sound complicated, but its actually pretty simple.  If you have a slow connection and downloaded something like the newest ISO of Ubuntu, then when you went to burn the image to a disc it’s corrupted for some reason…Don’t pull your hair out!  No need to download the file again; with some creative copying and a hash check, you can be back in business in no time at all.

Read this detailed article HERE to get the skinny on this procedure.  Be sure to backup anything you plan on testing this with, as the method can be a bit shaky at times.  Good luck!

DIY – Colored Balls For Your Blackberry Pearl

I’ve seen several different DIY posts for changing the LED color of the Blackberry Pearl trackball.  Some informative, some not very much so.  After some experimentation on my own, I managed to make a simple modification to my Blackberry Pearl 8130 trackball to change the LED color.  I must say it looks rather nice, and adds some flair to an otherwise drab looking smartphone.

My Blackberry Pearl 8130:


Before attempting this mod, I would recommend that you power off your phone!  First step is to remove the trackball assembly.  Use a pair of tweezers to hook into a small slot in the chrome retainer ring, located directly above the #2 key on the keypad.  Gently pry up the ring until the ring pops loose, and remove it, exposing the trackball assembly underneath.

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Set aside the chrome ring, in a safe place.  It is plastic, so make sure not to bend or break the catches on the underside.  Use the tweezers to remove the trackball assembly – it’s self contained, so don’t worry about it falling apart.  Set the assembly aside along with the chrome ring.  Now you should see this:

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Now comes the easy part!  The LED that lights up the trackball is on the lower right, indicated in the picture by the bright red circle.  Grab yourself a fine tipped permanent marker (I used a Staedtler Lumocolor fine tip in Red) and lightly coat the LED in your chosen color.  As a side note, you can apply several coats of the same color to achieve darker shades of the same color to your desire.  Just make sure you give a few minutes to dry between each application.  I applied four coats to give myself a nice scarlet red color.  After your final coat dries, put everything back together!  Make sure you settle the trackball assembly in all the way, and align the Chrome ring in the socket the same way it was when you removed it.

That’s it!  Turn your phone on, and you should see something like this:


Congrats on your newly modded phone 🙂  I personally really like the dark red color because it gives me that “HAL 9000” type feeling!  Now if you want to change the color, follow the same steps as before, and use a q-tip with a light application of rubbing alcohol to gently remove the marker ink.  Let dry, and apply the new color of your choice.

If you try this, be sure to tell us about your experience!

EDIT– Many People have suggested using the “Blingball” or “Color Pearl” apps for the Blackberry Pearl.  The model 8130 does not possess the polychromatic  LEDs necessary for those apps to function correctly or at all.  That’s why I wrote this DIY in the first place.  Carry on 😉

Quickly Lock Your Windows PC

For years I’ve been using the Windows+L key combination to lock my workstation. Recently I stumbled across this neat trick. Create a shortcut on your quick launch toolbar that will lock the workstation for you.


1. Right click on your deksotp and select New, Shortcut
2. Paste this text in – rundll32.exe user32.dll,LockWorkStation
3. Click next and type a name for the shortcut, like maybe Lock
4. Click Finish
5. You can right click on your new shortcut and change the icon (there is a lock icon as part of the collection in %SystemRoot%\system32\SHELL32.dll)
6. Drag the icon to your taskbar


Hack an Elevator

This hack will put some elevator cars into an express mode, sending you directly to your desired floor, bypassing any requests from patrons at floors in between your originating and destination floors.

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Youtube is chock full of other geeks demonstrating this same hack.

How to Make a BristleBot


The folks at Evil Mad Scientist bring us step by step instructions for this tiny bot that uses the vibrating bristles of a toothbrush for locomotion.

The bot’s parts list is made up of a toothbrush, a battery and a pager motor. Can’t be much easier than that, can it?

In the youtube video instructions below, skip ahead to 2:15 if you want to just watch this little bugger in motion. 

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(YouTube video here.)

Encrypt Files in Vista Via Context Menus

Context Menus are the menus you see in your operating system when you right click on an object. Unless you’re a manly man and use a command line shell.

Windows XP has had the ability to encrypt files, it wasn’t too cumbersome but it wasn’t intuitive either.

Vista enables you to Encrypt or Decrypt files by simply clicking on the file or folder and choosing the option via the context menu. The curious thing is that to enable this faster access to the Encrypted File System requires a registry modification, so it’s not enabled in the context menus by default. Perhaps the file system or security folks just ran out of time during the development process to fully support this method?

In this pic you can clearly see the Encrypt option highlighted in the context menu when I right clicked on a folder on my desktop.

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To enable it follow these instructions:

  1. Launch the Registry Editor. Note: if you don’t know how to do this then you really shouldn’t be following these instructions because you’re not a computer geek, just stop and please for god’s sake don’t do it. Else you may hose yourself 🙂
  2. Go to HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced
  3. Create a new 32bit DWORD in that ‘Advanced’ key
  4. Call this new DWORD EncryptionContextMenu
  5. Change the value to 1
  6. It’s already enabled now, go check it out for yourself by right clicking on a file or folder.


Making Your Own "X-ray Photographs"

Omnimatter has posted a brilliant DIY article to use some commonly found items with radioactive properties to act as a poor man’s x-ray device.

Radioactive Clock

Items you’ll need:

  1. A Polaroid SX-70, Type 600, or Spectra camera
  2. A package of unexposed Type 600 or Spectra Polaroid film
  3. One metal cookie tin at least six inches in diameter
  4. A few sheets/roll of aluminum foil
  5. Radioactive material


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