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Instructables.com boasts over 17,000 home-brewed projects from around the globe.

We looked at hooking a treadmill up to your video game machine, adding a rapid-fire button to your mouse and modifying Disney’s “Wall-E Robot.” We also learned how to pick and husk a coconut (and were warned not to stand underneath when picking), and how to make an electricity-producing wind turbine. You can also check out a book called “The Best of Instructables, Volume 1,” $35 from Oreilly.com.

YourSprout.com offers a new and free way of searching the web. It’s a little like stumbledupon.com, in that it browses the web at random. You give a thumbs-up or thumbs-down to rate whatever comes up and over time the downloadable program learns the kinds of things you like and starts to focus. Click on a smiling fish when you like a site and you’ll get more like that. Choose the frowning fish, and you’ll get fewer. And by the way, if you’ve never tried the earlier stumbledupon.com, it’s definitely worth a trip.

 

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