Technology and Electronics


OpenOffice spell checker not working? If OpenOffice shows every word you type as misspelled and your spellcheck dictionary is empty, here's how to fix it.


Help! The camera is following me!  Tired of your iPad or tablet camera following you around on Zoom? Here's how to make it stop!


Hard DriveDestroy hard drive data!  Erasing your hard drive isn't enough to eliminate sensitive data. If you're really serious about destroying data, give your hard drive the "workshop treatment."



CD Tray Star WarsJammed tray in your DVD or CD player? You might be able to fix it using the "Star Wars" technique! Or you might also try the more workable suggestion below.


CD TrayDVD or CD player won't open? Try this simple repair for less than a couple of bucks! The part is easily obtainable at your hardware store or home center.



Star Wars Trash Can"Star Wars" fans! This trash can looks like the famous droid of "Star Wars" fame and even talks like it when the lid pops open! This two-part video shows how to make your own R2D2 trash can that sounds like R2D2! Download the materials list and template for the markings.


Electronic KeyboardElectronic keyboard: Note won't play? It's likely not making contact with the circuitry -- a result of dust. Here's how to open the case and perform a simple cleaning to fix the problem.



TV AntennaReady to "cut the cord?" Make this powerful, digital TV antenna and watch TV for free! Here are complete, detailed step-by-step instructions, right down to what size screws you need.


Connect TV AntennaSet up your TV antenna! Here's how to set up your do-it-yourself digital TV antenna -- or most any TV antenna -- and how to configure your TV to receive antenna signals.