Clever fellow sends text messages to start his car

Our pals over at Make posted this article about Will O'Brien, and how he took an old iPhone, an Arduino, and a handful of electronic crap and made a remote starter for his Subaru Outback that lets him start his car with a text message. The link to his site gives a full schematic of how it was done, and he's made the… » 12/29/11 12:30pm 12/29/11 12:30pm

We Need a Google Books for Car Parts

You know about Google Books, right? It's an ambitious project by Google to, essentially, scan and make publicly available every known book. I'm guessing the end goal is to put them all onto a chip implanted in Larry Page's brain so he can always beat anyone in an argument, forever. It's a grand, noble idea, and it's… » 12/22/11 12:00pm 12/22/11 12:00pm

The car repairs you should be able to do yourself

Car repairs can drain your pocketbook fast, but you can do a wide range of repairs yourself, regardless of your technical skill. We're not just talking oil changes; provided you can hold a wrench, you can fix everything ranging from fuel filters to alternators. We'll detail the tools necessary for your DIY toolkit,… » 12/15/11 12:30pm 12/15/11 12:30pm

The incredible DIY bike trailer for cooking gas cylinders

The standard way to transport a cylinder of cooking gas in the second or third worlds is to balance it on the top tube of a bicycle frame while pedaling. There is now a better way, courtesy of an unknown Hungarian inventor, who has created a bicycle trailer for the job in his unknown shed. The trailer is on sale for… » 9/19/11 2:00pm 9/19/11 2:00pm