DIY 3.5″ Floppy Diskette Coasters in 3 Easy Steps!

Ok, who remembers using these beauties?

They are pretty much useless now, but if you love retro computer stuff, this project is for you. Don’t even think about throwing away your outdated disks. You can easily repurpose them by making something cool like these coasters and it’s actually useful to the home.

I miss using floppy disks. The feel of inserting the pretty coloured disks into the drive, and then there’s that grinding noise when the disk is being read. Ah, the old tech days.

I came across this idea on Pinterest and I just had to make my own floppy disk coasters. Who wouldn’t want these to show off and bring back memories of the good old days?! Plus this project is very easy and cheap if you already have discs.

Now it’s time to get to work!

Materials needed:

Floppy disks (I used 3.5″)
Self-adhesive corkboard
Goo Gone
Glue
Exacto knife
Q-Tips

The Craft Project – just 3 easy steps

  1. Decide if you want to keep the label on or not. If you decide to take the label off, peel it with an exacto knife as it will help with removing the adhesive. Once the label is off, you can use a Q-Tip and apply a little bit of Goo Gone to remove the excess glue. Wipe the top of the disk with some dish soap to finish it off.
  2. Cut the corkboard to fit the diskette. It’s easier to trace it around the disk to ensure you are going to get the perfect shape. Use scissors to cut it out and trim down anything extra that might hang over the sides.

3. Even though the corkboard is adhesive, you can still apply some glue to the back to ensure you get a real good stick. I used tacky glue. Put some glue on the back of the disk but don’t apply too much and spread it evenly. Also, make sure the sides are glued all the way around (but not too much as you don’t want it to leak over). Do not place glue on the hub of the magnetic disc which is the silver round part on the back. As soon as you are finished applying the glue (don’t take too long) you can apply the corkboard in place. If you want extra protection you can add vinyl sheets and clear mod pudge to seal the top. I just sealed the top of the disc with a sealer and it looks great.

Ah, there’s nothing like a true blast from the past once you place your drinks on these. Not only do you get to show them off, you can feel good about making them yourself instead of just tossing them away. Oh, and they also make GREAT gifts. So if you have lots of disks, why not share them with your fellow techies?

That’s it! There you have it, some sweet retro floppy diskette coasters.

Programmer Source Code Commenting

This past year I’ve been learning so much about coding. Every level coder knows how much time is spent putting into this field. Wake up, enjoy some java, research, study, practise like your head is going to come right off, nights with weird sleep schedules, wake up and you do it all over again.

I came across some funny coding comments that I thought would be fun so here I share some with you:

stop(); // Hammertime!

// This is crap code but it’s 3 a.m. and I need to get this working.

<//
// Dear maintainer:
//
// Once you are done trying to ‘optimize’ this routine,
// and have realized what a terrible mistake that was,
// please increment the following counter as a warning
// to the next guy:
//
// total_hours_wasted_here = 42

// TODO: not this

long long ago; /* in a galaxy far far away */

// Hocus Pocus, grab the focus
winSetFocus(…)

// I’m not sure what I did

//If you even THINK of changing this code, you may have already gone //too far

/*

** The author disclaims copyright to this source code. In place of
** a legal notice, here is a blessing:
**
** May you do good and not evil.
** May you find forgiveness for yourself and forgive others.
** May you share freely, never taking more than you give.

*/

//Mind boggling, gibberish version of a SQL statement, but it //work’s, so dont touch it

doRun.run(); // … “a doo run run”.

//When I wrote this, only God and I understood what I was doing
//Now, God only knows

// remove this if you wanna be fired

/*

  • You may think you know what the following code does.
  • But you dont. Trust me.
  • Fiddle with it, and youll spend many a sleepless
  • night cursing the moment you thought youd be clever
  • enough to “optimize” the code below.
  • Now close this file and go play with something else.
    */

return 0; // Happy ending

I’m really looking forward to projects. Commenting or coming across something funny on a frustrating code seems like a lot of fun and I CAN’T WAIT to start!!

Enjoy your day!

Different Prices for Different Colors

Have you ever wondered why items have a different price for different colors and finishes but yet it’s the same product?

I have thought about this probably more than I should but I’m a sucker for colorful things. Mobile phones, tablets, PCs, electronics and yes, that lime green apple peeler. When the choice is there, I prefer to go for the colorful options. But choosing the colorful items means there will always be a higher price to pay. In fact the price goes wayyyyy up.

Why? Is it because they need “special” dye or whatever to make it? Supply and demand?

I’m just tired of paying more money for a colorful color. Since I’m now fed up with crazy color prices, I began to question it. What’s the real answer here? I decided to do some research but I didn’t really find the answer I was looking for.

It seems to be that businesses use different colors as a weapon against consumers. They know that certain colors will always be popular, so they can bring them out whenever they want to make more money. Sad sad sad sad. Maybe it takes different materials and time to make something more special with a color but does it really cost that much more to make that? I don’t know, I don’t really think so but this sure is a nice tool they get to use to their advantage.

Guess I won’t be getting that lime green apple peeler. Oh wait… who am I kidding – of course I will! 🙂

Vintage Sylvania Pathmaker CATV Cable TV Box – 1980’s

This bad boy has been around since the early ’80s. I wanted to do a little research on cable boxes from the 80’s but didn’t really find much, which was a little disappointing.

On the back, there is a sticker that says this vintage device was distributed by Champagne Converter & Communication. I googled this name to find out some info like – was this company successful? Are they still around today? But I couldn’t find any info about the company, which was a bummer. (So if any of you know more about this company please share with me)

Basic cable box is marked JAN 18 1983. Model # 4041. One coax cable input, one coax cable output, AC power switch which will turn off when you push the On/Off button on the remote and there is a spot to plug in the remote that looks like a phone jack. The model number is on the bottom but also stamped at the back so you didn’t have to flip your box over. I like the stamp idea because you don’t see stamped cable boxes anymore.

The remote (converter control unit) is very large and bulky, especially compared to remotes today, and looks like a calculator. I’m curious if the buttons were hard to press after a while; they look like they would have been hard to press after some time. This unit says 1983 but it seems like the remote was upgraded in 1985. The remote plugs into the back of the box and the cord looks just like a telephone cord.

I really wanted to take it apart to see what was inside but I don’t have the weird 3-way screwdriver so I couldn’t.

It’s interesting to see old vintage tech and how far we have come, but never forget our past electronics!

Cool 1980s tech, dude!

Dell Laptop: You Just Never Know What You Might Find In Your Express Card Slot

If your laptop supports an EC slot, this post might have you looking to the side. You might just find one of these in there.

Mini ruler (imperial & metric), diameter holes of some sort and a letter opener
Fahrenheit to celsius tempature conversion

Pretty cool right? Well I thought so anyways. Things like this amuse me.

Dell decided to design this cool multi-tool to fill the slot instead of a plain boring one. That’s actually a genius idea which makes this baby a pretty awesome feature, imo.

This tool was designed with a creative mind and can be very useful for professionals. Maybe not so much now, but this will always be a great tool as your sidekick.

Beats a pointless piece of plastic, huh?