DIY-IT Project Guide

DIY-IT Project Guide

Summary: This is the comprehensive guide to the DIY-IT projects. If you're working on a DIY project of your own, this is a good place to start.


Here's a list of the projects we're working on. Feel free to check any of them out.

How to decide: tech buying guides for DIYers and small business

How to decide: should you buy a big Kindle Fire HD or an iPad?
This is totally NOT the simple choice you might think it would be. There are a lot of reasons why you might choose either device. If you really want to make an informed decision, read this guide.

How to decide: should you buy the Nexus 7 or the Kindle Fire? 
The two devices are the same size and the same price. But there are differences. Which should you choose?

How to decide: should you buy an iPad or wait for the Microsoft Surface?
Even though we still don’t know much about the Surface models, I can give you some advice, at least within certain basic parameters.

How to decide: should you buy a new iPad or a Kindle Fire?
With all the buzz these days about tablets, it turns out some folks are still trying to understand which device to buy. This article will help you decide.

How to decide: should you buy an iPhone or an Android phone?
Well, here goes. You fanbois out there, holster your arrows. I’m gonna do this one snark-free.

When to buy an Android tablet and when to buy a Kindle Fire
Should you get an Android tablet like the Galaxy Tab or, well, an Android-based tablet like the Kindle Fire? Read this article to find out.

Everything you need to know about buying an HDTV (video)
In this DIY-IT Father’s Day Special, David Gewirtz interviews HDTV guru Alfred Poor for a detailed, in-depth, deep dive into everything you ever wanted to know about buying an HDTV.

How NOT to buy

16 reasons NOT to buy a new iPad (including 7 that haven’t changed from earlier iPads)
I’m on your side, kids. It’s time for some truth. Let’s shut down that reality distortion field and save you some money. Let’s get started.

The two reasons I avoided Android and finally upgraded to the relatively boring iPhone 4S
Would you take the easy path and go with a workable, if uninspiring iPhone 4GS? Or, would you take a chance on the wild world of malware and go with Android?

10 reasons NOT to buy an Android and why I'm waiting for the iPhone 5
Unfortunately, the few boons of Androidum don’t make up for the disadvantages. Here’s why I’m not going to buy an Android and I’m waiting for the iPhone 5.

12 things that kinda suck about the Kindle Fire
Since it’s our job here at ZDNet to present you with all sides of technology, in this article I’m going to spotlight some of the Kindle Fire’s shortcomings.

7 reasons the Kindle Fire is better than the iPad
Summary: To be fair, I’ve only had a few hours to tinker with the new device, but I can already say that there are a bunch of ways the Kindle Fire is better than the iPad.

12 reasons you might NOT want to buy a Kindle Fire
Before you rush out and spend your hard-earned cash, I’d like to caution you. There are some good reasons you might NOT want to buy a new Kindle Fire.

11 reasons NOT to buy an iPad 2 (including 6 that haven't changed from the iPad 1) 
Face it. If you’re foaming at the mouth over the iPad 2, you already have an iPad.

9 reasons you might NOT want to give an iPad this Christmas
The iPad is fine technology, but quite limited.

8 reasons you might NOT want to buy a Kinect
The Kinect is truly an amazing device, but it might not be what you expect. Even worse, you might get it home and discover it’s not actually usable in your house.


Topics: SMBs, Amazon, DIY, Microsoft, Hardware, Google, Collaboration, Apps, Apple, Android, Social Enterprise


David Gewirtz, Distinguished Lecturer at CBS Interactive, is an author, U.S. policy advisor, and computer scientist. He is featured in the History Channel special The President's Book of Secrets and is a member of the National Press Club.

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  • Some tangential directions to go

    I'm an ---intrigued--- Linux user.

    1) How about a paragraph or two on experiences with Linux SMS apps (since the Mac is UNIX like).

    2) Have you tried faxing from your MFP using google voice?