“Do more with less” and the Windows Phone 7 giveaway!

“Do more with less” and the Windows Phone 7 giveaway!

windows7Phone.pngThe T-Mobile HTC HD7 phone being given away to one MAKE reader

To promote the release of the Windows Phone 7, Microsoft is partnering with various websites, including MAKE, to give away a Windows Phone 7 to each site’s readership. To be eligible, all you have to do is post a comment on the theme of “Do more with less,” in the Comments section below. You can post more than one comment, but only one per day, and they must be new ideas, not the same post. The deadline for all comment entries is Monday, November 29, 2010, 11:59 p.m. ET. The winner will be chosen at random. See the full rules after the jump.

04_fuller37_d.jpgWhen I think of doing more with less, I always think of Buckminster Fuller and his concept of “dymaxion.” Opinions vary on the inspiration for this term, but it is likely a portmanteau of the words dynamic, maximum, and tension. It basically started out as a Fullerian brand name (Dymaxion Car, Dymaxion House), but Fuller went on to define it as “maximum output for minimum investment of materials, energy, and time,” or basically, the greatest output from the least input. This and other Bucky whole system design ideas were life-changing to me when I first encountered them as a teenager, in the pages of the Whole Earth Catalog. I have never forgotten them and they’ve informed my own ideas about design and my understanding of how systems work. If you’re looking for inspiration for your “Do more with less” comments, think about this concept of “dymaxion” and examples from your own life, and your making of things, of maximized design; the greatest result from the smallest investments in time, energy, and materials.

Good luck with the giveaway!

This giveaway is brought to you by the new Windows Phone 7. Learn more about Windows Phone online and see it in person at local T-Mobile stores today.

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1. Eligibility: Windows Phone 7 Giveaway (the “Sweepstakes”) is open only to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia who are at least eighteen (18) years old at the time of entry. Employees of Federated Media Publishing, Inc., Microsoft Corporation, ePrize, LLC, and their parent and affiliate companies as well as the immediate family (spouse, parents, siblings and children) and household members of each such employee are not eligible. Subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations. Void where prohibited. Participation constitutes entrant’s full and unconditional agreement to these Official Rules and Sponsor’s and Administrator’s decisions, which are final and binding in all matters related to the Sweepstakes. Winning a prize is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth herein.

2. Sponsor: Federated Media Publishing, Inc., 2 Harrison Street, 7th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105. Administrator: ePrize, LLC, One ePrize Drive, Pleasant Ridge, MI 48069.

3. Timing: The Sweepstakes begins on November 15, 2010 at 12:00 a.m. Eastern Time (“ET”) and ends on November 29, 2010 at 11:59 p.m. ET (the “Promotion Period”). Sponsor’s computer is the official time-keeping device for the Sweepstakes.

4. How to Enter: During the Promotion Period, visit any or all of the websites listed below and follow the links and instructions to post a comment regarding the “Do More with Less” blog.




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By submitting your post, you will automatically receive one (1) entry into the Sweepstakes at the applicable website. Posts must be at least twenty-five (25) characters and no more than two-hundred fifty (250) characters. Posts may not be indecent, obscene, hateful, tortious, defamatory, or libelous or contain material that violates or infringes another’s rights, or disparage Sponsor, Administrator or any other person or party affiliated with the Sweepstakes, or contain material that is unlawful in any way. Sponsor reserves the right to remove any posts that it finds unlawful, or in violation of these Official Rules, all in its sole discretion.

Limit: Each participant may enter one (1) time per day at each website during the Promotion Period. Multiple entries to the same website must be substantially different each day. Multiple entrants are not permitted to share the same email address. Any attempt by any entrant to obtain more than the stated number of entries by using multiple/different email addresses, identities, registrations and logins, or any other methods will void that entrant’s entries and that entrant may be disqualified. Use of any automated system to participate is prohibited and will result in disqualification. In the event of a dispute as to any registration, the authorized account holder of the email address used to create the user name will be deemed to be the registrant. The “authorized account holder” is the natural person assigned an email address by an Internet access provider, online service provider or other organization responsible for assigning email addresses for the domain associated with the submitted address. Each potential winner may be required to show proof of being the authorized account holder.

5. Drawings: The designated overseer of each of the listed websites (“Hosts”), determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion, is an independent judging entity whose decisions as to the administration and operation of the Sweepstakes and the selection of the potential winners are final and binding in all matters related to the Sweepstakes. The Hosts will randomly select a potential Sweepstakes winner from all eligible entries received at that particular website during the Promotion Period, on or around November 30, 2010 and contact them by email. Each potential winner will be required to respond as instructed with his/her contact information within the specified time period. If a potential winner cannot be contacted, or fails to reply with his/her contact information within the required time period, potential winner forfeits the prize. Potential winners may be contacted by Administrator with additional prize redemption instructions. Potential winners must continue to comply with all terms and conditions of these Official Rules, and winning is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements. In the event that a potential winner is disqualified for any reason, Sponsor will award the applicable prize to an alternate winner by random drawing from among all remaining eligible entries. Only three (3) alternate drawings will be held, after which the prize will remain un-awarded. Prizes will be fulfilled approximately 8-10 weeks after the conclusion of the Sweepstakes.

6. Prize: FIFTY-NINE (59) GRAND PRIZES (awarded as one (1) per website): Windows Phone 7, all details and features determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion. Approximate Retail Value (“ARV”): $500. The ARV of electronic prizes is subject to price fluctuations in the consumer marketplace based on, among other things, any gap in time between the date the ARV is estimated for purposes of these Official Rules and the date the prize is awarded or redeemed. Prizes are non-transferable and no substitution will be made except as provided herein at the Sponsor’s sole discretion. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize for one of equal or greater value if the designated prize should become unavailable for any reason. Winner will be responsible for activation charges, monthly access and service fees and any applicable taxes. Sponsor is not responsible for any fees, costs or charges resulting from use of the Grand Prize. Odds of winning a prize depend on the number of eligible entries received in each applicable website during the Promotion Period. Limit: One (1) prize per person.

7. Release: By receipt of any prize, winner agrees to release and hold harmless Sponsor, Microsoft Corporation, all Hosts, Administrator, and their respective subsidiaries, affiliates, suppliers, distributors, advertising/promotion agencies, and prize suppliers, and each of their respective parent companies and each such company’s officers, directors, employees and agents (collectively, the “Released Parties”) from and against any claim or cause of action, including, but not limited to, personal injury, death, or damage to or loss of property, arising out of participation in the Sweepstakes or receipt or use or misuse of any prize.

8. Publicity: Except where prohibited, participation in the Sweepstakes constitutes each winner’s consent to Sponsor’s and its agents’ use of winner’s name, likeness, photograph, voice, opinions and/or hometown and state for promotional purposes in any media, worldwide, without further payment or consideration.

9. General Conditions: Sponsor reserves the right to cancel, suspend and/or modify the Sweepstakes, or any part of it, if any fraud, technical failures or any other factor beyond Sponsor’s reasonable control impairs the integrity or proper functioning of the Sweepstakes, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion. Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual it finds to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Sweepstakes or to be acting in violation of these Official Rules or any other promotion or in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner. Any attempt by any person to deliberately undermine the legitimate operation of the Sweepstakes may be a violation of criminal and civil law, and, should such an attempt be made, Sponsor reserves the right to seek damages from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law. Sponsor’s failure to enforce any term of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision.

10. Limitations of Liability: The Released Parties are not responsible for: (1) any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by entrants, printing errors or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Sweepstakes; (2) technical failures of any kind, including, but not limited to malfunctions, interruptions, or disconnections in phone lines or network hardware or software; (3) unauthorized human intervention in any part of the entry process or the Sweepstakes; (4) technical or human error which may occur in the administration of the Sweepstakes or the processing of entries; (5) late, lost, undeliverable, damaged or stolen mail; or (6) any injury or damage to persons or property which may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from entrant’s participation in the Sweepstakes or receipt or use or misuse of any prize. If for any reason an entrant’s entry is confirmed to have been erroneously deleted, lost, or otherwise destroyed or corrupted, entrant’s sole remedy is another entry in the Sweepstakes. If it is not possible to award another entry due to discontinuance of the Sweepstakes, or any part of it, for any reason, Sponsor, in its sole discretion, may elect to hold a random drawing from among all eligible entries received up to the date of discontinuance for any or all of the prizes offered herein. No more than the stated number of prizes will be awarded. In the event that production, technical, seeding, programming or any other reasons cause more than the stated number of prizes as set forth in these Official Rules to be available and/or claimed, Sponsor reserves the right to award only the stated number of prizes by a random drawing among all legitimate, un-awarded, eligible prize claims.

11. Disputes: Except where prohibited, entrant agrees that: (1) any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Sweepstakes or any prize awarded shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan (Southern Division) or the appropriate Michigan State Court located in Oakland County, Michigan; (2) any and all claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering this Sweepstakes, but in no event attorneys’ fees; and (3) under no circumstances will entrant be permitted to obtain awards for, and entrant hereby waives all rights to claim, indirect, punitive, incidental and consequential damages and any other damages, other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses, and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of the entrant and Sponsor in connection with the Sweepstakes, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of Michigan without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules (whether of the State of Michigan or any other jurisdiction), which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the State of Michigan.

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13. Winner List: Winner List requests will only be accepted after the promotion end date (listed above) and no later than March 30, 2011. For the Winner List, send an email with subject line: “Windows Phone 7 Giveaway, Winner List Request,” to WinListRequests@eprizefulfillment.com.

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192 thoughts on ““Do more with less” and the Windows Phone 7 giveaway!

  1. CircuitGizmo says:

    I’ll enjoy myself a lot more with less Win phone… *snort*

    There. I used up my day’s allotment of cynicism. Good luck to everyone else.

  2. tagno25 says:

    Do more with less, don’t get a Windows Phone.

  3. RootyB says:

    Often, I find my best work coming from the projects with the greatest limitations imposed upon them. In hindsight, I think this is due to the focus required to accommodate these restrictions.

    In other words, restrictions and limitations force me to buckle down and focus on what’s important.

  4. zerocle says:

    As an android user since day one, I can honestly say I am totally and completely fed up with the fat and excessiveness of the operating system. The amount of steps I need to go through to see a text message or take a picture is unbelievable. I am excited to see an operating system that finally concentrates on giving you what you need to know instead of throwing every unnecessary piece of information in the internet. This is the same reason I have a car that tells me my speed and amount of gas instead of telling me my fuel mixture, piston timing, gear ratio’s, etc. While this information is in my car somewhere, and I can find it if I need it, I don’t need it every second of every day. The information that is necessary is up front and that’s exactly what I want from my phone. I love the push with windows mobile, and win or lose, cannot wait to see what Microsoft can do with it in the next couple years.

  5. sdedalus2000 says:

    I code in C# for a living so could be fun.

  6. CD Waddell says:

    Less is relative, the development tools for the phone, and ease of programming an App remove the limitations of proprietary programming languages and archaic approval process.

  7. devExplorer says:

    When I talk about doing more for less I am talking about conservation of time, energy, materials, and above all monetary expenses. As a computer programmer by training the efficiency of my code and algorithms allow me to do a greater number of computations per second. As a fellow maker, I take pride in simplifying my designs so that I incorporate the materials I have just laying around and lower the over all power consumption for longer life expectancy. As a young entrepreneur, raining in monetary expenses allow me to devote more to learning and research which feeds the next interation of the cycle.

  8. Bryant says:

    I always find that I do more when I have less distractions. I don’t need social networks reminding me that friends are eating breakfast. I don’t want email at my fingertips because it would steal time from the things I want to do. Smart Phones kill productivity because they keep the distractions with you everywhere.

  9. Gareth Branwyn says:

    Folks, this is not meant to be a debate on the merits of Windows Phone 7. It’s a discussion around the theme of “doing more with less” and there’s a drawing at the end for an HTC HD7 phone.

  10. Silverman says:

    Doing more with less means thinking ahead to eliminate the duplication of effort.

  11. CircuitGizmo says:

    I have a PC set up (other than my main machine) that is pretty low on features and a little under-powered. It is running Win2k (I know, I know). I have the OS, an editor, and Atmel AVR development tools on it. It also has RobotBASIC and a USB input/output device that RB can control attached to the machine. This PC is right next to my prototype area.

    With this minimum setup I can program embedded devices (Arduino or an AVR that I quickly wire up) or make a RobotBASIC program to directly control some I/O from the PC. I just quickly tested some PIR devices with the USB I/O device and RB was dinging the “system bell” every time the PIR device detected motion.

    Having a simple PC _right_there_ where I’m working means I use the PC like a tool – sometimes a logic probe, sometimes a simple analog display, sometime a programmable logic device. Other than the OS the software tools were free, the hardware was low cost. The effort to use this tool outweighs the benefit that it brings me right there at the place that I’m putting together circuits.

  12. coolblaze03 says:

    Do more programming in less time by using visual studio. No one wants to admit it but the IDE makes things so much easier and things get done so much faster. I like to write code just as much as the next man, but with not enough time in the day i would rather leave the specifics to someone else.

  13. mtbf0 says:

    place phone in drawer. go for long walk.

  14. bdiramio says:

    I strongly believe that we over engineer most of our stuff. 80 percent of the time, we use about 20 percent of the functionality of our gadgets/tools/toys/etc. Imagine if things were at least half as complex to build and maintain? Oh…do windows phones have cameras, music, media, gps and video? You know, I can’t do without those things.

  15. VinnyJF says:

    As long as I’ve been in the Navy, I’ve heard that phrase, in some form or another. Doing more with less, translates to me, as “Use the right tool for the right job”.

    With the new Win7 phone, it seems to be the right tool, for today’s social-network-central lifestyle.

  16. Macartisan says:

    I’m convinced that the current admittedly innovative Win Phone 7 UI pattern language is going to need significant changes to meet the needs of a growing mobile platform. Glance and Go is an admirable design goal for apps; not so much for a powerful, feature-rich platform.

    I predict that, about 2 years from now, when everyone agrees Windows 7 is NOT an appropriate OS for tablets, we’ll see an announcement that Win Phone 8 will be optimized for tablets, and Less will be redefined as whatever the iPad is doing in 2012.

    Send me the WinPhone if I win: I need a replacement for my ancient Sony-Ericsson.

  17. smh5804 says:

    I have HTC HD2 phone with windows mobile 6.5. Nice hardware but the features and interface are clumsy (especially browser). Hope Microsoft fixed that in the new OS.

  18. JennaSys says:

    More of what I’m not sure, but Windows Phone 7 is certainly less.

  19. “Do more with less” and the Windows Phone 7 giveaway! Justin says:

    What do you got windows 7?

  20. techSage says:

    Doing more with less in the sense of Windows Phone 7 involves, not having less than necessary as some commenters have mentioned, but being free from the extraneous information and visual complexity of many popular products and I think that Windows Phone 7 does this very well and am excited about the potential that it has over the long term despite its possible “slow start” that a few of the online press are claiming.

  21. Gareth Branwyn says:

    Again, I remind people this is NOT a debate about Windows Phone 7. This is a GENERAL discussion on doing more with less, sponsored by Windows Phone 7, with a drawing of a free phone being given to the one of the commenters who shares some example of doing more with less. We won’t be counting the posts where people are debating the merits of the phone and making snide comments about WP7. If you want a chance at the phone, leave a comment about some useful example of doing more with less.

  22. josh89867 says:

    I hope it’s a millions times better than my Moto Q was. Make me a believer!

  23. BShocked says:

    It’s interesting that I don’t really know all that much about the windows 7 phone. This contest has given me an excuse to do some much needed research!

  24. libertymama says:

    I have an online store at etsy.com, and rather than using all brand new boxes, I recycle ones I receive in the mail. The only time I won’t ship a reused box is when I ship a gift directly to the recipient.

  25. Murph says:

    New Logo! ” DO + W/ < " !!!!!!!!! Hope you like it!

  26. Samantha Tran says:

    I reuse magazines and pictures to make collages.

  27. Math Campbell says:

    OK, I wasn’t going to (not that fussed about a new phone, I have all I need), but for the pure creativity of writing something, I’ll ride the bus to toytown today…

    So what does it mean to me It means spending more time planning and less time making. Why? Because the more I plan, the less resources I end up using. Be it my latest hobby, guitar building, or graphics work, or coding, or anything really, if you plan properly, you’ll always get more for less.
    Or as my stitching missus always says, “measure thrice, cut once”.

  28. tenspd137 says:

    Doing more with less is just doing your job. I won’t say where I work, but they are always telling me to do more work with less resources – the CEOs need their bonuses.

  29. TAC says:

    Do More with Less.

    Put your phone out of sight and mind when you work.

  30. tech.roberts says:


  31. applekeith says:

    I am always looking for ways to make do with what I have. It is the ‘green’ thing to do.

  32. grnapple says:

    Why do I always have to do more? I prefer doing less and enjoying whatever those tasks are.

  33. twkisner says:

    I would love a Windows Phone 7 – totally buying one if I don’t win this contest…

    Bahh with the cynics on here. You can keep your ‘droids…

  34. Robert says:

    It’s getting harder and harder to keep track of who’s trying to tell me something and who’s trying to sell me something. Half of my daily news sites seem to have been trying to sell me the windows phone with some sort of sponsored content over the last couple of days and I’ve also noticed a lot of unconvincingly enthusiastic commenting.

    It’s all very tiring.

  35. KentKB says:

    Never had a “Smart” phone. My dumb one needs replacing…

  36. Oonagh says:

    I could do more with less super slow iPhone. Por favor?

  37. xeijix says:

    One qualm I have with most programming languages is that they’re way too bloated. Script kiddies start programming without knowing how to make their code efficient. Hence, sometimes using less code (less libraries) equate to more efficient code.

  38. Samantha Tran says:

    My smart phone needs to be replaced with a smarter phone :)

  39. Giancarlo Todone says:

    “Doing more” is not about quantity. When you reach your goal and there’s still room to take a little time for yourself, you know you did more with what you had… or less.

  40. https://me.yahoo.com/a/dt7pX2dmkuWPXjlJRCueRPZCvaCk#af5c2 says:

    Less: Sold off my wooden boat project.

    More: Can now spend my free time making sure my 8 week old daughter is happy and healthy. Bonus: the garage now has space for my wife’s car. Both of these benefits are far more rewarding than a boat.

  41. KC8RWR says:

    Do more with less… use free software.

  42. xeijix says:

    Reduce the amount of waste biproduct during manufacturing processes

  43. Samantha Tran says:

    buy refurbished goods from licensed resellers. saves money if you want something specific

  44. TAC says:

    Do more with less…

  45. Craig says:

    I am trying to eliminate as many individual devices as possible in favor of the most important (and most multifunctional) few. A high end smartphone would help!

  46. Samantha Tran says:

    ive always done more with less, but why i consider less may still be a lot to others. i think having two fridges lets me waste less food because i have more freezer space

  47. TAC says:

    Do more with less.

    Make devices with “detritus”, not fancy parts.

  48. Donald-Harris.com says:

    Well I could enjoy more of my time doing what I am doing instead of struggling with a phone to brag to my friends about what I am doing!

    More time enjoying life with Windows Phone 7!

  49. Malky says:

    Even though this doesn’t seem like less of an effort, listening to music and rocking out while doing the chores definitely help me feel like I’m doing “less” than I have to! It just feels more like a concert/dance party than a cleanin session!

  50. Malky says:

    Since money is a little tight these days, I always love having lunch in the park with a couple of friends rather than going to a movie and a restaurant afterwards. We’re basically getting to spend more time with each other more without all the money!

  51. Craig says:

    My recent efforts to do more with less have followed my “amazing discovery” of the concept of delegation. I am finally learning to take advantage of the skills of people around me, using a modest amount of effort to supervise/guide and achieve more in the long run. Yes, I should have realized this earlier…

  52. JJ says:

    In the no duh category goes giving up caffine. I spend less money buying soda/energy drinks, less time brewing coffee, more energy!

  53. Craig says:

    I’m starting to think that that this contest may have genuinely inspired me to seek greater efficiency in my life. On Friday I called Comcast to change my TV/internet package configuration; now I’m getting more channels for less money!

  54. Malky says:

    I have been going to the drive in movies instead of the theatreswith my friends and family so save money, but it’s actually a little more fun since you can actually talk!

  55. Malky says:

    Instead of going to Jamba Juice almost everyday like I used to, we just got a blender to save money! Now I get smoothies anytime I want with more smoothies and less spending! It would be awesome to win this phone!

  56. Malky says:

    Instead of going to Jamba Juice almost everyday like I used to, we just got a blender to save money! Now I get smoothies anytime I want with more smoothies and less spending! It would be awesome to win this phone!

  57. Craig says:

    This weekend I donated a bundle of clothing and books to Goodwill; I get the benefit of “less” unneeded possessions, and they can do a bit more for the needy.

  58. purplelover04 says:

    i do more with less when i use coupons they help so much

  59. techSage says:

    I do more with less when I find a website that does what I need without me having to install an app for something that I’m only going to do once every year or 5.

  60. Malky says:

    One way I do more with less is buying used things. Since I’m in college, i’m pretty tight with money so on way save is searching for the bet deals on the books I need online and in used book stores. Aslong as they’re not torn up, I buy them at a fraction of the price. Sometimes some books even have notes written on them!

  61. Craig says:

    I have/had a lot of older computer parts in my closet. This Fall I donated all of the motherboards I wasn’t using to FreeGeek, and while I was there, picked up a great vintage keyboard that makes typing a pleasure.

  62. Samantha Tran says:

    I am loving aluminum foil as an insulation material these days, helps me shape cakes, and keep things warm :)

  63. harold maude says:

    I’ll do more with less

  64. Craig says:

    Today I purchased a bus pass and will stop driving to work. That will leave me with more cash and cause less environmental impact

  65. JJ says:

    During the holidays, I tend to premake some things that go great in 3-4 meals. Like cornbread. It is great in stuffing, as a panini, etc.

  66. Oonagh says:

    I’m making the pumpkin pies this year with canned pumpkin puree, and I will not feel guilty for not roasting and pureeing my own pumpkins.

  67. Christopher says:

    Keeping the beers cold outside in the unusual Seattle snow while Thanksgiving food takes over our fridge.

  68. Malky says:

    One example of me doing more with less is carpooling with friends to school (when I don’t take the train). Being college students, we’ll save all the money we can and it’s so convenient that I have a group of friends that all live pretty close! It’d be so awesome to win!

  69. mce says:

    When I think of doing more with less I think of using what you have instead of buying new.

  70. Craig says:

    Thanks to a new collaboration with a famous scientist, I expect to be getting more publications with less effort on my part!

  71. Samantha Tran says:

    i love giving out coupons for watching your kids for an hour or clean your house its cheap and effective so everyone is happy

  72. devExplorer says:

    Doing more with less means consolidating all the devices I carry around in my pocket in to one so that I can spend more time sharing ideas and less time joggling devices and keeping things organized.

  73. Malky says:

    This might be a little too simple, but I do more with less by always having my laptop with me. Nowadays, since I’m in college, it seems like everything is being moved online, from turning essays in to math homework. It definitely helps me do more when I have free time and I have less stuff to carry around!

  74. Craig says:

    I’ve done a lot of research regarding Black Friday deals; by planning ahead I will be able to get more gifts for less money.

  75. JAF30 says:

    I do more with less for a number of reasons (one being I am a college student).
    Recycling parts from older computers instead of buying new ones.
    And keeping within the max character limit for this entry

  76. Craig says:

    I’ve been doing more kitchen cleaning with less effort after buying a Roomba. It’s an electronic pet that cleans my home… awesome!

  77. astrox.myopenid.com says:

    New technologies have made things easier for us users. Do more with less means to me that I won’t have to spend my time on a certain thing and I can really enjoy doing something else that matters to me. That’s what Windows Phone 7 is giving to us!

  78. Malky says:

    One example of me doing more with less is simply turning off and unplugging electronics and appliances. Sometimes people forget and it adds up to the costs. As time goes by, spending a few little seconds on turning appliances off can really make a difference and save more money, more money to spend on stuff I want! I only turn things on when I need to! Hope I win!

  79. devExplorer says:

    Doing more with less is having a single device with the best applications to create ideas, share with friends, and explore new concepts.

  80. Craig says:

    Also, on three separate occasions I’ve built a new Roomba battery pack from parts instead of buying an expensive new one – MORE friendly robot power with LESS money!

  81. xeijix says:

    In the spirit of thanksgivings, this is a reminder of the well known tip that you can make awesome meals from the leftovers of thanksgivings.

  82. Malky says:

    One way I do more with less is not multitasking and doing one task as best as I can until I finish. I’m not very good at multitasking so I figured that working at my best on one assignment would make me more prdouctive and efficient. I just have to make sure I allow time and the outcome is always good!

  83. Samantha Tran says:

    m and ms are probably my favorite more with less candy. i use them to decorate cakes, i use them in counting games with kids, and they just taste good

  84. Malky says:

    One way we do more with less is with leftovers. Especially during Thanksgiving time. An example would be using ham for lunch sandwiches and using the leftover turkey for quesadillas or my favorite turkey and tortilla soup!

  85. Oonagh says:

    Doing more with all the leftover baked goods from Thanksgiving. Had the family we didn’t get to spend Thanksgiving with over for leftovers the next day.

  86. Christopher says:

    I would love to do more with a new Windows Phone and less with my crappy old iPhone. That thing is driving me crazy!

  87. astrox.myopenid.com says:

    How to do more with less? I have in my own house a soda vending machine, when I feel like drinking one, I buy one. At the end of certain period of time, I open the vending machine to recollect my profit!!!


  88. Craig says:

    After a lot of trial and error, this year I think I figured out what sort of vegetables grow well on my patio and which require more sun than is available. I now have more carrots and tomatoes to eat for less money (and less heartbreak about dead plants!)

  89. Samantha Tran says:

    I really like spices and herbs. If you buy them in the ethnic food section, especially the hispanic themed aisle they can be only 99 cents a bag! They add flavor to everything including cheap cuts of meat and inexpensive dishes

  90. TiffanyD says:

    I do more with less through using craigslist! It’s a great way to find fantastic deals for super cheap.

  91. Malky says:

    I do more with less by combining my errands into one drive and trip so I save gas. An example would be going to the store, post office and barbershop in one trip, rather than going at different times of the week. This way, I can do more with the money I have because of the less money I have to spend on gas!

  92. astrox.myopenid.com says:

    I used to check my email through a browser; a few months ago I started using an email client. Now I can check all my email accounts at the same time! That’s doing more with less!

  93. Craig says:

    In order to do more with less time, I’ve made a serious effort to become more organized. Even the most trivial tasks and events go in my Outlook calendar these days.

  94. techSage says:

    I try to do more with less by using compositing existing components for a project rather than reinventing the wheel.

  95. purplelover04 says:

    i use baking soda to clean and green and it saves alot of money.

    purple_lover_04 at msn dot com

  96. initial J says:

    I’m not that crafty. I just try to do less by not stressing out over everything which makes me able to concentrate on getting things done

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Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. His free weekly-ish maker tips newsletter can be found at garstipsandtools.com.

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