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Don’t just use tech – create it! With our tutorials you’ll make, re-use, upcycle, and fix your technology.

Should You Upgrade Or Repair Your Computer?

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Should You Upgrade Or Repair Your Computer?

Computers age rapidly. In one year they mature, in three years they become elderly and after five they are ready for retirement. Both geeks and casual users have become accustomed to – or annoyed by – the quick replacement cycle. Part of the annoyance is the uncertainty of replacement. When do you upgrade or repair a computer, and when do you just give up and build or buy a new one?

01-11-2012
Should You Upgrade Or Repair Your Computer?
Not Enough Juice? Squeeze Your Raspberry Pi By Overclocking

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Not Enough Juice? Squeeze Your Raspberry Pi By Overclocking

If there’s any hardware released in 2012 that you’re likely to fall in love with, it’s the sweet-as-sugar Raspberry Pi, a mini computer designed and built in the UK that has shipped all around the world. Equipped with an ARM processor and capable of running various operating systems, the Raspberry Pi is small enough to fit into a cigarette box and powerful enough to run a home server, media centre and much more.

26-10-2012
Not Enough Juice? Squeeze Your Raspberry Pi By Overclocking
6 Awesome Bits Of Technology For Your Perfect Halloween Party

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6 Awesome Bits Of Technology For Your Perfect Halloween Party

Over the years I’ve organised some pretty awesome parties and even entire summer camps. I like to think I know how to throw a cool party, and technology always plays a part of that. Here’s 6 essential bits of technology to MakeUseOf at your Halloween party!

21-10-2012
6 Awesome Bits Of Technology For Your Perfect Halloween Party
Optimize The Power Of Your Raspberry Pi With Raspbian

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Optimize The Power Of Your Raspberry Pi With Raspbian

As befits a man with too much tech on his hands, I’ve been playing with my Raspberry Pi recently, configuring the device so that it works to its fullest potential. It continues to run as a media center, although I have no doubt that this use will be added to it in the very near future. However, installing an OS and adding XBMC is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to using the RPi.

18-10-2012
Optimize The Power Of Your Raspberry Pi With Raspbian
How To Build Great Video Or Photo Studio Gear With Cheap Household Items

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How To Build Great Video Or Photo Studio Gear With Cheap Household Items

YouTube – it sits there, in your browser, throwing new videos at you from big stars like Rihanna, clips from classic comedies, trailers for new movies and the thoughts of Evelyn Smythe, a history professor from Oxford likes to share her thoughts with the world. It is in this last type of YouTube video that the future of television is at stake.

11-10-2012
How To Build Great Video Or Photo Studio Gear With Cheap Household Items
Some Crazy Ideas for Homemade Cases For The Raspberry Pi

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Some Crazy Ideas for Homemade Cases For The Raspberry Pi

As the owner of a Raspberry Pi, I’ve spent a bit of time looking for a suitable case for my versatile miniature computer. For a time I settled on the popular “punnet” design that other RaspPi users can download, print out and construct from card, but this wasn’t the most ideal solution. While useful, the punnet case wasn’t quite what I was looking for. Instead, I hit the web.

05-10-2012
Some Crazy Ideas for Homemade Cases For The Raspberry Pi
The Car Of Tomorrow – Today: Top Tools To Put a Computer In Your Car

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The Car Of Tomorrow – Today: Top Tools To Put a Computer In Your Car

It is becoming an increasingly popular pastime to add a new element to cars, a new hub for entertainment, GPS and communications. The carputer seems to have been inspired partly by TV shows such as Knight Rider and movies from the James Bond series as well as the progress of technology in the modern age. But now, anyone can build a car computer!

21-09-2012
The Car Of Tomorrow – Today: Top Tools To Put a Computer In Your Car
The Guide To Replacing a Damaged Mobile Phone Display

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The Guide To Replacing a Damaged Mobile Phone Display

If you have damaged the screen of your mobile phone – perhaps you dropped it or sat down while the device was in your pocket – you’ve immediately given yourself a headache. Can the phone be repaired, and if so, what are the costs? There are many services available online that will repair your mobile phone, but if you have access to the parts and they’re inexpensive, why not perform the procedure yourself?

20-09-2012
The Guide To Replacing a Damaged Mobile Phone Display
6 DIY Tutorials & More If You Want To Design Your Own Laptop Or iPad Sleeves

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6 DIY Tutorials & More If You Want To Design Your Own Laptop Or iPad Sleeves

Why should I make a laptop sleeve when I have the one that came with the device? Well, so do the thousands who bought the same device. But then you can very well go out and buy designed sleeves that are way cooler than the mass produced ones. I can’t argue for this one, except say that a DIY approach would give you the stamp of exclusivity, save you money, and allow you to free your creativity around your laptop or similar device.

18-09-2012
6 DIY Tutorials & More If You Want To Design Your Own Laptop Or iPad Sleeves
How To Upgrade Your Laptop In a Flash: Add a New Hard Drive & Increase RAM

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How To Upgrade Your Laptop In a Flash: Add a New Hard Drive & Increase RAM

Laptops are not as easy to upgrade as desktops. Many components are simply soldered on to the motherboard and others, though technically replaceable, are restricted by technical skill and cost. There are, however, two upgrades you can perform that will improve your laptop. One is beefing up the RAM, and the second is replacing the hard drive – preferably with a solid state drive.

13-09-2012
How To Upgrade Your Laptop In a Flash: Add a New Hard Drive & Increase RAM
How To Make Your Raspberry Pi Into a Home Theater System

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How To Make Your Raspberry Pi Into a Home Theater System

Four weeks on and I’ve been playing with my Raspberry Pi in various ways, from using it to browse the web and standard day-to-day computing tasks to playing around with the various configurations that are possible for networking (Ethernet vs USB wireless). But is there an ultimate point to this device, or will it remain a curiosity on my shelf, to be switched on whenever a useful purpose rears its head?

12-09-2012
How To Make Your Raspberry Pi Into a Home Theater System
3 Websites To Find DSLR Gear & DIY Tips

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3 Websites To Find DSLR Gear & DIY Tips

Did you just get a DSLR for making videos? Did you believe that once you got it you would instantly be making creative, beautiful videos that would make all your friends think you are a screen-inspired genius? Yes, you probably did. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case, for in order to make creative, beautiful videos that will make all all your friends think you are a screen-inspired genius, you have to know the camera pretty well.

12-09-2012
3 Websites To Find DSLR Gear & DIY Tips
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