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

How To Save A Wet Cell Phone Or Tablet

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How To Save A Wet Cell Phone Or Tablet

I’ve got bad news for you. Dropping your phone in a puddle of water, bath, sink, toilet – even getting caught in a heavy shower – will leave it irreparably damaged. The same goes for tablet computers. No more apps, games, Facebook, phonecalls or browsing. All gone. That is, if you leave it switched on. Switching it off right away is probably the best solution, but it’s not all bad news. In fact, there are a number of ways in which you can stop your phone or tablet computer from being left as nothing more than an expensive brick following prolonged contact with water.

29-08-2012
How To Save A Wet Cell Phone Or Tablet
5 Tech Projects For The Mini Farmer

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5 Tech Projects For The Mini Farmer

With food prices at a record high, chaotic weather systems destroying crops the world over, and no signs of population growth slowing down anytime soon – never has growing your own produce been more important than it is right now. So as city dwellers turn to mini-farming, technology is playing an increasingly important role in maximising crop yields from a small place. Today I’d like to highlight some of those great projects.

26-08-2012
5 Tech Projects For The Mini Farmer
How To Build Your Own Tablet Stylus

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How To Build Your Own Tablet Stylus

Steve Jobs was quite right when he said “If you see a stylus, they blew it.” While a good touchscreen should never require you to use a stylus for standard operations, there are tasks when using your fingers is a bit awkward. For example if you want to digitize your signature, take quick handwritten notes or simply draw, a stylus can come in very handy. You can find a large selection of tablet styluses online and many are very cheap.

22-08-2012
How To Build Your Own Tablet Stylus
What You Need to Know About Getting Started with Raspberry Pi

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What You Need to Know About Getting Started with Raspberry Pi

The Raspberry Pi computer is the latest in a line of compact, multi-function devices, shipped as a barebones package so that end users can use the hardware for virtually any computing project that comes to mind. For instance, the device – designed originally to aid school children learn programming skills – is ideal for media streaming, or using as the key element in a MAME gaming unit.

22-08-2012
What You Need to Know About Getting Started with Raspberry Pi
The Top 5 Amazing Uses For Your Raspberry Pi Computer

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The Top 5 Amazing Uses For Your Raspberry Pi Computer

I’ve recently received my Raspberry Pi after a long wait – and I’ve got quite a few plans for it. The problem is, I’m not totally sure which project I want to attempt first. While the idea of a carputer is a compelling one, my mobile phone and GPS unit seem to fulfill this purpose already. Meanwhile, I’ve long had ambitions to build a MAME arcade machine unit, but never quite got around to it.

16-08-2012
The Top 5 Amazing Uses For Your Raspberry Pi Computer
How To Connect Your Wiimote To Your PC

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How To Connect Your Wiimote To Your PC

How do you prefer to interact with your computer? Sometimes a mouse and keyboard just isn’t enough. Depending on what you’re doing, a completely different interface method is required for you to get the most out of your computer. Personally, I use a trackball and keyboard, for gaming as well as standard use, and there are many Windows computer owners who prefer to do the majority of their work using a graphical tablet and stylus.

08-08-2012
How To Connect Your Wiimote To Your PC
Hardcore Hardware Upgrades: How To Install Or Replace Your Own CPU

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Hardcore Hardware Upgrades: How To Install Or Replace Your Own CPU

The processor remains one of the most important components in a modern computer. Upgrading it can provide significant benefits in certain games and applications, particularly if you are switching from a dual-core or quad-core model, or upgrading from some older processor architecture. It’s also not that complicated a project for a geek to tackle, but it can seem daunting.

07-08-2012
Hardcore Hardware Upgrades: How To Install Or Replace Your Own CPU
Programming Your Arduino 4x4x4 LED Cube To Do Some More Awesome Stuff

DIY Programming

Programming Your Arduino 4x4x4 LED Cube To Do Some More Awesome Stuff

Last week, I built an LED cube – 64 LEDs that you can program to make fantastic futuristic light shows – and I hope you did too, because it’s a great project to motivate you and expand your Arduino skillset. I left you with a few basic apps to get you thinking, but today I’ll be presenting a few more bits of software that I made for the cube, along with code explanations.

01-08-2012
Programming Your Arduino 4x4x4 LED Cube To Do Some More Awesome Stuff
How To Swap Out Your Macbook’s DVD Drive For An SSD

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How To Swap Out Your Macbook’s DVD Drive For An SSD

Is your old Apple laptop starting to struggle? Is the boot time so long that you can actually go out and buy a coffee? If so, perhaps it’s time to think about upgrading your main system drive to a low cost SSD and getting rid of that useless old DVD drive. If it’s an older Macbook, fret not. This tutorial will be perfect for you.

29-07-2012
How To Swap Out Your Macbook’s DVD Drive For An SSD
How To Make a Pulsating Arduino LED Cube That Looks Like It Came From The Future

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How To Make a Pulsating Arduino LED Cube That Looks Like It Came From The Future

If you’ve dabbled with some beginner Arduino projects, but are looking for something a little permanent and on a whole other level of awesome, then the humble 4 x 4 x 4 LED cube is a natural choice. Construction is far easier than you might think, and using a multiplexing we can control all the LEDs directly from just a single Arduino Uno board. It’s great soldering practice, and the total cost of components shouldn’t come to more than about $40.

25-07-2012
How To Make a Pulsating Arduino LED Cube That Looks Like It Came From The Future
Entertainment On The Cheap: The Most Affordable Ways To Set Up A Home Theater

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Entertainment On The Cheap: The Most Affordable Ways To Set Up A Home Theater

While plenty of pricey pre-built solutions exist, there are a few ways to bring a streaming box of entertainment to your living room on the cheap. With the right some open source media software, a few budget products and some spare time you can sort out the perfect media companion in a couple of hours.

13-07-2012
Entertainment On The Cheap: The Most Affordable Ways To Set Up A Home Theater
Strip Down & Recycle Old Garden Solar Lamps For Tech Projects

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Strip Down & Recycle Old Garden Solar Lamps For Tech Projects

Costing just a few dollars each, garden solar lamps are a low-cost solution to night-time illumination – and they might just give you a useful piece of equipment for completing a tech project. Whether you’re looking for a rechargeable battery, an LED or even the solar panel itself, these devices contain a wealth of components that can be repurposed.

11-07-2012
Strip Down & Recycle Old Garden Solar Lamps For Tech Projects
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