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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 Build a Raspberry Pi Twitter Bot

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How to Build a Raspberry Pi Twitter Bot

Twitter is the world biggest repository of short messages from people with nothing to say – and now you too can contribute to that epic project with an automated Twitter bot, powered by your Raspberry Pi. I’m kidding, of course – some people actually tweet interesting things. I’m not one of them though – I use my mine for shameless product promotion in exchange for free stuff, competition entries, and auto-posting new episodes of our very own Technophilia Podcast. Whatever – my followers love me!

06-09-2013
How to Build a Raspberry Pi Twitter Bot
Help! My DVD Is Stuck in the Tray!

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Help! My DVD Is Stuck in the Tray!

What happens when your DVD gets stuck in the tray? Can you remove it easily, or is it trapped in the drive until you can take your computer to an technician? Thankfully, the answer to that last question in most cases is no. Pretty much all that happens when your disc becomes stuck is that the tray will not open, likely due to a power or device driver issue. Several methods have been tried and tested to help you retrieve your stuck disc – so many, in fact, that they can be attempted in the order described below.

04-09-2013
Help! My DVD Is Stuck in the Tray!
How To Prolong Laptop Power When Running Off A Car Battery

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How To Prolong Laptop Power When Running Off A Car Battery

Have you ever found yourself hovering on the edge of an online catastrophe, trying to resolve some issue at work via your VPN link, while your laptop’s battery level continues to sink down to 0%? This is a situation that a lot hard-working mobile users often find themselves in, and the options available to keep that laptop battery charged are not as well-known as you might think.

03-09-2013
How To Prolong Laptop Power When Running Off A Car Battery
Make Your Own Temperature Controller with an Arduino

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Make Your Own Temperature Controller with an Arduino

Raise the perfect bread, brew beautiful beer, and rear happy chicks with an Arduino temperature controller. If you live in a less than reliable climate like England, directions that tell you to keep something at a set temperature aren’t particularly helpful – we don’t have air conditioners, and raising the thermostat for the whole house isn’t practical for just making a loaf of bread.

30-08-2013
Make Your Own Temperature Controller with an Arduino
No DVD Drive on Your Tablet or Notebook? Use an Old Laptop Drive Instead!

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No DVD Drive on Your Tablet or Notebook? Use an Old Laptop Drive Instead!

More and more Windows computers are shipping without optical drives, and this is a phenomenon that exists beyond the tablet PC. The lack of a DVD drive might prevent you from installing your favourite apps or checking archive discs – even ripping your old CDs and DVDs. Fortunately, there are workarounds.

28-08-2013
No DVD Drive on Your Tablet or Notebook? Use an Old Laptop Drive Instead!
Use Your Raspberry Pi Like a Desktop PC

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Use Your Raspberry Pi Like a Desktop PC

There are so many amazing things that you can do with a Raspberry Pi, from running your own space program to building a media centre. Although ostensibly intended as a compact computer that can be produced cheaply in order for students to learn programming basics, the Raspberry Pi has developed into something of a phenomenon. But what about using it as a desktop PC?

26-08-2013
Use Your Raspberry Pi Like a Desktop PC
How To Make a Simple Arduino Alarm System

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How To Make a Simple Arduino Alarm System

Detect movement, then scare the heck out of an intruder with a high pitched alarm sounds and flashing lights. Does that sound fun? Of course it does. That’s the goal of today’s Arduino project, suitable for beginners. We’ll be writing completely from scratch and testing as we go along so you can hopefully get some idea of how it’s all being done rather than simply installing something I’ve already made.

26-08-2013
How To Make a Simple Arduino Alarm System