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

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
10 Cheap Things to Carry Around in Your Tech Toolkit

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10 Cheap Things to Carry Around in Your Tech Toolkit

Do you repair computers? If you do, there’s a lot of household supplies you can throw in your “computer repair” bag and cheaply replace otherwise expensive chemicals and tools. For example, you can swap expensive heatsink cleaning compound with alcohol. Here’s a list of my ten favorite household products to get your MacGyver on.

24-08-2013
10 Cheap Things to Carry Around in Your Tech Toolkit
How to Replace or Upgrade the SSD in Your Windows 8 Tablet

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How to Replace or Upgrade the SSD in Your Windows 8 Tablet

With less than 4 GB of storage remaining on my Windows 8 tablet – and the majority of useful applications, cloud storage and games installed on my external USB 3.0 drive – I decided that it was time to upgrade the tiny 64 GB mSATA SSD. Without the advantage of an SD card slot on my Acer Iconia W7 series tablet, opening the device and replacing the mSATA SSD with a high capacity replacement was really the only option, short of buying a new computer.

22-08-2013
How to Replace or Upgrade the SSD in Your Windows 8 Tablet
Home Automation Guide With Raspberry Pi and Arduino

Smart Home DIY

Home Automation Guide With Raspberry Pi and Arduino

The home automation market is flooded with expensive consumer systems, incompatible with one another and costly to install. If you have a Raspberry Pi and an Arduino, you can basically achieve the same thing at a fraction of the price, assuming you’re willing to put in the time and the effort.

21-08-2013
Home Automation Guide With Raspberry Pi and Arduino
Four More Superb Games from the Raspberry Pi Store!

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Four More Superb Games from the Raspberry Pi Store!

If you thought gaming on the Raspberry Pi was limited to setting up emulators with RetroPie or watching other gamers on YouTube (perhaps via the RaspBMC media centre solution) then prepare to be surprised. While you won’t find Halo running on the Raspberry Pi you’ll certainly find some fascinating gaming alternatives.

16-08-2013
Four More Superb Games from the Raspberry Pi Store!
How To Upgrade Your PS3 HDD

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How To Upgrade Your PS3 HDD

The days of having a slot-in memory cartridge are far gone – a few hundred gigabytes would be modest by today’s standards. Let’s upgrade. Luckily, Sony made it really easy and user-serviceable to upgrade the internal storage drive – unlike Microsoft, who locked it down and demanded you buy first-party approved models only. Upgrading your PS3 drive will not void the warranty.

14-08-2013
How To Upgrade Your PS3 HDD
Storing and Accessing Data Using Raspberry Pi: What Are Your Options?

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Storing and Accessing Data Using Raspberry Pi: What Are Your Options?

We’re looking here at the different storage uses that your Raspberry Pi can be put to, from configuring it as a NAS box controller with an external hard disk drive connected to creating your own cloud storage system and using your Raspberry Pi as a web server. Each of these is easily achievable, straightforward to setup and can provide you with excellent storage benefits on your home network and beyond.

09-08-2013
Storing and Accessing Data Using Raspberry Pi: What Are Your Options?
5 Good Reasons To Save Your Old Hard Drive From The Trash

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5 Good Reasons To Save Your Old Hard Drive From The Trash

Most of us have our data spread across several devices, storage media, or services. Storage capacities continue to expand at affordable prices, digital devices diversify, and as a result we are increasingly moving data to the Cloud. Do you even have a use for your old hard drive anymore? Don’t trash it just yet. First, hear what I have to tell you about old hard drives.

07-08-2013
5 Good Reasons To Save Your Old Hard Drive From The Trash
Amazing Games You Can Play on the Raspberry Pi without Emulation

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Amazing Games You Can Play on the Raspberry Pi without Emulation

You can probably see where I’m going with this, but I’ll spell it out just in case. A few nights ago I decided that rather than play Civilization V on my PC, I would look for a version that I could play on my Raspberry Pi? Thus began a quest to find not only a version of Civilization that might run (perhaps using an MS-DOS emulator), but pretty much any game that would run natively on the Raspberry Pi…

02-08-2013
Amazing Games You Can Play on the Raspberry Pi without Emulation
How to Add USB Storage to the Raspberry Pi

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How to Add USB Storage to the Raspberry Pi

I’ve recently been looking at options for expanding the storage on my Raspberry Pi. Such choices are limited – the USB ports are often used by a keyboard, mouse or retro game controllers, while the SD card slot is naturally limited to just a single device. In terms of expanding storage via USB devices, there are two options. For instance, you might connect your USB hard disk drive or flash drive to one of the USB ports – but if that port is needed for another device, things can get tricky.

26-07-2013
How to Add USB Storage to the Raspberry Pi
How to Diagnose and Fix a Dead Hard Drive to Recover Data

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How to Diagnose and Fix a Dead Hard Drive to Recover Data

Several years ago, I experienced a hard drive failure. I was at work when my laptop suddenly started to act particularly strange. About half an hour later, the hard drive failed audibly and the laptop wouldn’t boot anymore. Unfortunately, I didn’t have comprehensive backups. Over the next couple of weeks I considered doing everything under the sun — and did most of it — to fix the old HDD. If your hard drive has died, this guide might help you to revive it again. So roll up your sleeves and get to work!

24-07-2013
How to Diagnose and Fix a Dead Hard Drive to Recover Data
Which Game Consoles Can You Use as a Media Center?

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Which Game Consoles Can You Use as a Media Center?

Looking at Microsoft and Sony’s next generation offerings, it seems that bringing video, TV, music and your photo collection (and probably social networking) into the mix of games and achievement unlocking is now part and parcel of owning a game console. It’s a major selling point, one that should deliver the ultimate entertainment experience to living rooms and dens across the developed world. But hold on – why wait for an Xbox One or a PlayStation 4 when you can already stream video and music from computers across your home network and from the Internet into the existing Xbox 360, PlayStation 4 and Nintendo consoles?

11-07-2013
Which Game Consoles Can You Use as a Media Center?
Turn Your Raspberry Pi Into An NAS Box

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Turn Your Raspberry Pi Into An NAS Box

Do you have a couple of external hard drives lying around and a Raspberry Pi? Make a cheap, low powered networked attached storage device out of them. While the end result certainly won’t be as impressive as a $500 NAS device like the Synology DiskStation, it will give you a low-powered bit of network storage – particularly useful if you’re getting weary of having all your data rifled through by the prying eyes of the NSA – you can hide this in the attic.

28-06-2013
Turn Your Raspberry Pi Into An NAS Box
What Is The True Cost Of Running a Raspberry Pi?

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What Is The True Cost Of Running a Raspberry Pi?

The Raspberry Pi – a small, compact and versatile computer, capable of processing HDMI and MPEG-2 being the central component of any number of weekend projects from retro gaming stations and media centres to smart TVs, Internet radios and low budget space programs. Since its release in 2012 the Raspberry Pi has proved something of a phenomenon. Costing less than $40, the Raspberry Pi is a hugely successful computer, largely due to its low price.

27-06-2013
What Is The True Cost Of Running a Raspberry Pi?
How To Wall Mount Your Wireless Router, Or Any Other Gadget

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How To Wall Mount Your Wireless Router, Or Any Other Gadget

Mounting gadgets to the wall has some key benefits; you get them out of the way, you free up space, and it looks better, too. There is an added benefit for wall mounting your wireless router; the right position, for example high up on your wall, can dramatically improve WiFi reception. Keep in mind that the average 1/2-wave dipole antenna radiates RF energy in a doughnut shape.

26-06-2013
How To Wall Mount Your Wireless Router, Or Any Other Gadget
How To Recreate The Classic Pong Game Using Arduino

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How To Recreate The Classic Pong Game Using Arduino

Pong was the first ever videogame that reached the mass market. For the first time in history, the concept of a “video game” was brought into the family home, thanks to the Atari 2600 – so it’s only right that we pay a little homage to this historical gem. Now, you can re-live that (admittedly somewhat boring gameplay) using an Arduino and some common components.

19-06-2013
How To Recreate The Classic Pong Game Using Arduino
Getting Started With GPIO On a Raspberry Pi

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Getting Started With GPIO On a Raspberry Pi

If you though the Arduino was cool, just wait till you get your hands on a Raspberry Pi – these things are amazing. As well as being a fully functional computer, they also have a selection of General Purpose Input/Output pins. Just like an Arduino, we can use these to create electronics projects – and it’s surprisingly easy to get started.

16-06-2013
Getting Started With GPIO On a Raspberry Pi
3 Portable Options For The Raspberry Pi

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3 Portable Options For The Raspberry Pi

The Raspberry Pi – I just can’t stop tinkering with it. Fresh from setting it up as a media centre and a retro games console, I’ve recently started looking at the possibilities of the device as something more important. You may have seen one of our earlier posts about the unusual uses for a Raspberry Pi. One of these was using it as the computer in a low-budget space program, something that would make the Pi more portable than most computers on earth!

13-06-2013
3 Portable Options For The Raspberry Pi