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Raspberry Pi – A Credit-Card Sized ARM Computer – Yours For Only $25

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Raspberry Pi – A Credit-Card Sized ARM Computer – Yours For Only $25

Something big has been brewing in the university town of Cambridge, UK. For the past year a team of academics, businessmen, lecturers and programmers have been making final amendments to a very exciting project indeed. Raspberry Pi is an ultra-affordable credit-card sized computer that will be finally making its way into the sweaty palms of excitable programmers, hobbyists and students come the end of February 2012.

24-02-2012
Raspberry Pi – A Credit-Card Sized ARM Computer – Yours For Only $25
5 Reasons Why You Should Make Your Own Server

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5 Reasons Why You Should Make Your Own Server

You’ve probably heard at some point that servers aren’t only for those that have a lot of money. In fact, anyone who has a spare box sitting around somewhere in their house can have their very own server, slaving away at whatever whims you may have. Although it sounds very cool, it does take some effort and a little know-how to get it all set up.

21-01-2012
5 Reasons Why You Should Make Your Own Server
Arduino Programming – Playing With Shift Registers (a.k.a Even More LEDs)

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Arduino Programming – Playing With Shift Registers (a.k.a Even More LEDs)

Today I’ll attempt to teach you a little bit about Shift Registers. These are a fairly important part of Arduino programming, basically because they expand the number of outputs you can use, in exchange for only 3 control pins. You can also daisy-chain shift registers together in order to get even more outputs. This is a significant jump in difficulty from previous tutorials.

13-01-2012
Arduino Programming – Playing With Shift Registers (a.k.a Even More LEDs)
How To Design Your Own Awesome Workstation

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How To Design Your Own Awesome Workstation

I work in a tiny apartment, and use two 24” monitors. I needed a workstation that fits into a tiny niche, but can still accommodate me for many hours every day and let me work productively. This called for a custom solution, and I rose to the challenge, designing my one-of-a-kind workstation. While it’s fun to show and tell, I think I’ve learned some valuable lessons along the way.

05-01-2012
How To Design Your Own Awesome Workstation
Building A PC For Christmas: A Visual Diary Of The Build Process

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Building A PC For Christmas: A Visual Diary Of The Build Process

Having recently heard the woes of some family who are getting by with a tiny netbook and some kind of obscure Linux, I decided to build them a real computer for Christmas using components I have left over after various upgrades. I thought it would make for an interesting article to document the build process with photos, so here it is.

14-12-2011
Building A PC For Christmas: A Visual Diary Of The Build Process
An Arduino Project: How To Make Flashy Christmas Lights Ornaments

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An Arduino Project: How To Make Flashy Christmas Lights Ornaments

This is the next part in our learning Arduino series, and this time we’ll be learning about and using Arrays to make a little Christmas tree ornament with various flashing sequences. This would be an ideal project to keep the kids occupied if you’d like to teach them basic soldering – just mount the LEDs on a piece of card, and you can get power from a standard 9v battery.

11-12-2011
An Arduino Project: How To Make Flashy Christmas Lights Ornaments
First Steps With The Arduino: A Closer Look At The Circuit Board & The Structure Of A Program

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First Steps With The Arduino: A Closer Look At The Circuit Board & The Structure Of A Program

Last time I left you having set up your Arduino to work with Mac or Windows, and having uploaded a simple test app that blinked the on-board LED. Today I’m going to explain the code you uploaded, the structure of Arduino software, and a little more about the electronic bits on the board itself.

27-11-2011
First Steps With The Arduino: A Closer Look At The Circuit Board & The Structure Of A Program
Getting Started With Your Arduino Starter Kit – Installing Drivers & Setting Up The Board & Port

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Getting Started With Your Arduino Starter Kit – Installing Drivers & Setting Up The Board & Port

So, you’ve bought yourself an Arduino starter kit, and possibly some other random cool components – now what? How do you actually get started with programming this Arduino thing? How do you set it up and upload some code? Read on and I’ll explain all. I’m going to assume you have an Arduino Uno board.

25-11-2011
Getting Started With Your Arduino Starter Kit – Installing Drivers & Setting Up The Board & Port
8 More Cool Components For Your Arduino Projects

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8 More Cool Components For Your Arduino Projects

So, you’re thinking about getting an Arduino starter kit, but wondering if some basic LEDs and resistors is going to be enough to keep you busy for the weekend? Probably not. Here are another 8 cool electronic components you might want to just add to your basket, along with some great ideas for what you could do with them.

20-11-2011
8 More Cool Components For Your Arduino Projects
What’s Included In An Arduino Starter Kit? [MakeUseOf Explains]

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What’s Included In An Arduino Starter Kit? [MakeUseOf Explains]

I have previously introduced the Arduino open-source hardware here on MakeUseOf, but you’re going need more than just the actual Arduino to build something out of it and actually get started. Arduino “starter kits” are bundles of common but useful electronic components you can use to make a good number of beginner projects, but what exactly does a starter kit usually consist of?

16-11-2011
What’s Included In An Arduino Starter Kit? [MakeUseOf Explains]
Fritzing – The Ultimate Tool For Sketching Out Electronics Projects [Cross Platform]

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Fritzing – The Ultimate Tool For Sketching Out Electronics Projects [Cross Platform]

Despite sounding like an alcopop, Fritzing is actually an incredible bit of free software you can use to create circuit and component diagrams for use with rapid-prototyping electronics boards such as the fantastic open-source Arduino. As such, it’s open source, entirely cross platform and well supported – you can almost guarantee that it can be used on any Arduino project to show you how to wire things together using it.

07-10-2011
Fritzing – The Ultimate Tool For Sketching Out Electronics Projects [Cross Platform]
5 More Cool Things To Do With An Old Computer

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5 More Cool Things To Do With An Old Computer

Don’t chuck out your old computer, just yet. Though it may not seem like it, there are still some jobs it can serve. It’s not obsolete just yet, whatever the tech companies would rather have you believe. In the fast-moving world of technology, a year may seem like a decade. Gadgets are thrown out every year, sometimes with little consideration for whether they are still useful or not.

28-06-2011
5 More Cool Things To Do With An Old Computer