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Don’t Spend Money On An Arduino – Build Your Own For Much Less

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Don’t Spend Money On An Arduino – Build Your Own For Much Less

I love my Arduinos. At any point, I have quite a few projects on the go – prototyping is just so easy with them. But sometimes, I want to keep the project functional without buying another Arduino. Spending $30 each time for a fairly simple microcontroller than I only need some of the functionality for is just silly. It’s at that point that building an Arduino clone becomes a viable option.

29-03-2013
Don’t Spend Money On An Arduino – Build Your Own For Much Less
3 Reasons Why Your Raspberry Pi Doesn’t Work Properly

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3 Reasons Why Your Raspberry Pi Doesn’t Work Properly

I’ve been living with the Raspberry Pi for several months now, and have found this astonishing little computer to be even more amazing than expected. Despite its diminutive dimensions, the Raspberry Pi is as fruity and satisfying as its name suggests. However, there are users out there who have had less than successful experiences with the Raspberry Pi. There might well be varying reasons for this.

08-03-2013
3 Reasons Why Your Raspberry Pi Doesn’t Work Properly
The Raspberry Pi Home Theater: What You Can And Cannot Do

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The Raspberry Pi Home Theater: What You Can And Cannot Do

If you’ve been following our recent articles about the Raspberry Pi, you’ll know that it can be set up as a media streaming client with a dedicated XBMC build and you should also be aware that by teaming the device up with any additional hardware (external hard disk drive, cables and adhesives), it can become the complete media center.

21-02-2013
The Raspberry Pi Home Theater: What You Can And Cannot Do
Control Appliances From An Arduino: The Start Of Home Automation

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Control Appliances From An Arduino: The Start Of Home Automation

Last time, I showed you a few ways of making your Arduino projects speech controlled via SiriProxy, OS X’s built-in speakable items, and some Automator scripting, or even a dedicated voice recognition hardware chip. I left you with a quick demo of me turning on my lights, but didn’t explain how I achieved that on the hardware side. Let’s look today at how you can control high power devices – like your kettle, or some floor lamps.

15-02-2013
Control Appliances From An Arduino: The Start Of Home Automation
3 Ways To Add Speech Control To Arduino Projects

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3 Ways To Add Speech Control To Arduino Projects

I’m really starting to love my Arduino lately; having gone through the basic tutorials and even made an LED cube, I was ready to tackle something far more complex. Fortunately, speech controlling an Arduino project really isn’t as complex as I’d thought – so here are 3 distinctly different approaches you can take.

13-02-2013
3 Ways To Add Speech Control To Arduino Projects
The Hardware You Will Need To Build A Raspberry Pi Media Center

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The Hardware You Will Need To Build A Raspberry Pi Media Center

With so many ways of using it, you shouldn’t be surprised to find that the Raspberry Pi has sold over 1 million units. Although designed for one key purpose (programming) this small credit card-sized computer is capable of so much more – which is why it seems to have become a popular choice as a home media centre solution.

13-02-2013
The Hardware You Will Need To Build A Raspberry Pi Media Center
How To Get Your PC’s Fans Running Cool & Quiet With 3 Simple Cheap & Fast Tips

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How To Get Your PC’s Fans Running Cool & Quiet With 3 Simple Cheap & Fast Tips

Have you ever got tired of cleaning out your PC’s dust bunnies? Or have a rattling fan that just ruins your concentration? Believe it or not, fixing both problems can cost just dollars and the results provide coolness, silence and easier maintenance. Getting started requires only one of the following – machine lubricant, a PC dust filter or pantyhose, although you can use all three if desired.

26-01-2013
How To Get Your PC’s Fans Running Cool & Quiet With 3 Simple Cheap & Fast Tips
How To Build a Media Center That Will Play Anything

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How To Build a Media Center That Will Play Anything

I’ve been building a media centre recently. Actually, scratch that – I’ve been building two. One is a compact device (my Raspberry Pi) running the RaspBMC distribution of XBMC, while the other is a traditional HTPC home build – a media centre in a slimline PC case with added TV card. At this stage I haven’t quite decided which system I’m going to stick with long term, so I have a sort of competition running between the two.

24-01-2013
How To Build a Media Center That Will Play Anything
How To Install A New PC Cooling Fan

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How To Install A New PC Cooling Fan

Computers have changed a lot over the last decade, but one thing remains the same – the need for cooling. Efficiency has pushed temperatures down but hasn’t eliminated heat as an issue. That’s particularly true for high-end workstations and gaming PCs. A new cooling fan is often the best way to decrease heat. It also can be a good way to reduce noise. Adding a fan is one of the easier upgrades a user can perform.

24-01-2013
How To Install A New PC Cooling Fan
The Top 4 Arduino Shields To Superpower Your Projects

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The Top 4 Arduino Shields To Superpower Your Projects

You’ve bought an Arduino starter kit, you’ve followed all the basic guides, but now you’ve hit a stumbling block – you need more bits and bobs to realise your electronics dream. Luckily, if you have an Arduino board, you can simply stack functionality on top in the form of Shields. Shields are specifically designed for the Uno board to be the same shape and pin alignment; you simply plug them on, and you have instant upgrade of functionality.

20-01-2013
The Top 4 Arduino Shields To Superpower Your Projects
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