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

5 Cheap, Fun Hardware Kits You Can Use To Make Wonderful Machines

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5 Cheap, Fun Hardware Kits You Can Use To Make Wonderful Machines

Like most kids, I had a electronics kit that taught the absolute basics; you could build something about as advanced as a radio or morse code device. Suffice to say, the fun didn’t last long once you’d built all 5 projects. Nowadays though, advanced electronics hardware kits are affordable and the possibilities are infinite – all thanks to the wonder of microcontrollers.

27-06-2012
5 Cheap, Fun Hardware Kits You Can Use To Make Wonderful Machines
How To Keep Your Computer Quiet On The Cheap

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How To Keep Your Computer Quiet On The Cheap

I doubt that anyone has ever listened to computer fan noise and thought “wow, that’s awesome. Let’s have some more of that!” At best, fan noise is simply there, an ambient whirr that be mostly ignored. At worst it can be a serious distraction. There are ways to make your computer quieter. But what can you do if you don’t want to spend much?

22-06-2012
How To Keep Your Computer Quiet On The Cheap
4 Things You Absolutely Must Check Before Upgrading Your Desktop PC

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4 Things You Absolutely Must Check Before Upgrading Your Desktop PC

Upgrading your desktop computer is an excellent idea. You can extend the lifespan of a PC indefinitely by changing out components over time. Absolutely everything can be replaced. Computers are complex, however, and this can lead to headaches when trying to upgrade. Nothing is more frustrating than finding out that you have a compatibility issue.

29-05-2012
4 Things You Absolutely Must Check Before Upgrading Your Desktop PC
What To Do If Your Laptop Or Tablet Battery Won’t Charge

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What To Do If Your Laptop Or Tablet Battery Won’t Charge

Occasionally we receive a question on MakeUseOf Answers about a battery that refuses to charge. This isn’t surprising. Batteries are known to only last so long, and poor conditions can drastically reduce their life. Issues with chargers or excessive power draw can also be a problem. Let’s address this common concern. Just what do you do when your battery is on the outs?

16-05-2012
What To Do If Your Laptop Or Tablet Battery Won’t Charge
A Spring Cleaning Checklist For Your PC Part 1: Hardware Cleaning

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A Spring Cleaning Checklist For Your PC Part 1: Hardware Cleaning

With the arrival of Spring in the Northern Hemisphere, houses across the globe get a nice cleaning to rid them of dirt and clutter that has accumulated over the past year. Dust and junk also settle on our computer. Whether your PC is suffering from a clocked up fan or an overloaded hard drive, it is time to give it a thorough spring cleaning. With the following checklist this will be a breeze.

03-04-2012
A Spring Cleaning Checklist For Your PC Part 1: Hardware Cleaning
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
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