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Christian Cawley

Deputy Editor / Joined 2 December, 2011

Deputy Editor for Security, Linux, DIY, Programming, and Tech Explained. He also produces The Really Useful Podcast and has extensive experience in desktop and software support. A contributor to Linux Format magazine, Christian is a Raspberry Pi tinkerer, Lego lover and retro gaming fan.

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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?
How To Share A Windows CD Or DVD Drive On Your Network

Windows

How To Share A Windows CD Or DVD Drive On Your Network

“How do you share a CD or DVD drive across a network?” This was the question that dropped into my head recently as it became apparent that I would need to access data on some archive DVDs. If I was using a standard PC this wouldn’t be a problem; as it is, I’ve been the owner of an Acer Iconia W700 for several months now and one of the key drawbacks of a tablet computer is that they don’t come with integrated DVD drives. Surely there must be a way to share the DVD drive on my wife’s laptop across the home network?

08-08-2013
How To Share A Windows CD Or DVD Drive On Your Network
Self-Employment Works: 6 Tips To Set Up Your First Online Business From Home

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Self-Employment Works: 6 Tips To Set Up Your First Online Business From Home

With the explosion of digital technology and fast Internet speeds, more and more people are looking for a way out of the drudge of the commute and the threat of short-term contracts to work from home, running their own businesses where they can be in greater control of the way money is made and spent. Unfortunately, it isn’t as easy as quitting your job on Friday and booting up your PC or Mac the following Monday. There are various things you need to have in place.

07-08-2013
Self-Employment Works: 6 Tips To Set Up Your First Online Business From Home
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 Enjoy Flash Video on Windows Phone

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How to Enjoy Flash Video on Windows Phone

During my recent holiday I had some spare time and tried to find something interesting to watch on my Windows Phone. Now, I could have used the YouTube or BBC iPlayer or many other apps, but instead I decided to have a browser-only mobile experience. Unfortunately, Windows Phone doesn’t support Adobe Flash. Although the Internet Explorer mobile app has HTML5 support, if you want to enjoy media streamed using Flash you’re stuck. The alternative is to use HTML5 or apps from the Windows Phone Store.

31-07-2013
How to Enjoy Flash Video on Windows Phone
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
Reading eBooks on Your Tablet: Windows 8 vs. iPad

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Reading eBooks on Your Tablet: Windows 8 vs. iPad

I’m off on holiday today, and intend to do a bit of reading. This is all very well, especially when it comes to my handful of print books that I want to catch up with. The problem comes in the shape of my digital media. I’ve a fair few titles in Kindle, which I can read across a number of devices. But which one is the most comfortable for reading?

25-07-2013
Reading eBooks on Your Tablet: Windows 8 vs. iPad
How To Program NFC Tags & Automate Windows Phone 8

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How To Program NFC Tags & Automate Windows Phone 8

There’s a black sticker on my desk, which is remarkably useful. Thanks to the magic of NFC, it enables me to activate my Nokia Lumia 920’s wireless networking with a single touch. NFC, or near field communication, has been around for a few years now, and is an increasingly popular feature in smartphones. Intended to facilitate data transfer, contactless transactions in stores and even simplify the setup of things like WiFi connections, NFC can also be used to program NFC tags, usually sticky labels like the one on my desk.

24-07-2013
How To Program NFC Tags & Automate Windows Phone 8
4 Amazing Lens Apps for Nokia Windows Phones

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4 Amazing Lens Apps for Nokia Windows Phones

Windows Phone 8’s growth has been slow but steady in the months since its release, an increase that can in part be contributed to Nokia’s excellent series of smartphones and camera hardware. Complementing this is a series of apps intended for Nokia phones that integrated with the camera to produce enhanced photo tools, augmented reality and other excellent utilities. There are four amazing lens apps for Nokia Windows Phones below, each of which is available free from the Windows Phone Store.

18-07-2013
4 Amazing Lens Apps for Nokia Windows Phones
Tips For Fixing Common Windows Phone 8 Issues

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Tips For Fixing Common Windows Phone 8 Issues

Windows Phone 8: a great platform that is fast, slick and responsive. Most of the time. Windows Phone 8 is an improvement over Windows Phone 7, but while I enjoy its responsiveness, the ease with which I can perform particular tasks quickly and the way the OS syncs with SkyDrive, I’m more than aware that this is a platform with a few notable bugs. I’ve already looked at improving battery life on Windows Phone 8 and here are several more fixes for the most common issues.

12-07-2013
Tips For Fixing Common Windows Phone 8 Issues
Which Game Consoles Can You Use as a Media Center?

DIY

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?
Five Amazing Nokia Camera and Image Apps for Lumia Windows Phones

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Five Amazing Nokia Camera and Image Apps for Lumia Windows Phones

Since Microsoft and Nokia announced their joint venture back in 2011, there has been a general shift towards the Finnish company in the Windows Phone manufacturers’ market share. Nokia has been innovating and producing a series of superb apps for Windows Phone, exclusive to Lumia devices. Put simply, if you own a Windows Phone 8 device from Nokia, you should have these camera and image apps, which are all available free (for the full app or with trial) from the Windows Phone Store.

10-07-2013
Five Amazing Nokia Camera and Image Apps for Lumia Windows Phones
10 Tips To Get The Most Out Of BBC iPlayer

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10 Tips To Get The Most Out Of BBC iPlayer

What is the best in British entertainment? Is it on TV or on the radio? Either way, both media are accessible with the BBC’s iPlayer service. BBC iPlayer is a browser-based service that is also available as desktop, mobile, and console apps. International viewers can also take advantage of the service, with some restrictions. With so many shows on offer and many options for playback and downloading shows (with DRM) if you’ve ever used the service it might be the case that you haven’t used BBC iPlayer to its full ability.

05-07-2013
10 Tips To Get The Most Out Of BBC iPlayer
Everything You Need to Know About Adding Ringtones on Windows Phone 8

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Everything You Need to Know About Adding Ringtones on Windows Phone 8

Over the 15 or so years of owning a mobile phone, I’ve always been interested in pushing the device as far as it can possibly go. In the early days, this would often involve finding ways to add custom ringtones. When Windows Phone 7 was first released, the customization options were limited. Windows Phone 8 takes a whole new approach to ringtones, making the addition of user-chosen audio far simpler. If you own a Nokia Lumia 920, you could have custom ringtones set up by the time you finish reading this page.

05-07-2013
Everything You Need to Know About Adding Ringtones on Windows Phone 8
How To Backup Media, Apps & Settings On Windows Phone 8

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How To Backup Media, Apps & Settings On Windows Phone 8

I’ve just about filled the 32 GB internal storage on my Nokia Lumia 920. Initially, I was surprised that it only took me six months, until I realised that I’ve been recording videos in HD. When you consider everything that relies on internal storage, it certainly seems like a complete removal of personal storage is required. There are several options. Backing up data can be performed manually, using the Windows Phone Tool via USB and you can rely on native tools to back up your photos, apps, settings and messages.

03-07-2013
How To Backup Media, Apps & Settings On Windows Phone 8
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?
File Sharing, Manual Syncing & Bluetooth Tips For Windows Phone 8

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File Sharing, Manual Syncing & Bluetooth Tips For Windows Phone 8

Having used the Windows Phone platform since 2010, one of the things that has struck me is how difficult Microsoft initially made it to share files to and from your phone. With the original Windows Phone 7 a registry hack was required to use a device as mass storage, but this workaround was soon shored up in a subsequent update. Fortunately with Windows Phone 8, Microsoft has taken a more accepting position on the use of phones as mass storage devices.

26-06-2013
File Sharing, Manual Syncing & Bluetooth Tips For Windows Phone 8
How To Tether The Nokia Lumia 920 & Other Connectivity Options

How To Tether The Nokia Lumia 920 & Other Connectivity Options

Here in the UK, 4G is currently being rolled out across major towns and cities by the EE network (previously T-Mobile and Orange). Where I live we’re stuck with 3G, but I do have a 4G SIM to take advantage of high-speed mobile Internet when travelling. This always comes in useful, particularly if local Wi-Fi networks aren’t doing their job properly.

21-06-2013
How To Tether The Nokia Lumia 920 & Other Connectivity Options
How To Improve Netflix Streaming On Any Device

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How To Improve Netflix Streaming On Any Device

A few months ago I was playing games on my Nintendo Wii (thanks to the loss of my Xbox 360) and even getting fitter in the process – until I stumbled across the news that not only could I turn my Wii into a media centre, but that I could also install Netflix. Suffice to say, the intervening months have not been kind to my waistline. At times, they haven’t been all that kind to my sanity, either.

20-06-2013
How To Improve Netflix Streaming On Any Device
How This Freelance Writer Maximises Productivity With Windows 8 & Windows Phone 8

Windows

How This Freelance Writer Maximises Productivity With Windows 8 & Windows Phone 8

My personal desktop setup has changed considerably in the past few months since purchasing the Acer Iconia W7 series tablet, which I use as my primary PC. Gone is the tower of my old self build AMD-powered game station, replaced by far more compact dimensions, a new monitor and an external HDD. This is the main hub of my professional life: a Windows 8 tablet. Yes, you read that right. Let me demonstrate how you can be productive with Windows 8. It is possible, and with the right apps you can get great results.

19-06-2013
How This Freelance Writer Maximises Productivity With Windows 8 & Windows Phone 8
3 Portable Options For The Raspberry Pi

DIY

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