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It’s such a common place activity that most of us have likely never stopped to even think about it: the automatic restart. Whether user or application-initiated, what exactly happens when your computer cycles its own power?

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Fans of the tiny Raspberry Pi will be pleased to hear the new version of their Model B board now ships with 512MB of RAM (up from the previous 256MB).

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Whether you’re an Apple fan or not, this 3.5 minute tribute to the evolution of Apple products is a neat look back at decades of computing history and iconic design.

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Day after day your humble and hard working router holds your home network together and links it to the greater internet. Is it possible to work it to death?

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It’s such an oft repeated warning that it’s firmly embedded in nerd lore: bring a magnet anywhere near your precious computer and suffer the dire consequences. But is true? Is your computer one run in with a novelty magnet away from digital death?

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The e-ink display, network connectivity, and low-power consumption of Kindle ebook readers make them a perfect candidate for an infrequently refreshed high-visibility display–like a weather display. Read on to see how t...

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Once a week we round up some of the great reader tips that come our way and share them with everyone. Today we’re looking at using the Kindle as a screen for the Raspberry Pi, custom iPod control modules, and an easy way to play the Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon.

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It was only a matter of time before someone chained together dozens of Raspberry Pi boards into a serviceable super computer; read on to see how a team of Southampton scientists built a 64-core machine using them.

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While this specific project is a really neat back-lit bookcase with customizable LED lights galore, you could easily add the exact same setup to just about anything you wanted to give some LED love.

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Cambridge University is now offering a free 12-segment course that will guide you through building an OS from scratch for the tiny Raspberry Pi development board–learn the ins and outs of basic OS design on the cheap.

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The C: drive is the default installation location for Windows, if you have a CD/DVD drive on your machine it’s likely the D: drive, and any additional drives fall in line after that. What about the A: and B: drives?

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The majority of commercial quadcopters use Wi-Fi for remote control and suffer from a fairly limited range. This simple hack uses an Wi-Fi router as an extender to radically expand the range of your copter.

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Well, so much for getting to sleep easily as the ‘Lights of Doom’ shine down on you…

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Your computer’s Central Processing Unit (CPU) and Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) interact every moment you’re using your computer to deliver you a crisp and responsive visual interface. Read on to better understand how they work together.

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UPnP is a convenient way for programs to forward ports without you having to pull up your router’s web interface and forward ports manually. Unfortunately, some programs that require port forwarding don’t support UPnP – that’s where UPnP PortMapper comes in.

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There are two types of firewalls: hardware firewalls and software firewalls. Your router functions as a hardware firewall, while Windows includes a software firewall. There are other third-party firewalls you can install, too.

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If some old-timey electronics fun is just what the doctor ordered, then you certainly can’t go wrong building a crystal radio for some electricity-free radio enjoyment.

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This compact computer features a sturdy keyboard with a Raspberry Pi hidden inside–making it an all in one machine complete with a USB hub hidden in the keyboard.

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In this photo tour, we’re treated to a peek inside the Arduino factory–a factory located, surprisingly enough, in a small Italian town.

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If you’re on the prowl for a Raspberry Pi case–and if you read our Raspberry Pi media center guide, we know you are–you’ve found that cases are in short supply. This laser-cut case is cheap, sturdy, at...

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If you’ve been holding off on setting up a media center computer because they’re loud, expensive, don’t fit in your media rack, or all of the above, read on to see how you can build a $35 XBMC-based media center with plug-and-play ease.

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While we’re quite familiar with Apple co-founder Steve “Woz” Wozniak’s gadget obsessions, prior to this candid peek inside his gadget bag we had no idea just how deep his addiction ran.

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We’ve seen some geeky chessboards in our day, but this board is a masterpiece of geekiness. Check out the video to see the Nixie tubes in action.

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What does this chip cooler do that yours doesn’t? Run 30 times more efficiently, nearly silently, and repel any dust that settles on it, for starters. Check out the video to see it in action.

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If you like to sketch out your circuit designs rapidly, cleanly, and on the web or your iPad, CircuitLab makes it dead simple.

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