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Make your own network cables …

Make your own network cables …
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Network cables, the cables between you Internet modem and router or between router and computer, can be bought pretty cheap nowadays … but sometimes you need a custom cable made to match the exact length you need, or because a cable runs through the wall and you need to put the connectors on yourself.

In this article I’ll show you how it’s done.

It does require a few tools and if you don’t have one yet, you should purchase or borrow an UTP Crimping Tool.

SSD upgrade for Acer Iconia Tab W500

SSD upgrade for Acer Iconia Tab W500
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How do I upgrade the SSD (Solid State Disk) of my Acer Iconia Tab W500 Windows based tablet?
That’s what this article is about, in a nut shell. The  Acer Iconia Tab W500 standard comes with a minuscule 32Gb harddrive, actually it’s an SSD. After installing Windows 7 (or 8) and an application your disk is pretty much full … so what can we do to upgrade this to a more sizable 128Gb SSD?

In this article, I’ll show you how to open your Acer Iconia Tab W500 and how to replace the SSD with a larger one …

MacBook Pro – Switch Video Chip at will …

MacBook Pro – Switch Video Chip at will …
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So you have a Unibody MacBook Pro and want to switch between the slow Intel and the faster nVidia video?

Apple equipped most of their Unibody MacBook Pro models with 2 graphics processors; one for long lasting battery life (Intel) chip and the other one for gaming and high performance graphics (nVidia).

The switching happens automatically and there appears to be no easy or obvious way to control over override the switching yourself … or is there?

MacBook Pro – How to add a second harddrive

MacBook Pro – How to add a second harddrive
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How to add a second harddisk or SSD to your MacBook Pro

A while ago I replaced the harddisk in my Mid 2010 15″ MacBook Pro with a nice 160Gb Intel SSD. However, having both MacOS X and Bootcamp with Windows 7 installed – as you can guess – makes 160Gb eventually rather small. But getting one of those much bigger SSD’s is kind-a painful for my wallet, specially since I had a similar 160Gb Intel SSD spare laying around (long story).

But how do I get 2 harddisks in my MacBook Pro?

Raspberry Pi OpenELEC – Using a HD44780 display

Raspberry Pi OpenELEC – Using a HD44780 display
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You might be familiar with XBMC, one of the best Media Center like systems/applications out there. You also might know about the $35 computer called Raspberry Pi, and that some folks managed to got XBMC to run on this little guy; RaspBMC and my favorite: OpenELEC.

Well, in this article I’ll show you how I got an LCD display (Hitachi HD44780 based) combined with LCD2USB for use with the Raspberry Pi running OpenELEC XBMC.

RaspBMC user might find this article useful as well.
If you want to use a HD44780 based display without LCD2USB then you might want to read this post that uses the GPIO port directly. The lcdproc manual pages show more details on how to configure lcdproc to use the HD44780.

Note: These instructions should be very similar for other OpenELEC systems (Generic, ATV, Fusion, ION, etc).

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