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3D Printed QR Code Coasters

Today’s project is a simple one. A basic introduction to both FreeCAD and QR codes. You’ve probably seen QR codes around, posted on the wall, online, or on the product manual of some device you bought. They can be used for a tremendous number of things and are essentially an easy gateway to download an app, navigate to a website, or give out your phone number. I’ve even made some that allow guests instant sign in to the WIFI network at the house. In this tutorial, I’m going to create a simple QR code that links directly to this website. …

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Building A New Computer : Part 3 : BIOS, Drivers, and Software

Welcome to Part 3 of the series – Building a New Computer : In this section we are going to look at what happens when we turn on your brand new computer for the first time. If you haven’t yet read Part 1 : Picking Parts and Part 2 : Putting It All Together, check those out first. Now we get to the fun stuff: Turning it on. If everything in Part 2 was done correctly, it should turn on. But you won’t be greeted by a familiar scene just yet, because we haven’t actually installed anything to run on the computer. …

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Building a New Computer : Part 2 : Putting It All Together

Building a new computer feels like a daunting task: What if I mess it up? Install something incorrectly? Can’t make something work? Break everything? I know it seems scary if you haven’t done it before, but I promised it’s really just like a grown up set of Legos that becomes something useful. There are thousands of online sources for information about computer building, and in many circles, its like a techie right-of-passage. You get a certain amount of nerd-clout if you’ve built your own computer. So now that you’ve read through Step 1 : Choosing your Parts, its time to …

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Building a New Computer : Part I : Picking Parts

I’ve been running my life on a 2013 Macbook Air for a while now. Blog posts, research, work, gaming, etc…. and its been alright, but there’s only so much you can do on a laptop when it comes to more demanding things like video editing and gaming. Even just opening 10 tabs on Chrome while doing research for a blog project tends to slow everything down, so I started the process of building my own monster desktop, and this post is now the result of that endeavor. So below I’m going to link to PCPartPicker, a great site that helps …

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Build a Website

So you have an idea you’d like to tell the world about? Well, its easy to do, and you’re going to need a website. I’m gonna walk you through setting one up. I’m going to attempt to break down the technical stuff and have links setup so that you just have to follow this guide and you’ll be up and running with your own website in about an hour. First off, whats it going to cost? You’ll need to buy two things: A domain name (ie. your site address) Web Hosting (ie. a place for your site to live) A …

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Amahi Home Server – Build and Setup

So I had a super old eMachines computer running the original Windows Home Server, but the hardware was 6 years old, barely running, and generating a lot of noise and heat, so it was time to replace it. Windows Home Server 2011 has just come out, but I wanted to experiment with a free, open-source linux server before purchasing the $100 software. I came across Amahi – a Fedora based “home digital assistant” that transforms your ordinary Fedora install into a full fledged home server. This server was a little more technical to set up than a Windows Home Server …