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Review: Geizeer air cooler

Here in the UK air conditioning is not common-place in the home, as the climate doesn't warrant it and they are often noisy and almost always expensive. A fan only offers momentary relief when the mercury starts to rise, so once again crowd-funding comes to the rescue to offer an elegant solution in the form of the beautifully crafted Geizeer ice cooler.

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How to back up your digital life

hard disc repairBackups; We know that we should be doing them regularly, but the fact of the matter is that many of us only consider this retrospectively once the data is lost. In the past backing up used to be limited to just your computer, but most people now have multiple devices – PCs, laptops, tablets and mobiles – all of which store precious data in the form of videos, pictures, emails and documents.

The question you have to ask yourself is this: If I lost my PC/laptop/tablet/phone right now what exactly would I lose? If the answer is too painful to contemplate then read on!

Before we look at individual device types we should explore the different types of backups you can make. Note that this is not an exhaustive guide – merely something to point you in the direction of popular solutions.

What is important is that you should always have more than one backup type, just in case one fails. It also needs to become routine – set a dedicated time to perform backups if you cannot automate them.

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Gadgets for St Valentine’s

St Valentine’s Day is not one traditionally associated with technology, but everyone needs someone to love, and you can show that special nerdy person in your life how much you care with these suitably geeky gifts.

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Review: OI Bike Bell

oi bike bell review smallA bike bell is just a bell, right? Is it worth spending £20 on a new one? The OI bell not only looks and sounds different to traditional bells, but it also frees up space on your handlebars, which may be important to you when trying to cram as much technology on there as possible.

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Build a retro arcade games console using the Raspberry Pi

RetroPie Logo 150x150Being of ‘a certain age’ I grew up with the Sinclair ZX81, ZX Spectrum and BBC Micro, and as such was at the start of the home computer gaming explosion. Whilst these games pale into comparison with today’s 4K shoot ‘em ups there’s still a great deal of enthusiasm for playing these games. Fortunately you can build your own multi-platform console emulator using the Raspberry Pi.

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