Build your own retro console with a Raspberry Pi

I occasionally hanker for the classic games of years gone by. Games like Gauntlet II on the SNES, Golden Axe II on the Sega Genesis, and Micro Machines on the Playstation. So, when Nintendo released the NES Mini, and more recently the SNES Mini, it peaked my interest. But I didn’t want just one console… […]

This script will burn a disk to the ground

Every so often, you need a script that’ll wipe a disk quickly and effectively. Introducing… Wildfire (named after The Andromeda Strain). Warning: this script won’t prompt to confirm your actions, so be careful! Wiping is a two stage process; 1) run diskpart to delete the partition structure, and then 2) run sdelete (Mark Russinovich / Sysinternals) to securely wipe the […]

The Scrapyard Gaming PC Challenge – Results

8 weeks ago, my friend Nick challenged me to build the fastest gaming PC possible, for £450. A decent gaming rig usually costs over £1000, so this would be a good test of our hardware and overclocking knowledge. Unable to turn down a challenge, I accepted, and we agreed a prize of £50 Steam credit […]

The scrapyard gaming PC challenge

4 weeks ago, my friend Nick challenged me to build the fastest gaming PC possible, for £450. A decent gaming rig usually costs over £1000, so this would be a good test of our hardware and overclocking knowledge. Unable to turn down a challenge, I accepted, and we agreed a prize of £50 Steam credit […]

How to create your own awesome media server

Today we’ll be building and configuring a Windows PC which automagically downloads our favourite TV shows (via ShowRSS) and movies (via IMDB watchlist) using BitTorrent. We want it to be hastle-free, and once it’s up and running, everything should be accessible via a web browser. If you’ve got a decent enough Internet connection, you’ll even be […]

Swap the Command (cmd) and Control (ctrl) keys on your Mac Windows Bootcamp

My Mac running a Windows bootcamp is arguably the best Windows laptop I’ve ever owned. Switching between Windows and Mac can be a little disorientating because of the way the Command and Control keys are mapped though. If, like me, you also struggle with this, just download and run this registry file and the keys […]

Adobe Flash (Mac OS X) stutters when playing full-screen video [SOLVED]

I’m not sure when it started, but lately Flash (v11.6.602.171) has been stuttering like crazy when playing YouTube, BBC iPlayer or in fact any full-screen video. I tried uninstalling Flash, reinstalling, disabling plug-ins in Chrome and re-enabling, but nothing helped. After googling around for a couple of hours, plenty of other people are seeing the […]

How to remove the ads from the XBox 360 Dashboard

Dear Microsoft, I pay for XBox live every month. Why must you force me to look at adverts?! If your router supports address based HTTP filtering, like my O2 router does, block the following domains and adverts begone!

If your router doesn’t have address filtering, you could use the OpenDNS method.

Taming the *nix shell

Every time I start with a *nix shell, I make these changes. Once you become accustomed to them, you’ll wonder how you managed without!

Add to /etc/inputrc (or ~/.inputrc) to tab complete directories and files with ease.

Add to ~/.profile to make the “ls” command useful.

Add to ~/.profile (or ~/.bash_profile) to […]