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Re-build a Home Theater PC (HTPC)

July 26th, 2015
Build a Home Theater PC

I am a fan of Raspberry Pi and I was using it for pretty long period as HTPC with OpenElec on it. Moreover, Raspberry Pi got a upgrade of the sound card in my setup. You can read it in my previous post. However, every time when there was new software of RPi release, I had to tweak […]

DIY audio preamp B1

May 26th, 2015
Audio preamp B1 DIY

Attention! This post provides the instruction how to build the audio preamp, however it is related to working with the electricity. That can be risky and create hazard to your life! If you do not posses all required knowledge and skills, please do not follow it! That was pretty long DIY project, but not because it […]

Buying USB flash drive from eBay

April 24th, 2015
USB flash drive from eBay

Buying the gadgets from eBay might be potentially rewarding, but it might be quite risky at the same time. My case of buying an USB flash drive from eBay I was considering already for a while to get an USB flash drive which I could keep it on my keys ring. In this case, I […]

Pros and cons of Gaggia Brera

March 25th, 2015
For and against Gaggia Brera

Gaggia is pretty well known brand among coffee lovers and it used to be a separate company with long history of making the espresso machines. However, first, it was acquired by Saeco and after that by Philips (just few years ago). Gaggia Brera is really convenient gadget if you want to have some good expresso in […]

Budget Soldering Station for Hobbyists

February 1st, 2015
Choosing budget soldering station

I learnt to solder when I was ~10 years old. Bit by bit, this evolved into one of my hobbies over the time …  My last soldering iron Proskit 8PK-SC107, which came from a Taiwanese company, lasted  for the last 10 years. Unfortunately, it broke down one day after servicing so well. So, the hunt […]

Perfect NAS for home

January 16th, 2015
Choosing Home NAS

I was looking for the NAS (network attached storage) already for a while. Thus, I read quite many different reviews including on  Smallnetbuilder website. My final decision was that I should not go for a NAS which would have less than 800MHz CPU and less than 258MB of memory. Amazon had quite a good deal for D-Link DNS-320L, so […]

Openelec ES9023 (using I2S)

December 28th, 2014
Raspberry Pi ES9023

After reviewing different options for Raspberry Pi soundcards, I was already committed to get a Wolfson Audio Card soundcard, until it appeared that shipping price from Amazon UK was pretty high (I live in Republic of Ireland). So I went for a second choice – ES9023 chip based card from eBay, which arrived after two weeks just before […]

Passwordless SSH

December 15th, 2014
Public key authentication SSH

In this post, I will show how to setup a passwordless SSH login from both Linux and Windows to a Linux SSH server. Pros and cons of traditional SSH login A traditional SSH login is based on password authentication and the passwords are encrypted during the transmission. That is a lot better compared to an older […]

Raspberry Pi Sound card

November 20th, 2014
Upgrade Raspberry Sound card

RPi is a great piece of the hardware (e.g. to run XBMC), however Raspberry Pi sound card is terrible 🙁 There are few reasons for that. The first of them is that Raspberry Pi’s output uses PWM modulation, while the second one – it uses only 11 bits 😉 As you might know, CD format uses 16 bits […]

Using Clonezilla

November 6th, 2014
Making an image using Clonezilla

What is Clonezilla? Clonezilla is a live Linux distribution for creating an image (clone) of the hard drive for your PC or laptop independently which OS is used on the machine itself (Linux, MS Windows etc.). Clonezilla allows you to clone (and efficiently archive it in order to save space) the whole drive or separate partitions. It is pretty […]