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Updating Firmware In Linux Using LVFS

Updating firmware has always been tricky, if not impossible using a Linux system. LVFS aims to change that.

Explaining the PlayStation ‘CBOMB’ Issue

And why you should care.

Cleaning Up Gentoo Distfiles

Over time, the Portage distfiles directory will fill up with obsolete cached data. Cleaning it out can save a considerable amount of space.

Unlocking A Xiaomi Bootloader

If you want to flash your Xiaomi phone, you’ll need to unlock the bootloader. It’s an easy process, provided you find the right tools.

Intro To Crypto: What Is A Cryptocurrency?

The first in a multi-part series, exploring the world of cryptocurrency.

Fixing a Pokémon Cartridge with Corrupted Graphics

Fixing it can be simpler than you might think.

LiPo Charger with Reverse Polarity Protection

LiPo batteries are cheap, high capacity and ubiquitous in portable electronics. Having a portable USB charger to top them up is extremely useful, but not all batteries are wired the same.

This board adds reverse polarity protection to Adafruit’s Micro LiPo board, protecting both the IC and battery.

Gotta Save ‘Em All: Pokémon FRAM Upgrade

Many old Pokemon cartridges have at some point experienced problems retaining save data. Replacing the battery usually fixes the problem, but only for as long as the new battery lasts. Let’s find out if there is a more permanent fix…

Upgrading an Original Dualshock 4

Isn’t it annoying when you have a limited edition item, which becomes obsolete when an upgrade is released?

Maybe we can have the best of both worlds…

Dualshock 4 v2 Teardown

Sony have recently released an upgraded version of it’s long-lived Dualshock controller. Version 2 of the Dualshock 4 has a few new features, but is the upgrade worth it?

Dualshock 4 Battery Upgrade

Double your Dualshock 4’s battery life with this simple mod.

Thermaltake 4x USB 3.0 Front Panel

The Thermaltake Urban S31 is a full featured PC case. It has several optical drive bays, a SATA dock, and four front panel USB ports. Two of these front panel ports are USB 2.0. With many motherboards having multiple USB 3.0 headers, it would be great if all 4 could be converted to USB 3.0.