Read more: http://www.computeractive.co.uk/2231780 After fans, the noisiest component in your computer is likely to be the hard disk unless you have an SSD. The Himuru Fanless 3.5in hard disk muffles the sound while improving cooling.
Read more: http://www.computeractive.co.uk/2224140 A fan controller that can vary the speed of the computer fans can offer a better balance between noise and cooling. The X-Vision can control up to four fans and monitor the temperature in four different locations.
Read more: http://www.computeractive.co.uk/2224093 All the parts inside a computer produce heat. Getting that heat out of the case is down to the fans. Adding more fans should reduce the heat inside the case. Bigger fans can move the same amount of air while running at a slower speed so they will be quieter and less annoying thanks to the lower pitch
The special Christmas edition of Activ8 sees Alan and Tim compete to find out if technology can make Christmas shopping easier. We send Tim to Europe's longest street market, in London's Walthamstow, while Alan uses a tablet app to do his Christmas food shop. Who will win on quality, convenience and price?
We show some of the ways of recording music into your computer, both audio and MIDI, as well how some of the gadgets can also be used with the iPad
Welcome to Activ8 - a new programme where we discuss some of the stories that are making headlines in the world of gadgets and the web. With Windows 8 about to launch, we ask 'just how bad is it? Reviews editor Alan finds it hard to express in words but we manage to pin down some of the worst parts of the new operating system. We do find one redeeming feature of Windows 8, however: the price. We also take to the streets of London to find out just how dependant people are on their mobile phones, covering the big issues like whether you look at your phone to avoid talking to people and whether you use the phone while on the loo.
Which tablet should you go out and buy right now? There are three great pint-sized tablets available - but which one is our favourite? We argue about the comparative merits of the Apple iPad Mini, the Nexus 7 and the Kindle Fire HD. We also test out how well 4G - and Alan - cope under g-force. We meandered the streets of London testing EE's new superfast broadband network before heading to the suburbs for one final test. How well did it fare under the whirly madness of a suburban fairground ride?
Read more: http://www.computeractive.co.uk/2223400 One of the reasons we like the Raspberry Pi is the scope for electronics projects. There's something quite exciting about writing some code that will affect something physical like a LED. The Raspberry Pi Starter Kit A from skpang.co.uk has everything you need to get started with these kinds of projects, including some instructions on their website.
Read more: http://www.computeractive.co.uk/2198046 Now that we have covered the basics of writing programs with Small Basic, Let's take a look at a program that does something meaningful. Click on the Import button and type mbt226
Read more: http://www.computeractive.co.uk/2198041 A good program is able to perform different tasks depending on certain conditions and this is normally the job of the If command. Another common use for programs is to perform the same task several times. This is known as looping and one of the most common commands is For.