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Turn that old box into an Internet TV for less than $70...

So you've got an old TV or computer monitor with a VGA or DVI socket and it's looking pretty outdated because all the latest devices are HDMI only - including the cheap but amazingly great value Google Chromecast.

Well all is not lost! You can get a DVI-to-HDMI or a VGA-to-HDMI adapter and connect your TV or monitor to the adapter and then plug the Chromecast to the adapter. The adapter comes with audio sockets to take the HDMI audio and play it through the TV speakers. Really simple to put together and no software to set up.

Chromecast:                        $35
VGA-to-HDMI Converter : $30 (or less on Amazon)

I have this setup on an old TV that was sitting in the garage. The picture quality is exceptional.

Watch the BBC iPlayer and ITV Player when outside of the UK on Ubuntu

This is a follow up to my post of a year ago. The instructions are simpler than last year's post. If you want instructions for the Mac go here.

I re-imaged an old laptop last year with Ubuntu (12.04 LTS).  If you've never tried Ubuntu before, head over to  to try the latest version. The installation is straightforward and you can install it without affecting your Windows image (if that's what you're running). Not only is this fast (boots in seconds) it also has better support for a wider range of devices - specifically Wifi.

To run the BBC iPlayer on Ubuntu, do the following...

Step 1: Download tor from this site :  The download button should detect your operating system. For Linux the direct link is here. Alternatively you can use the command line and enter sudo apt-get install tor.

Step 2: Unpack the tor tar.gz file. Open the folder that was extracted. On my machine it's called 'tor-browser_en_US'.…