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How to Organize Google Drive Like a Pro: 9 Key Tips | MakeUseOf

Google Drive is a fantastic productivity and collaboration tool. Once you start using it a lot, however, it becomes difficult to keep everything organized.

Thankfully, Google Drives offers many ways to make it easy to find what you're looking for. Here's a guide to organizing Google Drive to reduce wasted time looking for information.

Like standard file explorers, Google Drive allows you to organize your files using folders, which is handy if you're working on distinct projects. What makes this a little complicated, though, is that your files can originate from two different sources.

You'll see these listed in the sidebar on the Google Drive web app. My Drive holds files you've saved to Drive, while Shared with me collects content others invited you to access on Drive. These might include team collaboration folders, public Drive folders used for distribution, and similar.

You'll also see Computers here if you use Google Drive's backup feature, but that's a separate function, so it doesn't really apply now.

A file you want to find could potentially be under either of those categories, making it difficult to locate via browsing. To simplify this, you can add shortcuts to shared files or folders to your own Drive. Do this by clicking and dragging a file to My Drive on the sidebar, or right-click it and choose Add shortcut to Drive. You can place the shortcut anywhere you want in your own Drive.

The file will stay in its original location, but the shortcut in your Drive allows you to easily access it from your own hierarchy. This keeps you from having to wade through shared data.

This is a basic tip, but it bears explaining because it might not be immediately clear where to find it. You'll find the option to change file sorting on the top-right of the current file view. It appears as the current sorting method, such as Name.

Click this text to set a different sorting method, such as Last modified or Last opened by me. Use the arrow to change between ascending and descending sort as well.

While simple, this is a handy way to quickly make sense of a folder with hundreds of files.

Like many file explorers, Google Drive lets you use Shift and Ctrl in combination with clicks, as well as click-and-drag, to select multiple files.

Hold Ctrl and click multiple files to select them all. To select files that are in a row, click the first one, then click the last one while holding Shift. Clicking and dragging is an easy alternative to this if you prefer.

Keep in mind that you can change the file view using the button in the top-right, which appears above the sorting option and next to the Info icon. Use it to change between list and grid views, which can make it easier to select a group of files.

Searching for a file using the search bar at the top of the screen is the best way to find something you've lost. Using the advanced tools that are only a couple of clicks away makes it even more effective.

When you click on the search bar, you can select a file type, such as PDFs or Spreadsheets, to show only files of that kind.

You'll notice that when you click one of these, type:presentation or similar will appear in the search bar. To get more specific, try entering a search term alongside the type. This makes it easy to narrow your search if you know what kind of content you're looking for.

In addition, you can click More search tools at the bottom of the file type selection menu (or the small arrow to the right of the search box) to see advanced search options. These let you drill down by criteria like date modified, owner, and who it was shared with.

If you store a ton of files in Drive and don't remember where you put most of them, search will become your best friend.

While you can create deep hierarchies of folders, sometimes it's easier to use a more visual system. By right-clicking on a folder, you can select Change color and make it easier to identify at a glance.

Instead of the standard (and boring) gray for everything, a brightly colored folder is much easier to spot among the masses of other folders in your Drive. Try applying color to only your most important folders, or using a color scheme for similar types of content.

As a similar step, you can also star items by selecting Add to Starred in the right-click menu. To see every file and folder that you've starred, click Starred in the left menu. Reserve stars for your most important data and you'll always know where to look for them.

Want a quick reminder of what's in a file so you can be sure you have the right one? This is where the preview button comes in handy. Select a file, then click the eye icon at the top-right in the toolbar that appears. This will generate a quick preview so you can look over the file without fully opening it.

This can take a second to load but is still faster than opening the file entirely. If you can edit the file you've previewed (such as Google Docs documents or spreadsheets) you'll see an Open with [app] link at the top.

For files that you own in Drive, you can check past versions and see who has made changes to the file. Right-click on something and choose Manage versions to review (and download) older versions of that file, as well as uploading a new one.

Meanwhile, right-click a file and choose View details to open a panel on the right with information about the file. Switch to the Activity tab to see what's happened with it recently, such as people making changes or sharing the document.

If the built-in controls aren't enough, you can also connect third-party apps to Google Drive for more functionality. To browse these, right-click on a file and choose Open with > Connect more apps.

This will open the marketplace, where you can browse add-ons that work with Google Drive. Have a look through them and see if you find any of them enticing. To get you started, have a look at our list of the best tools for Google Drive.

We leave you with a series of smaller tips that can also help you organize the contents of your Drive:

  • Try using emoji in your folder names. On Windows, press Win + Period to enter an emoji, which work in Google Drive folder names. Paired with folder colors, these can be a help to those who are highly visual.
  • Use hashtags as makeshift tags. Google Drive doesn't have a proper tagging feature, so you can make your own using hashtags. While not officially supported, adding #Important or #Finance to pertinent documents lets you see everything in one place with a quick search.
  • Use smart naming conventions. If you want files to always appear in a certain order, use 001 or similar at the start of their names for easy organization. Also, be sure to keep file names short enough to make them manageable, but don't forget to include keywords that will make them easy to find in searches down the road.

Now you know some of the best ways to keep everything in your Google Drive under control. Keeping your files easy to access is vital, especially when you have hundreds of files scattered across dozens of folders.

To master Google Drive, you should also know how to fix common problems with the software.

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How to Use OneNote Templates for Project Management | MakeUseOf

As a tool for project management, Microsoft OneNote has many useful features. One of those features is the availability of templates. From a project overview to meeting notes to to-do lists, OneNote has you covered.

If you're unsure of exactly how templates can be useful in your project or what you can do with them, here are several tips and tricks.

OneNote has handy templates for managing projects built right in. Depending on your version of OneNote, you will access these templates in different ways.

In OneNote 2016, select Insert from the top navigation and then click Page Templates. You will then see a list of recently used templates and an option to open all of them by selecting Page Templates in the drop-down.

For older versions of OneNote, you can navigate to the templates beginning with adding a new tab to your notebook. You will then see New Page on the right side and when you click the arrow, you will see a drop-down where you can select Page Templates.

In either case, OneNote will display templates that are categorized by Academic, Blank, Business, Decorative, and Planners.

For project management with OneNote, the category Business has a nice Project Overview template. Just select it and it will pop right into your notebook. The template is filled with helpful items to start with and you can customize anything to suit your project needs.

Your basic company and project information is placed at the top. Then a description, project goals, resources, procedures, schedules, and other pieces are displayed in easy-to-read bulleted lists. To enter your own items, just delete the sample text and replace it with your own.

The Project Overview template is useful for a well-organized overview of all project pieces. Not only can this help you as a project manager to see items at a quick glance, but can be a wonderful document for others. You can share it with project team members, your supervisor, or the executives.

Everyone will have a good idea of what to expect and you can update it anytime to adjust schedules.

Within the Business category, you'll also find several meeting notes templates that are perfect for taking notes during the meeting, using for a reference afterward, and sharing with others as a follow-up. From the Simple Meeting Notes template to the Formal Meeting Notes template, each is formatted a bit differently with varying information.

For something extremely basic and useful for quick meetings, there are two Simple Meeting Notes templates to choose from. You simply enter the meeting title and then move down to the agenda, attendees, and action items.

When it is time to bring the executive team up to date on the project, you might prefer the Formal Meeting Notes template for a more official layout and additional items. This one not only includes your agenda and attendees, but approvals, open issues, new business, and an agenda for a follow-up meeting.

Depending on the type of meeting you are organizing or just attending, each of these templates will keep your notes well-organized and make following up easier. If you are the organizer, setting the agenda ahead of time and sharing it with attendees ensures that everyone will be on the same page. Plus, the other attendees can use these to take their own notes.

For listing out tasks, OneNote provides three types of to-do lists making prioritizing and organizing items easy. These are contained in the Planners category of page templates. The Simple To Do List template is basic with checkboxes set and ready for you to enter your items.

The Prioritized To Do List template goes a bit further by allowing you to enter and organize tasks based on high, medium, or low priority. This is very convenient and this one also has the checkboxes just awaiting your task entries.

The Project To Do List template is formatted differently, by project. And this template includes a handy notes section next to each set of project tasks. What is great about this template is that although it is organized by project when you open it, you can always change it so that it is arranged by resource or even date. This gives you the flexibility to organize it to best suit your needs.

A properly organized or prioritized to-do list is important for any project, large or small, and these templates can help you get off to a super start.

Related: Check out sites to download OneNote templates

A terrific feature available for all options is that you can rearrange items easily. Just put your mouse over the item you want to move, and you will see the four-headed arrow. Then, simply drag it to its new location. This works for block pieces used for the layout as well as individual items like to-dos and list items.

The blocks that are used to organize the layout can not only be moved but resized so that you are getting the most out of the templates. Just select the block and in the upper right-hand corner, you will see tiny arrows. Just tap and drag right or left to resize.

To quickly change the font size or color for the text, just put your mouse over the main section until you see that four-headed arrow and click to select it. You can then either click Home in the top navigation or right-click to make your adjustments. This is also an easy way to add checkboxes or stars to your items or even change the style.

If you have started with one of these built-in templates, have made many changes to it, and would like to continue using it moving forward, you can save it easily. You have added your company logo, resized blocks, and reformatted text to get it just the way you want it. Don't let that hard work go to waste; save it as a template for future use.

To save your new template select View from the top navigation and then Paper Size. This will open the Paper Size pane. At the bottom of that pane, click Save Current Page as a Template. Then give your template a name and select whether it should be your default page template in the current section.

When it is time to use your saved template, perform the same steps as above for accessing the built-in templates depending on your OneNote version. You should then see an additional category called My Templates. Select the arrow next to it and choose the one you want to use.

Templates are just one of many little-known OneNote features. So for your next project, remember that you have some great OneNote project management template options and take advantage of them!

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How Do Android App Permissions Work? What You Need to Know

Android permissions are a core operating system feature for protecting your privacy, so it's important that you understand them. And because Android changed the permission setup a while back, you might be confused as to how it all works.

Let's take a look at how Android permissions work and what you should know about managing them.

Android permissions are special privileges that apps must ask for your approval to use when they want to access sensitive information on your phone.

Our phones contain so much personal data that it makes sense to limit this access. You probably don't want to let every app on your phone use your camera, microphone, and location.

Since Android changed the way that permissions work starting with Android 6 Marshmallow, we'll focus on the modern method and briefly look at the way this used to work afterward. Here we illustrate with instructions for stock Android 10; these menu options may differ slightly based on your phone.

You can check the permissions that you've granted to installed apps at any time.

Head to Settings > Privacy > Permission manager to view a breakdown of the major permissions like Camera, Phone, SMS, and more. Most of these are pretty self-explanatory---for instance, the SMS permission lets apps read and send text messages---but you'll see descriptions at the top of each page if you're not sure.

Tap a permission and under Allowed, you'll see every app that you've approved to use that function. Below this, the Denied section shows apps that don't have access but have asked for it.

Tap an app to change change its permission status to Allow or Deny. To see more, select See all [app] permissions to jump to the app's full permissions page. You can also get to this by going through Settings > Apps & notifications > See all X apps, tapping the app in question, and choosing Permissions.

While Android groups permissions into broad categories like Location and Storage, there are actually many granular permissions under each category. You can find these on an app's permissions page; tap the three-dot Menu button at the top-right and choose All permissions to see a full breakdown.

For example, under the Storage section, you'll likely see both read the contents of your shared storage and modify or delete the contents of your shared storage. This provides the app with both read and write permissions to your file system. Tap any permission to see more info about it.

At the bottom, you'll see a collection of Other app capabilities. Android considers these "normal permissions"; they don't require your approval since they are common across apps and don't pose a risk to your privacy. These include control vibration, receive data from internet, and others.

Be aware that when you approve a permission group, all the granular permissions inside are automatically granted. You can't pick and choose individual permissions from a group.

We've looked at how to adjust permissions for apps already on your device, but what about when you install new apps?

Before even installing, you can check the permissions that an app might request on its Google Play Store page. Tap the About this app section to open its description, then scroll down to the bottom and hit the See More link next to App permissions. Here you'll see a list of permissions groups and specific permissions that the app may request.

You can review this on the web version of the Play Store, too. Scroll to the bottom and in the Additional Information section, click View details under Permissions.

With apps built for modern versions of Android, you don't have to grant any permissions upon installing an app. Instead, an app will ask you for permissions as it needs them, and a well-made app will do this in a way that makes sense. For example, it might walk you through an introduction with the reasons it needs certain permissions before prompting you for them.

Other times, you won't see a request for a permission until you try to use that function. For instance, when you try to send a picture in a messaging app, you'll see a prompt for it to access your storage.

If you deny a permission, what happens next depends on the app. Sometimes, it will work just fine without a certain function. For example, you can still browse Instagram without giving the app access to your camera---you just can't snap new pictures.

Other times, an app may refuse to function properly unless you grant that permission. It might rely on it to work, or maybe the developer didn't account for people denying the permission.

This is also the case if you change your mind and decide to deny a permission that you had approved earlier. The app will hopefully detect that you denied the permission and ask you to allow it again when needed, but that's up to the developer. Should you find that some feature in an app doesn't work, it's a good idea to review the permissions list.

And if an app keeps asking for a permission that you don't want to provide, after you tap Deny once, you'll see a Don't ask again option.

On Android 5 Lollipop and earlier, the classic system of Android permissions applies. Since only a small percentage of devices still run these versions, we'll briefly touch on how it worked.

Prior to Android 6 Marshmallow, you had to accept all requested permissions when you installed an app, which was an all-or-nothing system. Thus, if you didn't like one permission that an app asked for, your only options were to live with it or not download the app. And if an app added new categories of permissions later, you had to also accept those to update the app to the latest version.

Obviously, this setup has a lot of problems. Unless you rooted your phone to use a permission manager app, you were at the mercy of whatever permissions an app added. It didn't give the user enough control, which is why Google changed it.

Unless you have an old Android phone, you don't have to worry about this system. However, there is one quirk that carries over from older permissions. If a developer hasn't updated their app to target Android 6 or newer, you'll see a prompt to accept all permissions when installing an app, instead of approving them individually.

You can still use the permission manager to revoke permissions as described above, but since the apps aren't built with this functionality in mind, doing so may break them.

There's no blanket answer to which permissions you should grant to specific apps. It's up to you to decide whether you trust an app to access the sensitive information on your device. However, using a bit of common sense will help.

For example, Google Maps obviously won't do much if you deny it access to your location. Similarly, a messenger app might need access to your camera if it has its own camera shortcut option. However, a free sudoku game has no good reason to request access to your calendar or microphone, so you shouldn't grant those.

Keep in mind that once an app has permission to use something, it can do so whenever it wants. While an app might have a legitimate reason for accessing your location, it could also check your location in the background every so often and send that data to advertisers. This is why some permissions are more dangerous than others.

It's difficult to vet how apps actually use the permissions you grant them, so there's a level of trust you have to apply. If you need to use an app but don't want to leave its permissions on all the time, try granting temporary app permissions using an app called Bouncer.

Since a smartphone isn't much without apps, permissions are important to the experience. Now you know how permissions work on Android and how to manage them to keep your information safe. For best results, consider each permission carefully and review them regularly.

For more Android tips, check out useful Android developer options.

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5 Reasons to Start Deleting Your Facebook Friends | MakeUseOf

Some people view Facebook as a popularity contest. Having more friends means you're seen by your peers as being more popular, right? Well, maybe.

Once upon a time, Facebook was all about adding friends. Not any more. Now it's all about deleting Facebook friends. And here are the reasons why.

It's an age-old question: How many Facebook friends should you have?

Research suggests that we struggle to maintain more than 150 real-life friendships at once. It's called "Dunbar's Number" after the Oxford University anthropologist who discovered the phenomenon. He claims that any number beyond that starts to "strain the cognitive capacity of the human brain."

According to Dunbar, that figure translates into the online world too:

The interesting thing is that you can have 1,500 friends, but when you actually look at traffic on sites, you see people maintain the same inner circle of around 150 people that we observe in the real world.

If we take that number as a base, then add on a few long-lost school friends and other people you intermittently need to keep in touch with, you'd probably reach an absolute ceiling of 200-250 Facebook friends.

This number is borne out by the facts. The mean average number of friends on Facebook is 338, but the median is only around 200. That means some people have a much higher number of friends, and they are skewing the mean average.

If you are one of the 15 percent of users who have more than 500 friends, you could be jeopardizing your nearest and dearest relationships for ultimately unimportant online kudos.

Maria Konnikova was the first to raise the point while writing for The New Yorker, saying:

With social media, we can easily keep up with the lives and interests of far more than a hundred and fifty people. But without investing the face-to-face time, we lack deeper connections to them, and the time we invest in superficial relationships comes at the expense of more profound ones.

Dunbar supports her claim, saying, "The amount of social capital you have is pretty fixed. It involves time investment. If you garner connections with more people, you end up distributing your fixed amount of social capital more thinly so the average capital per person is lower."

It appears that the key is to recognize the difference between real-life and virtual friends.

Should you be using your phone at a family meal to make some witty remark on the photo of someone you met on a beach in Thailand? Clearly not. But is it a good thing to have that relationship logged in Facebook in case you ever want to revisit it in the future. Possibly.

Away from the academic reasons, there are also plenty of practical reasons for removing friends from Facebook.

Chief among them is privacy. Yes, we know Facebook theoretically has lots of tools to keep photos, posts, and personal data limited to certain subsets of your friends, but very few people use them to their fullest extent. (Be honest, how many of you have taken the time to set up customized groups of close friends with whom to share stuff?).

Facebook has now been with us for decades, and if you were one of the early adopters there is a very good chance you'll be one of the aforementioned 15 percent of users who have more than 500 friends.

You need to ask yourself whether you want all of these people creeping on your life (and whether you want to keep creeping on theirs).

You know how it is, you've got people on your friends list that you haven't spoken to since primary school, but you know the name of their kids and how many times they've been married. Worse than that, these people know the same stuff about you. That's just weird.

Have a look at our list of the things Facebook knows about you if you really want to start worrying about your privacy.

This is also a great reason for unliking random things like airlines and hotels---it will make your News Feed much cleaner and more enjoyable to spend time on.

Do you really care that your old boss has checked into a restaurant in Prague? Or that a random bar you liked back in college is selling tickets for its latest Tuesday night extravaganza?

It comes back to what Dunbar and Konnikova were discussing. Clearing out your friends (and likes) will mean the news you should care about will be more prominent on your feed, allowing you to better develop your meaningful relationships and discard the unimportant ones.

There has been plenty of research around "annoying" Facebook posts. We've explored the phenomenon of vaguebooking elsewhere on the site, but that's only scratching the surface of the problem.

In 2014, 2,000 people were asked what were the main reasons they'd delete someone on the site. The reasons cited include:

  • Excessive bragging---68%
  • Pointed statuses---56%
  • Game requests---48%
  • Attention seeking---41%
  • Excessive selfies---38%

It makes sense to get rid of people whose posts annoy you online. Why let yourself get irritated by someone else's social media feed? There are already enough issues in the world to anger us.

If they're a genuine close friend, there are ways to politely ignore someone on Facebook. If not, give them the elbow.

Making these points is all well and good---but when push comes to shove and your mouse is hovering over the unfriend button, it all suddenly feels a bit final.

How do you know you won't run into them again in five years' time and become BFFs?! What if they realize that you've binned them?

So, which Facebook friends should you delete?

Each person needs to decide their own parameters for unfriending. As a rule, focus on old school chums, old work colleagues, people you met on vacation, and random mutual acquaintances from years gone by. You won't miss them, we promise.

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5 Reasons Why Everyone Should Learn Arduino! | MakeUseOf

You've heard of the Arduino microcontroller board… maybe you haven't. But if you have, you may not know exactly what it's for.

Like the Raspberry Pi, Arduino can help you understand programming, but this device has more of a focus on electronics. It's straightforward to use and simple to learn. Wondering if learning Arduino is useful? Here are five reasons why you should start learning Arduino today.

Programming, electronics, doing cool stuff with code and components; that's basically what you can expect from using an Arduino.

As with learning all new things, there is a moment of reorientation required for using Arduino. But ultimately, it's not difficult to get to grips with. Consider if you can complete the following basic tasks:

  • Connect cables?
  • Plug in components?
  • Use a keyboard?

If the answer to all three is "yes" then you should be able to learn Arduino. These are all practices that most people can achieve---and most people should be able to learn Arduino.

If you don't already own an Arduino, it's worth grabbing the Arduino UNO starter kit.

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Why Learn Arduino?

So, you know that Arduino is easy to use. But why should you spend time learning how to use this microcontroller board? Well, it's incredibly flexible. With an Arduino, you can do everything from control a robot to manage a home automation project---and plenty besides.

The key benefits of learning Arduino are:

  • You can build awesome projects
  • Arduino is great for programming
  • You can learn electronics easily
  • It's a cheap hobby to start
  • Arduino might suit you better than a Raspberry Pi

Let's take a deeper look at why we should all be using Arduino.

1. Arduino Is the Basis for Amazing Projects

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-QbFvDIyy1k

The main reason to get an Arduino is that you can make stuff with it. If you consider yourself a tinkerer, then you'll feel right at home.

What can you make, though? Anything and everything, from silly and stupid to serious and practical. Your only limit is your imagination.

Arduino can be used for the following project ideas:

  • Controlling Philips Hue lights
  • Building robots (see the video above)
  • Home automation projects (lights, garage doors, even watering plants)
  • Controlling video games
  • Musical projects (including connecting organic elements)
  • Alarm systems

This is only a small taste of what you can do with an Arduino.

Just starting out with Arduino? Start with one of these easy Arduino projects for beginners.

But what if you don't like to make things? Don't worry, there are plenty more reasons to learn Arduino.

Traditionally, the learning curve for programming has been rather steep. Not only is the syntax foreign, but it can take a while for the logic of programming to click. For many people it's a frustrating experience.

The good news is that Arduino code is forgiving. There is still a learning curve, but it's definitely easier than trying to code your first mobile app or game.

Programming on Arduino is possible with any language, but it's best to start with the Arduino IDE (Integrated Development Environment). You'll find versions of this available for Windows, macOS, Linux, and other platforms. The IDE supports C and C++, and includes libraries for various hardware components, such as LEDs and switches. Once a program---known as a "sketch"---is completed, it is uploaded to the Arduino board via a USB cable. Here it can be run and will remain in memory until it is replace.

Of course, programing for Arduino is not perfect. For one, the forgiving nature of Arduino code means that it's easy to write sloppy code and develop bad habits. You could easily end up not understanding what that code really means.

Arduino programming is also relatively basic, so you probably won't learn advanced coding techniques with it.

But if you're looking for a way to grasp the absolute basics of programming, Arduino is great.

If the idea of coding scares you, there are other Arduino-compatible languages you can learn besides the official one. For example, Scratch 4 Arduino is a visual alternative that's easier to understand for newbies. You'll learn the concepts of coding without worrying about syntax.

After you've played around with Arduino code a bit, you might realize that you really enjoy it.

When I first got my Arduino, I had no working knowledge of electronics or circuits. I'd forgotten everything I learned back in school and felt out of my depth playing with the tiny microcontroller.

But I quickly learned that it doesn't have to be that complicated. You'll need to learn the fundamentals of circuits if you want to understand what you're doing. But where can you learn about electronics for Arduino?

We'd recommend starting with YouTube, where you can find hundreds of Arduino-related videos.

As you play around with an Arduino, you'll pick up new electronics skills depending on the projects you pursue. If you've never handled wires, breadboards, or soldering guns before, then this is a safe and fun way to learn.

Not only that, but you'll get to play around with a lot of cool electronic components, too. Most Arduino starter kits come with LEDs, resistors, capacitors, accelerometers, motors, buttons, displays, and more. You'll feel like a kid playing with Lego pieces all over again.

But most of all, as you build confidence with circuits and components, you'll likely unlock a creative-tinkerer side of you that you never knew existed. It's a wonderful way to express hands-on creativity.

One of the biggest points in favor of Arduino is how easy it is to get started. Some hobbies cost hundreds of dollars to get started. Think painting, woodworking, or photography where you can easily break the bank just to buy the necessary equipment and supplies to get started.

Conversely, a good Arduino starter kit will cost under $100.

It gets better. If you're willing to buy components from China and wait several weeks for delivery, you can get them for under $10.

Even your Arduino board can be bought cheaply if you buy a clone. As the Arduino hardware design is open source you can get legal "knockoff" Arduinos for under $3 each.

At such cheap prices, you can make as many projects as you want without having to worry that you'll bankrupt yourself.

Because the Arduino and Raspberry Pi came along at around the same time, may people think they're the same. In truth, while there is some crossover, these two boards are different.

Arduino is a microcontroller board, whereas the Raspberry Pi is a single-board computer. The Arduino must be programmed from another device, whereas a Raspberry Pi can run an operating system. You could program an Arduino with a Raspberry Pi, but not vice versa.

These differences have led to some division in communities. Which is best: Arduino, or Raspberry Pi?

To find out, you'll need to try them both out. But you'll probably find that if you've an innate interest in electronics and project building, the Arduino edges it.

By now you should understand why learning Arduino is a good idea. From an easy coding language and simple integration with other components to an affordable hobby that is more versatile than using a Raspberry Pi, the benefits of learning how to use Arduino are clear.

If you're ready, now is the time to read our Arduino beginners guide.