So you just got a new Raspberry Pi, maybe it was a christmas present.. Or maybe you decided to buy one for yourself and now you want to know what you can do with this little computer?
There’s a lot you can do with it, you can use it for home automation, a file server, a web server, a media streamer running XMBC, a retro gaming console or just a tiny desktop device.
I’ll get into more detail on some of what you can do in a later post (or a couple), but for now, this post is meant to give you ideas.
First, I definitely recommend having the model with 512 megabytes of RAM, as the more memory you have, the better performance you get.
One thing I like about Raspberry Pi is that the hard drive is an SD card, so essentially, you can have multiple computers on one device, so you could have a card with raspbian on it, another card for raspbmc (the XMBC system), etc.
In terms of cases, I’ve used several cases from a case built with a simply project box, to a case built with LEGO, but my favorite is the blue Raspberry Pi SAFE case from solarbotics which also can be purchased with a mount to attach to the back of a TV.
Now, some uses for the Pi:
- There’s a nice getting started post over at Engadget for getting your Pi up and running
- Retro Gaming Console: Engadget also has a nice starting point for setting up a retro gaming rig using your Raspberry Pi and some emulators
- Media Streaming:
Raspbmc or OpenElec both work nicely for XMBC / media streaming, and can plug into any TV. Most TVs also have USB ports which can power the little computer as well. I’ve personally been preferring Raspbmc lately as it seems faster and more stable.
- Install the Chromium browser for better web browsing:
Since your Raspberry Pi is already hooked up to your TV, why not enjoy some big screen surfing? You’ll need a better browser than Midori for this though, so try Chromium. Just drop into a Terminal and type:
sudo apt- get install chromium-browser
Then hit 'Enter.
- Write Games: Scratch is a programming language that’s easy to get to grips with and easy to use, which makes it good for children to start learning with and for creating rich programming projects. Check out this tutorial, featuring a bonus cat.
- Run Firefox OS: Although still in the developmental stages, Oleg Romashin an engineer at Nokia, has managed to get Firefox OS running on the Raspberry Pi. FFOS isn’t out until next year, but check out what’s been achieved so far.
- BitTorrent Server: If you frequent the various Torrent sites, then why not create a dedicated lean Torrent machine? Just hook it up to your router and leave it to do its business. Full instructions, scripts and downloads come courtesy of the snapdragon:IT blog.
- Pi-powered Cloud Server: Fancy building your very own cloud server? By using OwnCloud you can. Follow the instructions, and the customised script from petRockBlog and you’ll become your own cloud provider in no time.
- Home Automation: There’s a new product called PiFace that’s perfect for home automation. It hooks up to the RPi and allows it to detect switch states from a door sensor, a pressure pad or any number of other switch types.
- Raspberry Pi Cluster: Many Pi’s make light work. Check out these instructions from the University of Southampton to make a RPi Supercomputer.
- Make a wearable computer: Interesting article on building a wearable Raspberry Pi, with the display on a pair of glasses and a keyboard on his arm.
As you can see, there’s a lot you can do with your Raspberry Pi, I’m just giving some examples to get started. I’ll post some more on here later as I get more ideas for the Raspberry Pi, but the 10 or s0 examples above should be enough to get your started.
I make no secret of this fact: I’m a type 2 insulin dependent diabetic, this means that five times a day I give myself a shot of insulin and four times a day I prick my fingers to check my sugar levels..
Well, insulin plus a bunch of various pills to aid this as well.
A year ago this week, I went to my family doctor after a few weeks of feeling like crap, tests showed I had a blood sugar of 38, which meant I was in the middle of a hyperglycemic attack and spent the next week in hospital getting my levels under control with insulin therapy.
Now, a year later, it’s still an up and down battle…
I’ve gotten used to detecting the highs and lows that are associated with this, you literally go from having so much energy you can leap off the walls to just wanting to sleep and sometimes within minutes of each other.
I carry my diabetic kit with me that has my blood sugar meter, my insulin pen, and sugar tablets in case I need them.
I’ve also gotten used to watching my food. I recently started carb counting, which has been interesting as well, as instead of a fixed insulin amount at each meal, the amount of insulin you have is based on the carbs in the food you eat.
But, on the up side, I’ve been losing weight and keeping it under control, and have been exercising more and getting healthier so that will help me keep this more under control with the aim of eventually getting off the insulin.
I’m originally from the east coast of Canada, from the province called Newfoundland..
I moved from there 12 years ago, and there’s one thing from there I can’t get anywhere else that I miss..
Despite the name, Bakeapples are not baked apples.. They are an orangey raspberry-like berry that grows wild only in very select parts of the world.
In some parts of the world, they are called cloudberries, and while some other parts of Canada have cloudberries, there’s a difference in the flavour
These berries have a sweet, tarty flavour to them.. they work excellent in jellies, tarts, jams, and liqueurs…
Everytime we do a trip back east, my 4 year old enjoys her meal of cod tongues (another Newfoundland dish), which is a favourite of hers, and we stock up on bakeapples and jams made from the berries.
Anyhow, this came about today after a discussion with my daughter who was talking about wanting to visit Newfoundland again soon as she helped wrap christmas presents to send back to family there.
I’ve been using 1password since I bought it a few years ago. This post is to show some tips on using it.
First, What is 1password?
This is from the 1password website. “1Password can create strong, unique passwords for you, remember them, and restore them, all directly in your web browser.”
Here are a few tips I’ve found useful that you might find interesting.
Disclosure: there are other alternatives to this product which all have their own uses. There’s lastpass.com, dashlane.com, keePass and DataVault (probably many more as well).
Ellen Messmer, writing for PC Advisor:
One-quarter of more than 400,000 Android apps examined in the Google Play store pose security risks to mobile-device users, according to new research.
Security vendor Bit9 categorized these Android apps as “questionable” or “suspicious” because they could gain access to personal information to collect GPS data, phone calls or phone numbers and much more after the user granted “permission” to the app. “You have to say ‘yes’ to the application or it won’t run,” pointed out Harry Sverdlove, Bit9 CTO. Games, entertainment and wallpaper apps especially seem to want to grab data, even though the their functions would seem to have little direct use for it.
Bit9 notes this doesn’t mean these apps are malware per se, but they could do damage if compromised because the user has granted so much permission.
There are said to be about 600,000 apps in Google Play, and Sverdlove says Bit9 is now compiling a “reputation” database of Android apps. The firm is also going to move on to other app stores, including those from Apple and Amazon, in order to create mobile security products that can protect users based on risk-scoring of apps.
Today I’ve moved this site from second crack back to WordPress..
I’ve had it running on second crack as an experiment since last March and it was time to move back..
This isn’t a previous install either, this is a complete fresh install.. I’ll be posting the handy second crack to WordPress script in the next few days that I used to read each text file and create a new WordPress post.. It could come in handy to someone else.
Reasons for moving:
- I have nothing against second crack, it’s great but there are several bugs that make it difficult to depend on, such as archives not getting properly updated, and a few glitches related to Dropbox syncing among others.
- I happen to like WordPress and use it every day for various projects, so moving back makes sense.
- A static blog engine is fine, it’s really fast, but it has issues related to how it caches things that the smallest design change means a full reload of the site
- Second crack doesn’t support the plans I have for this site coming up shortly, so might as well do the move now rather than later.
That didn’t take long, and I’m not surprised…
ZAGG is now taking pre-orders for iPad mini keyboard cases, hoping to turn the iPad Mini into a business powerhouse. The ZAGGkeys Mini 7 (US$89.99) is an exact match to the dimensions of the iPad mini and uses “island-style keys in a sleek and unique layout provide maximum finger space in a compact Bluetooth keyboard, perfect for accentuating the utility and convenience of iPad mini.”
On top of that, if you’d actually prefer a keyboard with some room for your fingers, the ZAGGkeys Mini 9 (also $89.99) may do the trick. According to ZAGG, it features “island-style keys with a carefully engineered layout to provide the same spacing as ZAGG’s traditional tablet keyboard.”
Although the Mini 7 is a tiny keyboard, it still provides special function keys for “volume control, play, pause, screen lock, home, search, slideshow, copy, paste and more.” No word on if it’s actually large enough to type on, but I’ll be reviewing it in the near future, so I’ll let everyone know.
Today, Apple announced a new 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display, a new thinner iMac, an updated Mac Mini, and some iPad news..
The new iMacs and Mac Mini are getting Fusion Drives, which are similar to Hybrid Drives, combining SSD with standard hard drive storage and work pretty fast.
First, the iPad 4th gen was announced with the A6x processor and lightning adapter to replace the iPad (3)..
And the least surprising news was the new iPad Mini… Which is a 7.9-inch iPad, with a 1024 x 768 resolution, most of the same specs as the iPad 2, and an all-new 7.2mm-thick aluminum shell, which makes it 53 percent lighter and significantly thinner than the 4th-generation iPad
Surprisingly, Apple is still selling the iPad 2, alongside the Mini and the iPad..
You can see more details here when the store is back up: Apple Store
With the Apple event tomorrow, you’re going to want to be logged into a live blog to see it, here are a couple you can follow:
The Verge Live blog, this is usually the one I’m using, they keep you updated fairly quickly with posts and images as it happens.
Engadget’s Live blog, usually another good one to follow.
CNET’s Live blog, I like CNET, so this is also useful.
Which one to follow?
That’s up to you.. I’ll be watching The Verge most likely myself.
I’m in the middle of adding a bunch of new features to TheInterviewr right now, and as part of that, I decided to redo the home page of the site.
I made the change in two ways..
First, I moved from the previously static site the home page was using to instead being hosted on WordPress, then I launched the new design for the home page, that I’d been working on for a month, and pushed it live.
Also, moving the site to WordPress meant bringing the blog back from Tumblr
Why the new design?
It’s been a year since TheInterviewr launched, and we’re shortly launching a few new services, including transcriptions, so I wanted the site to reflect the start of a new year if you will.
There’s still a little work to be done, but I like where it is so far.
The rest of the site remains powered by my custom php framework as always (KayFish), and that won’t be changing.
Since launching last year, TheInterviewr has enjoyed steady growth as the world’s first Interview Relationship Manager and the new features will help it to grow even more.
I’m looking forward to what the future has in store for The Interviewr, it’s been an exciting year and it only promises to get more exciting.