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Raspberry Pi

Bristol Mini Maker Faire 2016

Today like last year I went to Bristol for the mini maker Faire (unlike Manchester and Liverpool Makefest this one still pays the silly amount of money to use the make branding). Unlike last year @Bristol charged at the door… Continue reading →

Node Red and Fish Dish

I downloaded Random Nerd’s Build a Home Automation System for $100 and started testing it out, A while ago I aquired a Fish Dish (not sure where from), It’s a small PCB that fits on the GPIO header of the… Continue reading →

Using a nice console with ‘Duinos

The Arduino IDE serial console sucks! (the entire Arduino IDE kind of sucks, but one fix at a time). I first tried to use the native Minicom package, the most up to date one I found was version 2.2 (compiled… Continue reading →

Remote Tech Support tool and Bird Boxes

To facilitate remote tech support, we need a server some place safe, like this one. We also need to give the Raspberry Pi a username and password so it can log in (this article was used as a guide). But why… Continue reading →

OctoPrint and an Ultimaker 2

A while ago work bought an Ultimaker 2 to produce cool things at work, A Raspberry Pi B+, and Pi Cam were also acquired for it with a view to using OctoPi (a copy of OctoPrint developed for the R-Pi)…. Continue reading →

Setting up WiFi on a Raspberry Pi

What Do I Need? Raspberry Pi unit with Raspbian installed Ethernet connection to R-Pi USB Wi-Fi Stick In addition to the above items, you will need to check the configuration of the Wi-Fi network you plan to connect to, you… Continue reading →

Running a Headless R-Pi

The Raspberry Pi is an awesome little computer that can feed either a composite video feed, or a HDMI output, however most of the time I want the thing headless, If you set up Rasbian the same way as I… Continue reading →

Installing Raspbian on a R-Pi

I have used a number of Raspberry Pi’s for things, and despite there being more than one linux distribution available for the R-Pi I have not tried anything other than the Debian based Raspbian “wheezy”, These instructions are written assuming… Continue reading →

Raspberry Pi Model B+ Audio/Video out

The Raspberry Pi A, and Raspberry Pi B both had a composite video out, on an composite video plug (RCA), the new model B+ uses a 4-pole socket which carries both audio and video signals. This style of connector is… Continue reading →

Ethernet, RS485 and power down a single cat 5 cable

For my boat automation system I plan to use RJ45 sockets and cat 5 cable for interconnecting the master and the nodes. Some nodes will have their own 12 V supply for larger loads, but ones that are just for… Continue reading →

OpenSCAD Raspberry Pi Model

I have been playing with OpenSCAD to make design 3D printed parts for use with the Raspberry Pi, I found one online, and have made some changes, have a look at the OpenSCAD R-Pi model. In the model are both… Continue reading →

Empirbus Alternitive

Tom and Jan of nbWaiouru have a really awesome thing on their boat called Empirbus, it is like a home automation system, but on a boat! Empirbus NXT is a new product line, based on more than 10 years experience… Continue reading →

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