Feb 262014
 
Linux Voice - Issue 1 - Review

On Saturday I received an email from Linux Voice with download instructions for Issue 1. I don’t know if you’ve heard of Linux Voice, but it’s a brand new crowd-funded Linux magazine (they ran an IndieGoGo campaign in November/December 2013). It’s in print and digital formats. They needed £90,000 to get it up and running. In the end they raised £127,603. But I Don’t Buy Magazines Any More? I haven’t bought a magazine for several years. There’s so much information on the web these days that I don’t really bother with them any more. But, […more…]

Jan 082014
 

Just a short post today to let you know that RasPi.TV has just completed server migration to a new server at Mythic Beasts. Why move? I found out on New Year’s Day that my existing server hosting company was moving from London to Reading. So at the end of January they were going to physically move the rack, containing my server, to Reading. This meant that, while it was in transit, all five web sites I have on this machine, and all my email, would be offline. This was estimated to be ~8 hours. But […more…]

Aug 072013
 
 How to stream vlc from a Raspberry Pi with GPIO control but without being root

Having managed to get VLC streaming from Pi Camera to Nexus 7 Android tablet working, it was only a matter of time before I wanted to stream from the RasPiCamcorder. But when I tried it, I came across an annoying problem. RPi.GPIO needs to run as root (that’s why we always use sudo for our GPIO stuff) But VLC refuses to run as root. This means you can’t run them both from the same program. There’s all sorts of clever solutions people proposed (and I wasted a lot of time unsuccessfully trying them all out) […more…]

Aug 052013
 
How to use DropBox with Raspberry Pi

I wanted to be able to upload photos from my RasPiCamcorder straight to DropBox. So I did a little research and came across an absolute gem of a program called Dropbox-Uploader, by Andrea Fabrizi. A truly brilliant piece of work that gives you access to your DropBox account right from the command line. You do have to jump through a couple of hoops to get it set up (security mostly), but once you’ve done that, it’s a breeze. 1. DropBox account First of all you need a DropBox account. Hop on over to DropBox and […more…]

May 202013
 
NOOBS New Out Of Box System for Raspberry Pi owners

Gordon Hollingworth announces a New Out Of Box System for Raspberry Pi owners at the Cambridge Jam. It’s a setup/recovery system to make it easy to set up your SD card from the outset and also recover it if something corrupts. It boots in seconds. To activate it, you hold down the shift key while powering up the Pi. Very impressive and should make a big difference to those for whom flashing an SD card image is the stuff of nightmares. It should be out in a week or so.

May 162013
 
How to shoot video and convert it to something you can edit in Pinnacle and other programs

Yesterday I got my shiny new “RasPiCam” Raspberry Pi camera module about half an hour before I had to go out and teach. Being a good boy scout (although I never was one) I was ready for it and had it up and running within five minutes of it coming through the letterbox. But when I got back from school, I shot some test videos that I wanted to edit and publish. You know how it is. You have to publish something on day 1 or it didn’t happen, right? :) I knew there must […more…]

Dec 212012
 
The Self-resetting Raspberry Pi

Recipe for auto-reset Pi. Take one Rev 2 Raspberry Pi, a few carefully selected slices of fresh Python, one GPIO port (’25 vintage, preferably), one relay (a twin pack is OK, but not AA), one Darlington array (leave the spikes on), a sprinkling of mixed wires and arrange it all carefully with a breadboard. It should end up looking something like this… I decided to take the P6 reset header one step sillier further. Just for fun. ;) The idea here is to use one of the Pi’s own GPIO ports to switch a relay […more…]

Oct 222012
 

I recently bought a 2 terabyte Goflex Home network drive to run as a media server and file server on our local home network. So I figured I’d see how to connect it to the Pi. After searching around various forums, I found a solution that worked. Over the weekend, someone on the Raspberry Pi forums asked how to do this, and so a new “How To” was born. Pre-requisites for Hooking up goflex drive the drive is already installed on your home network it’s fully up and running You have a userid and password […more…]

Sep 192012
 

Last week I published a blog and video of watching a DVD in Raspbian using omxplayer. At that time, as far as I could make out, nobody had managed to watch a commercial encrypted DVD, with the DVD drive attached to the Pi, but I figured it was only a matter of time. I ended that blog with… There is a way to watch encrypted DVDs in linux, but I haven’t sorted it out on my Pi yet. Hopefully a future video will detail that process. Well, I tried a few different things but was […more…]