Apr 272016
How To Free Up Some Space On Your Raspbian SD Card? Remove Wolfram & LibreOffice

There are occasions when you may want to free up some space on your (micro)-SD card. If it’s getting full, or you want to store large media files, or install a large application, you may find you run out of space. There’s an awful lot of good stuff in the default Raspbian Jessie distro these days, but you may not be using all of it on all of your Pis. So, let’s have a look at which of the pre-installed packages take up a lot of space and could give us “an easy win” here. […more…]

Nov 052014
Get_iplayer Raspberry Pi Update

Last week there was a great hoo-ha as the BBC announced changes to iPlayer and the way it will work, going forward. Basically they removed the RSS program indexing system, which was used by quite a few smart TVs and also 3rd-party apps like Get_iplayer. Although this doesn’t stop Get_iplayer from downloading a file if you know the correct PID, it did break the functionality of finding the PID automatically with Get_iplayer. It also broke the PVR (personal video recorder) functionality. But within a very short space of time there is a software patch. (I […more…]

Sep 142013
Google Coder on the Raspberry Pi - How to install

I was very keen to try out Google Coder for the Raspberry Pi as soon as I heard about it. I had some problems with it initially because the instructions on the Google Coder download site are/were fairly scant. It talks of an installer, which it later transpires is only for the Mac. The instructions have since improved a bit, but initially were hopelessly confusing. I hope the instructions will have improved even more by the time you read this, but below I’ll show you how I got it up and running. These are instructions […more…]

Jan 152013
Emulators galore on one raspbian image

Carles Oriol has put together a raspbian image with just about every emulator you can imagine, including… ZX spectrum DOS / Windows 3.1 Commodore 64 Apple ][ Oric 1 Atari 2600 ScummVM Arcade (MAME, I think) The only one of note that I didn’t see was BBC Micro. I don’t know if it’s available for the Pi. (But there is RISCOS, of course) It’s a very impressive piece of work. No details yet if he intends to republish. It’s possible there may be some copyright issues if he does. For the moment, though, there is […more…]

Jul 202012
Get_iplayer installation on Raspberry Pi with Raspbian

Installing Get_iplayer on Raspbian on the Raspberry Pi Update 5 November 2014 Installing latest Get_iplayer instructions here… http://raspi.tv/2014/get_iplayer-raspberry-pi-update Update 23 Jan 2013 Installing Get_iplayer just got a whole lot easier. Now all you have to do is type… sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install get-iplayer ffmpeg atomicparsley libmp3-info-perl You may still find some of the following information useful. I’ll leave it there anyway. ;) Original post Following on from my original two postings on get_iplayer, (for Debian Squeeze & wheezy distros for the Raspberry Pi), this is a set of instructions for the Raspbian release. […more…]

Jun 292012
How to install Fuse ZX Spectrum emulator on raspberry pi

How to install Fuse ZX Spectrum emulator in Debian Wheezy Beta and Raspbian On the Raspberry Pi site there is a thread about how to install this spectrum emulator in Arch. I figured it was time to have a go in Wheezy – just for the heck of it – and it worked. Not 100% – still can’t get it to make sound reliably and satisfactorily through HDMI, but I have managed to get it working well through the analog audio out – *so you can use headphones or speakers to get those primitive speccy […more…]

Jun 212012
Get_iplayer installation on Raspberry Pi with Debian Wheezy Beta

Update 5 November 2014 Installing latest Get_iplayer instructions here… http://raspi.tv/2014/get_iplayer-raspberry-pi-update Installing Get_iplayer on Debian Wheezy Beta on the Raspberry Pi Following on from my original posting on get_iplayer, which was installed on the Debian Squeeze distro for the Raspberry Pi, this is a set of instructions for the Wheezy beta release. It’s quite a bit simplified because we don’t need to bother with installing rpi-update, since most of the needed firmware updates are now incorporated into the distro. :-D  That’s progress for you. Starting point assumptions. I’m assuming that you have an internet connected Raspberry […more…]

Jun 022012
Get_iplayer - full instructions for Raspberry Pi install from scratch

Update 5 November 2014 Installing latest Get_iplayer instructions here… http://raspi.tv/2014/get_iplayer-raspberry-pi-update Get_iplayer is an excellent program that allows you to download content streamed from the BBC’s iplayer server, to watch at a time convenient to you. What makes it excellent is that it is entirely under your control. There is no DRM or restrictions on the content you download. And you don’t need to have the iplayer app on your computer, which is a good thing because it won’t run on the Pi – no Flash. It’s an Open Source iPlayer client, that works on pretty […more…]