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More Pi Please

This weekend I bought a new computer, my second Raspberry Pi – a cigarette packet sized, Linux powered PC that costs about £25. I pre-ordered my original 256MB Raspberry long before the release date so now that the 512MB, made in the UK version is available I wanted to upgrade. The extra RAM and better build quality may only be small improvements, and for a large desktop Windows machine wouldn’t make a difference. However, the Pi makes great use of limited resources so doubling up the RAM (at no extra cost) is significant.

I ordered my Pi through the ModMyPi online store, which is a great place for Raspberry related accessories. They also make first rate cases for the Pi, which still ships as a ‘naked’ board so needs a separate case to be purchased to keep the dust off. Compared to their first batch, the new ModMyPi cases have also had a tweek. To match the new model boards there are now anchor points and screws (provided) to allow you to firmly attach the Raspberry to the lower half of the case.

I’m running the latest version of Raspbian for desktop use, which has a little more spring in its step with the extra memory. Now the Raspberry has its own app store there should be plenty of new software being made available to try out. The Pi Store may not be iTunes but it will make it easier for small scale developers to show off their wares. I also tried out RaspBMC with the new board and navigating menus is much quicker now. I’m having less system crashes as well, but that might be down to the latest nightly build rather than the extra RAM. All in all, I’m very happy with the refined version of the Pi and would recommend it even more than ever to anyone who wants to dabble in the world of Linux.

 
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Posted by on January 7, 2013 in Equipment, Gaming, Inspiration, Technology

 

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Pointing Out

I recently picked up the Director’s Cut of the “point and click” adventure game Broken Sword from the Google Play 25p sale. I say ‘picked up’ as if it were a physical shop selling physical things, but of course that’s just a figure of speech. I used to play “point and click” games on my old Amiga 500 and my first PC, a lowly 386 that chugged along under the power of MS DOS. The Monkey Island games were amongst my favourites, though the puzzles were sometimes a bit random. They were genuinely funny and the dialogue still stands up to this day. These also exist as ‘Special Editions’ within my Steam account. Beneath A Steel Sky was another classic, which I recently rediscovered via my Raspberry Pi and an emulator. Maybe one day Indiana Jones And The Fate Of Atlantis will get converted to Android or 3DS and I’ll be a happy bunny.

 
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Posted by on October 1, 2012 in Gaming, Technology

 

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Raspberry TV

This weekend I installed the media centre package ‘Raspbmc’ onto my Raspberry Pi computer. The little electronic marvel had impressed me as a desktop device that punched above its weight, but I’d heard good things about its ability to stream TV and movies so I set aside a spare SD card for the job. The automated installer ran very easily and once I booted up the system it chugged away for twenty minutes (actually suggesting to me that I go get a coffee) before the glossy front end appeared. A little bit of tinkering and I got iPlayer and 4OD to connect, as well as some web TV channels and sites with video content like ESPN and Engadget. Some further tinkering got my Android tablet to act as a wireless remote controller. The results were excellent – a lot of HD content and smooth streaming video. For £25 my TV just got a whole lot smarter!

 
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Posted by on September 3, 2012 in Equipment, Technology, TV

 

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Testing, Testing

This is just a quick test to prove that I can blog directly from my Raspberry Pi, plugged into my TV via a HDMI cable and powered by a mobile phone charger.

 

W00t!

 
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Posted by on July 25, 2012 in Socks

 

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Fruity Filling

I spent a good chunk of the weekend tinkering with my Linux powered, cigarette packet sized computer, my Raspberry Pi (www.raspberrypi.org) I’m no coder, so my progress is slow and I managed to brick the system a few times – but thankfully its flash memory is easily restored.

Perhaps strangely, my first attempts at personalising my setup were to get my Pi running the sort of applications I use on my regular Windows laptop. There is a particular satisfaction at taking a device so small and getting to deliver a performance that isn’t a million miles away from a full size, full price computer.

Once I was able (just about) to Tweet and Scrobble as usual, I installed a few emulated games and revisited some classic MS DOS era point and click adventures. Beneath a Steel Sky was a particular favourite. Even though the graphics have aged and the dialogue isn’t up to Hollywood standards, the stories are great. Even if the puzzles can be a little random and illogical at times.

 
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Posted by on July 23, 2012 in Socks

 

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A Slice of Pi

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After a few months of patient waiting, my Raspberry Pi computer has finally arrived. The budget Linux based PC is a pocket sized throwback to the bedroom coder days of the ZX Spectrum and the BBC Micro.

I’m not expecting to write the next Jet Set Willy, but it will be fun getting to grips with the little device. I’ve got another week or so to go before my custom case arrives, so until then I’ll just have to do my best to keep it dust free.

 
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Posted by on June 24, 2012 in Socks

 

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MMmm… Pi

Got my Raspberry Pi pre-ordered.  Can’t wait for it to arrive 🙂

 
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Posted by on April 16, 2012 in Socks

 

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