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Old 01-22-2013, 10:34 PM   #46
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Mine recently arrived. I had it from unboxed to configured in about 15 minutes using the debian destro. It already had kernel support for the postage stamped size wifi adapter I bought for it ($8 on amazon). I fired xdm back to my linux desktop to putz around with it. It is pretty easy to top it out if you are running multiple applications and not using the local HDMI output for display. A quick hack and I mounted an SMB share in the house on my pogoplug and have access to a few TB of data.

If you are purchasing, I advise a few things:

a) buy a case. You don't need the expensive, but a simple case will do.
b) Buy the low profile SD card holder for micro-SD. If not, the SD card will stick out of the side which may lead to damage.
c) Buy the el-cheap realtek wifi adapter for it. This is the one I have and it is smaller than a penny.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...9STD3DC1619F1B

I was thinking about using it to replace or in conjunction with an Arduino. It is definately more powerful than arduino but I haven't figured out the pinouts/Python scripting yet.
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Old 01-23-2013, 03:19 AM   #47
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i read this because it looked interesting, but I only understood about 1/4 of what you were all on about, its cool, still interesting

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Old 01-23-2013, 06:45 AM   #48
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Raspberry Pi is a nice device runs linux "out of the box" with programming tools for kids. I got mine in November i think, was up at 05:00 to preorder(nerd alert)
But I played with it a couple of days and could't make it run HD IPTV with XBMC, it studdert. So it's been in the box for a couple of months waiting for me to nerd with it :P
If anyone has a good build for it to use as media center I would like to get a link.
Else im gonna make it to a NAS and VPN point, so no Free WiFi can pick up my passwords and mail while traveling :-)
Btw the power usage of this device very nice and low
For cover does anyone have a makebot i can borrow hehe..
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Old 01-23-2013, 09:07 AM   #49
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Raspberry Pi is a nice device runs linux "out of the box" with programming tools for kids. I got mine in November i think, was up at 05:00 to preorder(nerd alert)
But I played with it a couple of days and could't make it run HD IPTV with XBMC, it studdert. So it's been in the box for a couple of months waiting for me to nerd with it :P
If anyone has a good build for it to use as media center I would like to get a link.
Else im gonna make it to a NAS and VPN point, so no Free WiFi can pick up my passwords and mail while traveling :-)
Btw the power usage of this device very nice and low
For cover does anyone have a makebot i can borrow hehe..
I was thinking about this distro on a different SD card just to play around:

http://wiki.xbmc.org/index.php?title...e_Raspberry_Pi

So, just for giggles, I installed xbmc to an SD and fired it right up. Worked rather well with some work. I plugged in a monitor I had that had HDMI and it worked perfectly to include defining the correct screen resolution and audio. I installed a free ipad app which functioned as a remote control for the device. The XBMC image is very polished with the potential to add a considerable number of add-ons for music, video, remote file systems or streams, etc. It also supports airplay for apple folks which I thought was interesting. I mounted my local PogoPlug 2TB drive with videos and they streamed rather well via wifi. The only piece I wasn't able to figure out just yet was the TV/PVR component as most expect you to have server supporting the exposing of streaming content.

The convenient thing is, I pulled my SD and rebooted to return to the previous project I was playing with.
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Old 01-24-2013, 07:00 AM   #50
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Thanks :-) i will try one of the builds
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Old 04-03-2013, 03:04 AM   #51
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Teaching Tool?

Ordered from amazon.com today

Should be here in 3 weeks

Will play with it. Planning to use it for teaching secondary school kids some basic stuff, maybe hold a competition for them or similar
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Old 04-03-2013, 11:57 AM   #52
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Ordered from amazon.com today

Should be here in 3 weeks

Will play with it. Planning to use it for teaching secondary school kids some basic stuff, maybe hold a competition for them or similar
Good on you. Much cheaper solution than having to raise the $$$$ that FIRST wants for a Junior Lego League.
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Old 04-03-2013, 03:53 PM   #53
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She had a raspberry Pi...oh wait, that's not right!


All kidding aside, they sell those at RS too and they re very cool.
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Old 08-05-2013, 04:35 PM   #54
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Thought I'd give this a bump, the Pi's are now 25-35 dollars but the cheap "PC" market is getting a bit more crowded. If you go on Amazon or I'm sure a bunch of other sites lots of Android ones are popping up for 25-60 dollars. Considering they don't need batteries or screens it's not surprising that a more traditional plug in computer based on their tech would be so cheap. Also they are much smaller than the Pi.
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Old 09-27-2013, 04:07 PM   #55
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I was in the newsagents in town the other day at the newsagents and they had a fairly thick magazine just about Raspbery Pi. I flicked through it but didn't really know what I was looking it.

A while back, I was thinking about how it would be possible to automate the lighting in a house, includeing the ceiling fans. Maybe have a central control panel that some how is linked to the lights. I asked my step son and he said, well yeah, probably, but you would need a computer some where.

BINGO! Raspberry pi

So now I am interested again

I am thinking of a centralised control panel with some some kind of controller (blu-tooth / IR / wifi / touch screen) that one can use to turn lights and ceiling fans on or off. Maybe a dimmer function?
would it be possible to use an I Phone and Android?

bearing in mind that I bearly understand all the acronymes mentioned in previous posts, maybe this is way out of my ability with out some serious learning but is it sensibly possible?

I think the riskiest / hardest things is wiring in to the mains power supply?

an thoughts / guides / suggestions

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Old 09-27-2013, 04:15 PM   #56
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You'd want to separate the control circuitry from the load circuitry, so instead of having a toggle interrupting mains power directly to turn off an overhead light, for example, you'd have a contactor controlled by a low-wattage circuit better suited to remote control. Then the trick is establishing communication with the contactor controller and creating an interface for it.
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Old 09-27-2013, 04:25 PM   #57
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ahh ok, so the raspbery pi would be the controller that would control a bank of relay's that would actually do the switch on / off

Going Bush in a few hours and so have got a fair few pages open so I can read them off line later

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Old 09-27-2013, 04:28 PM   #58
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Old 09-29-2013, 02:31 AM   #59
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I thought about this some more, and too complicated, for me at this stage.
Instead I thought about something else that interests me, engine control and I have in idea how I (think) it could work for have two engines run evenly.

My next years project is an RC boat and I think this would work well.

I read up a fair few pages about raspberry whilst in the bush (mind out of the gutter emerson) and got a lot of learning to do, fortunatly it looks like the UK high school sylabus is able to be downloaded and I have a spare computer at home.

lets see where we go from here
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Old 09-30-2013, 01:08 AM   #60
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i got the magazine today, one of the most expensive I have ever brought
IT have some old keyboards, monitors are cheap, all that seems easy

I also made a list of the things I need to do before starting this project, so going to hussle home now and get some stuff done!

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