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MagPi Issue #53 is Fantastic for an Intro To Python Programming!

MagPi Issue #53 This issue of the MagPi magazine has a great set of intro-to-programming articles that are short and sweet.  To boot these folks have made this magazine available for Download.  Its a tremendous resource.  When teaching kids, having something that gets it done fast is important, and they’ve done a great job with… Continue reading MagPi Issue #53 is Fantastic for an Intro To Python Programming!

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SD Flash Copier – Duplicate Raspberry PI Disks with ease!

SD3000 by U-Reach Tools of the trade – The Raspberry PI Card Copier For school settings, or when trying to recreate a project multiple times, a flash card copier is a fantastic tool.  It’s not cheap though, it will set you back about $140, so consider it carefully.  Once you have it though – you’ll… Continue reading SD Flash Copier – Duplicate Raspberry PI Disks with ease!

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Mount a Network Share at Boot on your Raspberry PI 3

Tracking down information… is the hardest part of it. I had an interesting time finding all of the commands that would work to mount a network share on my little linux box. After a bit of trial and error, the steps needed to mount a network drive consist of first creating a mount point: mkdir pictures… Continue reading Mount a Network Share at Boot on your Raspberry PI 3

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PiBakery – Tool with Side benefits for setting up your Raspberry Pi

Setting up a new raspberry pi can be a bit of a pain. PiBakery makes that process *much* easier and it adds a few unexpected features that are extremely valuable! Go to their site: http://www.pibakery.org and click: You’ll be presented with the various OS options.  Hopefully you can take it from there.  Let me know in the… Continue reading PiBakery – Tool with Side benefits for setting up your Raspberry Pi

Electronics · raspberry pi

Tying it all together! Wand > LIRC > Socket > Forever > Outlet

Image source: http://weknowyourdreams.com/single/magic/magic-03 By now we’ve figured out lots of fun chunks of code.  All inspired by the idea of a wand controlling your home.  When I say by now, I’m referring to the previous articles: Listening to remote (the wand) Keeping the listener alive.. forever Talking to an tplink outlet or talking to a wemo outlet The… Continue reading Tying it all together! Wand > LIRC > Socket > Forever > Outlet

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Raspberry PI – Run on boot, and run forever! Systemd/Systemctl

The raspberry pi is a cheap linux box you can have plugged in all the time, and they’ll just crank away until the flash wears out… which is likely to be never. Start stuff on boot One of the few things that can get in your way:  power dropping out and causing these little guys to… Continue reading Raspberry PI – Run on boot, and run forever! Systemd/Systemctl

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Raspberry PI for Controlling Wemo Power

The previous article: TP-Link POWER covered TP-link devices.  They’ve become a little difficult to get ahold of this holiday season, but Wemo devices by Belkin are all over the place. WEMO Switch Outlet So, I took a little time to figure out how to automate those little puppies. Its pretty simple, once you track down… Continue reading Raspberry PI for Controlling Wemo Power