Just a quick note, that the PSU Kits are back in stock.
Just a quick note, that the PSU Kits are back in stock.
We all love Birthdays (well at least until the number of years get too high)!
As some of you may know the Raspberry Pi celebrated their 1st year of selling the Raspberry Pi during the ‘Witching Hour’ of 28th Feb this year (having released on 29th Feb 2011) and selling well over 1 million units in their first year.
This month it was the turn of the MagPi, as one of its founders I am very pleased to see we made it through a whole year. Massive credit to the whole team, each and everyone have put in crazy hours at some stage or another to get the magazine produced and I really feel the results are well worth it. It is important to remember that it is down to the combined effort of the team from all over the world, that the melting pot of skills produces such an excellent result.
Anyway, as proud of the magazine as I am, please do make up your own mind about it and feel free to read, share and hopefully enjoy its content with as many as you can (the whole point of the magazine is to share the skills/knowledge/enthusiasm which drives the Raspberry Pi community as a whole).
We encourage contributions, feedback and assistance from the community, as we want you all to have a magazine which you can all be proud of too! Contact details: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you don’t already know by now, the magazine is 100% FREE to download (from www.themagpi.com) or view online at Issuu.com (in HTML5/Flash). There are 12 Issues of Raspberry Pi filling, and a new issue is released at the beginning of each month, so don’t miss the next one!
Hacking the nook Simple Touch provides a low power touch-screen for the Raspberry Pi by using VNC over wifi (USB connection may be possible at some point) as well as SSH terminal access.
VNC and SSH will allow you to control the Raspberry Pi remotely over the network. VNC will create a new remote session, rather than controlling the local session which may be displaying on the locally connected screen (this is different to when you use VNC on windows for example).
It should also be possible to control XBMC (Raspberry Pi media centre) and send specific SSH commands via custom Android apps if required.
Essentially, you get a low power screen, with touch input and the flexibility of Android all rolled into one!
Oh, and you can fill up the memory with useful programming books, datasheets and code examples for those times when your Raspberry Pi is offline, but you still need your hacking/geek fix.
Thanks for all the votes so far on what you’d like me to post next, I shall certainly get to work on a new GPIO Python lesson and post it as soon as it is ready (I know just the thing to cover!). Keep voting though, since I shall check back and will pick the next item off the list to follow up with.
It is always a pleasure hearing about what people are doing with the kits.
I met Andy and Carlos at the workshop I ran in Bristol (the other week). Since then they have built their kits and have been experimenting with driving it with C to great success.
Andy has provided a link to the github, where you should be able to download and try the code they’ve created. andywarduk / LEDs on GitHub
If you’ve not used GitHub before, you can browse through the source files directly on the site, as well as download a source zip file by clicking on the little cloud icon on the page.
You can even grab the latest to the Raspberry Pi with the command:
wget https://github.com/andywarduk/LEDs/archive/master.zip unzip master.zip
They have used the basic GPIO examples which Dom and Gert (from Raspberry Pi foundation fame) posted on the Raspberry Pi wiki way back (in fact, it may have been me who added it for them…I used to do the wiki for a while).
Andy and Carlos have provided some excellent examples here, called “rainbow”, “shades”, “knightrider”, “coloursweep” and “spectrum”. I’ll leave you to try them out, see what they do (in case you couldn’t guess) and of course adjust and learn from! Just follow the instructions in their README file.
I’ve been intending to cover C at some point myself (having time to do so is always an issue), since often C provides that little bit of extra speed which Python can lack (and as you can tell looking at the code, it isn’t a million miles apart from Python syntax). I highly recommend trying a little C programming, since you will find that many embedded processors can be programmed using code which is complied from C.
I found out this week, that the international shipping options did not combine the postage for different items. I’ve now adjusted the options, so that you add the items, and then manually add international shipping to your selection if you require it.
Shipping in UK is FREE, with International Shipping £4.50 for each Shipment.
It is great to see such a wide range of places to send the kits to and the reach the Raspberry Pi has across the world!
This relates to the workshop which was held on 20th April 2013:
First a big thanks to BCS (British Computing Society), @Bristol, and Bristol University for organising the event. Big thank you for everyone who turned up for the event (I’ve no idea of the actual numbers, but over 200+ at least throughout the day).
A special thank you for my wife, who worked just as hard as me preparing for the workshop (she was clipping LED legs into the early hours), and also to my brother who was kind enough to help out on the day (despite never having held a Raspberry Pi before let alone used one).
An extra thank you to the people who attended my workshop! You were all very patient and keen, an excellent combination.
As far as I am aware, everyone had a great time. The whole place had a real buzz of energy and excitement.
It was my first workshop, and I had little idea of what to expect.
A major challenge of the workshop, was running it without any Keyboards and Monitors, so it was down to people either bringing their own (I did manage to get most working but this did detract from the workshop itself and took me away from helping people getting started with the workshop itself). Everyone was great, and we managed to get most sorted out and running.
I loved running the workshop, some wonderful people and some exceptionally clever kids! It really underlined to me, that if you provide the means and the information, they will take and run with it!
As it happens, I provided far more material than most were able to work through in the time available (although a few groups stayed and worked through it anyway).
One group even took it a stage further wiring the RGB-LEDs up to become a treasure detector in Minecraft!