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Raspberry Pi club – Programming the GPIO – Traffic Light LEDs

Monday, June 9th, 2014

One of the things I’ve been doing as a STEM Ambassador is to help support a Raspberry Pi club at a local high school. At first the club was led by the sixth form students, with the teachers and myself helping out as required. This was working well at first, but with many of the […]

Humble Bundle – DRM free games for Linux and Android and eBooks

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

I have bought many games and Ebooks through Humble Bundle. I don’t blog about them very often as the bundles are usually available for about a week and by the time I get around to writing the blog then that time is nearly over. I wanted to blog about this bundle though because it includes […]

Design and build a Raspberry Pi robot – draft document

Monday, March 24th, 2014

When I first showed my Raspberry Pi based “Ruby Robot” at the Raspberry Jam at Pycon UK, I promised a guide would be forthcoming. I’ve now finished the first draft of my guide to creating the robot. The guide does more than just take the reader through the steps to create a robot. It also […]

Scratch programming – Road safety

Sunday, March 9th, 2014

I’ve been looking to create a program with my eight year old daughter since running a Code Club at the end of last year. We’ve done some little bits in Scratch, but without a specific project I found my daughter became distracted. I also try and incorporate activities at home related to school projects they […]

Theme Hospital game for Linux – CorsixTH

Saturday, February 22nd, 2014

It’s not often I write about running games on Linux, although that is likely to change. It’s even less that I’d recommend a game where you need to buy the Windows version to play it on Linux. In this case it’s an open source version of a classic which works on Linux, but you need […]

What’s the youngest age to teach Scratch programming?

Sunday, February 9th, 2014

Recently I taught programming Scratch to some primary school teachers. One of the questions I was asked was about the youngest age that you could teach Scratch to. It’s a difficult question and as with all teaching it depends upon the ability of the child. I gave the answer that “Scratch is designed for children […]

Installing Ubuntu on a Dell Inspiron 17 laptop (7737) dual boot with Windows 8 / 8.1

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

This is a guide to install Ubuntu on a Windows 8 based laptop. Specifically this is how it can be installed on a new 17″ Dell laptop. This is installed on the Inspiron 17 – 7737, which is a touchscreen laptop in the Dell Multimedia and Entertainment range. The laptop has an Intel i5 based […]

Erratic mouse behaviour on Dell laptop with soft touchpad – Adjusting the trackpad in Ubuntu

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

I recently bought a Dell Inspiron 17 laptop, to primarily run Linux. This is a 17″ laptop with touchscreen and a Touchpad. The touchpad is a single rectangular area which appears to integrate the two “mouse” buttons with a line marked on top of the touchpad. This is sometimes called a clickpad as the entire […]

RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch – using the Raspberry Pi

Sunday, January 26th, 2014

Each year the RSPB hold a Big Garden Birdwatch to monitor the birds visiting gardens. Volunteers spend an hour watching their garden and record the birds that they see during the hour. I signed up for this years bird count (25 to 26 January 2014) before realising that it clashed with a busy weekend driving […]

Review of the Raspberry Pi Fuze – Raspberry Pi based computer with Fuze basic

Monday, January 20th, 2014

As an adult I often try and imagine myself in my children’s shoes to try and think about how appropriate something would be for their age group. Usually I can get a reasonable idea of how well they will pick something up, but this review is one where my daughter has helped me to see what it is like to learn programming through a child’s eyes.

This is a review of the Fuze Raspberry Pi based computer.


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