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Pip – Raspberry Pi based Games Console / Development Device – Preview

Monday, November 8th, 2021

This is an initial review of the PIP. The PIP is a Raspberry Pi handheld games console from a successful Kickstarter. The pip has been a long time coming – arriving approximately 3 years later than planned, but they have finally reached the point where they are sending out preview models for backers that have […]

New Raspberry Pi Zero 2 – The maker’s choice of Raspberry Pi

Monday, November 1st, 2021

The Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W is an updated version of the Raspberry Pi Zero. It uses the same form factor and has the same connectors in the same position, but what it does have a huge performance increase. It is only a tiny bit more expensive than the Pi Zero it replaces. In the […]

Halloween – Raspberry Pi and Arduino Trick or Treat Trolley

Sunday, October 31st, 2021

This year I did a trick or treat with a difference. I supported the local Scout group going around door to door, but instead of asking for sweets we asked for donations for the local support group / food bank. As you can imagine the tins of food and non-perishable items weighted quite a bit […]

Oh no! Something has gone wrong. Ubuntu upgrade 21.04 to 21.10 fails – here’s how to fix it.

Tuesday, October 19th, 2021

I recently upgraded my laptop from Ubuntu 21.04 to Ubuntu 21.10. Unfortunately it failed with the message: Oh no! Something has gone wrong. A problem has occured and the system can’t recover. Please log out and try again. This sounded like it would leave the system unusable, but by switching to a terminal and booting […]

RC Remote Control for a Raspberry Pi Pico

Saturday, June 19th, 2021

One of the things missing from the Raspberry Pi Pico is the lack of network connectivity. There are other models that do provide that such as the Arduino version of the Raspberry Pi Pico – The Arduino Nano RP2040, but there are alternative ways to communicate. In this case I had an RC remote control […]

Upgrade of laptop to Ubuntu 21.04 – Including how to use DisplayLink for USB-C and Wayland vs X.org

Monday, May 24th, 2021

I was holding off on upgrading my laptop to Linux Ubuntu 21.04 due to the bug that could leave computers unbootable. Since then I’ve been had the “Do you want to upgrade” message so presumably that’s been fixed. I went through the upgrade process and upgraded my laptop to Ubuntu 21.04. I did come across […]

RPi Ubuntu 21.04 – 64-bit Linux for Raspberry Pi

Thursday, April 29th, 2021

There is a new version of Ubuntu which is now at version 21.04. The version number consists of the year and month it was released so this is from April 2021. For this version (and the previous version 6 months ago) the Ubuntu releases now include a version of the 64-bit desktop version for the […]

Tank Game for Pygame Zero and the Raspberry Pi Pico Display Pack

Saturday, February 27th, 2021

This is an introduction to a tank game I created. It’s an artillary style pass and play game. It is created as a demonstration of creating vector graphics in Pygame Zero and of porting / creating a game on the Raspberry Pi Pico with the Pimoroni Display Pack. Pygame Zero Game The initial version was […]

Raspberry Pi Pico on YouTube #Shorts

Saturday, January 23rd, 2021

I’ve now created my first YouTube #Shorts. It’s a quick demonstration of the Raspberry Pi Pico switching a large load through a darlington Transistor. I’ve also created a standard video on the Raspberry Pi Pico and how to get started using MicroPython here: This video is based around the Transistor switch and darlington driver video […]

Raspberry Pi Pico – A microcontroller from Raspberry Pi

Friday, January 22nd, 2021

There’s a new microcontroller available but this one is from an unexpected manufacturer – Raspberry Pi! Raspberry Pi well known for their single board computers has now branched out into a micro-controller. This has been done in partnership with other micro-controller supplies such as Arduino, who are expected to release a board based around the […]


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