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New book – Learn Electronics with Raspberry Pi (second edition)

Thursday, November 26th, 2020

My new book is now available. Learn Electronics with Raspberry Pi (2nd Edition). This is an update on my first book which is now over 4 years old. My first book sold well and was even translated into Chinese. This new edition is a significant rewrite, bringing it up-to-date, but also improving the educational style, […]

Remembrance Day 2020

Sunday, November 8th, 2020

Each year, I normally attend a service at the local war memorial to remember members of the armed forces who have died in the line of duty. This has usually been in uniform as a member of the Scouts or in the past as a member of St. John Ambulance. Due to the Covid-19 situation […]

Raspberry Pi Microscope with High Quality (HQ) camera

Monday, November 2nd, 2020

One of the great things about the Raspberry Pi is it’s versitility which allows it to be used in many different ways. The introduction of the high quality camera module has greatly increased the scope of what can be achieved in digital photography. This has been expanded further thanks to a professional quality lens now […]

Raspberry Pi Halloween Animated Light Display – RGB Matrix LED display with pumpkin and PIR sensor

Thursday, October 29th, 2020

My Raspberry Pi Halloween project for this year is based around the Raspberry Pi RGB matrix display project. I have put the RGB Matrix outside of my house and wanted to display a Halloween animation on the display. I also wanted to include a PIR sensor which changed the display when someone approached the display. […]

Raspberry Pi official Ubuntu 20.10 Desktop Image – running a 64-bit desktop linux on the Raspberry Pi

Monday, October 26th, 2020

With the release of Ubuntu 20.10 the Raspberry Pi now gets an official desktop version of the popular Linux desktop. In the video below I go through the install and initial experience running Ubuntu desktop on the Raspberry Pi. Getting started with Ubuntu desktop on the Raspberry Pi Before you rush out to install there […]

Arduino Vs Raspberry Pi – Microcontroller Vs Computer for maker projects

Monday, October 12th, 2020

In this video I look at some of the features of the Arduino and the Raspberry Pi to see which is the best fit for your project. Whilst it starts with the answer “it depends”, it gives scenarios where each is better and for those where either is a good fit I’ll give my own […]

Setting up a web server on a Raspberry Pi 4 using Ubuntu 20.10 (Beta) 64-bit Linux

Saturday, October 3rd, 2020

Ubuntu 20.10 is now available as a BETA release. This includes a Raspberry Pi server edition. In this video I will boot up from a newly created image using the image from Ubuntu 20.10 Beta Server images site. I then show how it can be setup as a basic web server with a simple test […]

Raspberry Pi 4 with 8GB of RAM – Power user trial

Thursday, June 11th, 2020

The Raspberry Pi is now available with 8GB of RAM. The cost is higher, costing almost twice as much as the 2GB version, although only about £25 more than the 4GB version. The question is what can you do with 8GB of RAM and do you really need that much? I’ve already written about this […]

New Raspberry Pi 4 with 8GB RAM – Use as a desktop PC

Friday, May 29th, 2020

The Raspberry Pi is now available with 8GB of RAM. The cost is higher, costing almost twice as much as the 2GB version, although only about £25 more than the 4GB version. The question is what can you do with 8GB of RAM and do you really need that much? The fact that you can […]

Star Wars Day – Raspberry Pi RGB Matrix Display

Monday, May 4th, 2020

Today is the 4th May, which means Star Wars day. So I’ve added a new scrolling image showing a series of images from each of the 9 films in the three trilogies playing on my Raspberry Pi controlled RGB LED Matrix Display. It’s 4946 x 32 pixels long. Shown on my 64 x 32 Matrix […]


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