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Archive for May, 2012

Book review: We bought a zoo – Benjamin Mee

Friday, May 25th, 2012

I saw the film “We bought a Zoo” before I read the book. As soon as I’d watched the film I ordered the book (well later that evening as I actually saw it as an in-flight movie) and I knew straight away that I wanted to read the true story rather than the Hollywood version. […]

Raspberry Pi Wireless – Belkin 802.11g usb adapter Ralink RT2750W

Monday, May 21st, 2012

These are the steps involved in getting a Belkin USB network adapter to work on the Raspberry Pi. I have deliberately done this all on the command line rather than using a GUI application. As this will show some of what is going on behind the scenes. This is the configuration for a single wireless […]

Configuring Linux / Raspberry Pi with a static IP address

Saturday, May 19th, 2012

To use Linux as a server or to access it remotely requires a static IP address. This is assuming a computer on a home network with a router that connects to the Internet over a broadband connection. The following is based on the Raspberry Pi running Debian Linux, but will be similar for other distributions. […]

Raspberry Pirate – home made case for the Raspberry Pi

Friday, May 11th, 2012

The Raspberry Pi is an inexpensive lightweight computer designed for teaching programming to school children. At the moment it is available as a bare-bones processor board, but there are plans for a cased version in future. In the meantime there are some 3rd parties that have created or are in the process of creating cases. […]

Raspberry Pi – Linux computer for education for less than £30

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

What is the Raspberry Pi? The Raspberry Pi is a small computer. It’s about the same length and width as a credit card and costs only $32. It has been designed as a educational computer for school children to learn to program, but is also hugely popular due to it’s small size and amazing low […]

Book review – Make: Electronics: Learning Through Discovery

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

Make: Electronics is a practical guide to hobby electronics. It’s very much a hands-on guide encouraging learning by experimentation. Some of the experiments involve deliberate damage to components. Whilst I understand that this can be a good way to learn I think there are other ways of teaching which don’t encourage deliberately overloading components. My […]


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