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Archive for November, 2013

Setting up the Raspberry Pi as a host wireless hotspot

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

This guide is how to turn a Raspberry Pi into a host Wireless WiFi hotspot. First what does that mean? This will not turn your Pi into a wireless router (although you’d be half-way there), but instead provides a way to connect and control a Raspberry Pi using a dedicated wireless network. The reason I […]

Dartmoor Zoological Park – Real home of We Bought a Zoo

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

I first heard about Dartmoor Zoological Park through the film “We Bought a Zoo”. Whilst the Hollywood version of the film was very different from the true story (although still very good), it was the Book: We Bought a Zoo by Benjamin Mee that made me want to visit Dartmoor Zoo. I visited the zoo as a normal paying customer, but I must confess that because of the book I had become a fan of the zoo long before I actually visited it.

Raspberry Pi – configure wireless using the command line – useful on Model A with only one USB port

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

The Raspberry Pi is a low cost, low power computer ideal for learning computing and electronics projects. It is available in a model B which is the most popular version with 512Mb ram, two USB ports and built in Ethernet, or as a model A which is a “lite” version with only 256Mb ram, one […]

PiFace digital road test review

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

The PiFace is a digital input output board that fits on the top of the Raspberry Pi computer. The board provides an element of protection for the Raspberry Pi. Connections are made to external devices through screw terminals mounted on the board. This is easier than connecting wires to the GPIO ports on the Raspberry Pi.

Windows XP – Closed source software that puts nuclear plants at risk

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

Whilst we are used to hearing about computer viruses and I am aware of many people’s Windows computers that have been rendered practically useless due to adware / spyware installed from clicking on random (until the computer was wiped and the operating system reinstalled). It is one thing to have the inconvenience of having to […]

Day out at Flambards Theme Park, Museum and Science Centre in Cornwall

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

We visited Flambards Theme park earlier this year whilst on holiday at St Ives Cornwall. As well as being a usual theme park with funfair rides Flambards is educational with a large exhibition, museum and a hands-on science centre. Funfair rides There are a good selection of rides for children. There are some rides suitable […]


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