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I Bought a Raspberry Pi 400

Mon, 11/09/2020 - 00:00
Because of how inexpensive it was, and the small size of the package, I bought a Raspberry Pi 400 from Canadian re-seller BuyaPi.ca. The news of its release jumpstarted my interest in the Raspberry Pi, and the 40-pin GPIO header means I can connect a lot of of what I’ve discussed on this site and my humble Arduino mission accomplishments site.

Shared folder

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 00:00

Finder Shared sidebar with my Raspberry Pi 'ix' listed

Reading the chapter on sharing folders from other computers from Raspberry Pi Networking Cookbook this morning, I decided to do the opposite: share my Raspberry Pi over my local network with my Mac. Henrik Jachobsen has some easy-to-follow instructions, and there it is, my Raspberry Pi! (I named it Ix as an homage to Ford Prefect of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.) I followed the instructions exactly, except that I used Emacs, of course, and added Samba to the list of software I’ve installed on my Raspberry Pi. Did I mention that I have a list of software I’ve installed on my Raspberry Pi?

Almost Successful Bluetooth Dongle

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 00:00

USB Bluetooth v4.0 mini adapter

This came in for me last week, so I hope to be able to use create a Node.js-based iBeacon in my house using Bleacon and some instructions using Estimote. So far I’m unable to install Bleacon because, I believe, I insist on using the latest available binary for Node.js for Raspberry Pi.

At least the hardware works. It’s just the Node module failing to install. Getting software to work has always been easier than getting hardware to work, so I will persist.

Successful Wi-Fi Dongle Connection

Thu, 03/13/2014 - 00:00
After a few days rest and looking again at the open tab on my iPad, I decided to give the WiFi dongle another go. A more sober reading of Nathan Wittstock’s instructions on getting WiFi on a headless Raspberry Pi led to moving some lines in /etc/network/interfaces around and commenting out some lines in /etc/wpa\_supplicant/wpa\_supplicant.conf. After a reboot, I connected to the internal IP address I associated with the WiFi dongle and voila! I’m connected. Taking out the Ethernet cable confirms it. That means being able to take the Raspberry Pi unit away from the bedroom (where the router lives) and into the office to hack away more efficiently on getting the Bluetooth dongle working.

Failed Dongle Connections

Sat, 03/08/2014 - 00:00
These two USB dongles should open up some possibilities for my Raspberry Pi. pic.twitter.com/qzTl5y6Ncy— Richard Eriksson (@sillygwailo) March 9, 2014

Uncomplicated

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 00:00
Early this morning, unable to sleep, I finished reading Raspberry Pi Networking Cookbook. Late last week, I installed the Uncomplicated Firewall via the command line, doubly making sure that SSH was enabled. Otherwise making I wouldn’t be able to access it through the network and would have to set up the thing again. I also installed whois to do quick checks if a domains is available from my phone if need be without having to resort to SSHing into my California-based VPS. The final recipe of the book has us making the Raspberry Pi a wireless access point, and lacking the hardware necessary, I’m putting that one off. The list of software installed is up to date, and I plan on adding a page listing the hardware connected to my unit.

Blinky Light

Fri, 09/20/2013 - 00:00
Along with my Arduino mission accomplishments, I wanted to dust off the Raspberry Pi that had been sitting unused for over a year. After much yak shaving to get the OS installed, I set it aside while trying to figure out a way to see anything. Recently, a friend tipped me off about a Raspberry Pi getting started night at the Vancouver Hack Space.