Finally a guide for the geek on how they can code, hack and solder their way through a zombie apocalypse. From Simon Monk, this book provides a range of world end surviving projects for you to work on before World War Z arrives!
Get the book now for £15.95 and get building just make sure you don’t overwork your brain … brains … BRAAAAAINNNNNS!
Using a Pi as a kiosk or single site display? Then you might want to look at FullPageOS – a simple solution to booting a Pi straight into Chromium with the page of your choice loaded. Configuration is via a simple text file and it even comes preconfigured with VNC for remote tweaking.
A new post over on the official Raspberry Pi blog features a new Linux magazine called Linux Voice. This mag has a couple of subtle differences to make it a bit more FOSS friendly.
Firstly, 50% of the profits will be invested back into the OSS community. The recipients will be chosen by the readers so it’s all kept fair.
Secondly, nine months after release, each issue and all content will be released under the Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike Licence (CC BY-SA)
You can find out more (and grab a subscription) on their IndiGogo page but we agree with the Rasp Pi guys that this is a fantastic alternative to traditional publishing models.
Or you can wait 9 months and we’ll re post each issue as soon as the open licence kicks in!
The lovely folk over at PighiXXX have released a fantastic reference for the Raspberry Pi’s pins and gives a clear picture of how to use each pin of the card.
It covers the GPIO, JTAG and more!
Grab a direct download of the PDF version.
The Raspberry Pi Foundation and Wolfram research have teamed up to bring Mathematica to the Pi.
What is Mathematica? Well according to the official Matematica site:
Almost any workflow involves computing results, and that’s what Mathematica does—from building a hedge-fund trading website or publishing interactive engineering textbooks, to developing embedded image-recognition algorithms or teaching calculus.
Mathematica is renowned as the world’s ultimate application for computations. But it’s much more—it’s the only development platform fully integrating computation into complete workflows, moving you seamlessly from initial ideas all the way to deployed individual or enterprise solutions.
All future downloads of Raspian will include the software be default but you can get it now but running the following in an LXTerminal Window:
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install wolfram-engine
It’s a pretty hefty download (some 600mb) so make sure you have enough space on your SD card and a bit of time for the packages to come down.
(More info at the official Raspberry Pi Blog)
The following post contains the slides and some supporting resources from my recent talk given to the Jersey Tech Tribes Meet Up in July 2013.
Please click here to view the slide deck
(or download for Keynote or Powerpoint)
Some great work from the team at IC Robotics has turned the Pi into an FM radio! Capable of playing back wav files via a Python application (backed with a custom C library).
At the moment it’s Mono only and there are some issues with CPU priority but it’s a great starting point.
And there’s more, Guido PE1NNZ has released code to enable the Raspberry Pi computer board to generate SSB on the 7 and 14 MHz bands. SSB is used in HAM radio around the world and Guido has managed to make contact with other users across Europe via his Pi.
(src: makezine.com, southgatearc.com)
Disclaimer: producing radio signals may be subject to control and licensing in your country. Please check your local laws before trying any of the above.
Want to revisit the golden age of PC gaming? Well now you can run Doom, Duke Nukem, Day of the Tentacle and many more via your Raspberry Pi thanks to a very clever MS DOS emulator!
PyGame is a HUGE framework so you may need some help finding your way round at first.
This post contains a range of resources and tutorials to get you started and comfortable enough with PyGame to start creating your own mega games!