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Electronics Fabrication Programming

Whitterm-220 2.0

Having used my clever serial terminal – the WT-220 – for a few years now, I’d identified improvements I wanted to make. I was never that pleased with the cobbled together electronics (based on what I had laying around and ability at the time) and with PCB fabrication accessible to hobbyists now thanks to China, […]

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Programming

Boblight Web GUI Control RaspBMC

Since setting up an boblight on my RaspBMC, I’ve been wanting a nice gui to manage it; turn it on and off, change colours. I was going to make a plugin to improve my Python knowledge but decided a web plugin would be more flexible as it would be controllable from any device. Using Chris […]

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Fabrication

Boblight with Raspbmc – Ambilight Clone

When I first started seeing the Ambilight (Philips’s lighting system that allows the display to bleed out) clones popping up I knew I wanted to create one myself. The open-source system has been fairly well refined to this point, such that it is pretty much plug and play with Raspbmc (XBMC for the Raspberry Pi). […]

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Programming

AirPi: DIY Airplay Speakers using Shairport and a Raspberry Pi Updated

My last AirPi post has been popular – and still is – but part of why of like Arch linux is that it is constantly updating so you must be hands on, learning a new part of the OS the hard way! Since my post a year ago, Shairport has some new features and dependencies, […]

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Programming

BootCamp Partition Virtual Machine with VirtualBox

I’ve had a BootCamp partition on my Macbook since it bought it; I waited specifically for the Intel CoreDuo Macbooks. Sometimes I don’t want to restart just to run an app or test something out, so developed this bash script to boot it using Virtual Box.

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Setting Up a USB WiFi Dongle on Raspberry Pi Arch

For my AirPi, I needed to make my Raspberry Pi wireless. Being the man of thrift that I am, I found the cheapest dongle on eBay: a (Digitaz) RaLink RT5370. Now Arch isn’t exactly plug and play, but that’s part of the fun. Plugging it in, the only way you’ll know it is there is […]

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Programming

AirPi: DIY Airplay Speakers using Shairport and a Raspberry Pi

We have speakers in all the ground floor rooms of our house, all driven from the same amp. It’s neat but controlling the input requires going back to the amp. Surrounded by iDevices too and with apps like iPlayer, Spotify and home share on iTunes, being able to throw audio to the speaker system had […]