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January 2014

Do me a Raspberry

Blow a raspberry

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Python is a remarkably powerful dynamic programming language that is used in a wide variety of application domains. Python is often compared to Tcl, Perl, Ruby, Scheme or Java. Some of its key distinguishing features include:

  • very clear, readable syntax
  • strong introspection capabilities
  • intuitive object orientation
  • natural expression of procedural code
  • full modularity, supporting hierarchical packages
  • exception-based error handling
  • very high level dynamic data types
  • extensive standard libraries and third party modules for virtually every task
  • extensions and modules easily written in C, C++ (or Java for Jython, or .NET languages for IronPython)
  • embeddable within applications as a scripting interface


XBMC won't last forever


This software is extremely popular at the moment, using it you can stream movies, TV shows, music in fact anything. Raspberry Pi is not ideal for running XBMC, but does the job more than adequately.I have XBMC installed on my laptop and it only works marginally better. I've also seen XBMC on some of the hardware boxes you can buy to turn your TV into a smart TV. Or at least that's how they are advertising these boxes.

It won't be long before someone spoils this situation. Like Napster, it seems that all good things on the internet come to an end. The authorities can't stand us using unregulated software and stamp it out when they catch up with us.

First Time Lapse done with Picam

This is my first attempt at doing time lapse with the Picam. I find it runs slow on the first time round, struggling to load the pictures fast enough. It works well once it has run through for the first time. The first run loads all of the pictures into RAM so the timelapse runs more smoothly.

Robot Suit HAL

Robot suit HALالبدلة الآلية تمكنك من رفع الاوزان الثقيلة جدا

This is exactly what I need, but as there was no mention of price I'm guessing I won't be able to afford one.

At least I now know it can be done, maybe even steal some of thier ideas, but I gotta make mine a lot cheaper with a Raspberry Pi and recycled materials.

Where to start with a Raspberry Pi?

There's a lot of info out there, here's my recomendations to get started:

  1. raspberrypi.org - lots of tutorials on here. These are the guys that developed Raspberry Pi and this is the official site.
  2. https://www.youtube.com/user/RaspberryPiTutorials - lots of excellent videos to help you get started
  3. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfY8sl5Q6VKndz0nLaGygPw - The Raspberry Pi Guy, lots of excellent videos to help you get started.This guy sounds very young but really does know what he's talking about. 

Those 3 sources of info have been read and watched to bits and I still concider myself an absolute beginer. I did learn loads from them, but there's so much that I don't yet know. Note I used the word 'yet'.

Welcome to Do Me A Raspberry

Welcome to Do Me A Raspberry

This site aims to provide a place where Raspberry Pi is concidered much more tasty than Arduino and beagle bone.

 I'm determined via this website to gain the knowledge I need to create an exoskeletal pair of legs that will help me to walk. By that I don't mean I can't walk, I can. I can only walk for a few meters before pain hits me though. So these legs will only need to help me walk, to take the strain out of it. I don't get enough blood to my legs and thats why I can't walk very far.

Valentines Day

Repeats every year on the 14 of February 5 times.
Friday, February 14, 2014 - 16:15
Saturday, February 14, 2015 - 16:15
Sunday, February 14, 2016 - 16:15
Tuesday, February 14, 2017 - 16:15
Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 16:15

My experiences with PiFace

When I first got my Pi I also got a PiFace. My first try with Piface was pretty disastrous. I thought the whole point of relays is that you can use a separate power source for your motors? So I attached a battery that was too powerful for Piface and Pi and both were fried. I should dig them both out as there's gonna be loads of recyclables in them. So pleased that they are relativly inexpencive.

Piface which stands for 'Raspberry PI interFACE', is probably more useful than I have indicated, I should have read the instructions. PiFace fits directly on top of Raspberry Pi via the GPIO interface. GPIO stands for General Purpose Input Output.