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  • 10 things to know about your new Pocket C.H.I.P. – June 28, 2016

    I’ve had some fun playing with the Pocket C.H.I.P. over the past week and while I do plan to write a full review, for now, I have ten things to share that might be of interest to new users of...

  • Raspberry Pi presentation page now available – June 18, 2016

    On June 17th, I was the guest speaker for our local Columbus area Chamber of Commerce TANK Talk. I was asked to give a presentation about the Raspberry Pi and its use in physical computing, making and education. I...

  • Update your Raspberry Pi OS and software – May 25, 2016

    The Raspberry Pi’s operating system (OS) is a modified version of the open source (free) Debian Linux distribution. Debian includes a package (software) manager know as the advanced packaging tool, or apt. A subset of apt is...

  • Change the Terminal font size on Raspberry Pi – May 18, 2016

    If you connect a Raspberry Pi to an HDMI monitor, you may find the terminal font size to be a bit small; especially if the monitor sits a foot or more away. This post demonstrates how to choose a different...

  • An iOS user talks Android – April 30, 2016

    Android has come a long way in the past several years and during that time, there has been a Hatfield/McCoy divide among Android and iOS users. Until recently, the only smart phone I have used is the iPhone. Since standing...

  • Use Gist to archive and share code snippets – April 04, 2016

    This is a short post for those new to coding (Arduino, CSS, HTML, Python, Javascript, Ruby, etc). Lately, I’ve been reactivating my dormant coding skills. As I complete projects and tutorials, I often like to save my code, or snippets...

  • Mirror a monitor connected to a Raspberry Pi on a Mac – March 24, 2016

    There are several tutorials available online that demonstrate how to setup a VNC connection to a Raspberry Pi from a Mac; however, most of them use TightVNC. This is fine if you want to control your Raspberry Pi remotely...

  • Easily install openHAB on a Raspberry Pi – March 20, 2016

    This post shares the process I use to install openHAB, the “vendor and technology agnostic open source automation software for your home,” on a Raspberry Pi 2. While I use the Raspberry Pi 2, this process should work on...

  • Bullet Review: New Trent Arcadia dual port AC charger – February 26, 2016

    New Trent once again provided me with an opportunity to review a new product; the Arcadia dual port AC charger. When I received an email that the product was available for review, I must admit, my decision to...

  • Connect Chromecast to hotel (captive portal) Wi-Fi – November 29, 2015

    The Chromecast, while a great device, has one huge flaw. Unlike the Amazon Fire TV (or Stick), it does not have a way to authenticate into a hotel that has a captive portal web page. This is an omission...

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