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  • Program C.H.I.P. with Python to control LED – August 14, 2016

    The C.H.I.P. packs a lot of power into a tiny board that includes both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. It’s the perfect combination of small size and performance to power physical computing projects.

    I recently built a tracked robotic platform, shown...

  • fish and C.H.I.P.s – August 13, 2016

    The PocketC.H.I.P. keyboard can be a bit of bear when trying to enter long commands in the Terminal. C.H.I.P. comes with bash as the default Terminal shell (as do most Debian Linux distributions). However, we are not confined to...

  • Mac to C.H.I.P. USB OTG serial connection – August 07, 2016

    A key feature of the C.H.I.P. is the 4Gb onboard flash memory. Unlike a Raspberry Pi, the C.H.I.P. does not require a microSD card (making the cost to operate a C.H.I.P. even less than a Raspberry Pi). You simply connect...

  • Project Fi bricks meet Pocket C.H.I.P. – July 30, 2016

    In November of 2015, Project Fi (Google’s mobile phone service), sent out Happy Holidays kits to their users. Inside the kit were Project Fi building bricks. Many folks online inaccurately called them LEGO bricks. These bricks are definitely not...

  • 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...

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