• Fancy technology


    I do not like the current trend of giving technology a crazy shape to make up for lack of new features. I guess I should look at this and think it’s a lot different looking than the one at home I should upgrade. Instead I’m concerned it has low self esteem and is trying to make up for a lack of features with a new look.

    How about getting us the features you keep for business class users? No, you say. I’ll just keep using my dd wrt flashed router then.

  • Getting a Raspberry Pi

    Rapberry Pi is a small computer that runs Linux and is great for a lot of fun little projects.

    Raspberry Pi Hardware

    Raspberry Pi

    Raspberry Pi Revision B Hardware

    The hardware is about the size of a deck of cards. Power is provided via a microUSB connection that requires 700 milliamps (must us a 1amp power plug like iPad charger), a powered USB hub gives us a spot for keyboard and mouse and the HDMI port lets us plug it into a TV or monitor.

    The Processor is a 700MHz ARM11 family processor that is able to be over-clocked safely to 800MHz from what I hear. Software compiled for the Intel x86 family will NOT run, but the Linux world is full of source code that can be compiled to run on the hardware. Running lots of normal desktop software is not what this was designed for. It’s to be used to create your own little programs and projects that do stuff. Think using the GPIO (general purpose input output) to interface with other hardware and components for electronic projects combined with the Python programming language to do something with that data.

    It has 512MB of RAM and an SD card slot for adding up to a 32GB SD Card with Linux and room for applications and programs.

    Full Specs below:

    • SoC Broadcom BCM2835 (CPU, GPU, DSP, and SDRAM)
    • CPU: 700 MHz ARM1176JZF-S core (ARM11 family)
    • GPU: Broadcom VideoCore IV, OpenGL ES 2.0, 1080p30 h.264/MPEG-4 AVC high-profile decoder
    • Memory (SDRAM): 512 Megabytes (MiB)
    • Video outputs: Composite RCA, HDMI
    • Audio outputs: 3.5 mm jack, HDMI
    • Onboard storage: SD, MMC, SDIO card slot
    • 10/100 Ethernet RJ45 onboard network
    • Storage via SD/ MMC/ SDIO card slot


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    Raspbian is a free operating system based on Debian optimized for the Raspberry Pi hardware. Get this loaded onto an SD card, plug it into the Raspberry Pi and you are ready.

    PythonPython is a programming language that is pretty easy to pick up and even has some books for kids to learn.


    The Raspberry Pi was designed with kids using these inexpensive boards to learn about computers, programming and electronics. There are books to learn about programming in Python, educational ebooks and more.

    Some ideas

    Chameleon Linux which has a lot of old computers emulated.

    I wish I had this when I was younger. A $35 computer with an open architecture to play, learn and grow in computer knowledge.

  • Diablo 3. Not so much.

    Not the smoothest game launch with login problems opening night and maintenance the following day. The game has been officially available 32 hours or so and I currently have a level 3 wizard who I am very proud of. You should see my magic armor and fancy boots. Scares the local undead.

  • iPhone No-SIM Error fixed

    I found a solution to my phone just randomly deciding it doesn’t need a cell connection. WooServers had a good article about putting some tape over the end of the SIM card. Problem Solved.
    I’ve added this to a piece of a sticky note crammed under the wake/sleep button as things I’ve had to do with my iPhone 4 to keep it running. Not really in the mood to spend money on an upgraded talking phone.

  • Netflix Watching

    Reel Injun and American Mystic are both good to watch.

  • Photos in a Computer

    Wow. Lots of photos locked away on my computer. I need to find some time soon to get them a ticket into the real world. There are also a lot of junk photos on there. A symptom of having a mobile device that lets you take photos of anything you need to remember or share with a friend.

  • Coffee Shop Time

    I’ve been spending time each week in a coffee shop drinking mostly tea and snacking on things that taste good, but don’t help my fitness goals. New goal is avoid the sweet snacks. Mostly…

    I have a notebook, some 3×5 notecards and I gather together what I’m looking to do during the week and beyond. It is my weekly spotlight on the progress for the projects and tasks in my life. A good way to see how things are going. A drink, listening to some music and capturing ideas. I have spent some time learning how to properly use some of the software I’ve got installed and ready to improve my life. This time to learn the details and features has helped out a lot.

    I went for a run this morning and now it’s time to get to my notebook of ideas and projects.

  • I Read Three Books in November

    Finished 100 Thing Challenge last night as my third book. Interesting read about downsizing to 100 things and living life while not consuming as the typical American consumer does. Now I just need to figure out what I’ll read next for December.

  • Black Friday 2011

    Today is the day. Either you are shopping like mad or avoiding stores and consumerism like a plague. I’ve decided to treat it like a Friday where I’m not at work and making it a great opportunity to catch up on reading, plotting my own success and organizing my apartment, thoughts and other such stuff.

    I’m hoping everyone is having a good holiday weekend no matter what you chose to do with it.

  • Do Android Dream of Electric Sheep

    Finished Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep and I have 10 days to complete my third book this month to reach my goal. So far so good. I have been distracted by the 100 Things Challenge book and perhaps that will be my third book this month.