Well the Raspberry pi arrived

linked it to tv initially for set up.  Using rasbian wheezy and installed this onto the SD card as described in various articles, no problems at all.

Well impressed with it up to now.

Tried to link an old webcam up to it, but spent hours trying to get it to work.  No good, going to get a cheap one that is on the list of recognised webcams soon.


Attach it to my Bufallo NAS Drive

What a bloody nightmare!!

Things were going well, working through somones tutorial until I must have got side tracked (strangely this happens often) and ended up trying a different way to do it.

At one point I had my drive visible on the RPi but could only read from it, not write to it.

I spent ages going round and round, installing this and that, but eventually I came across


and although not a goflex drive, seemed to work a treat, although I have my suspicions on whether the drive will still be connected after reboot.

Suggestions welcome.

Make it headless!!!

Well I think I have.

reinstalled the debian image, and instead of plugging it into the telly (because strangely enough my wife has different views on what the tv should be used for!) thought I would try running it from my laptop.

so, I put the image on the sd card using my laptop and diskimager.  Popped this into the RPi and used putty to ssh into the RPi (using the IP address I gathered from the router (and whilst I was there I made the IP address for the RPI static).

I was a bit concerned that the the config menu may stop me, but this runs when you access the RPi for the first time through ssh as well.  I expanded the partition, and changed the password. Then went to install remote desktop.

Again, when reading there seems to be umpteen ways to do this, but I went for this method, using:

apt-get install xrdp

this installed a xrdp server and to log into the desktop, you only have to use Remote Desktop Connection from a windows machine and use the IP address of the PI, which I had now fixed from the router.

Works an absolute dream (although some of the keys seem to be mixed up?)

Pi Reads My tweets!

Loved this one, although as the author agrees it is work in progress.

This python program actually taps into your twitter stream and using google speach, reads out the tweets you receive.  Loved it.

this is the link to his speaking tweets program http://www.stuffaboutcode.com/2012/10/raspberry-pi-python-talking-twitter.html

A link to it working

In fact Martin O’Hanlons site http://www.stuffaboutcode.com, makes an excellent read and I hope he keeps it up!!