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First taste of Pi

Got my Raspberry Pi up and running the other night. Didn’t do much other than make sure the wifi adapter works, go through some of the config stuff, and install gPhoto2.

Need to get things on the hardware side organized. Keyboard, mouse, HDMI cord, power adapter, and all the stuff for the camera can be a little bit to get ready just to play around.

I think once I get SSH and VNC set up I can use my iPod Touch and iPad to control the Pi.

Most of yesterday was spent getting VirtualBox, Ubuntu, and my Canon Powershot A510 hooked up to my work computer and begin experimenting with that. I’m so glad there are smarter people on the internet that can answer questions. Usually someone as already asked and answered it somewhere. Thank You.

Took a small 10 sec time lapse video yesterday just to see if it would do what I want it to and it worked perfect. Time to really get this video learning thing going.

Another Step

I have my first Raspberry Pi case made. Nothing special, a couple pieces of plexiglass with some nuts and bolts.

I found a power cord for the Pi laying around the house. I probably will have to do some of the initial set-up on an old standard def tv, since I don’t feel like getting another HDMI or HDMI to  DVI cable. That won’t be a problem.

I’m thinking of using my iPod touch as a wireless keyboard and maybe using my iPad as a screen. I could probably just use the iPad as a screen and keyboard combo, but we’ll see.

My $9 Canon A-510 seems to be taking decent pictures, really looking forward to getting some time lapse movies going. I hope the power adapter I bought will work for the camera, since it will need to be on for a few hours at a time.

Need to focus on drawing and taking pictures. Just force myself to do i when I think about it.

Got my Pi

Well my Raspberry Pi came in the mail last week. Just like everyone says, “It’s so small”.

I’m very excited to hook it up to my camera and get some time lapse going. I’m trying to resist the urge to by a bunch of stuff, to get started even though I don’t need hardly anything else to get things going.

First things first I’ll try to use a Ubuntu Virtualbox and attach the camera to my home computer and test the functions that way. I need to go through some boxes to find a plug for my camera so I don’t need to keep recharging batteries.

Not much going on with my drawing ever day. I did a couple sketches for some of the time lapse stuff I want to do, so I guess that’s something. I need to start taking some pictures soon.

Time to start getting back into shape, not that I was ever in much shape to begin with.

That’s all for now.

Keep on Truckin

Well, I didn’t Draw anything or take a Picture yesterday. But, I do consider any thing I post here, writing. So, I guess I did write something yesterday.

I takes me forever to write something down. It never seems to flow well or sound good in my head. I’m way to critical of what I put down. A simple three sentence email can take me 10 mins to write and send.

Today I will take a picture and draw something. At least I wrote something down.

A New Year

Everyone does it. Either you write it down or keep it in your head. Everyone says this year is going to be different.

Draw Something, Write Something, Take a Picture, Learn Guitar.

That is my New Year.

I hope to do something related to each of these every day.

I don’t need to spend a lot of time ever day on these things, but I need to spend some time each day.

Until Tomorrow.

Latest Research Time Sink

Well just spent about the last 45 min or hour researching another topic.

How to sneak a DSLR into a concert.

We’re thinking of going to Dave Matthews Band this summer and getting some great pics would be pretty cool.

I have a Nikon D70 and an older 70-200mm f/2.8 that could probably take some pretty good shots.

One idea my wife said she would do is wear a pregnant suit and sneak it in there.

I’ll sketch an idea and see how that would work.

Camera Collecting

It turns out I have a decent sized camera collection. In my opinion.

I set up a little basement studio to take still life pictures. What better thing to start taking pictures of than all the different cameras that I own.

Once I started looking around the house at everything we’ve put out and the stuff in the basement, it could be close to 40 film and video cameras.

I plan to start putting them on flickr and maybe posting them here.

A simple black and white sheet stapled to a dowel rod it making a pretty decent back drop, I just need to iron it again. Didn’t get out all the wrinkles the first time.

One App to Rule Them All

Not bloody likely.

Just like there is no “One Website to Rule Them All”.

One of my issues is I’m not online all the time. I don’t have a “Smart” phone so I don’t have internet access whenever I want. I think that would make these decisions a lot easier, since I could just access a website where ever I was. Be that at a computer or on my phone. 

I’m trying to figure out how to organize my life, time and interests.

I do have an app or 2 that work very well together and I use all the time.

Google Reader and the Reeder app for the iPad and iPod Touch.

If everything I needed worked as well as this combo I would be set.

Now here is one of my problems, I’m a cheap ass. I don’t like to pay for stuff if I don’t have to. If there is a free app that does what I need it to, that’s what I’ll use. I should probably look into paid apps that do more and do it better. I really don’t like having monthly bills, maybe an annual bill, but $5 a month for premium access to a website sounds steep, even $60 a year is a bit much to swallow. I think $30 and under is a sweet spot for premium website access for me.

2 apps the I need to find are a bookmarking and calendar app.

Ideally I would like my bookmarking and calendar app to sync between my iPad , iPod Touch and a website.

Now the search begins

One Raspberry Pi to Rule Them All

I beginning to think that I would only need to buy 1 Raspberry Pi to serve many uses.

I’m thinking if I built a multi-use enclosure for the Raspberry Pi, I could take it to my car, HDTV, concerts, or where ever I needed.

To have it so it would serve it’s specialty purposes, I would by an SD Card for each use.

Depending on the the function I may not need a large capacity card or maybe one large card for certain uses.

If I had various perferials for each use it would make one piece of computer hardware very versatile.

  • Microphones and pre-amp for recording.
  • Game controlers for Mame on the big screen.
  • GPS and a small screen for Geo-Caching.

A lot of possabilities for one device.

Mmmm Raspberry Pi

Raspberry Pi really has my brain working.

There have been a lot of small specialty or do it all computer ideas that I’ve had floating around for some time. I have a lot of DIY ideas, but also want to do them as cheap as possible.

One thing that I’ve been wanting to buy, for quite some time is a audio player/recorder.

Nothing I’ve found seems to fit my bill and my budget. I know I can buy 2 different devices and they will both work just fine, but I don’t want to carry around 2 more things, when I think 1 should be just fine.

Because the Raspberry Pi will run Linux and hopefully a good number of software packages, I think I’ll finally be able to build the player/recorder I’ve been looking for.