Tags: raspberry pi

A more powerful Plex media server using Raspberry Pi 3 [↗]

I’ve had a Raspberry Pi 3 sitting on my desk, doing nothing, for nearly a year. Last weekend, I figured it was about time I used it for something, so I followed this guide and within an hour, I’d turned my Pi into a fully working Plex Media Server.

Nifty.

A guide to connecting to Twitter from Python using Twython [↗]

Came across this whilst browsing the Raspberry Pi Learning Resources. I’d not heard of the Twython module and it looks like it could be a lot of fun to play with. I’m thinking I’ll probably dust off my Raspberry Pi for this and I may even attempt a bit of hardware hacking too.

Internet of Stranger Things [↗]

Seb Lee-Delisle lights up our 2016 advent series with an illuminating guide to making your own Stranger Things style fairy lights to pick up messages from the upside-down (also known as the Internet).

Very cool.

Ten Millionth Raspberry Pi [↗]

When we started Raspberry Pi, we had a simple goal: to increase the number of people applying to study Computer Science at Cambridge. By putting cheap, programmable computers in the hands of the right young people, we hoped that we might revive some of the sense of excitement about computing that we had back in the 1980s with our Sinclair Spectrums, BBC Micros and Commodore 64s.

At the time, we thought our lifetime volumes might amount to ten thousand units – if we were lucky. There was was no expectation that adults would use Raspberry Pi, no expectation of commercial success, and certainly no expectation that four years later we would be manufacturing tens of thousands of units a day in the UK, and exporting Raspberry Pi all over the world.

10,000,000, blimey, that’s a lot of Raspberry Pi. Congrats to the Raspberry Pi Foundation!

Powering Raspberry Pi Projects with PHP [↗]

PiPHP: GPIO is a PHP library that can be installed via composer that allows you to control these GPIO pins. Here is an example of how we might use the library to blink an LED a few times when a button press is detected.

A nice and simple introduction to programming a Raspberry Pi with PHP. For many developers, I would imagine Python would be their first choice for this type of thing, but it’s nice to know there are alternatives available.

How to build your own Raspberry Pi Cluster [↗]

I’ve always wanted my own cluster, but to be honest, I’ve not had much luck with running web servers on Raspberry Pi devices — I’ve experienced several SD card failures, which sucks. Anyhow, I’ve watched the first 2 videos and they are pretty good, so I’m looking forward to watching more when they’re published.

Time-lapse Shell Script For The Raspberry Pi

This is the shell script I use for creating time-lapse videos using a Raspberry Pi. It is designed to run as cron job, so it is somewhat fail-safe to power outages. The script assumes that the Pi has a couple of USB drives attached to it, for storing the images, but other than that, it should be fairly self-explanatory.

Note: the script is just responsible for taking the photos. There are some instructions for building the actual video with MEncoder at the top of the script.