Archive for the ‘Raspberry Pi’ Category

The Raspberry Pi Foundation has launched the Pi Zero W, a variant of the Pi Zero that comes with onboard WiFi and Bluetooth. At $10 it’s double the price of the Pi Zero, but still substantially cheaper than $35 for the original Raspberry Pi Model B which launched 5 years ago. By having connectivity onboard the […]


My Asus Tinker Board arrived yesterday from CPC, and I did a quick tweet with unboxing photos. Having taken it for a quick test drive here are my first impressions based on running up their Debian image[1] (I’ve not had the time to try Kodi yet). Reassuringly expensive The Tinker Board is £55, which is […]


TV Cable Tidy

08Nov15

TL;DR If you’re putting a TV on a modern open stand then the ancillaries and cables can make a real mess and spoil the overall look. I put a board onto the VESA mount on the back of my TV to hold everything, which then let me arrange the cables into one tidy trunk running […]


For the last few years the fantastic chaps at GreenQloud have been hosting my automated builds for OpenELEC. Sadly (for me) their business is shifting from running a cloud to selling their ‘QStack‘ cloud platform to others, so GreenQloud are shutting down their IaaS (so that they’re not competing with their customers). I’m pleased to say that […]


I’ve modified my automated build system for OpenELEC so that it now creates RPi2 builds in addition to regular old RPi builds – https://resources.pichimney.com/OpenELEC/dev_builds/?C=M;O=D


When Paul Simmonds showed up to speak at the privacy and security track I hosted at QCon London last week he brought a Chromebook. After my own experiences using a Chromebook for a presentation my first thought was ‘this isn’t going to end well'[1]. The first issue was connecting to the ubiquitous VGA connector for the […]


Update (13 Mar 2014) – this presentation is also available on YouTube I did a presentation at the open source hardware users group (OSHUG) last night. Click to the second slide to get the TL;DR version: With more time I’d like to get some quantitative material on the memory footprint of various cipher suites and […]


This was trivially easy, but it’s a nice example of how simple integration is now becoming due to the strength of various open source communities. Pi-LITE The Pi Lite is an array of lots of LEDs (126 in a 9×14 matrix to be exact). I bought a pair of them during the initial Kickstarter campaign. […]


Now that OpenELEC 3.2 is out the dev team are moving to 3.3 (which will eventually become stable as 3.4). The dev team have asked me to wait until things are more stable (for around 4 weeks) before doing more builds from the master branch. The dev team have also made a decision to remove […]


I spent Saturday manning the @BrightonPi stand at Brighton Mini Maker Faire showing off various projects with Gareth James. It was great fun, and I really enjoyed talking to people about the potential of the Raspberry Pi. There were a few questions that got asked a lot… hence this post. The projects I was showing off […]