Posts Tagged ‘Raspi’

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 […]

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 […]

Shiva Iyer at Packt Publishing kindly sent me a review copy of Instant OpenELEC Starter. It’s an ebook with a list price of £5.99, and I was able to download .pdf and .mobi versions (with an .epub option too). It’s also available from Amazon as a paperback (£12.99) and for Kindle (£6.17). The book is […]

Over the past week or so my automated build engine for OpenELEC on the Raspberry Pi hasn’t been working. XBMC has grown to a point where it will no longer build on a machine with 1GB RAM. Normal services has now been resumed, as the good people at GreenQloud kindly increased my VM from t1.milli […]

Two years ago I took my son along to Maker Faire UK in Newcastle (which is where I grew up). This year the whole family came along. Whilst I queued with the kids for the ‘laser caper'[1] my wife went along to a talk by Clive from the Raspberry Pi Team. I can’t blame her […]

Last week I cooked tri-tip with my Raspberry Pi controlled water bath. This week I used a much more ordinary cut, some topside from my local Co-Op supermarket that had cost me just over £5 for 1.6kg. Some time ago I stopped buying this kind of meat because if you cook it per the instructions […]

I cooked tri-tip with my Raspberry Pi controlled sous vide water bath today. It came out brilliantly – on a par with the best Chateaubriand I’ve had (which for the record was at Casa Ferlin in Zurich – well worth a visit if you’re ever in that neck of the woods). The meat I got […]

OpenELEC 3.0.0 has been released, which means that this popular distribution for XBMC is now in a stable version on Raspberry Pi. Raspberry Pi downloads for an SD card image file ( and a copy of the release bundle (.tar.bz2) are on the Pi Chimney resources site. I’ve done some tidying up on the site, […]

I first came across GreenQloud at GigaOm Structure Europe last year. It’s a cloud service based in Iceland that is powered entirely from renewable energy. I bumped into Eiki and Bala again last week at London CloudCamp, and gave them my sob story about hosting. They’ve very kindly offered to provide free hosting for my […]

After bringing my Nanode based temperature sensor back to life I thought about some other projects that I might do. One was simply to add an external sensor to the Nanode project, and another was to turn my slow cooker into a sous vide water bath (along the lines of ‘Sous Vader‘). Those projects would need […]