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Adventures in geekdom

14 Jan 2013

aphboard Up and Running

After hours and hours of work, I finally have something tangible to show for it! I've had to change my target device, though. I was spending way too much time trying to get the Chromium Embedded Framework (CEF3 in my case) to compile for the Pi (mainly for the ARM, not the Pi specifically) so I decided to change it up and just use an x86 machine for now. My goal is still to have a cross-platform dashboard but I thought this way it would be faster to get something working so I don't have a blank screen sitting here unused.
31 Dec 2012

Yet Another New Project

In typical Erik fashion, I've found yet another project I want to do. For Christmas my parents gave me a 26" LCD TV that I'd wanted to use to watch TV in my office since I'd been using my 3rd LCD for that and I wanted to be able to actually use that LCD. For awhile I've been looking for a way to raise the new TV off my desk high enough to reach over my current LCDs, but all of the arms I'd found wouldn't raise the TV high enough. I finally decided that I'd have to go with a wall mount (I was avoiding it because I didn't want to put holes in the wall, bother finding studs, etc), so I went to Best Buy the day after Christmas to get one. They had some wall mount brackets on sale that supported 15-37" TV's, so I picked up one of those. While I was thinking about it, I thought I might as well get two and set up a second wall mount screen since I had to get it all set up for one anyway.
24 Dec 2012

Making Music with the Pi

Soooo... I've already found another project I'd like to work on. Some time ago I saw a video of someone using various old computer parts to play music. I think they had a printer, a scanner, an oscilloscope and various floppy drives. More recently I saw some videos of people using an Arduino to play music using 3.5" floppy drives. It was pretty intriguing and I decided it was time for me to make one (using my Raspberry Pi)!
19 Dec 2012

Let There Be Light

The first thing many people do these days when they begin messing with electronics is create a circuit that does nothing but light an LED. I'm no exception. :)
17 Dec 2012

Soldering!

I've learned to solder! OK, maybe I already had an idea of how to solder and have done a (very) small amount if it in the past but I'm learning to do it correctly. I picked up a nice iron (Weller WES51) with adjustable temperatures, swappable tips and a holder and it definitely makes a huge difference from the el cheapo I had before.