So how does the Banna Pi stack up?

From: Rod-Lists 

Raspberry Pi dominates news stories

From: Phil Shapiro 
Check out this Wired UK news story. 

If you know any young women coders, they can follow this young women 
on Twitter. (Young men could learn a lot from her, too.)

raspberry pi & Dstar

From: Rod-Lists 
Anyone out there working with dstar on Raspberry pi?
What software does it need?

Turn your Raspberry Pi into a live HDTV transmitter

From: Rod-Lists 
Experimenter uses a raspberry pi and a transceiver on a usb dongle to transmit HDTV.

just what I need, another toy

From: Ed King 
I loves me some banana

Micro Computers / Displays - No fooling!

From: Chad Smith 
I found a couple of projects on Kickstarter that might interest some people
on here.

See what your Arduino is thinking

The MicroView is the first chip-sized Arduino compatible that lets you see
what your Arduino is thinking using a built-in OLED display.

A Touchscreen for your Raspberry Pi

PiScreen: A 3.5" TFT with touchscreen for the Raspberry Pi - All the
hardware needed to add a 3.5" TFT (480x320) with touchscreen control to
your Raspberry Pi, never need a monitor again!

And a bonus - wearable computing

MetaWear: Production Ready Wearables in 30 Minutes or Less!

A tiny ARM+Bluetooth LE Platform for developing Wearable products (and
more) that are certified and ready to ship to customers.

I haven't backed any of these yet, but I am seriously considering the first

*- Chad W. Smith*

Code with Your Kids (from the United Kingdom)

From: Phil Shapiro 

This looks promising, from the same land that gave us Isaac Newton and the Raspberry Pi. 
phil -- 

Phil Shapiro, 

"Wisdom begins with wonder." - Socrates 
"Learning happens thru gentleness." 

Raspberried.. W. Africa Linux.

From: Mike Harrison 

I bought two Raspberry Pi (B) ultimate kits this week..
Was impressed. now I gotta buy a third for myself just for fun.

One of them is going back to Benin W. Africa with Idriss,
whom, since I intro'd him to Linux almost two years ago
has become quite the Linux driven asset where he works.

His first Pi project is to use it to control some farm equipment 
(irrigation valves is the first step) for a family farm.

We often forget how technology can be used to address fundemental needs 
and how empowering flexible low cost open systems can be.


Mesh wireless with RaspberryPi?

From: Bret McHone 
Has anyone tried anything like this? I'm curious how it works.


Dr. D., DC423 and QuadCoptor

From: Mike Harrison 

Went to the meeting last night, saw an interesting presentation 
by  Stephen Hilt about a "leach" embedded controller he had built..
learned about "dronecell" a neat little GSM/GPRS module..added to a 
Raspberry Pi made an interesting useful remote device. Very small.

And Dr. D. kept playing with a nice little micro quadcopter... which I 
want to know which make/model that was because I need a cat tormenting 

Intel announces Edison at CES

From: Phil Shapiro 

From Ars Technica - a Linux computer the size of an SD card=20

" The executive also touted Intel=E2=80=99s new Edison chip, which appears =
to be a more sophisticated answer to the Raspberry Pi=E2=80=94it=E2=80=99s =
a 22nm dual core chip with built-in WiFi, Bluetooth, and ultra low power in=
 the size of an SD card. Edison, Krzanich said, will be available in mid-20=
14. The idea, so far, seems to be to integrate this chip into various small=
 devices, such as a smart baby blanket, bottle warmer, and other similar de=
vices. Intel did not yet release much in the way of technical specification=
s, price, or availability.=20

In addition to showing off this next wave of tech, Intel announced a contes=
t to encourage others to create similar (and hopefully better) devices. Say=
ing the company "didn't want to limit Edison to what we could think of," Kr=
zanich invited people from across the globe to participate in Intel's Make =
It Wearable contest. The basics are that the company will put forth $1.3 mi=
llion in prizes for potential Edison implementations, and the Top 10 conten=
ders will get connected with industry professionals to bring the winning pr=
oduct ideas to market. Intel has not yet revealed official contest details =
such as deadlines and rules."=20


Phil Shapiro,

"Wisdom begins with wonder." - Socrates=20
"Learning happens thru gentleness."=20

Packt computer programming ebooks for $5 (Christmas special)

From: Phil Shapiro 

This is a lovely holiday surprise for geeks. 

Scratch 1.4 Beginner's Guidebook - $5 ebook offer. Reviewed at

Raspberry Pi on track to sell more units than Apple II computers

From: Phil Shapiro 

The Raspberry Pi has sold almost 2 million units. It looks like it's on track to sell more units than the venerable Apple II. When I was an Apple II software developer in the early 1990's, I recall Apple advertising that 6 million Apple II's had been sold. 

If anyone in the LUG is so inclined, it would be interesting to create side by side comparison charts on the approximate sales growth curve for these two computers. It took Apple 16 years to sell 6 million Apple II's. Raspberry Pi Foundation might achieve that goal in 4 years (or less). 

Linux is unstoppable. #unstoppable 



Phil Shapiro, 

"Wisdom begins with wonder." - Socrates 
"Learning happens thru gentleness." 

Road Server Project

From: Mike Harrison 

Nancy and I bought a new RV yesterday, the next project will be turning
a netbook/notebook into an access device and server.

My goal is that it'd provide a consistent Wifi interface and network 
inside of the RV for a tablet/phone and a couple of laptops.
I've been collecting gear including a high range wifi antenna (a 
directional and an omni) - the goal is to merge a combination of WiFi
that I can suck (legally and with permission) and one (or more)
cell uplinks.

I've done some googling, and found some commercial "all in one" boxes for 
this, but me, being me, would love to roll my own on Linux.

My questions for the group:

   Am I insane? (probably)

   Is this a Raspberry Pi-ish project (That might be fun)

   Anyone seen any magic for managing multiple changing upstream 
connections or am I having fun with iptables and routeing commands via 
some perl scripts (which I know how to do..)?  It's been a while since I 
did these types of things.


Mike Harrison  cell: 423.605.6943

Long range wireless communications with the Raspberry Pi

From: Phil Shapiro 
Long range wireless communications with the Raspberry Pi 


Phil Shapiro, 

"Wisdom begins with wonder." - Socrates 
"Learning happens thru gentleness." 

Teach Python programming via Minecraft - Creative Commons book

From: Phil Shapiro 

This looks very interesting -- a Creative Commons book. 

Learning Python using Codecademy and Raspberry Pi Minecraft: a resource of great note 

Perhaps something suitable for the 4th Floor or Chatt*Lab or schools. Does anyone 
remember schools? 



Phil Shapiro, 

"Wisdom begins with wonder." - Socrates 
"Learning happens thru gentleness." 

Pi or 'Duino?

From: Eric Wolf 
I'm wanting to build an automated dog treat dispenser but I want it to
trigger off various external events. I'm trying to decide whether to use a
Raspberry Pi or an Arduino for the controller. The advantage of the Pi is
easy of programming (Python FTW). The disadvantage is largely cost. The Pi
itself is a little more expensive, especially by the time you add in the

Any thoughts?

Eric B. Wolf                           720-334-7734


From: Ed King 
have really enjoyed playing with my, ummm, raspberry pi this weekend. 

however, now that I've layed hands on one, I realize that the pi can only supplement, not replace, the roku as a media center thingy

that said, I plan on buying another pi soon, so I won't have to disturb the one connected to the tv :)

late bloomer

From: Ed King 

This month marks my 6 year annivesary at current employer (yawn) so to "celebrate" I bought myself a new toy...   a Raspberry Pi.    Yeah, so I'm a year behind "the buzz"  

But unlike the early adopters who had to wait...  and wait...  and wait, mine is on schedule to arrive just one day after I placed the order (me loves me some Amazon Prime)

So my first 'project' will be a boring ol' xbmc to replace my ailing Roku.
Future project I have in mind is....    this is so embarassing...  a beat activated light show for my home disco.  ;)

Anyone have experience with tn5250 or xt5250 -- need it full screen or scaled

From: Lynn Dixon 
i am trying to use Raspberry Pi's as a TN5250 thin client.
I am currently using TN5250 and xt5250 but it will only do a small window.

I have tried editing the .tn5250rc file in my users /home but it still will
not scale.

Also, usually hodling left ctrl and right clicking would allow me to move
to a bigger font, but for some reason it is not working.

Anyone  have any experience to lend on tn5250 emulation and scaling the
window full screen?