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Upcycled Chicken Coop

Four years ago my wife persuaded me that getting chickens would be a good idea. Several years on and 2 extra chickens later; the inexpensive “temporary” chicken coop we first brought is starting to fall apart. With parts of the roof have come away allowing water to leak into the roosting area and nesting boxes.

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Flames of war Dispatches (12-03)

1st Infantry Division

For the attention of:

Major General L. T. Gerow

An account of a fighting force consisting of 16th Regiment 1st Infantry Division supported by elements of the 741st Tank Battalion and the 705th Tank Battalion.

Having received orders to press the advance against retreating German forces who had dug in around a local French village near an important cross road. Entering the southern outskirts of the village had been met with little resistance.

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Adventures in Crypto Mining Part 1

There has been a lot of noise, about Bitcoin, Blockchain and Crypto mining technology. This news has focused on the price of Bitcoin. As well as those individuals whom have made a large amount of money, by being early adopters. What is Bitcoin, Block chain and Crypto mining? In this series of posts, we will go on a crypto mining rig building adventure. Hopefully reaching it’s return on investment (ROI). As well as any technical difficulties along the way.

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Pine A64 a 64 bit single board computer born with help from Kickstarter!

Back in the chilly month of December 2015 Pine64 launched their Kickstarter campaign. Hoping to raise funding to help bring their new single board. The Pine A64, from prototype to manufacture for distribution. After a successful campaign raising over one million dollars, many times the original Kickstarter target of thirty two thousand dollars, the Pine A64 went into production.

Pine A64 1GB version

Now a year has passed since the Pine A64 launch, what has the last 12 months from launch, been like for this original take on the single board computer market?

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Weekend Project: Use your Raspberry Pi to play Steam games on your TV

Having recently become a father, I found that I was spending a lot more time in the living room in front of my TV and I knew that I was neglecting all those amazing games I had recently purchased in one of the many Steam sales. What could I do? I mean there is only so much prime time telly one can relax to before you’re stood at work discussing the finer points of why a dog can win a talent show.

I needed an escape from this drivel, one way to do this would be to stream my Steam library to my TV. There is an official way to do this of course using the Steam Link.

Steam Link
Steam Link box

A small set top box which connects to your main computer and then streams the game over your network to a device of your choice. At just shy of £40 it’s not a bad little device. However I have a Raspberry Pi to hand, as well as Moonlight an open source implementation of Nvidia’s GameStream protocol. 

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An Introduction of sorts for the Raspberry Pi 3

In this post, we delve into the Raspberry Pi 3, the newest addition to the Raspberry Pi single board computer lineup by the Raspberry Pi Foundation. Much like the BBC Micro:bit, the Raspberry Pi Foundation’s primary objective is to provide school children with an affordable and user-friendly computer, fostering basic computer programming education in classrooms. However, the versatility and affordability of the Raspberry Pi extend far beyond educational settings, captivating makers worldwide who utilize it in a plethora of projects.

The journey of the Raspberry Pi began on February 29, 2012, with the launch of the first model featuring an ARM v6 Broadcom CPU clocked at 700 MHz, 256 MB of on-board RAM, a 3.5mm audio jack, and a single USB port. Despite its modest specifications, the original Raspberry Pi Model A quickly sold out within hours of its release, with over 100,000 pre-orders flooding in on the inaugural day.

The Original Raspberry Pi board
The Original Raspberry Pi board.

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First impressions of the BBC Micro:Bit

The BBC Micro:bit, the spiritual successor to the renowned BBC Micro from the 1980s, was jointly created by the British Broadcasting Corporation and Acorn Computers. Originally intended to provide British school children with resources to learn coding, the BBC Micro played a significant role in shaping a generation of coders and fostering the UK video game scene.

BBC Micro:bit
BBC Micro:bit board front face

Fast forward to today, and the BBC Micro:bit follows in its predecessor’s footsteps, aiming to offer an affordable entry point to programming education. But how does it differ from popular boards like the Raspberry Pi?