Get iplayer on the Raspberry pi XBMC – RaspBMC

I wrote a post a while back about installing Sam Nazarko’s Raspberry Pi flavoured XBMC – Raspbmc, but now things have moved on a bit, rendering my original instructions out of date. Updated update: RaspBMC is now available as part of the NOOBS installer. Sam has now released the final release version of Raspbmc so […]

Tweet your MP

Ever wanted to send a tweet to your MP? not sure if your Member of Parliament has embraced social media? want to put a handy tool to do so on your website? Here’s a little script I wrote to find your MP using a postcode (via the TheyWorkForYou.com API) and send them a tweet. Info, […]

Using a Raspberry Pi LEDborg as an IFTTT.com blinky LED notifier

Here’s a little project to build a very simple web-controlled multicoloured LED indicator with your Raspberry Pi and the PiBorg LEDBorg board. Using IF This Then That (IFTTT.com) – a simple online service which allows you to daisy chain different web things together – you can light up your Pi’s LEDborg based on particular events. […]

Raspberry Pi as an adblock server for iPad, iPhone, Android and anything else on your network

Adblocker without Jailbreak: On my computer I find using Adblock plus a handy way to speed up surfing and hide invasive pop-up ads. Annoyingly you can’t install Adblock on an iPad without jailbreaking it – and I’ve yet to come across a way of installing it on Android devices easily without requiring root access. Fortunately […]

How to play the original 8-bit Elite on a Raspberry Pi

Ok, so after my last post about running the Archimedes 32-bit version of Elite on RISC OS on the Raspberry Pi I got a few comments about running the earlier (and more authentic) 8 bit version on modern hardware. So I thought I’d have a bit of a play and try out a few options […]

Elite – making a game that looks as good as the box art

This week it’s been announced that one of the original creators of the classic 8 bit video game Elite is seeking funds to launch a version updated for the 21st century. I grew up playing Elite – originally on a BBC B and then a few years later on it’s 32 bit successor the Archimedes, […]

Raspberry Pi + Arduino + 8×8 LED Matrix + Python = Raspberry Pi LED display

The other week at work we launched a petition to support lifesaving Aid using a Jumbotron display, so I’ve been inspired to have a go at building a (very) mini version using my Raspberry Pi and an Arduino. This is a handy way of getting your Pi to display information from any Python app you […]