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 […]

Mk802 Android 4.0 PC + Motorola lapdock = Android Laptop

I’ve written before about the usefulness of the (now sadly discontinued) Motorola Lapdock as a screen and keyboard/touchpad interface for the Raspberry Pi. This week I’ve been playing with the Mk802 Android 4.0 PC – which is an ultra cheap A10 Arm powered computer on a stick, and have discovered it works nicely with the […]

Getting a Nerdkit to work with the Raspberry Pi

Most of the things I do on a day to day basis are in relation to building websites and looking at ways to code interesting online actions – one thing I’m interested in however is the idea of the internet of things – smart, connected objects that bridge the gap between the online and actual […]

MaKey MaKey + Moleskine notebook + Graphite pencil = sketchy controller

As part of my ongoing kickstarter addiction I’ve recently acquired a MaKey MaKey – a sort of universal keyboard adapter gadget based on an Arduino-type microcontroller, that lets you turn virtually anything that conducts electricity into a USB keyboard or mouse. The board comes supplied with a pack of crocodile clips and a nice long […]

Raspberry Pi wi-fi cheat

Or ‘how to stop worrying and love WiFi’ or how to get WiFi if nothing else works – read on: I’m calling this a Wi-Fi cheat – with the Raspberry Pi – Motorola lapdock combination I’ve been having problems getting the Edimax micro wireless adapter to work. I think it’s a power issue – the […]

Control your Mac with a sonic screwdriver

I recently got very excited about the news that a company is working on a Dr Who Sonic Screwdriver remote control – a device that translates your over excited wavy gallifreyan gestures into channel changing activity on your tardis scanner or home television. This got me thinking about possible ways to control a computer using […]