Pi Plate

Just in case your missing the theme so far, i have several things that are sitting in boxes waiting to be used. Another item i have is a Pi Plate, a shield or break out board that makes it easy to do some stuff with the Raspberry Pi. It took less than 15 minutes to solder this baby together, and it was nice to break out the soldering iron its been too long since i’ve had the chance to do this. I’m looking forward to testing this out soon.

It’s been a while

It’s been a while since I’ve really posted much here. I suspect that the main reason is Twitter and Tumbler is where i’ve been putting the fragments of my online lifestyle lately.

So let me see if I can summarize whats been going on lately.

HDTV is in the house. Down on the farm we use over the air to get our TV. No big deal really we don’t watch that much TV anyway. We get 2 and sometimes 3 channels on a good day. I setup one of the analog converter boxes to a TV top HD antenna and we don’t get one channel that we do watch but we now pick up one channel that we didn’t have. The quality difference is like night and day. I have also hooked the box up to the big antenna that we have with about the same results, still missing that one channel that we would like. I’m thinking I may have to get a different big antenna and a booster for it we are about 1 mile out of the range that it shows so maybe that will help. I still have to get the Tivo2 setup with IR to control it, so we don’t miss those Saturday morning cartoons the boy likes.

The boy has discovered that he really likes the old games that I once played. Like the old NES, SNES and NES64 stuff. Basically anything Mario he loves to play. So instead of hooking up all those consoles, which I still have and dragging out the boxes and boxes of games that I still have, we’ve been doing a lot of emulation stuff. First off I have all the OSX emulators running for each of the platforms. It’s surprising how much better is is at these games then I remember being and he is only 4 🙂

I love modifying anything that I have to make it do more. So I’ve hacked my PSP to allow it to run emulators to play these games also. The boy also wanted to watch his movies and stuff on his DS so I worked on that and got moonshell going so now it plays homebrew, movies and music. Next up is the Wii, It’s been hacked to use homebrew and emulators also, I just can’t help myself sometimes.

All this indoor winter fun is just about to come to an end, the days are getting warmer and the major garden work will probably start this weekend.