Raspberry Pi wins Innovation of the Year – T3 Gadget Awards 2012


Innovation of the Year 2012
“The first hardware from the UK home computing industry to send shockwaves through the world since the ZX Spectrum, the Raspberry Pi is the little computer that can. Full of Heath Robinson charm, it looks like a fistful of electronics and a couple of output ports nailed to a credit card and is priced at 26 quid; just add control devices, a TV and power supply and you’re away. The Pi puts coding and device building within the reach of anyone; its impact could be nothing less than revolutionary.”

Redwing Pi goes to github!

Just created a repository for my set-up scripts (which form the backbone of my “Redwing Pi”).


I’ve written some instructions for myself for getting existing code into a repository on Git.
Here goes:

First of all, go to github.com and register if you haven't done so and then login after confirming the email they sent you.

Click the Book+ icon at the top right of the browser window to add a new "Repo" (code repository).
When you create it, bear in mind that the folder name when you get the code onto your Pi will be given that name.
Allow it to create a README file - this will help you later.
Finish that process.

Go to your Pi.
apt-get install git
Now go and get the repository code (which is just a README file at the moment):
git clone http://github.com/<your username>/<your repo name>

You should now have a folder called <your repo name>
cd into the folder.
You should see a single file - README.md.

Now, get your pre-created code into the folder:
cp <filename> .

If you have folders full of code:
cp -R <filepath> .

Now, add all the files to your LOCAL repo (on your Pi):
git add *

Now commit your 'changes' to the LOCAL repo
git commit origin master

This will open up an editor (normally 'nano').
Add a comment to say that it's your first revision. Write the file to the filename it gives you and then exit.
This will commit it to the local repo.

Now upload it to the remote repo at github.com
git push origin master
Put your username/password in and it should upload. You can check this in your browser as the 'age' should change to something like "a minute ago"

From now on when you add a file, do
git add *

From now on when you change a file, you should just do:
git commit .
git push

If it says "Everything up-to-date" then you've uploaded all your changes already.

Pi + 16×2 LCD with a contrast control

In trying to get my PiPodCorder project up-and-running, I’ve been experimenting with bits and pieces attached to a breadboard. In my previous post, I’d got an LCD module running. This time, I’m posting up a Fritzing circuit design to for adding a potentiometer so that the ‘contrast’ can be adjusted and the text can be read clearly.