It has been a long week. Star Trek Into Darkness was AMAZING! Go see it now. Stop reading. Go to your theater, watch it, then come back here and finish reading. It was that good.
SanderSiezen has made a really slick cocktail arcade cabinet, powered by PiMAME. His entire build log has been published at his site. I’m really impressed by the hinge used to hide the controls. Great Job!
BarCamp Orlando is this weekend. It’s basically a tech gathering un-conference. People meet up in a central area, sign up to do talks, speak about awesome things, and network, all while enjoying the bar scene around downtown.
I am hoping to do some talking about PiMAME and the Raspberry Pi.
I got my Raspberry Pi Camera board in the mail today! It was very easy to install. The hardest part was waiting for apt-get upgrade to complete. After that was done, a new camera option is available in raspi-config, and some new applications are available to run. The apps are raspivid and raspistill, which takes videos and photos respectively.
I haven’t spent a lot of time with the software, that’s for the weekend, but I did try taking some pictures via the command line. This is going to be an awesome add on!
The folks at linkxs.org decided to try running a Raspberry Pi under liquid nitrogen, and seeing how it performed. Like a beast apparently! It runs pretty stable at -100C. The ethernet port is only rated to 0C, so the fact that it still worked and they could stay SSHed into the machine is awesome.
I have just released the first version of the PiMAME Installer Script. This script will allow you to turn any Raspbian install into a PiMAME installation. It includes the ability to update installations (and to remove PiMAME if you wish … )
I would appreciate testing and feedback. Also please feel free to contribute code and send a pull request.
PiMAME Bug Fix
I figured out the issue about the 8MB file size limit in the PiMAME uploader. If you use the Installer or the Updater you should automatically get the fix. If you wish to fix it manually follow these instructions:
sudo nano +674 /etc/php5/cgi/php.ini
change post_max_size = 8M to post_max_size = 0
exit and save.
You will now have larger uploads available.
The first batch of stickers have gone out. If you haven’t received yours in the next few days, please feel free to email me and I will put one in the mail.
First of all I am happy to say that I aced my course this semester. Woo! It’s weird having free time again. Going to be really focusing on PiMAME. Onto the cool stuff…
So, I got my Mausberry Circuits Raspberry Pi Power Switch in the mail this week. I linked to the Kickstarter for this previously and I’m really happy it was funded. The device is tiny, but feels well soldered and sturdy. My only complaint is that the headers cables for the GPIO pins are on the top of the board, as opposed to the bottom, making it harder to put in a project box or in a DeskCade.
The device itself works flawlessly. You install the script, connect the GPIO pins, and then hit the switch. The script tells the Pi to power down, and after it’s completely halted, the power is cut. It also includes a hard reset button in case the Pi is completely frozen / crashed.
I haven’t had the chance to put the board through it’s paces yet. I was a little surprised to see they are only shipping with 256MB of RAM, as I figured it would cost more to keep two supplies of RAM chips in stock, but I’m not complaining.
It did overclock to turbo mode, and it ran the same PiMAME SD card from a Model B without any problems which makes me happy. If you don’t need ethernet on board, and don’t mind using a USB hub for everything, this is the board for you.
I’ve updated the binaries. The error shouldn’t be appearing anymore.
For those who have used PiMAME, you’ve seen that Playstation emulation is included. If you don’t use PiMAME, and just want the binaries to run on your own Pi, here they are.
To download & run:
Type in console: wget http://sheasilverman.com/rpi/raspbian/pcsx_rearmed_22042013.tgz