Lo all. Happy Friday everyone. This post is going to be kind of short, as I somehow hurt my back and I can’t find any really good position to type in.
This week the Via APC single board computer went on sale at Newegg. This is kind of a competitor to the Raspberry Pi, except it only runs Android 2.3 right now. It’s also more locked down than the Pi, and is almost twice the price, at $55 after shipping. I haven’t had it long enough to do a good review, and yes, I know I sound negative about it, but what I’m really hoping is it will be able to run Unity 3D engine games. It’s already impressed me with it’s out of the box Youtube app.
Unity is an awesome game and physics engine, and to have an ARM based development board that can output 1080P and has normal PC interfaces could be pretty awesome for Indie Arcade Development.
Heres an unboxing video I took yesterday:
Have a good weekend everyone. I have a surprise for tomorrow 🙂
I was very excited when I found out that on Monday, I made the frontpage of the Raspberry Pi website. A big shout out to Liz for mentioning me and linking back here. It made my day!
I really love working on this little computer. I’m learning so much and using skills that I took for granted. It’s really pushing some of the boundaries I had setup against myself. I’m glad to be getting past them.
I’m also thinking of getting one of these and building a RaspberryPi bartop machine:
Another Friday post here. A couple of days ago Derhass made a post about getting Descent 1 and 2 ported to the Raspberry Pi with OpenGL ES. Descent was an amazing game released back in the early 1990’s. It had true 6 range freedom of movement in a spaceship with 3D modeling. An amazing game at the time, and one that I could NEVER beat. I’m in the middle of writing a tutorial on how to patch and compile the game, as well as hosting the binaries themselves.
This weekend has been fun. I got my 2.0″ LCD Display from Adafruit in! It’s an amazing little screen. Bright, Sharp, Colorful. MAME, Quake, NeoGeo games all look great on it. A concern I had was how to power the little screen. It can take 5v – 12v, and the connector is just two bare wires for power.
After testing the screen with a regular power supply, I decided I wanted to see if I could power it via the GPIO power pins on the Raspberry Pi itself. I was concerned about the amperage it would require, but after connecting it to pins 2 and 6 (5v and GND), and powering on the Pi, they both turned on and I was watching Raspbian bootup.
On the Raspberry Pi Forums, gcala contributed a post with a how to on getting Youtube to play from the command line to omxplayer.
Here is a video I took after getting youtube-viewer running on my Pi:
This has been an interesting long week. I’m really happy with the feedback I’ve recieved regarding the Raspbian binaries I released. I got linked to by Adafruit which is awesome! I purchased one of thier little 2.0″ LCD TVs. Still waiting for it to arrive, but I plan to do some fun things with that small screen and the Raspberry Pi. Bensoutlet.com has on sale the Motorola Lapdock for $59.99 which is a really good price. Theres a 14 page forum post about how people are using it to make Raspberry Pi laptops.
My next goal is to write up some tips and tricks for the emulators that my commentors have posted, and still working on getting Love2D to work.
What started out as a funny thought is now reality. I spent about an hour splicing, soldering, taping, and heat shrinking this fun little cable together. It’s a microusb to microusb extension cable. I split it in half, cut off the data wires, soldered the ground cable back together, wrapped electrical tape around it, then soldered each end of the Vcc wires to the power switch. I taped them up, then tried to heat shrink as much as it as possible.
My frankenstein cable works 🙂
P.S.: All the items needed I got from Sparkfun.com (except the usb extension cable)