Jun 14

Friday Post: Coming soon, PiMAME 0.8

Hey All,

What a hectic week. ¬†I’ve been working on the second half of my book, doing a ton of stuff at work, AND working on PiMAME 0.8 ūüôā

New features to come in PiMAME 0.8:

  • gpiokey drivers
  • dispmanx¬†
  • cavestory
  • dgen (Genesis)
  • advancemess (NES woo!)

I’m hoping to get it done this weekend, and I’ll let you all know when its up ūüôā

Have a great weekend!


May 24

Friday Post: More Neat Things!

Hey all,

Another long week over here. ¬†I’m glad we have a 3 day weekend, because I could use it. ¬†Going to sleep until Monday I think ūüôā ¬†Anyways, onto the fun stuff!


So, I’ve been waiting ages to announce this. ¬†I have been tapped by a publishing company to write a book about a computer that means a lot to me (hint hint). ¬†That’s really all the details I can announce at this time, but I’m very excited and eager to work on this project.

BarCamp Orlando

Last week I talked about BarCamp Orlando.  It was a lot of fun.  There were a lot of great talks given by members of the Orlando tech community.  I met a lot of cool people, and networked with some fellow educators.  It was also nice to see a big turnout of my coworkers and friends from FamiLAB show their support of this conference.

I did a talk about gaming on the Raspberry Pi, and I have to say it went fairly well. ¬†I have grown to really like public speaking, and I am very interested in doing more. ¬†I did about 15 minutes of explanations and demos of the Raspberry Pi’s capabilities, and another 10 minutes of QA from the audience members.


Thermal Imaged Pi

I received an email from Bux (from the forums) the other day.  He acquired a thermal scanner, so he used it to take a picture of the Raspberry Pi.

Raspberry Pi - Thermal Image

Weston  Accelerated X

A very exciting development in the continuing optimization of the Raspberry Pi has been released.  A release of the Weston software that allows accelerated X windows to be displayed on the Raspberry Pi.  This should help with the sluggish feeling that is encountered when using the GUI.  I will be testing this out over the weekend.  The instructions to install it are available here: http://fooishbar.org/tell-me-about/wayland-on-raspberry-pi/ and below:

echo deb http://raspberrypi.collabora.com wheezy rpi >> /etc/apt/sources.list
apt-get update
apt-get install weston


I think I have sent out all the stickers. ¬†If anyone hasn’t¬†received¬†theirs, please contact me again!

Have a great weekend everyone!


May 04

Friday Post: The Pi Hut

Hey all,

Sorry for the lateness, I went and saw Iron Man 3 last night and got home late.

Go see Iron Man 3.  If you liked the first two movies, you will like the third.  I thought it was great.

A fun announcement: The Pi Hut is now selling SD Cards with PiMAME preloaded on it.

If you are using the installer script, make sure you run the update script, as I have pushed a few changes.  The PiHut SD card already has the installer script included.

Have a great weekend!



Apr 30

PiMAME Installer Script

Hey everyone!

PiMAME Installer

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 ūüôĀ … )

You can find it on Github at: https://github.com/ssilverm/pimame_installer

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.

PiMAME Stickers

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.

Thanks!  Have a great night.


Apr 26

Friday Post: Mausberry Circuits Raspberry Pi Power Switch

Hey All,

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.


It’s $22 with shipping, and you can order one at mausberrycircuits.com

Have an awesome weekend everyone.


Apr 12

Friday Post: PiMAME 0.6 Beta 4

Hey All,

I’m happy to announce PiMAME 0.6 Beta 4! ¬†You will need a 4GB SD Card for this release. ¬†The updates and new items required a bump in space.


This release includes:

  • Neo Geo support with the GNGeo emulator!!! (Full Speed and Audio)
  • Neo Geo roms and bios are stored in the same Roms folder.
  • Raspbian upgraded and updated.

Known issues:

  • GNGeo does not work with the XArcade Tankstick at the moment. ¬†You must use a keyboard.
  • GNGeo small screen size. ¬†Will not do scaling through composite. ¬†Will scale up through HDMI.
  • I have been informed of the slowness with AdvMENU. ¬†I have confirmed the issue and will be working on that.

Go Get It!!!!

Apr 12

SDL Keymappings

Hey All,

I’ve been trying to get the Tankstick working with GNGeo recently, and the issue that has been cropping up is that the Tankstick by default uses LeftCtrl, LeftAlt, and Space for the top row of buttons. ¬†This would be fine if I could just specify that, but the GNGeo config file (gngeorc) needs the SDL key mapping, which isn’t really documented anywhere.

What I have found is that if I start X Windows, run xev, press the required button, take that output¬†hexadecimal,¬†then convert that to decimal, about 99% of the time it’s the valid SDL key mapping.

Just a heads up to anyone else with that kind of issue.

Apr 05

Friday Post: 2600 The Hacker Quarterly

Hey All,

I have been keeping this tightly guarded for about 6 months now and I am VERY EXCITED to announce that an article I wrote entitled “Hacking, Learning, and the Raspberry Pi” has been published by the 2600: The Hacker Quarterly. ¬†The spring was released today and it is very exciting seeing my name in print.

To me, this achievement is akin to an academic researcher being published in a journal.

2600 is an amazing periodical with a long history, large following, and amazing reach. ¬†From Wikipedia: “2600: The Hacker Quarterly¬†is an American publication that specializes in publishing technical information on a variety of subjects including¬†telephone switching systems,¬†Internet protocols¬†and services, as well as general news concerning the computer “underground” and¬†left wing, and sometimes (but not recently),¬†anarchist¬†issues.”

I’ve been reading 2600 ever since I found it in a bookstore back in high school. ¬†I never thought of the word hacker, or hacking, as anything bad. ¬†It was to me just a kid being curious while using a computer. ¬†2600 solidified that feeling for me and many people in the computer industry have felt the same way. ¬†Most of the companies I have worked for even had a subscription because the information is just that¬†valuable.

You can pick up a copy at your local bookstore, from the 2600 Online Store, Amazon Kindle, or Barnes & Noble Nook.

Thanks for helping make this possible!