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 🙂  Anyways, onto the fun stuff!

Book

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.

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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

Stickers

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


Have a great weekend everyone!

-Shea

Apr 17

PiMAME 0.6 Beta 5 – Now with PlayStation support!

Hey all,

PiMAME 0.6 Beta 5 Available

Sorry to release another image so quickly but I figure this is a good reason.  PCSX_ReARMed is working beautifully on the command line, with sound, and at 99% speed.  So I added it to PiMAME.  You can now play PlayStation games on your Raspberry Pi.

I’ve tested Gran Turismo 2, Syphon Filter, and Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2.  They worked really well.

I also added the fix for the slow menu in AdvMENU.

The next version of PiMAME (0.7) will have an updater so that you don’t need to keep downloading new images.

Download Now

Enjoy everyone!

-Shea

Mar 16

Friday Post: PyCon 2013!

Apparently the wireless at PyCon ate my post  and it didn’t actually get saved or posted last night 🙁  This is what I could recover:

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Hey All,

I’m sorry for the late post.  This time change is killer.  I am in California right now attending PyCon for my University.  It was a whole day of flying yesterday, and the first day of the conference has gone amazingly well.  Eben from the Raspberry Pi Foundation gave the keynote.  It was great.

Mar 11

PiMAME code on GitHub

Hey All,

I’ve put my PiMAME code and configurations on GitHub for anyone to look at, check out, fork, make improvements, etc, etc.

If you check out menu.py,  you will see that I have a new line item for RetroPie / EmulationStation.

I am testing it out in addition to AdvanceMAME.

Enjoy!

https://github.com/ssilverm/PiMAME

-Shea