It is the middle of January and it already feels like a year full of events has occurred. I turned 30. It’s a weird feeling not being in my twenties anymore. It will take some getting used too. I spent my birthday with good friends.
My new computer has been built and is running beautifully. Had to return the old PSU because one of the fan blades cracked, which was causing it to overheat. Picked up a Corsair modular PSU and it’s been running 24×7 with no issues.
I was notified that I was chosen to give a poster session at this years Python programming conference, PyCon, in Montreal. I am very excited to be showing off the work I have done with Python and the Raspberry Pi. It’s going to be April 9th through the 11th. The past two conferences have been amazing, and I am excited to be able to have more of a role this year. More information is available at us.pycon.org
It’s been a fun week. I have been playing a LOT of Black Mesa on Steam. If you have never played Half Life then I recommend you pick up this great fan remake of the original game. If you HAVE played Half Life then you need to play this game and see how great it is. It’s free. It’s awesome. It’s a lot of fun. http://release.blackmesasource.com/
Today Adafruit linked to me again. This time about my Battery Powered Pi and how I was using their 2″ screen. That made my day 🙂 The screen is working out great!
On the news about the overclocking…Holy Crap does it make a difference! Street Fighter 2 is now 100% playable, and i’ve been able to load D&D (a CPS2 game) and it play amazingly. I’ll be getting some video of that up soon. If you are using Raspbian, update and upgrade to the latest version. It’s worth it.
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.