Jan 01

Friday Post: …and a happy new year! 2016!

Hey All,

Happy New Year!  2015 was an amazing year.  I learned a lot this year.  Had some ups, some downs, some all arounds, but mostly, this was a great year.  I’m pleased to have shared it with all of you.

To start off 2016 right, I’m giving away a Raspberry Pi Zero. Just fill out the form and in a week I will select a winner and send it out.

Have a wonderful 2016 everyone and thanks for reading.

-Shea

Jun 06

Friday Post: Ubuntu Mate on Pi2

Hey All,

I do not know how the Splatoon box art got into the title.  That’s crazy.  Anyways, I tested out Ubuntu Mate for the Raspberry Pi2, and it’s impressive.  Everything feels really responsive, Firefox on it is super smooth.  It looks like a good build.  The only problem is that it’s only for the Pi2.  A few years ago I switched all my installs from Ubuntu to vanilla Debian, and I’ve been enjoying that.  Ubuntu Unity didn’t sit well with me, but on Mate, it feels very much XFCE, so I like it.

The next version of PiPlay is coming along, going to be updating to the next version of Raspian, and some various little fixes.  Can’t wait!

Splatoon has been so much fun.  If you have a Wii U it is so worth it.

Have a good weekend all.

-Shea

Aug 02

Friday Post: PiMAME 0.7.7 Released!

Hey All,

I am happy to announce the release of PiMAME 0.7.7.  This version includes:

  • Latest version of Raspbian (7/26/2013)
  • Final Burn Alpha
    • CPS 1, CPS 2, NeoGeo, Cave, Sega System 16 emulation
  • VICE
    • Commodore 64 emulation
  • xboxdrv installed and set to run at startup
  • Changes to getip.sh which now show wifi addresses.

Download it here now!

May 31

Friday Post: Writing is Exhausting!

Hey All,

Writing is exhausting, and tough, and mentally taxing.  I love it, but wow, this is a new experience   I don’t really have any updates for this week.  I know Nick_Tones is anxiously awaiting more PiMAME stuff.  I’m sorry I don’t have anything this week.

There was an askreddit thread earlier this week about what do people do with thier Raspberry Pi?  There are some amazing projects in there.  I really want to try doing a Raspberry Pi weather balloon launch with the University. I also posted PiMAME to the thread and I got an additional 1700 visits.  That blew my mind.

I’m going to leave you with this, Patrick Stewart being awesome:

Have a good weekend!

-Shea

Mar 01

Friday Post: PiMAME 0.6 Beta

Beta2 is now up!

You guys rock!  I know about the slowness.  Working on a Beta2 right now!

Sorry for the late post, I have been waiting on the new image to upload to my web host.

Hey All!

Today is the 1 year anniversary of the Raspberry Pi’s launch. I’m really proud of the community and environment that has sprung up surrounding this wonderful device.

I am very happy to be releasing a beta for PiMAME 0.6.

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Release Notes:

  1. Support for the XArcade Tankstick.
  2. New menu at start to choose options before launching emulation.
  3. PIP (the Pi IP service) is available to install (but off by default).
  4. New admin options in the web frontend to Reboot and Shutdown your Pi.
  5. Smaller image should now install on most 2GB cards (with some room to spare).

I realize this isn’t a monumental release, but it’s a leap forward on the foundation. I have a lot of ideas and a lot of improvements I want to include. As I make these improvements, I’m going to release more and more. You all have been awesome at pointing me in the direction you wish PiMAME to go. Thank you! I’m eager to hear your feedback on this version.

Get PiMAME 0.6 Beta2 now!

-Shea

Feb 22

Friday Post: Baked Raspberry Pi

Full Disclosure: Seeed Studio sent me the Wireless Charging Module for free because I entered their reviewer contest.

Hey All,

So I said I had some cool hardware to show off today, and here it is: Seeed Studio’s Wireless Charging Module

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This kit uses inductive charging to transfer power “wirelessly” from one coil to the other.  You put in 12v 1A on the transmitter end, and on the other end you get 5v 0.6A.

I initially had some trouble getting it setup.  I was trying connectors in every different position, every combination I could think of.  It took me a day to realize my power supply was set to 9v rather than 12v.  Once I upped the voltage, I could hold the coils an inch away from each other and still keep a charge.  I also tried putting things in between the coils to see how much interference it could take.  It had no problems with a coupon book, business cards, a small plastic mint case, though it did have issues being between a remote.

Now, me being me, I had to try this with the Raspberry Pi, and I knew I had to do something special.  My coworker Mike has been fiddling with bare metal assembly on the Pi, and has ported NyanCat to the system.  His github repo with the source assembly code and pre built binary is available here.

By connecting the receiver coil to the 5v and GND GPIO pins, I was able to wirelessly power the Pi.

I hope you enjoy!

Have a great weekend!

-Shea

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PiMAME 0.6 should be out this weekend 😀

Jan 30

Video of XArcade Stick Working with the Raspberry Pi

Hey All,

Real quick, just wanted to show a very rough video of me using the XArcade Tankstick on the Raspberry Pi.  I have the Trackball, Buttons  and Joysticks all working.  Gridlee has issues with it (has to have custom inputs set) but Street Fighter 2 and Missile Command worked “out-of-the-box”.  I had to make a minor edit to the AdvanceMENU configuration file, but it looks like its working nicely.

I’m going to try a fresh re-install of PiMAME and try to recreate the results.  I’m hoping to have a guide for this very soon ™.

-Shea