• Raspberry Pi

    From Deepthaw@DS94 to All on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 21:42:58
    So what's everybody done with the Raspberry Pi? I know there's several BBSes running off of some Pis out in the wild, but there's just so many ideas out there.

    Right now, I have one configured with Retropie in my living room - this is my retro gaming station. My second one has been recycled from project to project. At first, I installed the Google AIY voice project onto it. Then I pulled it out of there and turned it into a PiHole. Once I decided to get a BBS up and running, I tinkered with configuring Synchronet on it but hit some weird hurdles. Right now it's sitting unused while I ponder what to do with it.

    I went on an RPG buying spree through GOG last week, so I've been seriously considering picking up a cheap monitor/keyboard/mouse and seeing if the Pi 3 will handle DOSBox well enough to run some of those titles. It'd free up my real computer for the kid while I finished the back end of Pool of Radiance...

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  • From Vk3jed@FREEWAY to Deepthaw on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 18:12:00
    Deepthaw wrote to All <=-

    So what's everybody done with the Raspberry Pi? I know there's several BBSes running off of some Pis out in the wild, but there's just so many ideas out there.

    Lots. ;) Let's see:

    Pi 1 - R-Pi 1B+. Syncronet BBS, D-STAR ham radio digital voice gateway, USB over IP server.

    Pi 2 - Banana Pi. Mystic BBS, will be a ham radio AX.25/IP gateway.

    Pi 3 - R-Pi 2+. AMPRnet IP tunnel router/gateway, VoIP conference server.

    Pi 4 - currently offline, have to do some work on it.


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  • From Denn Gray@OUTWEST to Deepthaw on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 06:14:07
    Re: Raspberry Pi
    By: Deepthaw to All on Tue Jun 20 2017 09:42 pm

    So what's everybody done with the Raspberry Pi? I know there's several BBSes running off of some Pis out in the wild, but there's just so many ideas out there.

    Right now, I have one configured with Retropie in my living room - this is my retro gaming station. My second one has been recycled from project to

    I have several SD cards setup for my PI, I have retro PI set up on a 16GB SD for the grand kids, I originally ran Mystic BBS on my PI, then I bought a windows thin client and run Synchronet on that.
    I have been thinking about buying the weather kit and running a weather station.
    Also I have an SD card set up just to play around with Ubuntu.

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  • From Deepthaw@DS94 to Denn Gray on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 13:22:53
    Re: Raspberry Pi
    By: Deepthaw to All on Tue Jun 20 2017 09:42 pm

    I have several SD cards setup for my PI, I have retro PI set up on a 16GB SD for the grand kids, I originally ran Mystic BBS on my PI, then I bought a windows thin client and run Synchronet on that.
    I have been thinking about buying the weather kit and running a weather station.
    Also I have an SD card set up just to play around with Ubuntu.

    A weather station could be very cool. I work at a college (I don't teach, I'm support staff) and I'm always looking for excuses to setup Pis around here. Maybe I could approach a teacher about doing a guest session to setup a weather station for the campus?

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  • From Daryl Stout@TBOLT to DEEPTHAW on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 09:45:00
    So what's everybody done with the Raspberry Pi? I know there's several BBSes D>running off of some Pis out in the wild, but there's just so many ideas out D>there.

    I don't know much about Raspberry Pi...but a pineapple upside down
    cheesecake sounds awfully good right now. <G>

    Daryl

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  • From Vtachrn@THEHELIC to Deepthaw on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 08:42:38
    Re: Raspberry Pi
    By: Deepthaw to All on Tue Jun 20 2017 09:42 pm

    I have about 6 Raspberry Pis around the house. I have one with Kodi in the office for streaming video from the windows server. Another one running Xastir for APRS and the weather station, one down stairs with Berry boot on it for streaming and retropi for the kids gaming needs. I use one in the RV with KODI and Tonido for streaming to the kids mobile devices and as a entertainment center.

    I have another one in the honda as a part of APRS tracking experiment. I pick up the older ones for a few bucks off ebay and use them for some of the mundane tasks. The Pi 0 W is something I am still trying to fnd a use for, its a little slow for some of my needs.

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  • From Dumas Walker@CAPCITY2 to DEEPTHAW on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 18:49:00
    So what's everybody done with the Raspberry Pi? I know there's several BBSes running off of some Pis out in the wild, but there's just so many ideas out there.

    I was trying to use my 2B as my main personal machine... I mostly only use
    the current box for surfing the internet and checking e-mail. However, it seems to bog down a lot. My single-core 900Mhz Pentium III, running debian with icewm, is a lot faster.

    I sometimes wonder if something is not wrong with the Pi. Even now that everything is on a USB drive, it is still pretty dang slow (although that
    is an improvement over the card).

    I cannot imagine ever trying to use it to stream video.

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  • From Denn Gray@OUTWEST to Deepthaw on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 21:49:35
    Re: Raspberry Pi
    By: Deepthaw to Denn Gray on Wed Jun 21 2017 01:22 pm

    A weather station could be very cool. I work at a college (I don't teach, I'm support staff) and I'm always looking for excuses to setup Pis around here. Maybe I could approach a teacher about doing a guest session to setup a weather station for the campus?
    that would be cool, no pun intended

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  • From Deepthaw@DS94 to Dumas Walker on Thursday, June 22, 2017 08:02:44
    Re: Raspberry Pi
    By: Dumas Walker to DEEPTHAW on Wed Jun 21 2017 06:49 pm

    I was trying to use my 2B as my main personal machine... I mostly only use the current box for surfing the internet and checking e-mail. However, it seems to bog down a lot. My single-core 900Mhz Pentium III, running debian with icewm, is a lot faster.

    I sometimes wonder if something is not wrong with the Pi. Even now that everything is on a USB drive, it is still pretty dang slow (although that is an improvement over the card).

    I cannot imagine ever trying to use it to stream video.

    Well, the Pi 3 is about twice as fast as the 2B. More importantly, the RPI has hardware video decoding - this is why it can stream video so well while struggling to render webpages. Unfortunately, they don't have the plugins/wrappers out there to let you use this hardware decoding on websites, so stuff like YouTube and Netflix still struggles.

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  • From Jagossel@MTLGEEK to Deepthaw on Thursday, June 22, 2017 22:03:31
    Re: Raspberry Pi
    By: Deepthaw to All on Tue Jun 20 2017 21:42:58

    So what's everybody done with the Raspberry Pi?

    Man, I hadn't done anything with a Raspberry Pi; just never have enough money to buy a couple of Raspberry Pis or Intel Edisons.

    I do have a couple of projects in mind though. One of them, I'm questioning if the Raspberry Pi is a right fit for the project:

    - "Reverse" Wi-Fi access point: I've been wanting to have the Raspberry Pi to connect to my Wi-Fi network and have it as a bridged network to the Ethernet port (or have it be a NAT), and have it connected to my 5-port switch; reducing Wi-Fi traffic at home.

    - "AIO" Kids Computer: this one, I question if a Raspberry Pi is a good fit. Apparently, there are VESA monitor mounts for the Raspberry Pi. I would like to create an "All-In-One" computer for the kids with educational/edutainment software and limited access to the Internet. I have a monitor with VESA mount points to where I can put the VESA case on it, and just hook everything in.

    Like I said, I never have the money to get what I need for these projects.

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  • From Captain Kiwi@BLACKSUN to Daryl Stout on Thursday, June 22, 2017 21:37:03
    Re: Raspberry Pi
    By: Daryl Stout to DEEPTHAW on Wed Jun 21 2017 09:45:00

    So what's everybody done with the Raspberry Pi? I know there's several BBS D>running off of some Pis out in the wild, but there's just so many ideas ou D>there.

    I don't know much about Raspberry Pi...but a pineapple upside down cheesecake sounds awfully good right now. <G>

    Daryl

    It really does! Next time we get together, let's go someplace that serves cake!!! LOL

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  • From Dumas Walker@CAPCITY2 to DEEPTHAW on Thursday, June 22, 2017 19:04:00
    Well, the Pi 3 is about twice as fast as the 2B. More importantly, the RPI has >hardware video decoding - this is why it can stream video so well while >struggling to render webpages. Unfortunately, they don't have the >plugins/wrappers out there to let you use this hardware decoding on websites, >so stuff like YouTube and Netflix still struggles.

    That is a very good explanation. Thanks for posting it!

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  • From Daryl Stout@TBOLT to CAPTAIN KIWI on Friday, June 23, 2017 08:57:00
    So what's everybody done with the Raspberry Pi? I know there's several D>running off of some Pis out in the wild, but there's just so many ideas D>there.

    I don't know much about Raspberry Pi...but a pineapple upside down cheesecake sounds awfully good right now. <G>

    Daryl

    It really does! Next time we get together, let's go someplace that serves CK>cake!!! LOL

    Never mind Marie Antoinette's "LET 'EM EAT CAKE!!". :P

    When they had a Shoney's in Arkansas (I think they're all gone now),
    their hot fudge royal ice cream cake was to die for...but it was RICH!!

    Daryl
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  • From Vk3jed@FREEWAY to Jagossel on Saturday, June 24, 2017 17:27:00
    Jagossel wrote to Deepthaw <=-

    - "Reverse" Wi-Fi access point: I've been wanting to have the
    Raspberry Pi to connect to my Wi-Fi network and have it as a bridged network to the Ethernet port (or have it be a NAT), and have it
    connected to my 5-port switch; reducing Wi-Fi traffic at home.

    You could do this, but it is a wast of a good Pi and cheaper to buy such bridges online. I recently bought 2 bridges from GearBest for US$13-$14 each that will do what you want - I have a similar need here. But if the aim is to do it as a purely educational exercise in building a bridge (get over it? :D ), then go for it. :)

    - "AIO" Kids Computer: this one, I question if a Raspberry Pi is a
    good fit. Apparently, there are VESA monitor mounts for the Raspberry
    Pi. I would like to create an "All-In-One" computer for the kids with educational/edutainment software and limited access to the Internet. I have a monitor with VESA mount points to where I can put the VESA case
    on it, and just hook everything in.

    If the software you need is available for the Pi (the Pi is a different architecture to a PC), then this could be interesting. You would need a HDMI monitor or a TV (the Pi has HDMI out).


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  • From Deepthaw@DS94 to Vk3jed on Saturday, June 24, 2017 14:43:58
    Re: Re: Raspberry Pi
    By: Vk3jed to Jagossel on Sat Jun 24 2017 05:27 pm

    You could do this, but it is a wast of a good Pi and cheaper to buy such bridges online. I recently bought 2 bridges from GearBest for US$13-$14 each that will do what you want - I have a similar need here. But if the aim is to do it as a purely educational exercise in building a bridge (get over it? :D ), then go for it. :)

    The nice thing about a Pi is that if running it as a bridge isn't too system intensive, you can do other stuff on it at the same time, such as run a PiHole (network wide ad-blocking) or file-sharing.

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  • From Vk3jed@FREEWAY to Deepthaw on Sunday, June 25, 2017 16:56:00
    Deepthaw wrote to Vk3jed <=-

    The nice thing about a Pi is that if running it as a bridge isn't too system intensive, you can do other stuff on it at the same time, such
    as run a PiHole (network wide ad-blocking) or file-sharing.

    That's a good idea. For me, mobility was part of my criteria, with the bridges I bought, I just need to add a USB power pack to be fully portable, or a 12-5V adapter for the car. The bridge has a "daisy chain" micro USB male to power another device on the one cable. :)


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  • From Deepthaw@DS94 to Vk3jed on Sunday, June 25, 2017 21:43:37
    Re: Re: Raspberry Pi
    By: Vk3jed to Jagossel on Sat Jun 24 2017 05:27 pm

    Unfortunately, I don't think the Pi is going to have the "oomph" to run a lot of the stuff you'd want for a children's AIO. It struggles with YouTube, and Netflix can be hard to get working as well.

    It *does* come with a lot of educational stuff preinstalled, but it's mostly programming related. I bought a used Dell Optiplex today for $40, and it is already outdoing the Pi as far as a cheap usable PC would go.

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  • From Vk3jed@FREEWAY to Deepthaw on Monday, June 26, 2017 15:38:00
    Deepthaw wrote to Vk3jed <=-

    Unfortunately, I don't think the Pi is going to have the "oomph" to run
    a lot of the stuff you'd want for a children's AIO. It struggles with YouTube, and Netflix can be hard to get working as well.

    True, the Pi is not the best net surfing experience. I've tried it. Particularly bad for YouTube, etc. :(

    It *does* come with a lot of educational stuff preinstalled, but it's mostly programming related. I bought a used Dell Optiplex today for
    $40, and it is already outdoing the Pi as far as a cheap usable PC
    would go.

    Horses for courses. :)


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  • From Denn Gray@OUTWEST to Deepthaw on Sunday, June 25, 2017 23:26:23
    Re: Re: Raspberry Pi
    By: Deepthaw to Vk3jed on Sun Jun 25 2017 09:43 pm

    It *does* come with a lot of educational stuff preinstalled, but it's mostly programming related. I bought a used Dell Optiplex today for $40, and it is already outdoing the Pi as far as a cheap usable PC would go.


    I bought a dell optiplex 760 for my Son to run his plex server off of.
    the Raspberry PI is a good computer for kids to learn on
    I set my PI up for the grand kids.

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  • From Deepthaw@DS94 to Jagossel on Monday, June 26, 2017 09:18:52
    Re: Raspberry Pi
    By: Jagossel to Deepthaw on Thu Jun 22 2017 10:03 pm

    - "Reverse" Wi-Fi access point: I've been wanting to have the Raspberry Pi to connect to my Wi-Fi network and have it as a bridged network to the Ethernet port (or have it be a NAT), and have it connected to my 5-port switch; reducing Wi-Fi traffic at home.

    So I actually did this over the weekend. I bought an old Dell Optiplex for $40, and didn't have the foresight to realize it probably didn't have WiFi built-in.

    I ordered a dirt cheap wireless adapter off Amazon, but until it shows up, this guide worked like a charm:

    http://goo.gl/JS94ZU

    I installed Linux Mint MATE on it and got DOSBox with Telix and Impulse Tracker up and running. Who knows what I'll do next on it? (In theory, it's there so me and my son don't have to share a computer.)

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  • From Jagossel@MTLGEEK to Deepthaw on Monday, June 26, 2017 10:50:34
    Re: Re: Raspberry Pi
    By: Deepthaw to Vk3jed on Sun Jun 25 2017 21:43:37

    Unfortunately, I don't think the Pi is going to have the "oomph" to run a lo
    t
    of the stuff you'd want for a children's AIO. It struggles with YouTube, and Netflix can be hard to get working as well.

    It *does* come with a lot of educational stuff preinstalled, but it's mostly programming related. I bought a used Dell Optiplex today for $40, and it is already outdoing the Pi as far as a cheap usable PC would go.

    That's the reason why I didn't think the Pi would be a good fit for the chrildren's AIO computer. One of the requirements is for Flash and HTLM 5 to work properly. There is an education service that we use that our 3-year-old sob loves to play on. He also likes GCompris and TuxPaint. There is another one he will play on occasion, but I forget the name of it, but it just darws colorful lines and random shapes on the screen. Kind of like Scott Hansellman's Baby Smash game.

    For now, I'm using an old beat up laptop that doesn't have a working screen and built-in Wi-Fi; just have the LCD monitor and USB Wi-Fi adapter pluged into it

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