Raspberry Pi OpenELEC Media Center

The last few weeks I’ve been experimenting using my $35 Raspberry Pi as a media center. My goal is to have my DVD collection instantly playable with the disks and cases safely stored away. The concept is very enticing because the solution is low power, low cost, and has...

Excellent Adafruit Pi Box

My Adafruit Pi Box case has arrived and my Raspberry Pi  computer is now snug and safe.  I’ve been a growing fan of  Limor “Lady Ada” Fried and her team, and this case is no exception.  Clean, simple, and useful … despite looking COOL. Adafruit Pi Box – Enclosure...

Linux vs. VxWorks

For many years now I’ve been a heavy user of Wind River’s real-time operating system (RTOS) VxWorks. It got the job done and was a far more cost effective than rolling your own RTOS. VxWorks also was highly configurable which let power users create wide ranging configurations to meet...

Waiting for a piece of Raspberry Pi

I was one of the lucky folks who got in an order for a Raspberry Pi computer before the stock ran out and the servers melted down.  It will still be a few days before my credit card sized computer arrives so  now it’s time to buy the support...

Completed – Learn to Solder Merit Badge

Let me start this post with a word of warning. This software geek is now armed with a soldering iron and should be considered dangerous. The “Learn to Solder Badge” down and many more fun merit badges on my wishlist left to earn!  Truthfully, I had done a little...

Going for the Learn to Solder Merit Badge

For my first Nerd Merit Badge, I’ve decided to go for the first badge created, the “Learn to Solder” patch. This seems fitting since I read somewhere that this badge was the first created in the series. I did a tiny amount of soldering years ago and quiet frankly...

Merit Badges for Geeks and Nerds

Growing up, I always found the merit badges earned very cool. From Brownies to Eagle Scouts, each accomplishment would be proudly displayed and each badge admired would encourage others to earn more badges. So I love it that nerds and geeks can now earn their own merit badges. My...

Kindle Fire as a cheap Android development target

I’ve been itching to try Android development for a few months now but I really haven’t wanted to buy a smart phone with expensive service and a data plan just to screw around. With my new Kindle Fire, I can now try my hand at using the Android Development...

Kindle Fire First Impressions

Like literally millions of others, I received a Kindle Fire for Christmas and after a few days of use I thought I would give my first impressions. I’ve read a number of Kindle Fire reviews that complain it’s not an Ipad killer or not an high end Android phone....