Getting Started With The Pi Co-op Arduino Raspberry Pi Addon

Pi Co-op Arduino Addon

The Pi Co-op is an addon board for the Raspberry Pi which brings the power of an Arduino microcontroller to our favourite single board computer.

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How To Mount A USB Flash Disk On The Raspberry Pi

SanDisk Cruzer Micro USB Flash Drive

Whether you call them USB flash disks, memory sticks, keys or drives they are a useful accessory in the world of computers. By now many people will have a collection of various devices of varying capacities. Using them with the Pi is a great way of getting some use out of them rather than letting them gather dust in a drawer.

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How to Setup the Minecraft Python API on a Raspberry Pi

Minecraft Python API Setup

The great thing about the Raspberry Pi Edition of Minecraft is that you can manipulate the game world using Python scripts. You can move the player as well as create and destroy blocks. This allows you to create structures in seconds that would take hours to create by hand.

By repeating a script you can quickly create structures you have designed. For example you could write a script to create a tower and a section of wall and use it to quickly create a massive castle.

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How To Capture Minecraft Screenshots On The Raspberry Pi

Minecraft Capturing Screenshots

In a previous post I told you how you could capture screenshots on the Raspberry Pi using “scrot”. That method worked fine for most applications but like many screen capture techniques resulted in a black rectangle when used with Minecraft. This has led many bloggers to simply photograph the screen with a real camera in order to get a screenshot of their Minecraft adventures.

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How To Autostart Apps In Rasbian LXDE Desktop

LXDE Desktop

If you use the Raspbian operating system on your Raspberry Pi you will be aware that when you type startx you launch the graphical user interface “LXDE”. Within this environment there are plenty of applications and utilities. In your projects you may want to auto-load one or more of these applications when you run startx to save you having to launch them manually.

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How To Use Gnuplot To Graph Data On The Raspberry Pi

gnuplot Header

I was recently testing a sensor which needed calibrating. This involved plotting some data and making some adjustments based on the resulting graph. As a Windows user this is a task I would normally perform in Microsoft Excel or LibreOffice Calc.

In this case I decided to try to do it on the Pi given I was already working wthin the LXDE environment. Could I do some simple plots without getting frustrated with tons of obscure command line syntax?

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Using A Joystick On The Raspberry Pi Using An MCP3008

Analogue Joystick

While browsing eBay looking at electronics stuff I found a few interesting items to connect to the Pi. The first item was a small 2-axis analogue joystick. They are similar to the thumb-sticks you would find on a modern games console controller. These modules are cheap and easy to connect to a circuit so I decided to get one. The outputs are analogue so you need a mechanism for the Pi to read these voltages.

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Lumsing 11000mAh Li-on Battery Power Bank Test

Lumsing 11000mAh Power Bank

Over the last two years I’ve acquired a set of portable USB power banks. These are great for powering the Pi and the larger ones can keep a Pi running for many hours. In previous posts I’ve tested standard AA batteries,  a generic Li-on Power Pack and a RAVPower 10400mAH Power Bank.

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How To Change The Command Line Font Size

Changing Raspbian Font Size

If you are using your Raspberry Pi with a smaller screen you may want to change the font used on the command line to make it easier to read. I usually do this when I am using various portable LCD screens (eg the HDMIPi).

It only changes the font within the console if you are using a screen connected directly to the Pi. It won’t affect Putty/SSH sessions.

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BerryClip Assembly Articles, Videos and Reviews

BerryClip Plus

This page aims to collate a set of videos and website articles created by other people showing BerryClip and BerryClip+ related assembly guides, reviews or projects. Hopefully this will make it nice and clear for Pi fans who are little bit nervous about soldering or are just curious as to what the kit looks like in reality.

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