Raspberry Pi LogoProtoCam – A Camera Module Prototyping Board For The Pi

ProtoCam Board

Richard from AveragemanVsRaspberryPi has kindly sent me a preview version of his new camera module prototyping board. This board aims to make it even easier to create camera based projects on the Pi.

The camera is attached to the board using nylon bolts and the prototyping area allows you to add whatever LEDs, sensors, screens and components your project requires.

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Raspberry Pi LogoHow To Get Media Info From Raspberry Pi Command Line


Whether you are using your Raspberry Pi to play media or create it you may have a need to examine the properties of various bits of media. This might include MP3, MP4 or JPG files.

There is an easy way to examine the properties using a utility called “MediaInfo”. MediaInfo is available for a wide range of operating systems and languages and I use it on my Windows 7 PC.

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Raspberry Pi LogoLearning to Solder Is Easier Than You Think!


If you are interested in the Raspberry Pi from an electronics point of view you may be interested in soldering. This is a skill that can be extremely useful not just for hobbyist electronics but for repairing electrical devices.

Thanks to YouTube you can get a good idea of what is involved from other people to hopefully make it easier to give it a try yourself. Here are two videos that give you everything you need to know to start soldering.

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Raspberry Pi LogoTop 5 Reasons The Raspberry Pi Sucks

Raspberry Pi Sucks

OK so people keep waffling on about the Raspberry Pi. They say it’s sold 4 million units, is being used to teach real kids in real classrooms, has a load of free resources and a World wide fan base but what’s so great about all that? According to the respected Fox News entertainment network it “can’t even play World of Warcraft”.

Here I take a look at the Raspberry Pi and explain why it sucks. Bad.

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Raspberry Pi LogoHow To Display Images On Raspbian Command Line

fim rotated example photo

If you are using your Pi to capture images using the camera it can be useful to display those images without launching a desktop environment. One of the ways of doing this is to use a utility called “fim”.

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Raspberry Pi LogoInfographic – The Tiny Computer That Could

Infographic - The Tiny Computer That Could

This is a great Raspberry Pi infographic as it not only tells you about the Pi and what it can do but it also advises you about things the Pi can’t do. One of which is run Windows 8. I think I speak for a large number of people when I say that is probably a bonus!
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Raspberry Pi LogoInfographic – Raspberry Pi How To Get Started


This nfographic by WhoIsHostingThis.com provides a gentle introduction to the Raspberry Pi to a beginner. It also includes some suggested links to tutorials and projects to get you started.

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Raspberry Pi Logo32×32 RGB LED Matrix On The Raspberry Pi

32x32 LED Matrix Panel

At the last Cambridge Jam I picked up a 32×32 LED matrix panel from SK Pang. This consists of 1024 RGB leds and is used as a building block for those large displays you see in stadiums. I could only afford one so my screen is slightly smaller.

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Raspberry Pi LogoCambridge Raspberry Jam – September 2014

CamJam Talks

It’s the afternoon after the Jam before so I thought I would do a quick write-up of the 8th CamJam held on September 6th at the Institute of Astronomy (IoA). Due to the number of talks and workshops the start time was moved forward to 11am and this meant an early start for me and Graham (@rpiSchool) who were travelling from Bristol.

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Raspberry Pi LogoHow To Create A Pyramid In Minecraft With Python

Minecraft Pyramid Building On The Pi

The great thing about Minecraft on the Raspberry Pi is that you write Python scripts to manipulate the game world. This opens up a lot of creative possibilities. It can also make Python a lot more appealing to budding programmers.

In this tutorial I want to explain how to create a Pyramid using Minecraft.

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