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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Raspberry Pi LogoRaspberry Pi Minecraft Block ID Number Reference

Minecraft Block ID Reference

When you’ve installed Minecraft on the Raspberry Pi and setup the Python API you will want to get creating scripts to manipulate the Minecraft World. This is going to involve a lot of block manipulation.

Each type of block (sand, dirt, water etc) has a unique ID number associated with it. It is helpful to have a list of these numbers to hand so you can use them in your code.

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Raspberry Pi LogoHow To Reset A Forgotten Raspberry Pi Password

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I’ve got a Raspberry Pi running in my garage as part of a security system. It’s been running for so many months that I forgot the password so I was unable to access it via SSH.

Luckily there is was a technique that I could use to reset the password and get it back up and running. You need physical access to the SD card, a separate PC and the ability to connect your Pi to a monitor and keyboard. I used a Windows PC but this should work fine on a Mac or Linux machine.

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Raspberry Pi LogoInfographic – Raspberry Pi Does It Need Securing

Infographic TrendLabs

This infographic from TrendLabs attempts to illustrate some security issues you need to be aware of when connecting your Pi to the internet. It asks “Do you really need to secure something this small”. It’s slightly vague but the three red boxes are useful reminders for any computer system you may be using.

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Raspberry Pi LogoFarnell PiFace Control & Display Raspberry Pi Add-on Board

PiFace Control & Display

The PiFace Control and Display (PiFace CAD) addon for the Raspberry Pi is a great way of adding a screen and buttons to your Pi. Once you’ve installed the Python libraries it is easy to get your code to interact with the screen while receiving input from the five buttons and rocker switch.

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Raspberry Pi LogoEnabling The SPI Interface On The Raspberry Pi

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The Raspberry Pi has a Serial Peripheral Interface (SPI) bus which can be enabled on Pins 19,21,23,24 & 26. It is a synchronous serial data link standard and is used for short distance single master communication between devices. As far as the Pi is concerned this is usually relevant to certain sensors and add-on boards.

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Raspberry Pi LogoRaspberry Pi USB Power Bank Mega Test August 2014

Lumsing 11000mAh Power Bank

Recently I was sent a new USB Power Bank by Lumsing. Rather than test it in isolation I decided to test against the three existing battery packs I already had. This would give a better point of comparison but would also allow me to revist the performance of the devices I tested when they were new.

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Raspberry Pi LogoEben Upton – Introducing the Raspberry Pi B+ Free Webinar

Eben Upton

The Element14 Community are hosting a free webinar where Eben Upton, the inventor of the Raspberry Pi and founder of the Raspberry Pi Foundation, is presenting. It’s free to sign-up so why not login and see what he has to say!

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Raspberry Pi LogoRaspberry Pi Model B+ 3.5mm Audio/Video Jack

Raspberry Pi Model B+

The Model B+ features a new 3.5mm audio jack which also includes the composite video signal. This has allowed for the removal of the composite video socket found on the Model B.

The new jack is a 4-pole socket which carries both audio and video signals and is often found on other multimedia devices such as iPods, MP3 players and smartphones.

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Raspberry Pi LogoRaspberry Pi Model B+ First Impressions

Raspberry Pi Model B+

My Raspberry Pi Model B+ arrived from RS Components on Thursday so here are some thoughts on the revised Pi design, what I think of it, what has changed and how this impacts existing and new users. I also took a set of photos to highlight the differences.

Hopefully this post will answer lots of the frequently asked questions I’ve seen being asked by Pi fans on web forums and social media channels.

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