Arduino TFT LCD GUI – Load Bitmap Image

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There are two ways to draw bitmap images in Arduino TFT LCD – to draw from SD card, or convert them into byte array. The first is more powerful and works with true color bitmap images; the 2nd approach is more suitable for simple logo and monochrome images, and there is no need for SD capability for this method.

Convert Images to C++ Byte Array

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How to Make a GUI for Arduino TFT LCD

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There is no package available which offeres a visual graphic display as well as the coordinate info so that you can reproduce it with TFT graphic library. 4D Systems is the closest you can get, yet it is lousy, proprietary and only available for Windows. After researching long and hard for a GUI Designer for Arduino TFT LCD, finally I think I come up with a reasonable implementation – SVG vector ...

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Electronic Fortune Cookies for Fun

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Fortune is a simple program that displays a pseudorandom message from a database of quotations. In this blog, I am going to shown you that those electronic cookies -random poignat, inspirational, silly or snide phrases – can make your digital life surprisingly fun, just like a fortune cookies after meal.

Installation -fortune, cow and pony

Following installation guide is based on Arch Official site.

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The APP for WD My Cloud with Firmware Version 4 up [NEW]

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After using WD My Cloud with version 3 for about a year for the sake of hacking, I finally give it up and switch to version 4. With Nazar’s prebuilt Appz, I have been successfully installed following packages without much issues.

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Update and Installtion of the Firmware and APPZ

  1. Update the WD my Cloud the usual way.
  2. To proceed with the installation of the ...
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Some Essential Tools and Applications with Raspberrypi Pi 2 & Pi 3

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Applications with PI

There are many, way too many things you can do with a Rapberry Pi. After all, it is a computer, a full fledged linux computer with GPIOs. Following are some essential tools or applications with this credit-card size computer. There are a lot more, and I will post them later. This is done with Arch Linux, it should be applicable to other systems though.

Setting up VNC [virtual ...

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Securing WDMyCloud SSH

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Secure and Harden Root Access

First thing first, change the wdmycloud default root password.The default password is welc0me. The least you can do is to change this one to something more reasonable. If you were to monitor the incoming request especially to the SSH port 22 alone, you’ll be shocked to see lots of ...

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Design Nui for Rapberry PI Touch Display with Kivy [Arch linux]

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Kivy (from official site)- Open source Python library for rapid development of applications that make use of innovative natural user interfaces (NUI), such as multi-touch apps.

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Kivy Installation and Some Forplay

Following is mainly taken from Richardson Git link and modified for Arch Linux.

  1. Installation It takes quite a while for Raspberry PI since it takes quite a few dependencies. As ...

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Compile and Upload Arduino Sketch with PlatformIO in Arch Linux running on PC, Raspberry Pi 2 and 3

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PlatformIO is a python tool to build and upload sketches for multiple Hardware Platforms, at the moment of writing these are Arduino/AVR based boards. This is the only tool working with Raspberry Pi running Arch Linux so far, and I have been searching for some tool like this for a long time.

NB: The over-bearing minion is there because every time my little one sees it, she giggles.

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A $100 Tablet with a Full Linux System

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Instructions for setting up touch display with Raspberry Pi running Arch linux. This is a brand-new release using DSI display port.

Hardware Assembly and Installation

Follow instruction here to setup, and also Video Instruction here There is a official mechanical drawing in case you needed. Remember to make a full system upgrade to enable the touch screen driver (in my case, both for Arch ...

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