Installing LIRC on Raspberry PI 2B Running Raspbian

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Here’s what you need to do in order to get LIRC working properly on Raspbian:

  1. Make sure you are running the version of Raspbian which has the LIRC modules included
  2. Install lirc from apt-get
  3. Add a couple of entries into the /etc/modules file
  4. Use dmesg to ensure the Lirc settings have loaded properly
  5. Run a system command to ensure the the device is reading the signals from the remote control
  6. Run an lirc program to record the IR ...
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Defective Products and a Nightmarish Experience with Lumber Liquidators

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We have purchased over $9000 worth of Bolivian Rosewood and the tools necessary for installation. After I took my time off work and finished a small room of 100 sq ft, we found out that the rest of wood was not packaged correctly and had various damages and scratches. We spent a good amount of money for genuine rosewood molding and stairnose, but it turned out to be ...

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PDF Annotation Related Tools

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PDF Tools

After a long search (see session below), I came across this tool for PDF annotation. PDF Tools is a DocView replacement for pdf on steroids. It renders pdf files in memory on demand, thus allows much extended capabilities, such as annotation, search and lots more just like another org file. See it in action here or my screen cast.

Installation

  1. Install pdf-tools ...

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Arduino with Triple Axis Accelerometer and Gyro Breakout – GY-521 MPU6050

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One of the widely used IMU(Inertial Measurement Unit) chip is MPU-6050. It contains gyroscopes combined with accelerometers and universally used in smart phones, video game remotes, quad-copters, etc. It is very inexpensive and easy to setup with all resources online.

Wiring with Arduino Mega 2560

Two excellent tutorials: DIYHacking and here. The Arduino site has some general information. If you need more information about the MPU6050 ...

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Transcompile Arduio TFT GUI Sketch from SVG File

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Let machine do the dirty work. To continue what I started in last post, I tried to see if it is possible to parse the SVG file and generate arduino sketch code out of it. The answer is yes. There is a wonderful post and a SVG Optimiser which helps me greatly for this project.

Parse the SVG file with the powerful lxml to generate an element ...

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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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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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