Casting with Raspberry Pi

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Stream to XBMC Chrome Extension

When Raspberry Pi came out first, I immediately got one thinking I would make use of it as a media center. I installed raspbmc too. I liked everything about it except for how slow the menus were. Everything was working but going to where you want is very slow. I wanted to make use of the « Free Cable » plugin to keep up with the current TV shows I was watching. It worked well enough. I didn’t want to connect a mouse and keyboard. That is the last thing I wanted. I just wanted to use my remote control.

There were a few chrome plugins available online to push videos from sites like Youtube to XBMC. But, I watch online videos from various sites for which there were no plugins. So, I set towards writing my own plugin. I went through Chrome Extensions site…

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Friday Free Board Quiz – Week #62 prize is OLIMEXINO-85-KIT

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OLIMEXINO-85-KIT is the smallest and lowest cost Arduino board we have.

It’s only with 30×20 mm size,

Note: soldering skills are necessary to make it work!

We will add also BB-MINI mini breadboard, JW-240×10 jumper wires, 10MM RED LED and Push button switch, so you can breadboard small LED-Button project and test the board with Arduino IDE.

You have chance to win this board if you participate our Quiz.

To participate in the Quiz is enough to Re-tweet the Quiz announcement message.

To double your chances you have to answer the Quiz question :)

Today at 17.00 o’clock our local Bulgarian time (GMT+3) we will post on Twitter our questions.

You have one hour to reply to our tweet with the correct answer.

At 18.00 o’clock we will count the correct answers and ask to generate random number in range then announce the winner and ship the board by…

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Look Mom I can shrink Arduino even more! And it cost only EUR 4.00!

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On October 11 I blogged for our OLIMEXINO-NANO which is already in production and will be ready for sale on November 1st 🙂

With dimensions only 30×30 mm NANO is really cool, but we wanted to see if we can go smaller 😉

As you know on November 2 and 3rd there is OpenFest and we are partnering with the organizers and will make hardware hackathon where everyone who want to learn soldering to may build his own Arduino which to take with him. For this purpose we had to make some small but easy to solder board mostly with PTH components which are easy to solder for beginners.

This is how we made OLIMEXINO-85 you see above on the picture it’s only 30×20 mm and it’s made to make easy breadboarding:


For OpenFest we are preparing 100 kits of OLIMEXINO-85 which will contain all components, so everyone who want…

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Probook 4540s Hackintosh

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Simon Hawketts's Photo Blog

OK – this blog is titled ‘Simon Hawketts’s Photo Blog’ but I do have other interests and this post (or probably series of posts) is not a photo related post but an IT related post.

I bought a new Laptop a month or so ago as a replacement for my aging HP 8710W which was getting a bit long in the tooth. I looked around for a new model which would allow me to try out something I’d wanted to do for a while, which is install OS-X on some standard PC hardware. This would allow me to run my Mac based Photo applications when I’m away from home without having to pay a lot of money for an Apple machine. After a bit of research I ordered an HP probook 4540s which has a hardware spec similar to an apple MacBook and should allow me to install Mountain Lion…

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