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Archive for December, 2012

Looking to probably change the theme or layout of the site

by on Dec.31, 2012, under Blog

Thinking of changing the layout or “theme” around on the site. Not sure if I’ll go with a lighter or stay with the dark theme or 1 to 3 columns and such.

The mobile device theme will stay the same for now so mobile devices will not be affected. But desktop viewers may notice subtle changes or big changes to the look and layout of the site over the next few days. Not exactly sure which way I’ll go or if it’ll be a permanent change just thinking about something new for the new year.

For those that are curious I currently use the ‘Pixel’ theme as it is an older simpler them that hasn’t been updated in a while I’ve been thinking a change is in order. Perhaps I may even work on designing one from scratch. Anyhow leave a comment if you have any tips, ideas, etc, course this site is mainly at the moment a ‘stream of consciousness’ blog of my favorites and ideas with the most popular sections being my Dude Suit Radio streaming server, Stern links, and info for UK users to bypass PirateBay blocks.

If you would like to suggest some ideas feel free to leave a comment. If you happen to enjoy a particular WordPress theme then please drop me a comment with the name of the theme and I’ll definitely check it out. If you’d like to browse the bulk of WordPress themes you can find them here http://wordpress.org/extend/themes/ although there are 3rd party companies that also design and offer free and commercial themes as well. Just curious what people like mainly, lighter background versus darker background, then 1 to 3 columns or perhaps no columns and use seperate pages instead. Let me know what ya think if you feel like it, I’m curious.

Have a Happy New Year!

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Departing Space Station Commander Gives Tour of International Space Station

by on Dec.15, 2012, under News, Youtube

In her final days as Commander of the International Space Station, Sunita Williams of NASA recorded an extensive tour of the orbital laboratory and downlinked the video on Nov. 18, just hours before she, cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko and Flight Engineer Aki Hoshide of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency departed in their Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft for a landing on the steppe of Kazakhstan. The tour includes scenes of each of the station’s modules and research facilities with a running narrative by Williams of the work that has taken place and which is ongoing aboard the orbital outpost.

 

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Received my new Raspberry Pi today

by on Dec.01, 2012, under Blog

I mentioned it in a post long ago about ordering, and have been waiting months to finally receive my order. It’s been an aggravating ordeal, and the company I dealt with was not very good with communication, but I believe the main problem was at the time of my order I was ordering from Allied Electronics in the UK since the US site at the time wasn’t selling them. Of course there was a delay due to emissions testing issues and other delays as well, but due to the delays I was given an “upgraded” board or rather “Revision 2″ board, and I can understand a bit of the wait due to the immense popularity of the device, my only gripe is wishing communication was better instead of since I am in the U.S. my emails would be routed to the U.S. part of the company and they had no records of my order or any information about the devices and was offered to register on their UK website, but problems kicked up there since if you are in the U.S. you can not register on the UK website it gives errors requiring UK address/phone/etc.

Anyhow since my original order the sites in the U.S. are now selling them so newer orders should be smoother, but if you are interested it’s best to order as soon as possible as the demand seems to be out weighing the supply which keeps putting people waiting weeks for resupply.

I took some photos of my Raspberry PI and a custom clear case I ordered as well and put them on Flickr for anyone interested.

9 photos with the custom clear case, board, and board mounted in the case: http://www.flickr.com/photos/qoaa/sets/72157632136696321/

If you are interested in ordering one yourself you can go here: http://www.raspberrypi.org/

The Model B, the version I purchased, comes with 512MB ram and an ethernet port. There is a Model A version that comes without the ethernet port and only has 256MB ram instead.

Model B costs $35 and the Model A costs $25

The uses for these are limited by your imagination, many people are using them as headless servers, to router projects, media centers with XBMC software, music players, robotic controllers, etc. Just hop over to Youtube and do a search for Raspberry PI and there are hundreds of videos and projects on display.

 

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