Liz Upton
Head of Communications, Raspberry Pi Foundation
Usually quite inky
677 posts

Solar-powered Raspberry Pi school

I heard about plans for a new Indiegogo fundraiser last week. It launches today, and it really deserves your attention. (And, dare I say it, some of your money.) Seventy-seven percent of schools in South Africa don’t have any computers – and 40% don’t even have access to electricity. United Twenty-13, a South African non-profit organisation, is... Continue reading

Rickmote: Rickrolling Chromecast users

The Raspberry Pi is a favourite tool of security researchers, and we’ve seen a number of demonstrations of how important it is to secure your devices against attack that use it. (I got stopped in the queue for the cinema last week by someone who recognised me from this blog, and has been working in... Continue reading

Bare-metal Tetris duel

A couple of weeks ago, we featured a first-year undergraduate project from Imperial College in London: a bare-metal port of StarFox to the Raspberry Pi. It’s stupendously good; even more so when you realise that the people behind it are 18 and 19 years old. I discovered that a second group from the very same class has another bare-metal... Continue reading

Steer a car. With cheese.

Building your own remote-controlled robot or car is a favourite activity for kids who are using a Pi to learn about programming and electronics. But this is the first one we’ve encountered that interfaces with a remote control made of cheese. We absolutely love MaKey MaKey here at Pi Towers: it’s a kit that enables... Continue reading

The CamJam EduKit – basic electronics for £5!

Liz: I wasn’t at the Cambridge Raspberry Jam this weekend: I was working in Manchester on Friday, and then became an aunt that evening (congrats Katie and Ben!). It meant I missed a special announcement: so I’ve asked Mike Horne, king of the CamJam organisers, to fill everyone in with this guest post. Over to you, Mike!... Continue reading

PiGrrl

Adafruit’s 3D Thursday series is getting us terribly excited every time they roll out a new project with a Pi in it. Yesterday’s was a doozy: so much so that the engineering team stood around my desk and made puppy-dog eyes and sighing sounds at me until I agreed to email LadyAda and beg a... Continue reading

Internet of Things toilet

There are many things that happen in my bathroom which I wish to keep private. But over at Instructables, member e024576 (about whom all we know is that he’s male and aged 59 – judging by the accent he uses in the video below when he runs out of loo-roll, he’s also from somewhere in the... Continue reading

The big flashing DevOps thing

Greg Cope mailed us a few weeks ago with a pointer to this project, which has been monitoring DevOps at the Financial Times (FT) here in the UK. It’s hard for everyone in the group to simultaneously maintain an overview of the health of the stack under normal circumstances. They use Nagios, a great piece of... Continue reading

Talks from Team Pi

I’ve been pointed at a couple of videos which might interest you: you’ll learn something new from both of these. First up, Eben explains more about the Compute Module to our friends at RS Components: And a little later on, Gordon, our Head of Software, gave a talk to the Prime Conference at the Royal... Continue reading