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by BillStephenson
Thu Apr 18, 2019 1:02 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: HTML animated Compass using LSM303 Module
Replies: 0
Views: 81

HTML animated Compass using LSM303 Module

I posted about this little project over 4 years ago and put a short video on YouTube showing the LSM303DLHC Compass Module from Adafruit animating a compass graphic in a web browser. So much has changed since then that the links I'd posted were dead and the instructions out of date. I spent some tim...
by BillStephenson
Mon Aug 20, 2018 5:21 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: [Solved] Editing needs mod approval.
Replies: 16
Views: 1181

Re: [Solved] Editing needs mod approval.

Ahhh... this must be why my post about installing CouchDB 2.2 didn't show up right away. I'm pretty good at making typos and always find a few when proof reading after posting.

Spammers suck...
by BillStephenson
Mon Aug 20, 2018 5:02 pm
Forum: General programming discussion
Topic: Install CouchdB 2.2.0 on the Pi
Replies: 1
Views: 2162

Install CouchdB 2.2.0 on the Pi

# The below instructions are copied from: http://andyfelong.com/2016/12/couchdb-2-0-on-raspberry-pi/ # Update your Pi to the latest Raspbian: sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get upgrade # Make sure you're in your "Home" directory and then “apt-get” dependencies: cd wget http://packages.erlang-solutions...
by BillStephenson
Sun Aug 19, 2018 7:10 pm
Forum: Other programming languages
Topic: Serverless Web Apps on the Pi
Replies: 7
Views: 5533

Re: Serverless Web Apps on the Pi

I've updated this "Todo App" since I first posted this. It now uses "Service Workers' to provide offline caching instead of "App Cache", so it offers a nice, simple, demo of that tech too now. I also made some other changes that mostly affect design and usability. As far as Node.js goes, I understan...
by BillStephenson
Wed Jul 25, 2018 6:53 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: A new level of seasickness - Or how I learnt to stop worrying and love the new website
Replies: 66
Views: 5454

Re: A new level of seasickness - Or how I learnt to stop worrying and love the new website

I was sure shocked with the new design!

I love it. I think it's "snappy!"

Made me realize I need to check in more often too. I've been coding so much lately I've hardly looked up. But I've sort of caught up for the moment and thought I'd stop by to see what's been going on here.

Obviously a lot!
by BillStephenson
Fri Dec 08, 2017 3:35 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Vivaldi Web Browser - Raspberry Pi
Replies: 22
Views: 6079

Re: Vivaldi Web Browser - Raspberry Pi

I haven't got to far into it yet but so far it seems pretty sweet. I ran my web apps on it and they worked fine, ran some YouTube videos and they did good too. I'll play with some of the other features when I get a chance but it's definitely worth installing and it's great to see them working on it ...
by BillStephenson
Thu Oct 19, 2017 9:53 pm
Forum: Raspbian
Topic: Wayland on stretch
Replies: 39
Views: 6323

Re: Wayland on stretch

Just curious (as I know very little of the tech specifics), will this have any impact on further work on this here?:

The future of Wayland, and sway's role in it
by BillStephenson
Mon Sep 18, 2017 2:56 pm
Forum: Other programming languages
Topic: Serverless Web Apps on the Pi
Replies: 7
Views: 5533

Re: Serverless Web Apps on the Pi

I played around with React.js and Node.js a bit but ended up feeling that it wasn't worth the effort to install and learn everything needed to get started. jQuery still offers a lot of great features and a consistent API with great documentation and there's tons of example code out there to help out...
by BillStephenson
Mon Sep 18, 2017 12:01 am
Forum: Other programming languages
Topic: Serverless Web Apps on the Pi
Replies: 7
Views: 5533

Serverless Web Apps on the Pi

"2Doosey" is a fairly simple "Todo" app that runs in your web browser. You can try it here: https://cherrypc.com/todo/index.html The app demonstrates these features: Using HTML/CSS/Javascript only to build a feature rich app. Using "App Cache" for "Offline First" capability. Using PouchDB.js to stor...
by BillStephenson
Fri Jul 07, 2017 3:17 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: No more WDLabs?
Replies: 21
Views: 3850

Re: No more WDLabs?

Thanks for the update. I was afraid of that. I'm glad I got the case and drive when I did, but I'd really kind of hoped I'd be able to get more of those and hook some friends up with them. I wonder what they'll do with the tooling for those. I suppose they'll write it off and trash it, but it'd be g...
by BillStephenson
Mon Jun 26, 2017 4:38 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: No more WDLabs?
Replies: 21
Views: 3850

Re: No more WDLabs?

Well, personally, I really like the case, drive, cables and power supply setup I got from WDLabs and the drive is pretty much silent.

It's by far the best setup I've used.

I really like the design of the "Pi-Desktop" too and the price is pretty reasonable. I might have to grab one of those.
by BillStephenson
Mon Jun 26, 2017 6:18 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: No more WDLabs?
Replies: 21
Views: 3850

Re: No more WDLabs?

Their site says they sell SSD drives but I don't think they make one specifically for the Pi.
by BillStephenson
Mon Jun 26, 2017 5:12 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: No more WDLabs?
Replies: 21
Views: 3850

No more WDLabs?

I've seen a few posts on hacker news about Western Digital shutting down WDLabs.

That would suck because they are doing some cool stuff there.
by BillStephenson
Wed Jun 21, 2017 3:54 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: The NSA released a VPN project that runs on the Pi
Replies: 10
Views: 2939

The NSA released a VPN project that runs on the Pi

goSecure is an easy to use and portable Virtual Private Network (VPN) solution. "The system consists of a single server and one or many clients. strongSwan is used to establish a Suite B IPsec tunnel with pre-shared keys between the server and client(s). The core crypt implementation has been verif...
by BillStephenson
Sun Mar 26, 2017 6:05 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: WD PiDrive
Replies: 15
Views: 1836

Re: WD PiDrive

I know it's a wee bit irrational (since it's just a matter of issuing the right series of commands), but I'd be much more interested in the PiDrive if they didn't try so very hard to herd you into an arrangement for partitioning the drive up in little pieces for multiple operating systems -. That's...
by BillStephenson
Sun Mar 26, 2017 4:00 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: WD PiDrive
Replies: 15
Views: 1836

Re: WD PiDrive

That worked for me too Dougie. I didn't use NOOBS, just copied the OS from the SD card to the SDD drive and reboot and done. It does take a bit longer to boot, but there doesn't seem to be much difference in performance after that. I also got the WD enclosure (in White) and that's pretty sweet too. ...
by BillStephenson
Sun Mar 26, 2017 4:16 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: WD PiDrive
Replies: 15
Views: 1836

WD PiDrive

I got a WD PiDrive a couple months ago and finally took the time to give the " "How to boot your Raspberry Pi 3 from a USB mass storage device" " instructions a spin this evening. When I pulled that SD card and plugged it in the first time a few seconds went by and just as I was thinking "I screwed ...
by BillStephenson
Thu Jan 26, 2017 10:16 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Latest Pi3 and Raspbian - Wow!
Replies: 5
Views: 1439

Latest Pi3 and Raspbian - Wow!

I just got a new Pi3 and installed the latest Raspbian and it is sweet! Wow, what a difference since the first release. Of course the first thing I did was to try some YouTube video and it ran perfect. You got pretty much my entire wish list of apps pre-installed and you've even made it easy to cust...
by BillStephenson
Wed Aug 31, 2016 7:22 am
Forum: Python
Topic: python 3, web forms and SQL
Replies: 1
Views: 857

Re: python 3, web forms and SQL

I can't help if you're depending on Python 3 and MySQL or SQLite, but I'll offer you might look into using Javascript and PouchDB/CouchDB. That's pretty easy to setup and doesn't need any server side cgi scripts. Unless you really need a relational database that can be much better choice than a LAMP...
by BillStephenson
Sun Aug 28, 2016 4:16 am
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Simple question to get me going :)
Replies: 13
Views: 1987

Re: Simple question to get me going :)

If that is all you want to do then I'd say a shell script is the way to go. Google around for "how to make a shell script" This came up on my search and it looks like a fine guide to me: http://tldp.org/LDP/Bash-Beginners-Guide/html/chap_02.html Here's another link that will get you a step further a...
by BillStephenson
Sat Aug 27, 2016 11:12 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Simple question to get me going :)
Replies: 13
Views: 1987

Re: Simple question to get me going :)

I agree, a shell script sounds like the best and easiest way to do what they want, and there are plenty of good resources out there for getting started with those. But I still like to recommend that Python intro to anyone getting started with programming. It goes through the steps of teaching and us...
by BillStephenson
Sat Aug 27, 2016 10:44 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Simple question to get me going :)
Replies: 13
Views: 1987

Re: Simple question to get me going :)

Yes, the "Pi" is a computer, it's "Hardware". "Raspbian" is "software", it's an "Operating System (OS). It's based on the "Linux" operating system and especially made to run on the Pi computer. There are other operating systems you can use on the Pi too. Python runs on a lot of operating systems, Wi...
by BillStephenson
Sat Aug 27, 2016 9:29 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Simple question to get me going :)
Replies: 13
Views: 1987

Re: Simple question to get me going :)

Maybe that's my confusion. I thought that Raspian was or has a language in it. Raspbian is not a language, but it has the software built-in for the "runtime engines" that will "execute" scripts written in several different languages and you can even "compile" and execute code written in others. For...
by BillStephenson
Sat Aug 27, 2016 8:42 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Simple question to get me going :)
Replies: 13
Views: 1987

Re: Simple question to get me going :)

Ok, you need to create a script to ask the "Select 1 or 2" question, and the link I provided above has into on how you run that script after raspbian has loaded. At the very end of all the comments on that linked page is a very complete example of how to configure your Pi to run your script at start...

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