Apr 032017
 

I wrote a post about ExaGear Desktop a while ago where I looked at using it to run some basic X86 apps on a Raspberry Pi. It looked interesting, but I lost access to the Raspberry Pi 3 I was using to test it so I was unable to do too much with ExaGear.

However, with the release of ExaGear Desktop 2.0, I have my own Raspberry Pi 3 to play around with so I can give it some decent testing.
ExaGear Desktop 2.0 gives users the power to run OpenGL applications on the Raspberry Pi.
What this means, is that you can now play x86 games on the Raspberry Pi, or even run some applications that require OpenGL on the Pi.
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Mar 142017
 

Arrow.com is currently doing a promotion while supplies last so you better get in quick!

Arrow are giving away Raspberry Pi 3s to any customers who spend more than $77! Get in quick to get yours today!

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Mar 022017
 

I was poking around in a Swann NVR to see whether I could customise it to suit my needs a bit better.
The NVR was easy enough to pull apart with only 5 screws on the outside holding the case on.
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Dec 222016
 

If you’ve ever wanted high quality sound from the Raspberry Pi, look no further than this High End Audio Bundle from Allo.com.
High End Audio Bundle
This bundle includes the following boards:

There’s also an option to include a 3A 5V power supply with the bundle.

This bundle plugs directly onto the Raspberry Pi like any other hat, and then you can set the audio as per normal with Alsamixer.
With the Kali hat plugged in, you can power the Pi from the Kali hat rather than needing another power supply. The Kali also powers the Piano DAC.

The Piano DAC can be setup in a 2.0, 2.1, or a 2.2 setup with crossover settings in the GUI. It uses dual PCM5142 DACs with integrated DSP, and comes preset as a 2.1 setup, but can be reconfigured via the PurePath software.

The last part of the bundle is the Volt Amp which uses a TPA3118 chip. It has 4 output filters, 4 EMI Snubbers, 4 bootstrap capacitors and gain setting components.

This whole bundle can be purchased from the Allo Website and for a limited amount of time, you can get a 5% discount by using the coupon code SIRLAGZ5

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Dec 092016
 

I’ve had my Toshiba Satellite L750D laptop for quite a few years and when I first had it, the battery would show up in the battery meter in Ubuntu. Over the years and after a few Ubuntu upgrades, the battery just disappeared. The system wouldn’t detect the battery at all anymore. I tried all sorts of things to get it to discover the battery, reinserting, restarting, reinstalling, re-everything-else too, but it just wouldn’t show up.
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