Every man needs a castle…

a shed, a cave to retreat from the chaos of the rest of the family house.  This is my home office – the home of every inanimate object I rely on. But in this picture, I’ve kept it Pi focussed.  There are nine Raspberry Pi’s in this ordered chaos.  Can you find them?

Shed

Shed

There are 3 more RPi’s outside of the scope of this photo, two for the upcoming Cotswold Raspberry Jam, and one is my piPad.

Spoiler alert: one of nine is hinting at what Santa’s present to me in December will be.

piPad

My piPad is finished and WAPping nicely with Phoebe.

piPad and Phoebe WAPping

piPad and Phoebe WAPping

piPad and Florence

piPad and Florence

Loving the raspberry coloured keys.  One last problem: I can’t find Florence’ colon* 😉  It does make editing in vim quite hard.

A few notes:

  • powered by a 5V 2.1 LiPo battery bank
  • video cards and RPi independently powered by the bank via a USB cable splitter – powering the Pi via the video cards GPIO’s or Vout USB A socket leads to reduced voltage for the Pi (rainbow square in top right of the screen is the ‘underpowered’ warning
  • florence is a good as she can be but she lacks the finer touches shown on other linux implementations – I presume due to GPU capability for rendering opaqueness / transparency – the default Raspiand distribution upgrade from Wheezy (version 0.5.1-1) to Jessie (version 0.6.2-2) will hopefully help when that happens.
  • florence also doesn’t not have access to a font with the right symbolic characters so her special keys are blank – not the end of the world, just less pretty
  • Once she’s scaled to a size suitable for the 7″ DSI Raspberry Pi screen, I needed to use a stylus even though I have tiny fingers.

She’s met her requirement to control Phoebe in flights so I can follow my purity desire and use the piPad instead of my iPad to control Phoebe’s flights.  That’s how I’ll be doing it at the next Cotswold Jam.


*No seriously, can you see a colon on the keyboard? It sometimes appears with a set of keystokes I’ve not yet tracked down, but mostly it just vanishes down a black hole.

P.S. Found it – right-shift + ‘;’ what made it hard for me was that neither left-shift nor caps-lock revealed the colon, only right-shift does it.