Review: Onion Omega2 IoT Mini Computer

Back in the early 1990s – when I was a young *cough* boy – my first Linux computer was a huge clunker of a machine and weighed enough to give me a hernia. It was beige, expensive and looked extremely ugly on my desk. Flash forward – some 25-odd years […]

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Installing Kodi on RetroPie, Mega Super Guide! 2

In a previous series of blog posts, I detailed the process by which we can triple boot the Raspberry Pi with three separate OSes (Raspbian/RetroPie/Openelec). If you’re curious how that was done, I urge you to check it out! Though a little complicated, it provided us with some flexibility to boot […]

Home Automation with the Orvibo S20 WiFi Socket 8

The Orvibo S20 WiFi is really a nifty device. Relatively inexpensive from various online sites, this device connects through your WiFi network enabling you to control and power various home appliances up to 10 Amps. The manufacturer offers a smart phone app which permits you to control the socket and […]

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IncrediblePBX (Asterisk/FreePBX) on Raspberry Pi for Residential Use – Part 1

In an older post, “IncrediblePBX (Asterisk/FreePBX) ESXi Installation with Google Voice”, I touched on installing a variant of Asterisk/FreePBX called IncrediblePBX in a virtual machine. This time however, I’d like to focus on installing this cool piece of software on a Raspberry Pi (either a version 2 or 3). Luckily the […]

Backup (or Clone) a Raspberry Pi SD Card 6

All right, you’ve spent countless sleepless nights working on that ultra cool Raspberry Pi project, and now you’re thinking about the unthinkable. What happens if my Raspberry Pi or SD Card dies? Do I have a backup? Can I quickly get up and running? The answer is probably NO. So […]

IncrediblePBX (Asterisk/FreePBX) ESXi Installation with Google Voice

The OBi200 VoIP Phone Adapter is truly an amazing device. With the ability to seamlessly integrate with Google Voice (for free USA & Canada calling with very low rates elsewhere) and coupled with the ease of use to connect to many VoIP services, the Obi generally surpasses the expectations of […]

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Protein Bars Made Simple

Not tech related and slightly off from what I usually blog about, but here goes…I’ve been looking for ways to cut the time spent on making protein bars. In the past, I’ve used a recipe consisting of quinoa, dates, almonds and peanut butter. Unfortunately, the prep time for that recipe […]

Connecting a UPS to the Rapberry Pi & Custom Shutdown with Wake On LAN

A UPS (uninterruptible power supply) is an electrical device that provides emergency power in the event of a power failure. Most modern UPSes can connect to a computer via USB and made to execute a self shutdown in the event that power has been lost. In this blog post I’ll […]

Understanding the Raspberry Pi GPIO Pinout Using the wiringPi Library

The Raspberry comes fully loaded with a general-purpose input/output (GPIO) port to interface with a multitude of devices/sensors/expansion boards. Unfortunately, there could be many different ways to refer to the same pin, especially if you are using the wiringPi library. In this post I will attempt to show you how […]