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biglesp

@biglesp@mastodon.social

Freelance maker for hire at https://bigl.es
Associate Editor at tomshardware.com
Writer for Linux Format
Previously written for The MagPi, Electromaker, Linux User & Developer, KidsCodeCS, Linux Voice, micro_mag

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Absolutely invisible bodge to repair a resistor that I just snipped by accident.

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Really feeling like I have lost my "Raspberry Pi Mojo" these days. I've lost / lessened the skills that I took for granted and it is biting me in the butt.

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Great. Now I need to create my own Tiny Toolkit. :-) Great talk.

biglesp,
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@recantha You mean that you haven't already? ;) I've got a Leatherman ES4 on my keychain. Wire strippers, pliers, small knife, etc :)

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@recantha I've not been able to watch the stream. Soooo busy right now. He says procrastinating on Mastodon.

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We are stuck in Ledbury as no bus has turned up for us

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@Steampunk_Prof @cymplecy Keep an eye on this. The 24hr forecast is meh, two hour is pretty reliable. https://www.meteoradar.co.uk/en-gb/city/2644037

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@cymplecy You driving the coach Si? Have fun :)

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My review of the LattePanda Mu is live on Tom's Hardware and this Intel N100 powered module is impressive. Full review here >> https://www.tomshardware.com/raspberry-pi/lattepanda-mu-review

A Raspberry Pi 5 next to the LattePanda Mu
A comparison photo of the LattePanda Mu and all of the Raspberry Pi Compute modules.

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Are you a Windows 10 or 11 user and want the latest NASA images as your wallpaper? I wrote a quick Python how to for Tom's Hardware which gets the latest image using NASA's great API. We package it up into an exe and set Windows to update each time we boot. https://www.tomshardware.com/software/windows/how-to-build-an-automated-nasa-wallpaper-switcher

A notification telling the user that there is no image for today, so the NASA content must be a video.
The latest update is an image from NASA
The app in action on Windows 11. In the bottom right of the screen is a notification to say that the app is working.

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The Linux version I wrote back in 2019 https://bigl.es/tooling-tuesday-nasa-api-and-python/

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Not done any "proper" Python coding for ages. Working on a tool to pull newspaper frontpages (JPEGs) for use with a large e-ink display. Testing it all out on my Ubuntu laptop before moving to a Raspberry Pi 3A+

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My review of the Raspberry Pi M.2 HAT+ is live on Tom's Hardware https://www.tomshardware.com/raspberry-pi/raspberry-pi-m2-hat-review
tl;dr A great way to add an M.2 NVMe SSD to your Raspberry Pi 5 but there are a couple of "gotchas".

Raspberry Pi 5 connected via a 30mm orange coloured PCIe cable to the M.2 HAT+
A Raspberry Pi 5 with an M.2 HAT+ attached on top
Knolling the parts that come in the M.2 HAT+ kit.

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The rest of my daily use tools are in easy reach. So many Wera advent calendars have bolstered my tool selection. The dog is called "pudz".

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@concretedog small office, so I am forced to be organised or get stuck in the office.

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@danhalbert that is spooky :)

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@cymplecy yup Marton Mere nature reserve, the DeVere paths around hospital and golf courses, leading into Salisbury Woodland and then Stanley Park.

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@cymplecy that's Martin Mere near Ormskirk. Marton Mere is in the Marton area of Blackpool.

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Some edge lit neopixels from Pimoroni, a Wemos D1 and wled, crammed into a recycled lightning bolt LED light frame.

A video showing wled controlling a lightning bolt shaped LED light frame.

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@cymplecy They are very nice.

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I do love having an Ender 2 Pro 3D printer with a 0.8 nozzle. I can prototype and build functional parts in little time. This holder for a electronic screwdriver charging cable holder took 15 minutes to print.

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And here it is on my desk.

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Currently listening to The Breeders: Last Splash.

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