LCD for Raspberry pi (HD44780 via PCF8574 I2C) (openelec)

Why, the hell, would you need alphanumeric LCD connected to your Pi while you have it connected already to 55inch TV via HDMI? No doubts you can survive without this additional gadget, but this is not why you bought RPi, right? (especially when it is only ~10Euro and it can provide very useful information from your pi…)
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World’s easiest way to set up WiFi Access Point

When over a year ago I was working on setting up wireless access point, that was really tough task. I would never thought that one day I would be able to do the same just with my TV remote and on… OpenELEC!
Ok, so here is the World’s easiest way to set up your own AP.
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OpenELEC + Fushicai = LOVE!

Many people (including me) were hoping that OpenELEC, one day, will support UTV007 Fushicai grabber. The day has come :) Well, it came few weeks back, but only yesterday I finally compiled OpenELEC with grabber support. OpenELEC guys promissed to deliver the support in official release as of 4.1/2 version, but if you don’t want to wait, you don’t need to :) (more…)

Ambi-tv – ampilight effect from any Video (i.e. HDMI) source

Connecting HDMI signal to raspberry pi and using it as a source for the lights behind the tv, seems to be very tricky in the beginning – in fact it is not, but it requires some additional components to be bought and installed. Unfortunately these components are not cheap… You may be lucky enough though to have scart/composite/av output in your PVR or amplituner, that provides signal in parallel with HDMI. If that’s the case, you will get what you want for very reasonable price. (more…)

Do it yourself: NAS

I’ve always wanted my very own server. That’s why I got a raspi in the first place. Attached 2TB drive to it, packed it with webservers, services and other weird stuff that I wanted to test. Moreover, I’ve expected this under powered, little raspberry to work flawlessly no matter what I throw at it. But then, BAM! reality: 2MB/s, lost usb packets, hangs, reboots, nuclear war, cold etc. My (cheap&used) new server has come to put an end to it. (more…)

Video Grabber for Raspberry Pi

In order to create ambilight effect for any video signal, the key thing is to buy the right video grabber. When you see that someone installed “easycap” grabber you may suspect that when you buy one you will have the setup that is ready to use. This is very wrong assumption… :) unless you are lucky – and this is why… (more…)

Boblight and android notifications

Ever been in a situation when you are at home waitnig for important email/im/sms/phone call but someone else were studying or sleeping and you didn’t want to wake them up? I’m pretty sure most of us were there. Now, wouldn’t it be cool to “see” a notification as a big light behind your tv? It would. Read after the break for instructions how to do it.
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Installation of TP-LINK WN725N v2

People using Raspbmc (including me) tend to have problems with installation of TP-LINK WN725N v2 (v1 works out of the box). I have no idea why tp-link didn’t change model name when they changed the chipset but that’s reality that causes a lot of confusion. Anyway, installation is very simple and consist of 3 steps. (more…)

Hotspot – WiFi Access Point

When I was thinking of buying Raspberry Pi few months ago, I was also about to buy 3G router/AP. When I learned what RPi is, and I saw people trying to make AP out of it, I knew where to place my money :) I know I’ve chosen right… RPi as AP gives you enormous number of possibilities: wireless streaming of cartoons to your tablet when you’re in the car. Your wife (if you have one already ;) ) in the same time can watch Desperate Housewives… and you can focus on pleasure from driving. I hope you’re interested already so let’s do it. (more…)