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…)

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…)

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…)