I never get creative ideas, but the Pi Zero Painsaw was an exception. It’s a Raspberry Pi Zero, that I crammed into an Echo Junior Chainsaw toy, along with a bunch of other things, and it runs Doom. It’s a love-letter to Doom, the things I’ve learned from my Raspberry Pi(s), and a special, unique piece of memorabilia that I hope to keep forever.
Next up, the full details of the Pi Zero Painsaw project:
G'day all! As we near the release of Doom (2016), which is just a week from now, I have been working hard to put the finishing touches on my version of the Super Shotgun Launcher (SSGL). SSGL is a cross-platform, modern app, built on top of Angular and NW.js which enables you to easily manage your WADs, PK3s, and playlists for classic Doom.
It supports zDoom, gzDoom, DoomRPG, Doom64EX and Zandronum, as well as Oblige, which is an awesome tool that can randomly generate (sensible) maps. You can create ordered lists of WADs/PK3s, and save them for quick access. It will also grab screenshots for (most) WADs based on their MD5 checksum, from wad-archive.com.
Full write-up coming soon!
This was a challenging project due to the most precision soldering that I've had to do yet. Everything turned out great on the first shot, which I didn't really expect!
Details of this mod include:
The Raspberry Pi has always caught my attention, however I hadn’t thought hard at the possibilities I would find useful. After finally being tempted enough to get a Bitcoin cold storage wallet going, this was finally the time.
I went to a local shop to pickup the Model B+, barebones, as I had a microSD card prior. After having an excruciating time trying to download Raspbian due to my ISP having an issue (of all nights, as they’re quite good normally), I was finally booted into it.
Next steps for me would be to:
I’ll be sure to update this post as I learn, tweak, and (maybe) solder more with this awesome little PC.
Recently, I setup a VMWare ESXi 5.5 server which runs a few VMs in my homelab. Attached to this ESXi host is an APC BackUPS 1300 UPS unit. In case of a power outage, my goal was to have one of the Windows VMs trigger a shutdown to the ESXi host, while also safely shutting down each VM in sequence.
Read on for more details on how I did it…
Just a lil' something I whipped up that I felt had to be shared. Hoping others may enjoy it. Special thanks to +Tha Phlash for the original logo source!
Android allows for custom boot animations if you're running a ROM that's rooted. I've created an 8-bit, old-school arcade inspired animation which attempts to bring back some nostalgia :)
A clean, detail-focused, and awesome (if I may say so) theme for Android ROMs that support system themes. Printed circuit board patterns adorn many of the system elements in a subtle form.
Note that this PHP script should to run as a CRON job to grab the latest merges intermittently. I currently have it running every 30 mins on the AOKP.co site below. Also, I cannot grab the 'user' field, as it is nested within the JSON response, and that has totally thrown me for a loop :'( - Will try to correct it in a future version.
Conky is a free, light-weight system monitor for X that can display a wealth of information from Linux. Unfortunately (to some) it is a bit tedious to configure as it's based on a resource/text file. I do really like having it on my desktop though, so that didn't stop me.
After spending more time than I probably should have, I came up with this (based on this):
TSF Shell is a premium launcher app for Android. It features super fluid animations and many features. Since I use it, I've also created versions of my PCB Themes.
This is quite awesome. Jeremiah Rice wrote up a review on the new AOKP.co homepage that I designed and coded. I wasn't expecting such an article to pop up, but it was a pleasure to read.
Check it out here »AOKP's New Homepage Has More Swagger Than A Drunken Unicorn: Android Police
After recently getting my new HTC Desire, which is an absolute dream to use, I started copying over my fave audio tracks. I noticed that the HTC Sense UI Music player renders album art quite nicely, and when the phone is locked, overlays the current playing song with art. I then set forth editing and downloading art for all of the tunes that I was copying, using Mp3tag v2.46. It works great, albeit tediously, with the exception that once you disconnect the phone and Android remounts the SD Card, the Music app is not updated…
I have recently “relocated” to a new office where sunlight seems to beam in constantly during the latter half of the day. My H340 Home Server was running quite hot because of this, and I had found some tips that helped to decrease the temperature by almost 20C! Acer’s Home Server has suffered this problem as many users have noted, however you can’t really blame them because the box is a Micro-iTX implementation with 4 hard drives squished into a very neat (and small) cube design.
This original Sega Genesis was converted into a full PC that is capable of emulating many retro gaming systems. It was one of my most unforgiving builds, as there is literally no room for error. I got everything to fit in the end, albeit with some Bondo and hot glue, but I am VERY happy with how it turned out!
I was about to throw out my first 13" colour TV that I had when I was a young'n. I couldn't quite let go, and decided that I should chop it up and revive it to something that could be used today. I then put a Micro-ITX PC inside, complete with everything that you'd need.