Tuesday, 25 February 2014

BirdBoxPiCam2014: more on the Camera, Lens & Lighting

Now that I've had a chance to run this system on a lead-acid battery for a while, I can see that the LED lights are much brighter than they were when powered from AA Ni-Cads.

So I've done some mods and captured a few more test images.

Here are some notes and pictures.

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

How to Install Gambas on the Raspberry Pi

Gambas is a great visual programming environment for Linux, so if you've worked with Visual Basic on Windows, you will feel right at home with Gambas.

Although you can easily install Gambas from the repository using Synaptic, if you want the most recent stable release you will need to download the source files, compile and install manually.

Generally, installing applications from the repository is the best idea. After all, its easy, the package should be stable, and all dependent files should be included.

Sunday, 9 February 2014

How to VNC into a Headless RaspberryPi

Much has been written about using VNC with a headless RaspberryPi, but I seem to struggle with some of the suggested methods.

I also generally prefer to use the VNC server "x11vnc", as I like to view the same session as one open by a local user.

So here are my notes...

Friday, 7 February 2014

BirdBoxPiCam2014: Lighting, Packaging & Progress

Having assembled the system to a point where it can be tested with a lead-acid battery, I now feel confident that I am well on the way to a viable bird box.

There is still quite a bit of work left to do, but I don't expect to trip over any last minute show-stoppers.

However, there is an issue with image size which is yet to be resolved.