New Out of Box Software (NOOBS) for Raspberry Pi - Part 2

Posted by Bryan on Aug 2, 2013
Last week we talked about the new operating system for the Raspberry Pi (NOOBS). This week we are going to take a look at the different operating systems and why you would choose one over another. There is a variety of distros in this operating system (Distro is another name for operating system), from the Debian-based Raspbian to the multimedia RaspiBMC and everything in between. [More]

New Out of Box Software (NOOBS) for Raspberry Pi - Part 1

Posted by Bryan on Jul 26, 2013

One of the biggest criticisms of the Raspberry experience has been the software. Although the operating system is free and very powerful, it wasn't always the easiest to setup and install. Not to mention that upon install, new users are presented with a command line that they nothing about. The Raspberry Pi foundation recognized this and with the latest release of their software, things just got a whole lot easier. [More]

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Just Released - The Latest D/A Converter from Stellar Labs

Posted by Christian on Jul 12, 2013

Digital to Analog (D/A) converters are required when televisions, DVD or BluRay players provide only digital audio output, but need to be connected to a conventional amplifier. This converter solves that issue. [More]

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New Out of Box Experience for Raspberry Pi Users - NOOBS

Posted by Bryan on Jun 4, 2013

The Raspberry Pi is an inexpensive mini-computing platform that is designed to enable computing for everyone. The board is very scalable from a programming powerhouse to a multimedia workhouse using XBMC software. Although usually sold with a operating system called Raspi, the board can be purchased as a standalone unit where the user supplies their own operating system. The Raspberry Pi is an open source platform which means that many operating systems are supported on the board. This is where the new NOOBS software comes in. [More]

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element14 Launches Eagerly Awaited Raspberry Pi Camera Board

Posted by Christian on May 13, 2013

The eagerly anticipated Raspberry Pi camera board is making its debut with element14 today enabling pictures and video to be taken with the Raspberry Pi which can be used for security and VoIP projects as well as image and video capture.

One of a strong pipeline of exclusive Raspberry Pi accessories to be launched this year, the camera board, which retails at $25 is available through Newark element14 and MCM in North America, Farnell element14 in Europe, CPC in the UK and Ireland and element14 in Asia Pacific.

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Embedded Pi, Giving the Raspberry Pi Access to Arduino

Posted by Brandon on May 7, 2013

What is embedded Pi ? Well it is the greatest thing to happen to Raspberry Pi development since the announcement of the Model A board. Embedded Pi is a triple play threat that works with Arduino, 32 Bit embedded ARM products and Raspberry Pi. OK, so what does it do?

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Arduino Uno vs Raspberry Pi vs BeagleBone Black

Posted by Brandon on May 3, 2013

I am a tinkerer by heart, and I have always had a thing for programming and electronic circuits.  A few years ago, I got into Microchip programming because there wasn't much out there to do what I wanted without having to design the circuit myself.  My how the times have changed.  These days, there are a plethora of single board computers to choose from to create a wide variety of projects. In this post, I am going to be focusing on the three main ones that we carry here at MCM, Arduino Uno, the Raspberry Pi, and the new Beaglebone Black.

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Adventures in 3D printing

Posted by John on Apr 18, 2013
While I love Maker Culture, I generally self-identify more as a kind of 1950s “Popular Mechanics” old-school hobbyist. You know the kind: lathe and mini-mill in the basement, welder in the garage, and random woodworking and electrical equipment scattered all over the house. So I have been struggling for the last few years with whether or not to invest in a 3D printer. They have always seemed pretty pricy, and I was never sure how much use I would get out of one. On the other hand, there is no question of the raw cool involved in being able to print off plastic widgets with ease, and perhaps even get involved in a little lost-PLA casting. When we started carrying the Printrbot Jr. I finally broke down. [More]

MAKE: Rasberry Pi Design Contest

Posted by Christian on Mar 15, 2013

MAKE's Raspberry Pi Design Contest is a celebration of the innovation inspired by this affordable single-board computer that's taking the maker world by storm. Each entry should use the Raspberry Pi as an intrinsic part of the project, but may include other circuitry, software, mechanical, or sculptural parts as needed.

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Happy Birthday, Raspberry Pi

Posted by Christian on Feb 21, 2013

It was one year ago today that the tech world was turned upside down by a credit card-sized computer capable of playing HD video known as the Raspberry Pi

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