Using a Parrot DF3120 Picture Frame as a Status Display

The Parrot DF3120 is a rather old 3.5″ LCD picture frame with a 320×240 64K colour display, nothing to shout about but there are a few things that make it a bit more interesting. For starters it has built in bluetooth, USB, an SD card reader, a tilt sensor, a light sensor and three buttons on the […]

Raspberry Pi Finally Arrives

After a long wait the Raspberry Pi I ordered from Farnell on 29th February finally arrived yesterday. I expect that most people reading this blog knows all about the Raspberry Pi and the charity behind it by now, designed with the aim to bring programming back into the school curriculum and spawn a new generation of […]

The Emperor’s New Desktop?

This post is a bit late but I wanted to make sure I was settled in my decision on Unity, Ubuntu’s new desktop. I had been running Ubuntu Natty Narwhal on my test box since before the first alpha so I was quite familiar with Unity and its quirks and initially I wasn’t a fan […]

Ubuntu 10.10 for the O2 Joggler

I’ve been trying a new Ubuntu 10.10 (Maverick) image out on my O2 Joggler this week and it is a big improvement over the 9.04 images I’ve been using previously and everything works out of the box without any fiddling. The image includes all the software normally shipped with the base Ubuntu distribution with the […]

Some Joggler Updates

I succumbed to temptation and bought another Joggler for playing around with as the first is serving so well as a bedside media player using Rhythmbox for streaming radio and podcasts and the odd bit of iPlayer. I thought I would update with a few small things I’ve done recently that others might find useful: […]

Joggler on offer again

Photo credit: O2UKOfficial O2 have got the Joggler on offer at £50 again until the end of May so if you missed out last time now is your chance. This is a cracking deal for a nice hackable bit of hardware, I’m very tempted to get another. See my previous post on the Joggler for […]

Why the buttons were moved in Ubuntu: Windicators

When the window control buttons were moved to the left of the window in Ubuntu 10.04 there were a lot of complaints, Mark Shuttleworth would only say that the move was necessary to free the space on the right for something else; Well here is that something else: Window Indicators, or Windicators. “Windicators are indicators […]

Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx

I’ve been running the betas of the upcoming Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx release for a few weeks now and it has been rock solid so it looks like the final release will be on target on or around the 29th April. Visually, Ubuntu has never looked so good, the new ambience and radiance themes are […]

Hacking the O2 Joggler

Photo credit: O2UKOfficial I grabbed one of the O2 Jogglers last week while they were on special offer at £49.99. The Joggler is a rebranded version of the OpenPeak OpenFrame and is touted by O2 as a “replacement for your fridge door” it is intended to be a sort of home messaging hub with calendar, […]

Has Firefox lost its way?

Photo credit: Garrett LeSage I’ve been hearing a lot of dissent in the Firefox-using ranks lately and have to say that I have been feeling some pain myself, on multiple machines and different operating systems. Once heralded as the lightweight, reliable, alternative browser, Firefox seems to be becoming slower and more bloated with each release. […]