It’s been a long time since an update has been posted here, however this will hopefully become a weekly thing. Today, as it is the beginning of a new year, I am going to be pulling out a piece of neglected (at least in my life) tech. I’ve had my RaspberryPi3 since shortly after its release, however never set anything up on it more than RetroPie since all my Pi2s are running media center’s and I have a dedicated PC running my MythTV setup. That will soon change since i feel this board should have the needed horsepower to do something fun. Already it has been run as a RetroPie system, however I am currently missing controllers (They vanished). Maybe a portable game console would be a great addition to my collection, but I feel it should look good too. The 7″ lcd screen I have works well with it, but i feel I am missing some necessary hardware to make it pop. Maybe a 3-D printer is in my future for a custom printed case to hold it all together. Keep watching this space for updates, which should be coming more frequently.
A bit of background first…. When it comes to media center software, this isn’t my first rodeo. I’ve been running Kodi since it was XBox Media Center. If I search hard enough, I’m sure I can find an XBox laying around here somewhere that still has the software on it. That being said, I should have known better than to embark on my current quest to run a MythTV backend on a Raspberry Pi B+, on the same network as a OpenElec install on the same network. First up, I need a TV tuner. Some research later, but not very good research, I settled on this little guy. This turned into an epic fail since I live in the US, and the DVB-T adapter, while having many useful features as a Software Defined Radio dongle (SDR), it is completely useless as a TV tuner stateside. Oh well, it will eventually be turned into a ADS-B receiver to track flights overhead, or maybe grabbing NOAA weather satellite images out of thin air. At 11$, it’s not too big a mistake, and it has other applications. Continue reading The things I do to myself.
My boredom = Your entertainment