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A Pie Eater?

When operating, a heat sink (not show) must be applied to the processor.

A friend of mine, Mike S. in Michigan, USA has sent me a new SBC (Single Board Computer) with which to play. It is a super-set clone of the Rapberry Pi (RPi) design. The board layout, size and basic design are equal. But it has much more of everything else.

The SBC is called the Asus Tinker Board S. I will refer to it as the ATB-S. Sometimes just leave off the Asus A (TB-S).

The technical specifications are impressive.

The processor High speed operates at 1.8GHz rather than […] Continue reading » A Pie Eater?

Raspberry Pi Printer

Raspberry Pi Printer

I was telling myself I had a pretty good mini PC (computer) in the form of a Raspberry Pi (RPi). It was capable of doing everything I thought a small computer should do. But then, it hit me. Not the computer but a realization.

There was no way for me to send any of my documents from the RPi to a printer. There is no printer set-up in a stock Raspberry Pi. Nothing in the configuration and nothing in the user menu. Well That’s Fine (WTF).

So, I do some web searching to see what others (other folk) are doing. Not too well it seems. Some Noob […] Continue reading » Raspberry Pi Printer

It’s Under Control

It’s Under Control

The Raspberry Pi 3B+ is holding its own as a low cost PC style computer. It is proving practical as an everyday driver (in automobile terms) and of course can be customized to the Nth degree for just about any special embedded control application that can be imagined.

It certainly is not a screamingly fast super computer. That is not its design or purpose. That means there are some practical performance limitations. Nothing that is a show stopper or spoils the ride.

It is in every sense, a “real” computer as we have come to expect. It is also much more than […] Continue reading » It’s Under Control

Raspberry Pi 3 B+

Raspberry Pi 3B+

I’m playing with one of the smallest and most popular PC like computers on the planet. It’s called the Raspberry Pi (RPi). Now available in many editions and and special application configurations.

Why? Just because I can. It’s a very intriguing bit of hardware.

It’s a bare bone credit card size circuit board. It’s primary operating system (OS) is Linux, which I love and understand. It can also be enabled to run on several other OS software. Google “raspberry pi” if you want the complete description of the hardware. No need to explain here.

The best part is the […] Continue reading » Raspberry Pi 3 B+

Old Ironsides

Old Ironsides

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I am enjoying the heck out of my new (Linux Mint) LMDE3 Sandbox computer. More than I thought I would. It was just to be a change of pace when Ubuntu made a dubious upgrade.

I think LMDE3 would be a great OS for an Intel NUC computer. Like the one I just acquired that’s running WIN10 Pro OS. It could replace the present Sandbox hardware.

There is an adage that goes, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Sandbox hardware isn’t broke. It is working just fine. It’s a big box that just requires a good bit of desktop real estate.

My office […] Continue reading » Old Ironsides