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Topic # 113342 14-Jan-2013 14:40 Send private message

So these little devices have been available for a while now and I am guessing more than a few of you have purchased. Just wondering what everyone is doing with their devices? Any clever/cool implementations?

I currently have 3 units. 2 are running Raspbmc and serving up XBMC Frodo to the main/bedroom TVs. The third is running Wheezy and pywws to automatically tweet my weather station data every hour (check it out @SumnerWeather).

These little things are great - so cheap and with so much potential.

I came across the PiFace add on the other day - and am eagerly awaiting its release. That should make interacting with the outside world much easier.

I am also eager to try out SiriProxy on another (yet to be purchased) device. Would be great to pull up to the house and ask Siri to open my garage door...




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  Reply # 744592 14-Jan-2013 15:05 Send private message

I have been toying around with mine for the few weeks I have had it.

Mainly getting it running replications of various servers that I already have, just to see how well it runs.

I have written a program to take a virgin raspberry pi and make it really useful (Imagine the love-child of raspi-config, tasksel, and a tiny curated apt-get), which can all be done over SSH. Designed for me, so I can take a fresh install of Wheezy, and get it to my preferred state in a stupid short amount of time, I thought it would also be useful for people who didn't necessarily want to wade through finding out what works and what doesn't, and simply get a working setup. (Web server, VNC Server, Mail server, security, anti spam etc etc).

Need to get off my butt and get RaspBMC running as that looks pretty cool too.

With a few tweaks to my current setup, I'm strongly considering using it as my (personal) production web and mailserver. (Had been running in a VM for ages, then a dedicated AMD Sempron laptop).






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  Reply # 744595 14-Jan-2013 15:12 Send private message

3 pis in the house, all running raspbmc and only used as xbmc clients. do have
- Live TV via nextpvr
- Hulu via xbmc addon
- Netflix via playon.tv
- iPlayer via xbmc addon

also all using the nxyboard xbmc remote by motorola.

not original i know, but i bet thats what most people are doing with them.

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  Reply # 744597 14-Jan-2013 15:15 Send private message

I have 2 256mb Models running Raspbmc Streaming all my movies / movies from our NAS to two different tv's & I have just received my 512mb Version which purposed yet, So it's my trial pi :)



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  Reply # 744612 14-Jan-2013 15:41 Send private message

tonyhughes: I have been toying around with mine for the few weeks I have had it.

Mainly getting it running replications of various servers that I already have, just to see how well it runs.

I have written a program to take a virgin raspberry pi and make it really useful (Imagine the love-child of raspi-config, tasksel, and a tiny curated apt-get), which can all be done over SSH. Designed for me, so I can take a fresh install of Wheezy, and get it to my preferred state in a stupid short amount of time, I thought it would also be useful for people who didn't necessarily want to wade through finding out what works and what doesn't, and simply get a working setup. (Web server, VNC Server, Mail server, security, anti spam etc etc).


Sounds interesting Tony - would you be happy to share that script? 

Looks like most people are using them for XBMC, which is what I was kind of predicting. Just interested to hear of any other uses out there...




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  Reply # 744630 14-Jan-2013 15:54 Send private message

I have two running 24/7:

1. RaspBMC (also configured to act as Airplay and DLNA receiver)
2. NAS (to serve the RaspBMC and all PC in the house)

No problem running 1080p movie between the two.

I have another one coming and I'm planning to use it as a carputer.



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  Reply # 744646 14-Jan-2013 16:25 Send private message

russelo:
1. RaspBMC (also configured to act as Airplay and DLNA receiver)
2. NAS (to serve the RaspBMC and all PC in the house).


What software are you running on your NAS?




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  Reply # 744654 14-Jan-2013 16:37 Send private message

russelo: I have two running 24/7:

1. RaspBMC (also configured to act as Airplay and DLNA receiver)
2. NAS (to serve the RaspBMC and all PC in the house)

No problem running 1080p movie between the two.

I have another one coming and I'm planning to use it as a carputer.


With your one running as AirPlay receiver, can you just push content from your iDevice to it (like you can with an AppleTV)? Is it as seamless.

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  Reply # 744658 14-Jan-2013 16:40 Send private message

SumnerBoy: Sounds interesting Tony - would you be happy to share that script? 

Yep, I'll be sharing it when its all sorted.

Just trying to decide between one giant script that does a ton of things with a whiptail interface, or tiny scripts, each doing one task only.




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  Reply # 744867 15-Jan-2013 08:58 Send private message

What software are you running on your NAS?


The native samba server on raspBian.

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  Reply # 744868 15-Jan-2013 09:01 Send private message

With your one running as AirPlay receiver, can you just push content from your iDevice to it (like you can with an AppleTV)? Is it as seamless.


Yes.  Although when pushing video, that AppleTV is much faster to buffer than raspBMC.
Pictures are instant.

Also works the same with my s3 (via DLNA).

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  Reply # 747466 19-Jan-2013 18:11 Send private message

Using mine as a MP3 UPnP / DLNA streaming device with a set of old computer speakers.

http://blog.scphillips.com/2013/01/using-a-raspberry-pi-with-android-phones-for-media-streaming/

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