THIS SITE HAS BEEN SHUTDOWN BY DONALD J TRUMP

April 27th, 2017

The site has been shut down by the Donald J Trump administration and all the “legal” content has been deported to www.bhartiya.io

– With the executive order of Donald J Trump

– Just kidding, Trump has no clue how technology works. We moved all sites for ease of management.

 

 

Credit: Swapnil Bhartiya

Image my surprise once I used a bookmark to visit one of my old Linux/tech news sites.  For a moment, I thought the site was gone, never to be seen again.  Then I read the last sentence and had to smile.

Here’s an example article about Munich politicians who probably don’t know that the German software industry is Microsoft’s biggest competitor. They would return to using  Micro$oft proprietary products over free open source software.

I  use OpenSUSE Leap 13.4 as my operating system 95% of the time.  The only time I use Windows is to run Adobe Photoshop. This blog uses GIMP, a free pixel editing piece of software for simple jobs such as cropping, and light photo editing.  It will do most of the things I do in Photoshop, but not as easily.

Don’t ask me what’s going on in the picture above.  I need a picture and the author of the “fake news” above also took the photograph, Swapnil Bhartiya.

 

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Testing A Control File

April 25th, 2017

The above video shows me testing a new Raspberry Pi project.  Once done, the project will have 25 LED’s making patterns on the face of a wood box.

I decided to separate the main program from data to control the lights.  This will allow me to change the light show while the program can remain constant.

Above is the control file telling the computer to flash one of the LED’s  on for 1/10th of a second, off for 1/10, on for 1/10/, on for 1/10 and finally off.

The control file is below.  The only things which matter are the groups of 5 numbers separated by commas. The will tell the Pi which lights to turn on and for what duration.

————– —————— Control File —————– —————–

#
# IMPORTANT!!!!! Don’t use commas in any lines other than control lines
#
# IMPORTANT!!!!! Don’t use periods in controls lines. Program needs a fix

# Last update April 25 20017
#
# Lightshow Playlist – Orginally created April 15th 2017
# The shw.py program reads this file to control the light display
# Programming by Everett W. Faircloth
#
# shw.py will read this file ignoring the commented lines in this file.
# shw.py will skip or ignore blank lines in this file
#
# shw.py will stop one it reaching end of file or sees 0 0 0 0 0 on a line
#
# led(mux r1 r2 r3 mid) | In this function to display LEDs – mux=time constant mulitplier r1=ring# 1 r2=ring# 2
# r3=ring# 3 and mid=middle LED
#
# pins=(2 3 4 17 27 22 10 9) — (11 5 13 19 26 14 15) — (1 2 24 25 8 7 12 16) — (20 21) pin#21 is center LED
#
# This is a control file used to turn lights on and off
# Comments and blank lines are ignored
#
# Only lines with 5 comma delimited numbers are valid
#
# First number will be used to multiply a time constant found in program
#
# Second number controls light ring 1
#
# Third numbber controls light ring 2
#
# Fourth number controls light ring 3
#
# Fifth number controls middle light
#
# a group containing all zeros will signal program to stop displaying light frames
# and exit program. This is good for testing purposes of new sequences.
# Putting the new frames in top of file followed by all zeros will
# play all frames until all zeros is seen, ignoring the rest of file.
#
# A NOP-like display of no lights for a certain amount of time
# could be executed with 1000 0 0 0 0
# This would show no lights for 1 second if time constant is .001
#
#
# IMPORTANT!!!!! Don’t use commas in any lines other than control lines
#
# IMPORTANT!!!!! Don’t use periods in controls lines. Program needs a fix
#
#
# First test of reading file

3000,0,0,0,0
100,255,100,32,1
1000,1,255,17,0
1000,1,49,127,1
100,0,0,0,0
100,0,0,0,1
100,0,0,0,0
100,0,0,0,1
100,0,0,0,0
100,0,0,0,1
#
0,0,0,0,0
#
# Next Test section
#
45,255,1,13,1

# This is just a comment line

Two Grandsons

April 23rd, 2017

Photography by E.W. Faircloth

Looks Good On Paper

April 22nd, 2017
raspberry pi

Photography by Dave Holman

Above is a preliminary mashup of a new Raspberry Pi project of mine.  The project will have 25 LED on the front side of a wood box.  A fellow maker, not too far neighbor and electronics hobbyist is helping me with this.  He’s making the wood box and installing the LED holders seen above.

My vision for the project is to have the 25 LEDs doing interesting light patterns.  I gave Dave a description of how to place the lights.  He sends me back the above, showing the layout of the LEDs.  It looks good on paper, and the only thing is now to drill 25 holes in the same places in read wood.

Of course, I still need to write Python computer code to blink the lights.  However, I’ve started and after about 350 lines of code, things are looking good.  Once Dave returns his box with 25 LED holders placed in the correct position, I complete the project. This will mean me placing the 26 red LEDs, each accompanied by a 330 ohm resister,  connected to the correct GPIO on a Raspberry Pi Zero W.

I’ll keep update status once I get the LED and resisters shipped to me via UPS.

 

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Two Peas In A Pod

April 21st, 2017
O Reily and Cpsby

Seen on the Internet

Two celebrities with histories of sexual harassment have fallen from stardom.

They are like two peas in a pod.

 

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Back In The Air

April 20th, 2017
drone

Photography by E.W. Faircloth

The nice thing about a 12 meg file is the ability to take a piece and enlarge it.  Above is part of the original image.   The lady of the house loves her patio and landscaping.  Had I enlarged more, the furniture would hold up pretty good.

I love these drone shots:)

 

 

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Cooking With Gas

April 19th, 2017
gas

Photography by E.W. Faircloth

Since I shoot homes for sale, I’ve found a picture to add to the inventory for prospective buyers.  So far, I haven’t noticed any other photographer taking pictures of the flames on a gas stove.  That doesn’t mean other photographers aren’t taking this but image also.  But it could mean the picture is not being  used  because it’s being left on the cutting room floor( an editor decided not to use it.)

E.W. Faircloth feels a gas stove could be important to many cooks looking topurchase a home.  Electric stoves are nice but when you’re “cooking with gas”, it’s  so much better.  This is my view as a person who cooks most of the meals in my home.

 

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Trump University

April 15th, 2017

Seen on Facebook

 

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IDIOT

April 14th, 2017
idiot

Photography by E.W. Faircloth

There’s a joke about tech support labeling user mistakes as  “ID ten T” errors.  Those could look a lot like “idiot” errors.

Well, I ordered a Raspberry Pi Zero W, cables and fired her up.  Nothing, nada, zilch it seemed would get it to come on.  The power on light didn’t even come on.  An Internet search had me suspecting I bought a damaged cable.

Wanting to have my way with a new project, I ordered another Raspi Zero W should one become available.  Not wanting to wait until one became available I ordered a Raspi Zero V1.3.  This version doesn’t have built-in Wifi and Bluetooth.  Today, I get both of them.

So I plugged in both and no power light or disk light activity.

Wait a d@mn minute!

So it was back to the Internet to find out why a Raspberry Pi Zero would not boot up.

DuckDuckGo.com  returned the answer to my problem on the first try.  I now have three Raspberry Pis doing what they were doing all along. working fine.

My id10t error was not have a suitable operating system installed on the microSD card.  I never noticed that the power lights blinked for just an an instant and remained off.  Without the correct software installed the activity lights don’t work.

Above is the little light which now stays on since I downloaded and installed the correct software.

It amazes my how that little computer is now displaying to a 22 inch LCD monitor. It’s a lot slower than your desktop computer or smartphone but at $10, I can’t complain about my latest toy.

Did I mention I can control over my Wifi network using some called SSH?  Why is this cool? Well, this means I don’t need a monitor, keyboard or mouse connected to the Pi.  It only needs a power cable. My other computers can be used to write programs, transfer files to it and control this little jewel remotely.  This is sweet!

 

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Will Miss You On The Dance Floor

April 13th, 2017
Paul

Photography by E.W. Faircloth

A friend, Paul Goins, passed away recently.  His memorial service was yesterday.  Paul was a great guy.  During the memorial as folks remember him and spoke of his life, two images entered my mind.

One was of him and a grandson riding bike on the street.  Another was of him during a line dancing class.  A couple of people mentioned how he loved to dance, even if he did have two left feet at times.

I was able to find the picture I took of him in April of 2013 during that dancing class.  That’s him on the right.

Besides dancing, he loved fishing, his Harley bike, his family, a beer and conversation, his stint in the Air Force, golf, and many other things life had to offer.

On him in  class,  I suggest he and only two other guys had enough balls to not be intimidated by all the women:)

 

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