Raspberry PI + XBMC Front-End

الاسهم الاماراتيه مباشر Raspberry Pi Logoraspbmc_logo

لماذا لا نحاول ذلك So it was an interesting weekend and got a lot accomplished in terms of technology. Nvidia drivers working on my G75VW-BKK5 laptop finally, helped get Xbox 360Key working on friend’s console, gifted 2 Raspberry Pi 512MB’s to my friends for Festivus this year. I had been struggling with trying to get XBMC working on raspberry pi’s in the past and had tried months before with no success. I had tried multiple power supplies, SD cards, and even TV’s(hdmi & s-video).

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اذهب Playing a 1080p mkv no problem, something the old XBOX1’s poor cpu/gpu could not handle.

يرجى زيارة هنا Ultimately the fix for the issues were a decent power supply(5v 1A) and use the Windows Raspbmc Installer to make the SD card image. I had tried raspbmc and openelec in attempts to get my favorite XBMC front-end working on the Raspberry Pi using the dd command in linux but had failed. If the image had loaded it would freeze on the initial menu screen and not have network connectivity. Some instances I was getting I/O Write issues or kernel panics.

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cp: read error: Input/output error
Error in prepare_sysroot: mount_common: Could not mount /dev/SYSTEM
System Halted

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تداول الخيارات الثنائية في اليابان openelec = Open Embedded Linux Entertainment Center, distro focused on solely running XBMC

مدرسة تداول العملات الأجنبية At my place I currently don’t have internet so when I went to load raspbmc on my Pi(256MB version) I had to get creative with internet sources to download the image. Configuring one of my dd-wrt enabled WRT54G routers as a workgroup bridge for my Galaxy S3’s wifi tethering access point option within Cyanogenmod 10.0 stable rom, I was able to use my favorite Android/iOS mobile networking tool Fing to find the raspberry pi and establish connection with the Official XBMC Remote on the iPad2. I wanted to use my phone but since thats was providing the WiFi it was not on WiFi to use Fling.

Pi going through wrt54g workgroup bridge to my GalaxyS3 hotspot, iPad2 with XBMC Remote & Fing,(Phone not pictured since its taking the picture)

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يمكنك التحقق هنا Official XBMC Remote on iPad2 found my raspberry pi on the subnet and established connection.

لماذا لا معرفة المزيد One cool thing that can be done when you add sources on your local area network such as movies, tv shows, or music the XBMC will go out to IMDB, TVDB, or CDDB sources to retrieve covert art for and cache it locally. There is a caveat that I have experienced though is make sure you have room for however large your library may be. For example my friend was using a 1GB sd card on his pi was adding sources from multiple hard drives. They called me to say the pi was locked up and was stuck in an infinite loop that said “configuring raspberry pi” or something of the sort. I had suggested since he was temporarily using the 1GB SD card until I could return the 8GB card to them that they might have ran out of space. I ssh’ed into one box and then into the pi and was able to confirm this was the case.

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Cisco Bad Flash Recovery

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I had some issues trying to reflash two of these switches that the firmware would not boot due to a bad flash that someone had performed on them. Had to perform the task over serial. I ran into issues on the Windows7 machine trying to perform this task. Trying with TeraTerm after setting the switch BAUD to 115200 and transferring it was unsuccessful. The ultimate solution was to use a WinXP vm and HyperTerminal and transferring very slowly.

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Symptom: Freezes on bootup during “Executing…”

Make sure to install Virtualbox extension pack to get USB 2.0 support.

USB to Serial adapter pass-through to WinXP guest machine in Virtualbox.

Download latest firmware from Cisco’s site c2960s-universalk9-mz.150-2.SE.bin nearly 13.5MB file.

  1. Hold “mode” button and then plugin the power while still holding.
  2. Release the mode button when the “SYST” light stops blinking.
  3. copy xmodem: flash:c2960s-universalk9-mz.150-2.SE.bin
  4. Select file and transmit via 1K Xmodem.

After issuing the “copy xmodem: flash:filename.bin” command go to transfer 1K Xmodem option and select the file to send.

9600 Baud taking nearly 5 hours reminds me of the 56K Rap by Ronald Jenkees.

Slow transfer at 9600 baud, makes your 56K modem days look like broadband.

“BOOT=c2960s-universalk9-mz.150-2.SE.bin”

SetBoot

After image finishes transferring successfully perform the “set BOOT filename.bin” command.

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Street Fighter X Mega Man

A fan made game with great music too, not to mention you can name your price to play.

Street Fight X Mega Man PC Downoad

Walktrhough Guide

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Nintendo Wii U – Reset Video Settings

So it turns out I have encountered a special use-case scenario that Nintendo has not prepared for in their system design. Let me give the back story on the situation I’ve encountered. Transitioning from my old apartment to new I have not established internet connection yet and have been so busy barely had time to unbox my console received on November 18th launch. When you first hook it to the internet there is an update that can take nearly 3 hours to download. Knowing this I took just my console no cables or controllers to my friends house where I used their TV, internet, cables, and controller to do the initial console update.

My issue came in when I returned home and setup my TV with the console. My TV was only capable up to 1080i where as my friends had basically set my console for 1080p. Normally you can go through the controller even if you cannot see what is on the TV and adjust video settings that way, but my controller had never been paired with the console. To sync the controller and console it is a bit more involved than just pushing the sync buttons like you would on the original Wii

I’ve done repair work on someone’s Sony PlayStation 3 before and encountered a similar problem but was able to get “Reset the Video Settings“. In search of such a function I researched forums online, checked support.nintendo.com, and eventually called Nintendo Support(1-800-255-3700) which it came down to three options essentially to resolve the issue.

  • Hook console up to a 1080p display (friend’s, neighbor, or buy new TV)
  • Send the console to Nintendo to “repair”
  • Attempt to guess all combinations of the Wii U console controller syncing process (potentially 256 different permutations given the 4 suits at 4 slots)

Nintendo has my name and number and after escalating the case to one of their engineers and said they will contact me if this issue is resolved. I will be curious to see if in a future console update they add a video reset function. Given that I was the first person to call in with this type of issue I will not be holding my breath in anticipation.

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Learning LVM(Logical Volume Management)

The coolest part of Logical Volume Management is the ability to resize disks without powering off the machine or even interrupting service. Disks can be added and the volume groups can be extended onto the disks. This can be used in conjunction with software or hardware RAID as well. This was a weird concept to me at first so I found a good LVM tutorial to practice and learn how cool LVM is, inside a reconfigured test virtual machine.

The VM keyboard lay out is in German so reference Change the keyboard layout from console in Debian and follow the summary below.

  1. Setup the VM, add all the additional disks.
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  3. “dpkg-reconfigure console-data” current layout ” / ” is ” – “
  4. select “ok” then “Select keymap from arch list” then “qwerty” then “US American” then “Standard” then “Standard”. Now you’re talking US qwerty.

Be sure to attach all the disks to your virtual machine under virtual machine settings before following along in the tutorial. You can add additional disks while the machine is powered on even, you just have to scan for disks to be able to find them without rebooting the machine.

# ls /sys/class/scsi_host

this will return something like host0, host1, host2, etc. so select the host that matches and type it in the command below, for example  الخيارات الثنائية وسطاء الجديدة 2017 host0 is

# echo “- – -” > /sys/class/scsi_host/host0/scan

 now that is completed you can see the disk and partition it accordingly

# fdisk -l
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Mr. Google turns to Dark Side, buys iPad2

At one of my old jobs I was known as Mr. Google. I use many of Google’s extensive services heavily in my personal life and as well as managed many different Google Apps domains for work. I have never owned an iPod, iPhone, or any kind of iOS device ever. Mainly due to lack of universal mass storage device support forcing owners to use iTunes library which I’ve always loathed.
My mobile choices are Android for my cell phone and tablet choices historically, and before that it was Windows Mobile 6 & 5 on my old HTC 8925 & 8125 respectively.

I bought this a new condition iPad2 off of Craigslist for a relatively small fee of $220 nearly 2 months ago when Apple announced the iPad4. At the time the going rate in stores at Microcenter for the 16GB WiFi model iPad2 was $379usd, which I was not willing to pay that at all.

One thing I’ve observed since my nook color days, is how long when the tablet woke from sleep until it would associate with the wireless access point. I’ve noticed this issue from Android 2.3 up until 4.1 even. How do Mac’s get on the network so fast? To sum it up, basically they cheat and don’t follow wireless standards.

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  • Stupid “smart cover” in orange!(discontinued color *eBay=$15)
  • Battery drain while asleep is practically non-existent
  • Wifi is always on? (How do Mac’s get on the network so fast)
  • PDF rendering extremely fast
  • Aspect ratio for PDF reading ideal A4 size, no having to zoom to fill screen
  • Install many Google native apps to be actually productive

اخبار الأسهم السعودية Cons:

  • Soft keyboard keys perma-caps, makes it more difficult to tell upper from lower mode
  • Not all areas where you input text have voice recognition
  • iOS App Store
  • Had to install iTunes on Windows VM to NOT enter my Credit Card information
  • IOS 6 = no Google maps
  • Not always a Back button soft-key
  • no Universal Mass Storage Device support

Moral of my story is that I finally decided to open my mind up to an additional platform, mainly because I’ve grown tired of being such a naysayer for so long especially considering I was inexperienced making a prejudice decision.

Am I happy with my iPad after 1-2 months of use? I hate to admit it but yes it definitely has some key advantages, magnetic folding cover, responsiveness, superb PDF reading, and amazing battery life. If the price was doubled however, I would have to say no.

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HackerSpace Open House

Every third Saturday of the month you can attend the open house at the Dayton Diode. For over the past year I’ve been going to spend my spare time at the space to work on projects, share ideas, and just witness some really neat things. It has been very satisfying to witness the growth and development the space has been experiencing and the shear diversity of skills and interests ranging from many sciences to even the arts. The space was able to participate in the Dayton Regional Science Festival – Ignite Innovation event. This made for a great active turnout from the usual open house, where kids came and even learned how to solder and take home LED Christmas Trees.

Soldering LED Christmas Tree

I was able to witness my first 3D Printer part be made today as well. Watching it in action you experience the camp fire effect where everyone just sits and stares in amazement as the printer goes through its process. The video shown is printing a shark chip clip, to help seal bags of potato chips.

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Adventure in Modern Life

Adventure, such a grandiose word that I believe when we ask our selves is our life adventurous we often thing of the most extreme examples. Exploring a wild jungle, sailing the globe by rough seas, or maybe even fighting a mythical dragon with only your sword in hand(even if it is just a video game). To some people adventure may even mean taking a road trip to a new city, going on an exotic vacation, or exploring new opportunities to gain knowledge.
Ultima Online - Dragon Fight
Fear is a perception which is very subjective to us where an event that doesn’t affect one individual may completely paralyze another from response or action. I woke up feeling the fear of change and uncertainty in so many elements of my life as the realization of transition to an unknown state became more ominous to me a sense of doubt loomed in all my recent decisions. Survival instincts dictates that we often cling to what we know for a sense of security and comfort. In the words of Garth Algar from the film Wayne’s World 2, “We fear change.”

I believe our lives and realities are only limited to how we perceive them. I witness friends and family around me crippled from the blanket of comfort and somehow as I observe this I feel greatly enabled and empowered even. Removing my own blanket the potential for me to expand upon my knowledge, life, and experiences begin to out weigh any risk and the excitement rushes in. To quote a Horse The Band song, I feel “I have the power of a million exploding suns!”.

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Polygraphs & Credit Card Transactions

What an exciting Information Security meeting! Learning more in depth the art of polygraphs from Pam Shaw who was the President for the American Polygraph Association. She even demonstrated the real deal equipment with audience member participation. We were able to witness how a simple questioning would occur and a lie registers when someone is hooked up to all the various sensors.

Another exciting presentation was given by someone who had been performing penetration testing for a financial institution on something that many people take for granted the entire process that occurs in less than a seven second window. That little magnetic strip on credit cards and how these transactions follow the ISO8583 standard for payment processing. The presenter was able to show some of their methods using netcat, python, and wireshark how they had attempted to communicate with these systems and the hurdles encountered during testing. Eventually they were able to send an 0800 and received an 0810 back, which is essentially a “Hello are you there?” answered with a “Yes I am”.

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5 Year Old Girl Makes Video Game

 Sissy’s Magical Ponycorn Adventure is a game created by Cassie and her father, the Ted talk they have given over the topic was very impressive and in my opinion accurately depicts the present state of software and technology in education. The software has not really been updated in a long time still using VB6 and lack of 64bit support is a major issue as well.

One game that I remember from my childhood besides Number Munchers was The Oregon Trail on the old green screen monochrome terminals. More recent things include The Oregon Trail movie trailer and a zombie apocalypse parody called Organ Trail : Director’s Cut, which is the more recently improved mobile version that is supported on iOS and Android that was improved from a kickstarter project.

Organ Trail Android Screenshot

 

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