Gizmokid2005 Forum Computer PortableApps Contact-Me Gizmokid2005, Organized Chaos! Search for: Raspberry Pi Wall Calendar Posted on Wednesday, March 29th, 2017 at 4:48 PM in geek, life, tech by Michael I recently decided to take it upon myself to build a wall-mounted simple calendar using a RaspberryPi I had laying around, trying to make it as lightweight as possible and without depending on other services (except for Google Calendar where the calendar actually lives). Here I’m going to put together as much information surrounding this build as I can. Hardware (including the prices I paid when I ordered): Product Price Notes Raspberry Pi B2 $35 (Had this on-hand, bought years ago when it first came out.) Wifi Adapter $5 I used an adapter I had laying around from an original Pi project I wasn't using anymore, pretty much anything should work. Acer V226HQL 22" Monitor (Amazon) $89.99 AmazonBasics HDMI-DVI 3' adapter (Amazon) $5.49 AUKEY USB Wall charger (Amazon) $9.99 Anker 1' microUSB Cable (Amazon) $14.99 I only used 1 of the 6 cables included in this set, but the cables have always held up well and work great for other things. Generic 8' extension cord (Amazon) $7.24 3M Command Strips #17201-ES (Amazon) $2-4 I bought these from the local Home Depot as it was easier to determine what exactly I had for options and what I wanted to use. 3M Command Strips #17206-ES (Amazon) $2-4 I bought these from the local Home Depot as well, and with both sets I was able to get smaller quantities so I didn't have much extra. Total ~$170 For the software, I simply used the default Raspbian distro. I installed Firefox to use for the browser and installed the mFull extension to allow for full-screen setup and set Firefox to autolaunch. I wound up using 3M command strips for all of the mounting as I didn’t want to try and drill into the walls in the apartment (and subsequently need to patch them when I moved out). It also worked great to mount the plugs to the open space behind the display panel. The code that I used for the simple html file I’m using is below, obfuscated for obvious reasons.
I used 2 simple bash scripts in a cron to turn the monitor off at night and on in the morning.
# m h dom mon dow command
0 7 * * * /home/pi/screenon.sh
0 23 * * * /home/pi/screenoff.sh
The obligatory pictures of the finished product. Raspberry Pi Wall calendar So far I’ve had no issues with this setup. I’ve also enabled VNC and SSH on the pi for management without needing to disturb the setup. Hopefully this information helps someone else! -Michael Tags: asus, calendar, gcal, google, pi, raspberry, usb, wall No Comments, Share Your Thoughts! Al Yankovic 8 days videos all in one place Posted on Friday, July 25th, 2014 at 9:50 AM in LOL by Michael I had to scour @alyankovic in order to find all 8 videos from his 8 days campaign, so I figured I’d help others by linking all 8 here in one place! Click through to view the embeds (saving some loading time from all the scripts). Continue Reading Tags: 8, Al, alyankovic, days, eight, fun, Mandatory, Weird, Yankovic No Comments, Share Your Thoughts! Cousin Mapping Posted on Tuesday, July 8th, 2014 at 8:16 AM in life by Michael If you’ve ever tried to figure out what to call one of your cousins or how they’re related to you, you know just how difficult it can be. I came across this handy chart that may lend a hand in figuring that out… No Comments, Share Your Thoughts! ToDoList Portable and AbstractSpoon Software Posted on Monday, March 17th, 2014 at 3:30 PM in geek, tech by Michael It has come to my attention today that the creator of ToDoList (AbstractSpoon) has, more or less, waged war upon PortableApps.com. It seems as if the developer was having some issues handling support for the app as indicated by his post here. As you can see, he was getting a decent amount of support from other developers/users of PortableApps, but it doesn’t seem that the issues were taken any further than this post. It seems that TodoList was originally released in November of 2003 (according to this page from CodeProject). The developer himself posted on PortableApps.com asking if/how he could get this application into the format and released within the platform. In this post there was a lot of discussion that even led the developer to changing the license to the Eclipse OSI approve OSS license to allow better control and fit within PortableApps.com. It looks like the first official release on PortableApps.com was back in February of 2011. Since then it has been regularly updated to keep inline with the main app development. And in that time there doesn’t seem to be any major issues/complaints in the PortableApps.com forums at all, data issues or otherwise. However, according to this post from John, the owner of PortableApps.com, there was an issue where the data was being saved in the App folder and not the Data folder as the PortableApps.com PAF (PortableApp Format) specification states should be done. Upon hearing this, an update was released to fix it nearly immediately. However, AbstractSpoon has seem to have taken it upon themselves to run a smear campaign against PortableApps.com. Up to and including a banner at the top of their website stating that their mild fork is a “complete ripoff” of his application, of which is released under a FOSS OSI approved license. Please note, the “wrapper” that is mentioned above is the same PortableApps.com launcher that is included in every application that is released by PortableApps.com, whether it be Firefox, Thunderbird, Google Chrome, Skype, Pidgin or others. It is designed to ensure the app continues to function within the constraints of being a portable application, up to and including handling any registry entries that the app may create, on top of any data movement that is needed to conform to the specification. It seems that AbstractSpoon doesn’t understand the purpose of OSS and subsequent licensing. It’s sad to see such a bright company/person resort to what they have because of what seems to be an issue that could be easily solved. In short, should you run into any questions about this situation or any smearing, please take into consideration everything above and know that at every available instance PortableApps.com tried to work with the developer to solve any issues, however they were unwilling to do so amicably. -Michael No Comments, Share Your Thoughts! Me? A Grammar Nazi? Posted on Tuesday, February 18th, 2014 at 11:10 AM in LOL by Michael Anyone who knows me knows how much of a grammar and spelling Nazi I can be. This video explains it perfectly. No Comments, Share Your Thoughts! T-Mobile Galaxy S4 on AT&T Pos...