PI Update: I Made It Pretty!
I’ve not really posted much about my Raspberry Pi yet. Truth is, although I’ve had a little play with it during the day when I’m on my own (and should be doing laundry) but only having 1 spare HDMI cable means its hooked up to the main TV in the front room. This means that most of the time someone is commandeering it for Xbox, Wii or watching very important things on Sky.
Anyway, I’ve done all the basic things with it. set it up, had a faff about with Scratch. I did attempt connecting my ancient and underused webcam to it but alas, the drivers were incompatible. As were the drivers to my equally ancient Linksys USB WIFI card. Oh and I made a rather cool case out of Lego for it. Just a shame the colours don’t match
To solve the “fighting over the TV” dilemma I set up SSH so I can control my Pi using my main PC. It was quite simple to do. There’s a good graphical tutorial over on Adafruit but there’s guides everywhere. Just use Google-fu.
So logging in with SSH to do stuff is all well and good but its a bit black and white. So whilst looking over the Raspberry Pi forums I spied a thread about pimping your login MOTD (message of the day). So using the that post by Yanewby, and another (identical) post on PingBin and a little ASCII of my own I created this totally pointless but very pretty display when I log in to my Pi:
So for now my Pi is sitting happily on a bookshelf, wired into my router until such a time as I can get one of those teeny wifi dongles. Thankfully the Ethernet cable is long enough to reach the TV (its actually my Xbox360 Ethernet cable) so i can still plug it back in to the TV if needs be.
Think my next step will be having a play with Python