He didn't get where he is today by stealing somebody else's catchphrase.

I Made A Thing.

I've been using my Pi Model-A as a simple car "radio" for nearly eighteen months now and it's required zero maintenance, apart from an occasional content update. I'd call that a success. It's simplicity is its strength, it's outlived one car already.

If there's one thing I like about the Raspberry Pi community, it's the way in which everyone shares their knowledge. For that reason, I've decided to make my RavensPi SD Card image available for others to use and abuse. All you need to get going is some audio. I've slimmed it down as much as possible and it now weighs in as a 327MB download, nearly a third of a new Wheezy image. I've also created a "Projects" page, which gives you further information on how you can customise it for your own use - and if you learn something from the experience, that can't be bad.

The standard disclaimer applies - I'm providing an image for your Pi, nothing else. If your house burns down, you're struck by a meteorite or you start thinking the Daily Mail is quality journalism, then it's not my fault. You're on your own. Don't start running life-critical systems with it, mmmkay?

You can find details on my RavensPi project here. Have fun with it - and let me know what you create with it!

Bride Of Frankenputer

Resurrecting some old technology leads me to think about the future.... Read More...


Here’s the details of my second Pi project - an MP3-based radio player that I’ve installed into my car stereo. Read More...

Pi in the sky

As promised, my first Raspberry-Pi recipe - a completely wireless cloud-storage server. Read More...


As you might have gathered, I’ve spent the last couple of weeks updating the site design. I was after something a bit more visually striking. Do you think I’ve achieved it?

If you’re interested in the technical stuff, then I’ll elaborate further. As you might have seen on my information page, I use a wonderful tool called Rapidweaver to create the site in conjunction with a design template called Boreal, courtesy of Nick Cates Design. I’ve hacked around with the template, using a selection of my own photography for the header images and some under-the-hood tweaks using a mixture of CSS and Javascript, although I’m not 100% finished yet.

The site’s responsive in nature - so regardless of whether you’re viewing this on a phone, tablet or computer, you should see it (more or less) the same.

There’s still a few bits I’d like to polish off. I want to completely remove any reliance on plugins by converting the image galleries to HTML5 (they use Flash at the moment), as well as using a local database for the search index (reliance on Google is never a good thing). As a consequence, don’t be surprised if you see a few more changes in the near future!

As always, I’m interested in your feedback - you can contact me using the links at the bottom of the page.


As I mentioned in my previous post, I’ve started a running log that details my efforts in getting fit for the Cardiff Half-Marathon. If you’re interested in following the story of a chap who most definitely wasn’t born to run, have a look here.

Mince Pi

Tenuously-titled? Surely not.


Retro-computing is nothing to be ashamed of...

One a day

Have you ever tried to encapsulate a year of your life in pictures? It’s not as easy as it sounds. Read More...


As the New Year started I was on a boat somewhere in the middle of the English Channel, celebrating the arrival of 2008 twice - once for the benefit of the French (11:00pm GMT) and once for the benefit of the British. Taking a little cruise to St Malo was a nice distraction, allowing me to have a go at a bit of French geocaching and buy the odd bottle of wine or two.

As we returned to Blighty, our discussions turned to New Years resolutions. My partner isn't really that fussed about such things, whereas I've had many different resolutions over the last few years - with varying degrees of success. This year, I've decided to keep it simple - I'm going to take a photo every day. For the benefit of my addling memory (and the amusement of others), I'll have an online photo-scrapbook for 2008 - hopefully with 366 images. At the same time, it'll give me the opportunity to take more photos. Hopefully there'll be some good ones in there.

You'll see a button appear at the top of the page in a few days time, once I've got some images to show. Obviously the gallery will increase in size over the course of the year, thus resulting in a longer download for you. Be warned. I just hope this project doesn't chomp up all my bandwidth, but it should be an interesting exercise, along with being a good way to look back once we get into 2009.

Jeez, that sounded like I was wishing my life away...

Other articles on the subject for those who are interested: Link 1, Link 2, Link 3

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