Use 1GB of Raspberry Pi RAM as a SWAP drive

If you have little use for the 2GB of RAM in a Raspberry Pi, then you could always use 1GB of it for a SWAP drive, this should improve performance for anyone running their Pi on a SD card.

If you want to use a SSD or USB Drive then checkout my easy as Pi tutorials here: https://the-bionic-cyclist.co.uk/category/raspberry-pi-tutorials/

As usual this is a quick and easy setup:
install ZRAM

sudo wget -O /usr/bin/zram.sh https://raw.githubusercontent.com/ric96/zram_rpi3/master/zram.sh

Make it executable.

sudo chmod +x /usr/bin/zram.sh

Edit this file to run on startup

sudo nano /etc/rc.local add line before exit 0 /usr/bin/zram.sh &

Source: (always check before installing from any source) https://github.com/ric96/zram_rpi3

HTOP – Real time feedback from your Raspberry Pi

 

 

 

 

 

What is HTOP? Simply put, it’s a real-time feedback system to let you see what your Raspberry Pi is doing, what applications are running, and how much processing power is being used as well as where your RAM is being accessed and by what.

 

 

 

 

 

 

sudo apt-get install htop

It’s tiny and installs in seconds.

After that run htop by typing….

htop

 

Simples 🙂

SNES mini coming this year?

God I hope so.

Shortly after the announcement that Nintendo have ceased production of the NES Mini, they announce the SNES Mini.

The NES Mini was limited to 30 pre-installed games, though it could be hacked to play 700+ games easily enough. Here’s hoping the SNES Mini can be hacked too.

Expect the SNES Mini around Christmas 2017, but if you really can’t wait, then I suggest the Retro Pi, available almost everywhere.

 

 

 

Horizon Zero Dawn Screenshots

I only bought the game last week and already I’ve racked up around 40 hours of playtime, not bad considering I’m not even 40% through yet. And wow have I seen some sights, this is one of the best looking games I think I’ve ever played.

Damn good story too 🙂

I did find a bug in the game, the first Deathbringer is easy to kill, just stay in the corner where you drop down and peep around the corner to shoot it. Job done in 2 minutes.

 

Wallpaper Engine Review

What is a wallpaper Engine any way? Since the days of Windows 7 we’ve had the ability to slide-show wallpapers every minute to every day and everything in between.
Wallpaper engine does this, but it also MOVES!

If you’ve owned a Playstation 3 or a Playstation 4, you’ll be aware of the dynamic themes you get get for free or for a couple of quid, same with this, it’s a wallpaper that’s dynamic, it features everything from video backgrounds to webGL. The backgrounds vary in intensity from sublime to nauseating. From games like Fez and FTL to The Witcher, and I’ve yet to be charged for a single background.

Not only are the backgrounds free, but with a little time and patience, you can make your own too with the built in studio. I’ve yet to try it, but it must work well enough as there are around 80,000 backgrounds to choose from.

Oh and not forgetting VISUALISERS

So how much is this Wallpaper Engine? It’s an astonishing ÂŁ2.79, barely the price of a single coffee or pint of your favourite IPA.
Grab it while it’s hot
http://store.steampowered.com/app/431960/?snr=1_5_9__205

Awesome Wifi SSID’s

To be honest the World needs Awesome Wifi SSID’s and here’s a collection of the best SSID’s you’ll ever see.

 

 

 

 

It hertz WAN IP and variation of it, 8 hertz WAN IP
Tell my WiFi love her
Bathroom Cam #3
Pretty fly for a WiFi

 

It’s a shame ┌∩┐(◣_◢)┌∩┐ doesn’t work as ascii is forbidden

 

  1. Virus Detected! Do Not Join
  2. I’m Under Your Bed.
  3. WamBamThankYouLan
  4. FBI Surveillance Van #119871.
  5. DEA Surveillance #4188A87.
  6. I’m In Your Closet.
  7. I’m Watching You Now.
  8. Skynet Global Defense Network.
  9. TheseAreNotTheDroidsYourLookingFor
  10. Router? I Hardly Knew Her
  11. Occam’s Router
  12. The Promised LAN
  13. Benjamin FrankLAN
  14. Martin Router King
  15. I Believe Wi Can Fi
  16. No More Mister Wi-Fi
  17. LAN Solo
  18. Winternet Is Coming
  19. The LAN Down Under
  20. Wu Tang LAN
  21. Titanic Syncing
  22. (.)(.)
  23. 128 KBPS WiFi
  24. Protected CeX
  25. Unprotected Cex
  26. TellMyWifiLoveHer
  27. Silence of the LAN
  28. LAN of Milk & Honey
  29. Bill Wi, the Science Fi
  30. Drop it like its hotspot
  31. The LAN that time forgot
  32. We can hear you having sex
  33. All Your Bandwidth are Belong to Us
  34. Don’tYouWishYourWifiWasHotLikeMine

I switch between these every now and again.

Gran Turismo Sport Beta Test

If you have a Playstation 4 and some time to play a beta test, then give GT6 Sport a try 🙂

If you’d like to take part in the Closed BETA Test and work with the development team as they create Gran Turismo Sport, please click on the link at the bottom of this page and fill in the application form. (You will need to agree to certain terms of use in order to take part.)

http://www.gran-turismo.com/gb/news/00_4079128.html

The latest information regarding the PlayStationÂŽ4-exclusive title Gran Turismo Sport, scheduled for release in 2017, has been released during the PlayStation Experience show held in Anaheim, California.

The video trailer gives you a glimpse of the next generation visuals with features such as HDR, VR and wide colour space. You can also find screenshots showing the new ‘Willow Springs International Raceway: Horse Thief Mile’ track together with new cars, appearing for the first time in the series.

Admittedly Gran Turismo isn’t my favourite racer, that’s is saved for the brilliant DriveClub, but I do think GT games are definitely the most beautiful racers.

Setup Asus Tinkerboard to boot from a USB memory stick

I did try to install to a hard drive, but the extlinux bootloader doesn’t give the HDD enough time to spin up and linux just goes into a kernel panic.

Very much like the Raspberry Pi SSD tutorial, this is nearly the same, but this time I’ll use a USB memory stick instead of a SSD.

Same as before, run fdisk first.
sudo fdisk -l

remember the disk you need, probably /dev/sda1 or in my case /dev/sdb1

Now copy the contents of the microSD root partition to the memory stick.
sudo dd if=/dev/mmcblk0p2 of=/dev/sdb1 bs=512

Now fix the broken file structure on the MS as before:

sudo e2fsck -f /dev/sdb1

Resize the HDD back to full size:

sudo resize2fs /dev/sdb1

 

This time you need to edit a different file instead of cmdline.txt

sudo nano /boot/extlinux/extlinux.conf

change /dev/mmcblk0p2 to /dev/sdb1

Now edit fstab

sudo nano /etc/fstab again change /mmcblk0p2 to /sdb1

reboot and you’re done

One thing I have noticed about the Tinkerboard is that it’s incredibly slow to copy from the microSD to the MS or SSD, I get roughly 3mb per second, where the Pi gives around 12mb per second, a huge difference, when you consider the Raspberry Pi only has USB 2 and the SD card, network and USB are all controlled through one port and the Tinkerboard supports separate controllers and has USB 3.0, this leaves me scratching my head why it should be so slow.

 

7605248+0 records in
7605248+0 records out
3893886976 bytes (3.9 GB) copied, 1308.77 s, 3.0 MB/s
dazbobaby@linaro-alip:/boot/EVENT$

As you can see, it’s very very slow????

Install Plex Server on a Raspberry Pi

Combine this with an SSD and even SSL to reap even more benefits https://the-bionic-cyclist.co.uk/raspberry-pi-tutorials/

 

 

Another easy tutorial from yours truly.

First the update:

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sudo apt-get update

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sudo apt-get upgrade

Now make sure HTTPS is installed

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sudo apt-get install apt-transport-https

Add a crypto key for the day2dev repository

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wget -O - https://dev2day.de/pms/dev2day-pms.gpg.key  | sudo apt-key add -

Now add the repository

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sudo nano /etc/apt/sources.list

or if that fails:

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sudo nano /etc/apt/sources.list.d/pms.list

add this line:

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deb http://dev2day.de/pms/ jessie main

update the repository list

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sudo apt-get update

Finally install Plex

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sudo apt-get install -t jessie plexmediaserver

Total time around 3 minutes

Now visit your server your rapberry pi’s IP and port 32400

Example: https://192.168.1.2:32400