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Adafruit.com site is both a good site for purchasing your Raspberry as well as a welth of components for any type of project.
There is as well a lot of very good tutorials, but this time I would like to hint of their Alpha-version of a very nice Python development environmen.
Adafruid WebIDE installes on the Pi and then you access it via your browser. Key advantages:
Source file editor via a browser. Not need to ssh into the device and use vi or nane. Works with Safari on the Mac, but is optimized for Firefox and Chrome.
Run and debug from within the browser IDE. Integrated support for source-code handling via Bitbucket. All your
files are saved and versioned with a free personal account at Bitbucket.org.
The IDE even has event management feature that allow you to schedule program snippets to run at specific intervals.
Tellstick Duo from Telldus.se here connected to the USB port of th RPi
Raspberry Pi model B
Remote switch Nexus PE3
Remove swich Nexa Pro WRR-1
Remote dimmer switch Nexa ECMR-250
Motion sensor Nexus LMDT-1
On my list of Raspberry projects is to use it for Home Automation. For that purpose I have purchased a TellStickDuo.
Attached via the USB port, it will allow the RPi to send commands to a range of switches in the home. These include on/off as well as dimmers from different vendors.
The supplier, Telldus, offers a free cloud-based remote control of the TellStickDuo if you leave it connected to a running Mac or PC with
I purchased some tactile buttons to play with my Raspberry.
My first tutorial will be a very simple one. Press the button and display a message on the console.
$sudo apt-get install python-dev
$sudo apt-get install python-rpi.gpio
Here is a run-down of what I install on my lab unit. I have the Rasperry Pi 1080p camera and a breakout board attached.
Get the Pi software up-to-date
Do basic config
Install Motion support for Pi Camera module
Install Samba client support to be able to mount a windows server or NAS volume through cifs
Raspberry Pi with breadboard connected as well as hdmi out and the Pi Camera.
This afternoon there was a power outage in our area an consequently, the Pi was powered off without a proper shutdown command.
I thought this is not a problem, since I used the DiskTools on my Mac yesterday and make a disk image out of the SD Cards.
However, trying to restore from that image into the SD Card did not work
BitTorrent Sync is available at labs.bittorrent.com
this blog by Alistair Grew regarding the Raspberry Pi in a backup scenario I got inspired to try out BitTorrent Sync. It is available at BitTorrent Labs for Windows, Mac, Linux (including NAS units) and Android.