Sunday, June 21, 2015

LEGO Raspberry Pi 2 Model B Case

The LEGO was my favourite toy when I was a kid because I built what I wanted. I have LEGO house set that I built spaceship, robot, car & etc. by integrating some imagination efforts.

There are some folks sharing their creative Raspberry Pi LEGO case that I think is awesome. So I thought it would be fun to build a case for my Raspberry Pi 2 model B with the LEGO bricks that I have.

First, build a LEGO baseplate 18 x 12. I use the LEGO pieces which I have so the colour
selection is not good.


Put a LEGO brick on each of the corners to lift up the Raspberry Pi 2. This is to avoid the bottom surface of the RP2 completely laid flat on the LEGO baseplate. The raised part also make it easier to access the area of the micro SD card slot.


Place RP2 on top and start building walls around it to secure its position inside the LEGO case.




LEGO windows on HDMI port and micro SD card slot.



Build a roof on the case.


I use USB Wi-Fi adapter, instead of LAN cable. Thus the Ethernet port area is covered to secure the positioning of RP2.


Add some styling and I have created my own custom LEGO case for RP2. The most fun part is reviving my childhood toy which is more than twenty years ago!


Saturday, June 13, 2015

Setting up Raspberry Pi

I have recently purchased a Raspberry Pi 2 so I thought write a tutorial of setting up the Raspberry Pi 2 to run Raspbian.


You can use Raspberry Pi as a server, audio/video streaming box, etc. I would write some more tutorials about Raspberry Pi in future.

Hardware You Need
Raspberry Pi 2 Model B
The US$35 computer powered by 900 MHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 processor that is mated to 1GB of RAM.

Micro SD card
The micro SD card is need for running operating systems and for storage space. 8GB or greater of storage capacity is recommended.

5V micro USB power supply (2 Amp)
You may use handphone/tablet micro USB charger powering Raspberry Pi. 2 Amp power supply would be ideal as the power requirement increases when peripherals are connected.

Ethernet Cable
With NOOBS operating system installer, Internet is needed to download third party operating system images.

Keyboard and Mouse
Any keyboard and mouse should work. The Logitech mk270r works flawlessly for me. You may go here to check compatibility.

HDMI Cable
Just go for a standard HDMI cable. Don't waste your money to buy expensive HDMI cable.

Monitor/TV
You need it to configure settings for your Raspberry Pi 2.

Optional
WiFi Dongle
Important: Please check compatibility here. I have no issue using D-Link DWA-125 (H/W Ver: A1).

Raspberry Pi Case
I have purchased an ABS case for Raspberry Pi 2. While waiting for delivery, I built a case with Lego bricks.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

TM Streamyx Cool Unipack will be known as Pakej Mampu Milik Jalur Lebar 1Malaysia

In conjunction with Malaysia's National Broadband Initiative, the telcos are offering broadband service at lower price. One of the supporting effort made by Telekom Malaysia Berhad, TM Streamyx Cool Unipack will be known as Pakej Mampu Milik Jalur Lebar 1Malaysia, effective June 2015.

Simple details of the package is as below:
  • With download speed based on current subscribed package speed (best effort basis)
  • No Monthly Fixed Line Rental
  • Option to subscribe to RM10.00 Voice Plan (Free calls to TM Fixed Line, 25sen/min calls to Mobile & other Fixed Line providers)


Based on the details mentioned on the letter, there will be no changes except the Package name and option to subscribe RM10.00 free calls to TM fixed line.

To recap on the TM Streamyx Cool Unipack, offered in 2010 for full time Diploma or Degree Malaysian students, free HP netbook, download speed 384 Kbps - RM38, 512 Kbps - RM53, 1 Mbps - RM68, 2 Mbps - RM83 & 4 Mbps - RM88.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Asus ZenFone 2 launched - 2GB and 4GB RAM, from RM599

Asus has launched the ZenFone 2 in Malaysia. There are a total of 5 variants available with the prices start from RM599 and up to RM1,299.

The prices, starting from the bottom.

ZE500CL (5" 720p, 1.6GHz Intel Atom Z2560, 2GB RAM, 8GB ROM) - RM599
ZE550ML (5.5" 720p, 1.8GHz Intel Atom Z3560, 2GB RAM, 16GB ROM) - RM749
ZE551ML (5.5" 1080p, 1.8GHz Intel Atom Z3560, 2GB RAM 32GB ROM) - RM899
ZE551ML (5.5" 1080p, 2.3GHz Intel Atom Z3580, 4GB RAM 32GB ROM) - RM1,099
ZE551ML (5.5" 1080p, 2.3GHz Intel Atom Z3580, 4GB RAM 64GB ROM) - RM1,299

The Asus ZenFone 2 will be available on Asus Store in the coming weeks.

Asus ZenFone 2 - Gold

Monday, December 1, 2014

Clash of Clans: How to import saved data from iOS and Android devices


I recently addicted to Clash of Clans, a mobile online multiplayer real-time strategy game in iOS and Android platform.  It is a wise move that the game developer allow their players to link multiple iOS or Android devices with a single game account. The players do not need to worry they will lost their saved game data even if they play with another iOS/Android device.

iOS
All iOS devices are sync with Game Center. To play on multiple iOS devices, make sure you are logged into Game Center. Then, log into Game Center with the other device. Your game progress will be automatically synchoronized.

Migrating from iOS to Android

  1. On the iOS device (where you want to MIGRATE FROM), go to game’s Settings.
  2. Tap Link a device > This is the OLD DEVICE > I want to link to another device
  3. A code is generated for you to link with new device.
  4. On the Android device (where you want to MIGRATE TO), go to game’s Settings. Please make sure you have signed in to your Google account.
  5. Tap Link a device > This is the NEW DEVICE
  6. Enter the code before it expires.


Android
All Android devices are Sync with a Google account. To play on multiple Android devices, make sure you have signed in to your Google account in the game’s settings. Then, sign in with your Google account also on the other device. Your game progress will be automatically synchronized.

Migrating from Android to iOS

  1. On the Android device (where you want to MIGRATE FROM), go to game’s Settings.
  2. Tap Link a device > This is the OLD DEVICE > I want to link to another device
  3. A code is generated for you to link with new device.
  4. On the iOS device (where you want to MIGRAGE TO), go the game’s Settings.
  5. Tap Link a device > This is the NEW DEVICE
  6. Enter the code before it expires.


Note: Successful linking can be done only once.