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Python Cheat Sheets

It’s no secret that we like Python here at Pi-Plates. It comes preinstalled  on every build of Raspian, is pretty easy to learn, and is extremely powerful. But, no matter how much we use it, there’s always a moment of, “what’s the syntax for that?” or “how […]

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Kansas City Maker Faire 2016

This was our second year at the Kansas City Maker Faire and, like last year, it didn’t disappoint. It’s held in a beautiful venue and there’s always lots of interesting people to talk to. We even got to talk with the folks from Hackaday. Check out what […]

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Benchmarking the Pi 3

We picked up a Pi 3 at Microcenter today (limit 1 per customer) and decided to repeat the benchmark that we performed on the Pi 2. This benchmark is a simple number cruncher that calculates the first 50 Fibonacci values 1000 times and prints out the average time […]

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How the Latest RPi Could Have Scored a Perfect Zero

In late November, the Raspberry Pi Foundation introduced the $5 Raspberry Pi Zero to critical acclaim. Like many people, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on one. And, like many people, I missed out. I am currently on a waiting list at my local Microcenter and look […]

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Nice Video of Last Summer’s KC Maker Faire

We found this yesterday while researching nearby Maker Faire events. If you fast forward to the 1:25 mark, you’ll see some kids interacting with the hardware at our booth.

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The Problem(s) with Neopixels

Introduction You’ve probably have seen NeoPixels: those wonderful, colorful LEDs that only require a single wire for 24 bit color control. Maybe you’ve even bought a few of them. They’re made by a Chinese company called Worldsemi and have the part number of WS2812B. Seriously, they’re fun […]

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The Problem with Overclocking and the SPI Bus

It all started with a support request from a Pi-Plate owner: he kept getting a message that the DAQC wasn’t being found when he imported the Python library. So, we asked him to check his power supply and then to verify that the board was seated properly. None […]

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Turn Your Raspberry Pi into a Network Monitoring Tool

The folks over at makeuseof have a great article on how to install and configure Nagios on your Raspberry Pi. If you’re not familiar with Nagios, there’s a brief tutorial on what some of the basic settings are. “Whether you want to keep an eye on devices on […]

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Geekspace Gwinnett Pi Jam

We attended a Pi Jam at our local Makerspace, Geekspace Gwinnett, late last month and came away very impressed with the kids who showed up. There was a guy there named Bennett who makes robot costumes and is always looking for new things to add to his […]

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The Problem with Relays

Why is it hard to find relay boards that are designed to work specifically with the Raspberry Pi? After all, they’re pretty simple devices, right? Well, we can think of three reasons to start: Safety Safety Safety We can also think of two more reasons: Cost Power Let’s […]

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There are children playing in the streets who could solve some of my top problems in physics, because they have modes of sensory perception that I lost long ago. Robert Oppenheimer