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MtigOS – Plotting sensor data from ESP8266, where all of the work has been done for you March 2, 2020

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Raspberry Pi and esp8266 to give fancy graphs

Raspberry Pi and esp8266 to give fancy graphs

Hey all,

This project started from a hackathon, where the organiser dumps a pile of esp8266 chips and sensors on a table that were up for grabs. I wanted build something that would take about 10 seconds to assemble and flash, and would be functional anywhere, no hardcoding of wifi settings and servers. Since I am the developer of CustomPiOS I also made a Raspberry Pi distro that has all the fancy dashboards pre-installed.

This work is also modular and written in a way you could build long lasting solutions, the code is all arranged so it’s easy to contribute and have a monitoring solution which is easy to customize.

What I am going to provide here is a set of tools, that would let you get pretty graphs from sensors with:

  1. NO coding required
  2. NO hardcoded wifi passwords or server settings
  3. NO soldering
  4. About 2-5 minutes assemble the hardware
  5. You get a standard which is supported in my dsitro and other devices. So you can use MQTT apps that are out there.
  6. Raspberry Pi image that sets up all the software that lets you see fancy graphs right away. Calling it MtigOS. It also automatically updates and is maintained.
  7. You are going to use Docker, without the need to know how to use Docker.

Cool tricks I am going to use:

  1. You press the reset button a couple of times to enter a web config interface available in an access point so you can set up your wifi and MQTT server
  2. I am saving you hosting this on a server and giving you the option to host this locally using a Raspberry Pi image.
  3. docker + docker-compose that sets up a database and graphing tool – everything is already all set up. So if you want a server instead of a Raspberry Pi you can use that too
    no need to know docker.

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RealtimePi – out of the box real-time RaspberryPi Raspbian October 9, 2017

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RealtimePi logo

RealtimePi logo

Hey all,
So it started as a curiosity, and it looks like its working. I made a Raspbian-based distro that ships with a realtime kernel called RealtimePi. You can download the latest here.  It’s open source, sources are here.

A realtime system means its deterministic, it means you should know how long things take to run. They way to do is is to apply a patch to the linux kernel that makes it non-preemptible. To explain – Preemption is the act of temporarily interrupting a task being carried out by a computer system, without requiring its cooperation, and with the intention of resuming the task later.

This is useful for building hardware and robotics, low latency audio and other gpio because there are no surprises when it comes to timing. It seems like something good to try out with the RaspberryPi, because of the GPIO and IOT capabilities.

Bundled with CustomPiOS you can build your customized realtime-kernel device.

Features

  • Both armv6 and arm v7 are supported! Aka all versions of RaspberryPi to date!
  • 4.9.52-rt37-v7 with PREEMPT kernel
  • Easy way to set up the network using realtimepi_wpa_supplicant.txt in the boot partition

Steps to install

  1. Download the image here
  2. Unzip and flash it to an SD card (small enough to fit a 2GB card)
  3. Open newly flashed image and edit two files, one for the wifi, and one for the bot token:
  4. Put in realtimepi-wpa-supplicant.txt your wifi address (skip if using Ethernet cable). Here is how it should look:
    wifi

You can test the realtime kernel is enabled, by running in the commandline

uname -a

You should see something like this, note PREEMPT RT which indicates its realtime:

 Linux realtimepi 4.9.52-rt37 #1 PREEMPT RT Fri Oct 6 22:29:28 UTC 2017 armv6l GNU/Linux

The line should  look a little different for armv7

I am not an expert with actually building realtime systems, so input on how it preforms, and examples would be appreciated!

 

FullPageOS – Out-Of-The-Box Kiosk mode for the RaspberryPi October 17, 2015

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FullPageOS

FullPageOS

Hey all,

Today I am announcing a RaspberryPi operating system that addresses a small need we have – Get the RaspberryPi to display a webpage on full screen with no hassle.
The OS is called FullPageOS. And you can download it here.

Why I built it

A friend of mine, Tailor Vijay wanted something to stream video and add titles to it. Also I was looking for a way to start the RaspberryPi with a browser on full screen for a stats screen at work, and apparently the only thing available is complex guides that only partly work on today’s RaspberryPi.

So what I did last weekend is build a distro based off the code of OctoPi, the 3D printer operating system I built. All this distro does is start Chromium at boot on full screen, with a URL of your choice. The url can be changed conveniently from a text file on the /boot FAT folder. So all you have to do is set the wifi and url via text files, boot, and voilà!
Among the minor tweaking is the elusive setting of disabling the screen from blanking.

How to set it up

What’s nice about FullPageOS is that its simple, no need to install packages, just flash it like any distro, set your wifi and URL settings and boot.

  1. Open the FAT filesystem that is mounted as /boot
    on the pi
  2. Set the URL you want in the file fullpageos.txt
  3. If you need to set up wifi, set your wifi settings with the file fullpageos-network.txt or any way you want are used to on the RaspberryPI
  4. Plug to HDMI display, internet and boot

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OctoPi version 0.6 – Control your 3D printer securely over the internet August 26, 2013

Posted by GuySoft in diy, Electronics, Hamakor, ITU, linux, open source, programming.
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OctoPi new logo

OctoPi new logo

Hey all,

OctoPi has got a lot of support, and it has been great to see people are adopting it.

I have released a new version of OctoPi, which has the following new features:

  • Support for both Raspberry Pi camera and webcam. Depending on which you plug to the Pi (Thanks to Gina)
  • New version of OctoPrint with ACL support
  • OctoPrint now runs on HTTPS using HAProxy, allowing secure connection to your printer over the internet

Also, we had to change the logo due to it being the Raspberry Pi foundation trademark. Thanks for everyone on the google plus discussion (especially Janina).

Download the image here

Source code and project management is on github here

I will note it was pretty nice get in to this release PiCam support, since I have no camera it required collaboration of both Gina and me, meaning we have a distro now that probably can cope with more hardware than you would have in your average personal configuration.

Also thanks Matvin for the storage, and we also have another mirror lined up in case of a overload, which happened last time.

Enjoy everyone,

Guy

OctoPi – 3D Printer Web Server Distribution for the Raspberry Pi August 4, 2013

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OctoPi logoOctoPi logo

OctoPi logo

Update2: New mirror opened after Dropbox suspended my public links due to traffic. Download the image here.

Update: Dropbox have suspended my Public links due to “extreme traffic activity” so in a few hours I should be syncing the image to other mirrors. Other hosting would be appreciated!

Hey all,

I am happy to say that I am a backer of the Rigidbot 3D printer, (which you can pre-order already), I am expecting it to arrive in August. In the meantime, I have ordered a Raspberry Pi to play with and started visiting a local maker community known as XLN.

This led me to find a really cool project called OctoPrint, which lets you control 3D printers using a Raspberry Pi over a web interface, however people were not installing it on their Pis because there was no out-of-the-box solution. Today I am happy to announce that a solution is here! I give you Octoprint + Rapberry Pi = OctoPi. A raspberry Pi distribution which runs OctoPrint out of the box, with support for time-lapse video on webcams (there is also an experiential version in the works that supports streaming from a raspberry Pi camera).

Just dd the image on to an sd card, put the sd card in your Pi, boot it and connect to the network and printer, then point your browser to http://octopi.local and you have a fully functional 3D printer server! Plug in a webcam and can also make time-lapse videos. Just as simple as that. More details for windows users can be found on OctoPrint’s download page.

The OctoPi image can be downloaded here.

The sources are available on github, and could also serve as a framework to automatically build other Raspbian-based Raspberry Pi distributions.

Pull requests, forks and issue reports are welcome. Also it would be helpful if someone could help me mirroring, since currently the images are hosted on my Dropbox account.

Thanks to Gina, the developer of OctoPrint, for such a great software! PlugWash on #raspbian for the build tips and Richard Mitchell for the last touches to OctoPi’s logo.

Share and enjoy,

Guy

Running Your Android Phone/Tablet on a virtual machine January 5, 2013

Posted by GuySoft in Android, diy, Hamakor, linux, open source, Uncategorized.
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Android VM on Virtualbox

Android VM on Virtualbox

Hey all,

My phone has died, and was sent to repair. And since I have a complete backup of it, as explained in my last post, I thought I might try and emulate it on my laptop.

So in this post I’ll explain how to do just that. And one the side effects is that I can now use whatsapp on my PC!

What you will need

  1. A backup of your phone that was done with Titanium BackupFollow my previous post on how to do that. Note that for Titanium Backup to run you need to root your phone.
  2. A computer that is running virtual box and virtualbox-fuse – I will show how to do this in Linux, but windows and Mac can do this too.
  3. A copy of AndoVM – This is the reason we can do this, since android by default does not come with an Ethernet drivers and AndroVM is compiled and distributed to run on virtualbox out of the  box (pun intended).

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Automatic Nightly Backups for Your Android Device to Your Computer November 1, 2012

Posted by GuySoft in Android, diy, linux, open source, Uncategorized, wifi, wireless.
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Android lifevest

Android backup will keep you safe

Hey all,

Friends keep coming up to me and complaining that they had to wipe all their phone because of some attempt to do something.
However, if you give me a brand-new phone and throw mine out of a high-building window, I won’t stop you, because I have a copy of my phone at home, from that same morning, and I don’t even have to think about it.

Want to feel free again? Not scared that this small thing you carry in your pocket with all your life gets ruined? Well, here is how you do it:

Things you will need

  1. A computer running Linux you can ssh to with Rsync installed, or windows running cygwin with rsync and ssh installed.
  2. Your device needs to be rooted – I am afraid thats a requirement for Titanium backup and all programs that back up app data
  3. Titanium backup – You can use the free version for backing up, but for a single-click restore you will need to pay (I bought it and recommended you do even if its the only thing you ever buy on the play store)
  4. rsync backup for Android – This will back up all your photos and data that isn’t part of your apps, if you don’t root but this is all you want to back up, this post might help you too!
  5. Llama – lets you set location profiles

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SvxlinkWrapper – Wrapper for SvxLink to provide additional functionally such as QSO logging and auto-connect May 17, 2012

Posted by GuySoft in Hamakor, ITU, linux, open source, programming, python.
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Hey all,

A short post to announce a small piece of software I released today on github for the ham radio people.
I give you SvxlinkWrapper, this wrapper sits on top of Svxlink‘s stdout and stdin and processes it with python. Making it easy to add more advance features to Svxlinik. Since Svxlink is written in C++ and takes a while to compile, this wrapper really speeds up development. Furthermore, it uses straight.plugin making its simple to write more modules by extending SvxlinkwrapperModule and placing it in the modules folder.

Currently the to modules that SvxlinkWrapper has are for auto-connect to Echolink nodes on startup and another for a QSO logger for Echolink connections. There is also a module that should let you send commands over the Echolink chat, if you extend it. This lets me open and close repeater connections directly from the Echolink chat box.

Thats it for today, now that I have more free time, I hope to publish more things, 73

Cheap USB interface to connect Ham radios and other devices to the PC October 14, 2011

Posted by GuySoft in Crictor, diy, Electronics, Hamakor, ITU, linux, open source, wireless.
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Ham radio PC interface

Hi all,
As promised in my last post, I have finally finished designing and building a cheap interface to connect ham radios or any other audio device that does not share audio common ground to a PC, including a PTT interface. Price should be around $17 or 60 NIS.  The control is done using a USB interface, so unlike most ham radio hardware that uses serial connections, this one is plug and play in modern PCs. The neat thing is that it uses them same commands as a RigBlaster. So this interface works out of the box with common ham radio programs like Echolink and Svxlink. The interface should also work with soundmodem which can be used for X.25 packet digital communications, without any extra hardware (I am still trying to get this to work). This interface could also be used to connect to other devices that don’t share a common ground. For example like phone lines.

Parts you will need

  1. TTL USB Serial interface – The main part is a simple CP2102 $4 controller that can be percussed from ebay. It simulates a serial device, meaning you can still work with older pieces of software with it. Note though you need to solder a cable from the RTS pin on the board, because normally they don’t come with a pre-made pin.
  2. Audio line isolation transformer – This can be easily salvaged from any old dial-up modem. That’s how I get mine, it seems to be much easier to get them off old modems than finding them in electronics shops, plus they are so easily identifiable (just make sure not to break the contacts when you take them out, happened to me twice). If you can’t find any old dial-up modems you can get it from ebay. (more…)

Echolink Node Native on Linux with Svxlink, and a Cheap PTT Hardware Interface August 8, 2011

Posted by GuySoft in Crictor, diy, Electronics, Hamakor, ITU, linux, open source, programming, wireless.
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The Jerusalem Echolink Node

The Jerusalem Echolink Node (4Z7GAI-R)

Hey all,

I recently got my amateur HAM Radio license from the Israel ministry of communication. My call sign is 4Z7GAI.

I have been working on getting an Echolink node running on the Jerusalem repeater using Linux. Echolink is a closed proprietary software that lets you connect ham radios to one another and key them across the Internet. Luckily someone wrote a FOSS program called Svxlink, which lets you connect to the Echolink network on Linux., A remote radio control with an echolink server, svxlink-server and an Echolink graphical client, Qtel. I am going to explain in this post how to get svxlink compiled and working (compiling is the hard part). I will also giving out here an Ubuntu package for the lazy ones among you.

I will also add a small section on the physical connection to the radio, an old Icom IC-02AT from the 80s (around my age). (more…)