Logitech Media Server with RasPi

I think I can safely assume that all of us at least one time in ours life listened radio. It’s a great to have “something to play in background” while we enjoy other things. Let’s turn our raspi into greatest radio you’ll ever have.

Logitech back in 2001 introduced first Squeezebox device, It just played music / radio from central server over local network. One great thing about it – it is fully open source. Unfortunately logitech discontinued the line but server and a couple of players preserved and can now be installed on multitude of devices including raspi. Thanks to Allthingpi LMS installation is now painless which we’ll see in a second.


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SolarPi – Weather / Temp RasPi Project

See It: http://solarpi.tafkas.net

More Details: http://blog.tafkas.net/2014/11/19/solarpi-a-flask-powered-photovoltaic-monitor/


excerpt from the blog post…

After collecting some photovoltaic data using PikoPy and a some readings from the residential meter it was time to put everything together. The data is collected by a couple of scripts triggered by a cronjob every five minutes.

$ crontab -l
*/5 * * * * python /home/solarpi/kostal_piko.py
*/5 * * * * python /home/solarpi/collect_meter.py
*/15 * * * * python /home/solarpi/collect_weather.py

The results are then written into a SQLite database. I chose SQLite over PostgreSQL for its lighter footprint on the Raspberry Pi. And since we will have no concurrent writes SQLite should be capable serving as a database backend.

The sole purpose of the web application is to fetch data from the database and render the results. I decided to use Flask, a microframework for Python based on Werkzeug and Jinja 2. For the Frontend I used the Bootstrap based SB Admin 2 Theme.

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12 Cool Projects For Your Raspberry Pi

When it comes to this $35 microcomputer, the real question might be, what can’t you do with it?

Here are twelve tutorials for taking your Raspberry Pi to the limit. You’ll find that you can automate your home, design your own devices, and perhaps even save a lot of money (that is, if you don’t suddenly feel the need to buy twelve new Raspberry Pis)…

Source: 12 Cool Projects For Your Raspberry Pi – ReadWrite

Building A Raspberry Pi VPN Part Two: Creating An Encrypted Client Side 

You built a functional VPN server! Now what?

Welcome to Part Two of1 ReadWrite’s Raspberry Pi VPN server tutorial!

By now, it’s pretty apparent that turning your Raspberry Pi into a Virtual Private Network is an all-evening activity. But as security flaws further compromise our Internet lives, it feels increasingly worth it to have a secure server on your side. That way, you’re free to write emails and transfer data without worrying about what or whom might be intercepting it as it travels from your computer to the Web…

Continue at: Building A Raspberry Pi VPN Part Two: Creating An Encrypted Client Side – ReadWrite

Building A Raspberry Pi VPN Part One: How And Why To Build A Server

Trust no one and build a server that encrypts your Web data from prying eyes.

I read several different tutorials and cobbled together the results into this semi-coherent tutorial for setting up a VPN on Raspberry Pi, which even I can understand, complete with the why behind the how. Most prominently, I relied on Eric Jodoin’s VPN tutorial for experts, and dumbed it down for me.

So follow me down the cryptography rabbit hole and learn that no matter how paranoid you are, whoever came up with the methods to generate VPNs was even more so…

Continue at: Building A Raspberry Pi VPN Part One: How And Why To Build A Server – ReadWrite

Multiple Camera, Motion-Activated Camera System with the Raspberry Pi and OpenCV

Learn how to access *multiple cameras* (including USB webcams and the Raspberry Pi camera module) using your Raspberry Pi, Python, and OpenCV.

Best of all, our implementation of multiple camera access with the Raspberry Pi and OpenCV is capable of running in real-time (or near real-time, depending on the number of cameras you have attached), making it perfect for creating your own multi-camera home surveillance system…

Continue at: Multiple cameras with the Raspberry Pi and OpenCV – PyImageSearch