Increasing the volume on a Raspberry Pi

Volume on Raspberry Pi If you plug your speakers into the 3.5mm jack on the Raspberry Pi, the volume that you get is really low. I wanted to make the volume louder so I used this script that I found on the Raspberry Pi forums to do just that. By increasing the analog volume and saving these changes in the correct place, you can increase the volume to a level that works for you.

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2014 Primary Computing curriculum guide

Computing curriculum booklet Computing at School, in association with Naace and other partners have published a guide which explains how primary teachers can get started with the new 2014 Primary Computing curriculum. It provides many pointers to excellent resources and ideas for building an innovative and exciting curriculum and can be used in conjunction with the Government's publications on the new 2014 Primary Computing Curriculum.

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Getting your Raspberry Pi to speak the weather forecast

Raspberry Pi Speaking Weather Every evening, I like to know what the weather is going to be like for the next day. Should I pack a salad or have a hot meal? Do I need my coat or not? Sometimes I forget to check my phone/tablet/laptop/TV etc to find out what its going to be like the next day, so I made these wizzy little scripts to get the Raspberry Pi to tell me my local weather forecast at 10pm every night.

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Tweeting from the Raspberry Pi

Tweeting on the Raspberry Pi I recently found a way to tweet from the Raspberry Pi using an app called Tweepy. I've written a tutorial below on how to do this as I've wanted to automate Twitter feeds for a while now and this looks like just the thing to enable me to do it. It took me about an hour to setup and now I've got it up and running, I'm going to look at reading data from the environment, the web and local databases and tweeting them out directly.

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Pelican: A fast blog/CMS for the Raspberry Pi

Fast blog for Raspberry Pi If, like me, you're hosting a website on your Raspberry Pi, you may have struggled finding a fast blogging engine or content management system. Over the past year, I've tried a number of solutions that really on an application server and/or database server but none have been fast enough due to the amount of grunt needed to run these servers.

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Running a Calibre ebook library on a Raspberry Pi

Ebook Library on a Raspberry Pi This article describes how to set up your own ebook server which will run on a Raspberry Pi or any other webserver running PHP. This allows you to give your friends access to your ebooks across the Internet without keeping the machine that manages your Calibre library turned on all the time, which costs more money and can be really slow if you have a large book library.

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Berlin Trip

Berlin trip In October 2013, my family and I spent a few days in Berlin, taking in the sights of the city and soaking up the atmosphere. We stayed in a hotel just off Tiergarten which is the oldest public park in Berlin and the home of the Berlin Zoo and Bellevue Palace, the residence of the German President.

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Converting images on a Raspberry Pi

Ebook Library on a Raspberry Pi I've been using Imagemagick, a really useful tool, a lot recently to convert images for my ebook collection. I use it to create smaller versions of the images that Calibre produces to run on my own ebook web server. This mini-tutorial will show you how to install and use Imagemagick on your Raspberry Pi. This could be on the command line, in batch operations or using a server side scripting language.

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Southern Thailand Trip

Southern Thailand After the end of our Northern Thailand trip, we stayed on in Bangkok for a night before joining another group of friendly people and embarked upon a further trip to the islands in Southern Thailand. We travelled down on an overnight sleeper train to the port at Surrathani and, after crossing from the mainland, spent some time snorkelling and exploring the beautiful islands of Koh Tao, Ko PaNgan and Koh Samui.

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Northern Thailand Trip

Northern Thailand In August 2013, my family (Sue, Laura and Lucy) and I travelled to Thailand for a week to explore the north of the country. We had an amazing time visiting Bangkok, the temples at Sukhotai, elephant sanctuaries, staying with locals and trekking through the jungles. We also explored lots of Thai culture including watchingThai boxing matches, taking part in buddhist ceremonies, visiting local schools and watching lady boy shows!

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Primary KS1 and KS2 Sublevelled maths objectives

Maths objectivesThis Maths planning tool, which is based on the UK National Curriculum APP levels, is fully searchable and categorised into different assessment focuses, including number, fractions, decimals, percentages, problem solving, shape, measures, time, angles and data handling. It gives you the sublevel for every single Maths objective and is useful to ensure coverage of the UK national curriculum.

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Stop Receiving Junk Mail

In 2002, the UK Minister of State responsible for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs estimated that direct mail promotions accounted for between 500,000 and 600,000 tonnes of wasted paper. Recycling targets were put in place by the government and the Direct Marketing Association (UK) with a goal of 55% by 2009.

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USA West coast trip

USA West coast trip In August 2007, my family and I travelled to the Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Yosemite Park. We took a helicopter flight over the Grand Canyon, went to the World Series of Poker in Vegas, visited San Diego zoo, Disneyland California, Venice Beach, Malibu, stayed in Santa Barbara, drove along the Pacific Coast Highway and even had a go on a Segway.

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