When the Raspberry Pi became available for pre-order I couldn't resist putting my name on the waiting list. When it arrived I unpacked it and installed the operating system then I ran out of enthusiasm, I didn't know what to do with it! So it lay around for a few years, then in a quiet, contemplative moment I thought that I should get to know the Python programming language. I started with a piece of test kit useful for testing computer systems for work (TDM and TD Emulators) then I went on from there.

My Projects

Drum Machine using sampled sounds *New*

Thermometer with switched 5V outputs

TDM Emulator

8 Bit TDM System

Quiz Control Panel *UPDATED*

8/16 Input Event Logger

Sequencer for Maplin 3800 Synthesiser

Drum Trigger for E&MM Syntom/Synbal

Other uses I put the Pi to:

  • Media Centre, LibreElec.
  • NAS Drive(s), First I shared a drive using Raspbian, and now with Open Media Vault (OMV).
  • SETI & Einstien@Home, comprised of three Pi 2B's, two B+'s, three 3B's, one Pi Zero, one pi Zero W and four Odroid C1+ - effectively 44 processors.
  • Note: The Pi 3B's overheat and crash when running SETI so I bought Flirc cases to act as a heatsink - this worked fairly well but I had to replace the supplied heat pad with a lump of aluminium and heatsink compound to improve the heat transfer. Works a treat now!..until the hot summer days, hence the thermometer project.

  • Pi-Top laptop
  • and a Desktop which I have updated so it boots from a USB 160GB HD. This had it own set of issues, following the instructions on the web site it would not boot from the Hard Drive but worked without problem from a USB memory stick. I found that the power/startup time of the HD was too long so the simple solution was to power the drive before the Pi and hey presto it works a treat! The Hard Drive was an old one I had recovered from a laptop upgrade some years ago and put in a USB caddy, formated it exFAT and copied the Raspbian image to it with Etcher. I have since changed the 160Gb HD to a 240GB SSD which boots straight from power on.
My Raspberry Pi's

Raspberry Pi B v1 used for TDM Emulator, Quiz Panel, now Retired. Raspberry Pi B v2 used for NAS Backup Drive, now retired).

Raspberry Pi B+ 512 used for Event Logger, now Einstien@Home

Raspberry Pi 2B used for TDM's, now SETI@Home and Sequencers

Raspberry Pi 3 used for Media Centre, NAS Backup, Pi-Top and PVR

Raspberry Pi Zero 1.3

Raspberry Pi Zero W