Raspberry Pi and Chromebook Pixel

Raspberry Pi and Chromebook Pixel

I haven’t had a commercially backed Linux device that I’ve been excited to use as much as my Pixel.

One of the things that brightened my day today was the realisation that Chromebooks support Linux filesystems for SDCards and other removable media.

This opens up a lot of Pi hackery possibilities.

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echo -n "Passphrase:"
read -sr p
gpg -d --batch --passphrase "$p" "$0" | python

exit $?
Version: GnuPG v2.0.19 (GNU/Linux)


Maybe I should combine this with puppet.


Chromebook Pixel

Chromebook Pixel: Konami Code compliant (Photo credit:


Went into the Tottenham Court Road store today. If it weren’t for the slight risk of dipping into my overdraft, I would be posting this reply from a pixel.


To maintain objectivity, I brought along a techy-minded friend from work along to review the shit specs out of it.


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I have been reading the GNU Make manual. I knew about some of these features already, implicit rules, special targets etc. I’ve used .PHONY for a while, without *really* knowing how it works (and thus, how to properly use it).

Today, I’ve learnt about .ONESHELL (new in gmake 3.82).

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Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Sponge

In which I setup an IDE for my coding…

As with most of my Tinker posts to do with computers this is a guide to something I might need to do again in the future. You can probably find out how to do it online but I struggled with bits and am putting it here for my own and other’s reference.

I am currently demonstrating a C++ lab at the University and it’s good to be able to run the example code myself ahead of time. Also I am continuing to teach myself C++ as part of Project Euler.

QT Creator

QT Creator is an Integrated Development Environment (IDE) which features (among other things):

  • C/C++ support
  • QML support – allows you to make GUIs quickly
  • Cross platform compiling
  • App publishing tools
  • The awesome tag-line “One framework to rule them all”

You can find out more at the QT Project website.*


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Happy New Year

Firstly, an apology for not posting things here for a while. It’s not that I haven’t run out of topics to rant on about, or the lack of anything really new in the tech world in the run-up for Christmas. I could talk to you about Chromebooks success, or my exploits on EC2 (build servers for raspberry pis).

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