Raspberry Pi – released! 29-Feb-2012

One of the worlds smallest, and cheapest computers is arriving! It’s very exciting!

At roughly £22.00 GBP, it’s going to sell like hot-cakes!

Raspberry Pi

It’s primary goal is to encourage people to learn how to code, however it’s a fantastic basis for a very low budget media centre, using the Ethernet connection to network storage, or locally using the SD card. It’s operating system is Fedora (version of Linux) http://fedoraproject.org/

It has a CSI connection for a camera, so another aplication may be a low budget IP CCTV camera!

Video: Robert Mullins, Co-Founder of Raspberry Pi explains how it works:

Avaliable to pre-order and purchase from: RS components and Farnell

Images of the Computer I’ve shamelessly grabbed from the BBC, Farnell and RS:


Operating system: 

SD card

Power supply:
5V via micro USB socket

2x USB
HDMI out
Composite video out
Stereo audio out
Other I/O connections from header

Looking forward to buying one and using it… Perfect music player for the shed, just need to run an Ethernet cable down from my network HDD in the house!

VW Golf GTI 115bhp Exhaust Fault Finding

After the engine light coming on, I read the fault code, below:


The advice given for code 16804 was to check the inlet and exhaust for leaks… and we could hear a blowing from the engine area, so I set about finding the fault!

It’s hard to find a leak on an engine that’s running, as the exhaust is really hot! So I improvised using a camp-bed air pump shoved up the exhaust pipe!! And with the addittion of some Fairy Liquid as a substitute to “Snoop“, I found several leaks! ….along with a wet camera and very wet T-Shirt!


Cheers, Scott