Jul 15, 2013 GMTThe demise of Google Reader rekindled an interest in self-hosted open source RSS aggregators. NewsBlur and redmine/projects/tt-rss/wikiTiny Tiny RSS are probably the most powerful among them, but these two RSS readers are not the only fish in the sea. For those who are looking for a no-frills and dead-simple to deploy RSS reader, Miniflux might be just the ticket. Despite its minimalistic nature, Miniflux is a rather capable RSS aggregator that packs a few nifty features. The application's interface is designed for readability, and it works like a charm on mobile devices; hence you don't need a dedicated RSS reader app for your smartphone or tablet....
Jun 30, 2013 GMTA journal application can be used for a variety of purposes: from keeping track of things you've accomplished to jotting down notes and ideas. And jrnl can be a perfect tool for the job, if working from the command line is your thing. Installing jrnl from the latest source code is a matter of running three commands (make sure that you have Git installed on your system before you proceed): git clone git://github.com/maebert/jrnl.git cd jrnl python setup.py installRun then the jrnl command, and you'll be prompted to create a new journal and encrypt it. Using jrnl is equally easy. For example, to view the five most recent journal entries, run the jrnl -n 5 command. Want to see all entries...
Jun 29, 2013 GMTGot an Android device? Want to use it as a screen and keyboard for Raspberry Pi? A simple trick described in a thread on the Raspberry Pi forum site can help you with that.For this trick to work, you need an Android device that supports USB tethering and VX ConnectBot app installed on it. On Raspberry Pi, run the sudo nano /etc/network/interfaces command, and add the following configuration to it: iface usb0 inet static address 192.168.42.42 netmask 255.255.255.0 network 192.168.42.0 broadcast 192.168.42.255This effectively turns the first USB port into a network interface. Reboot Raspbery Pi, connect your Android device to it via USB, and enable USB tethering. Launch VX ConnectBot,...
Jun 28, 2013 GMTWhen it comes to keeping an eye on your Raspberry Pi server, you have several tools to choose from, including RPi-Monitor. This simple application can give you a quick overview of the key info, such as CPU load, memory and storage usage, network activity, temperature, and uptime.RPi-Monitor is distributed as a regular DEB package, and deploying it on Rasberry Pi requires only a few simple steps. First, install the required packages using the following command: sudo apt-get install librrds-perl libhttp-daemon-perl libhttp-daemon-ssl-perlNext, grab the latest .deb package from https://github.com/XavierBerger/RPi-Monitor-deb/tree/master/packages and install it using the sudo dpkg -i...
Jun 27, 2013 GMTI don't know about you, but I love simple tools that make everyday life a little bit easier. Recently, I wrote about HTMLify, a simple yet handy tool for converting code snippets into HTML-friendly markup. Here is another one-trick pony that you might appreciate: CSS Beautifier. This web app is perfect for turning messy CSS files into nicely-formatted and easy-to-read stylesheets. As you would expect, using CSS Beautifier is as easy as it gets: paste unformatted CSS code into the top text area, and the app produces a formatted version of the code in real time. There are a handful of formatting settings you can tweak to your liking, too. CSS Beautifier's...
Jun 27, 2013 GMTAfter a long pause, I'm back to my favorite pastime: learning foreign languages. But this time, I've enlisted Raspberry Pi as a little language learning tool. Currently, I'm using an audio language course, and Raspberry Pi helps me memorize the words and phrases I learn. The way this works is very simple. I chop each audio lesson into sentences and phrases using Audacity and save them as MP3 files in a separate directory. Raspberry Pi is hooked to a breadboard with a push button and a resistor as shown on the diagram. When I push the button, a Python script picks a random mp3 file and plays it. The script is rather simple, and it uses the mpg321 player to...
Jun 26, 2013 GMTSlow storage can often be a bottleneck that hampers your Android device's performance. SD-Booster provides a solution to the problem. This app lets you set up cache for each detected storage device, including an external microSD card and internal storage. SD-Booster requires root access, so it only works on rooted Android devices. Using the app is as easy as it gets. When the app is running, it automatically detects and lists all available storage devices. You can then specify cache for each storage device, or set up cache size for all devices globally. The recommended values are 512, 1024, and 2048. The optimal cache size depends on many factors, and the best way to find out the...
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