Why am i going to “play” with a Rasperry Pi? (Update 31/03/2018)

Why am i going to “play” with a Rasperry Pi? Short answer; for educational purposes.

No the little bit more explained why I decide to sset up a Rasperry Pi, but also going to the point:

  • I’m very bad with hardware, so it’s a little bit challenging for me
  • a very good friend gift me its Raspberry Pi 1 (512Mb RAM) and it was collecting dust
  • I may obtain something useful at the end of the process, for instance, a media server, a little NAS, whatever.
  • I’m going to refresh my former sysadmin skills; file system formatting, installing different OS’s flavours, setting up a network, etc.
  • It’s a wide documented process so it keeps my attention in making the right thing, not in solve a new problem never before seen.

So, again, for educational purposes, mixing up fun with refreshing basic skills.

Update 31/03/2018:
Raspian up & running on an Raspberry Pi 1 model. Reasons for Raspbian:

  • Main reason: It forces me to get out of my usual Red Hat / CentOS / Fedora distro to a Debian based one. I hope this helps me in a future for getting the LP1 Certification
  • General purpose (I’m not looking for a particular functinality), I’m satisfied if it acts as a ssh gateway to the rest of home network
  • Well documented, this is a must since learn something new requires make mistakes. For example, I bought a USB – WiFi here you got how seting WiFi up via the command line, because command line always teches more than graphical interfaces IMHO

Active Sync comparison chart

Active sync is a MS technology to synchronize mobile devices with an Exchange Server.

You may find sometimes your mobile device doesn’t work as you expected with your Exchange Server. Before you consider a bug or before try any workaround I recommend you to have a look to this comparison chart about how compatible is your software client with Active Sync.

You will a more consistent approach in order to know if you’re trying to do something not supported anyway.

Cluod computing all around…

The main stream is to talk about Google+ … well, yeah, I know, and I already got my Google+ account in use, but now I didn’t wrote a single line about that.

I want to point and emphazise to things that pass unnoticed for most of us: Amazon. Let me explain myself.

First: Apple uses Amazon S3 and Microsoft Azure as a software architecture for they brand new cloud services (for example you may read about in English or in Spanish). It may sounds peculiar but they build cloud services over an existing cloud services.

Second: Recently I received an updated from Dropbox about TOS and so on. If you read carefully (I know you allways do) Privacy Terms or Security Page and you’ll search inside those pages the word Amazon you’ll notice Dropbox also relies on Amazon S3 services for cloud computing services.

So, as a conclusion

  • cloud computing is here to stay (no matter what you think about it, you’d better get used to it) and the cloud may be in or out your own company (yes, you may build you own cloud inside your company)
  • Amazon is doing an excellent job, while mos of the people assume they just sell books on line, the fact is, they sell book, jewelry, and many things, but also, excellent ebook readers, web services, storage…

We should have a look permanently on Amazon.

Detect your Flash Player pluggin version

Thanks to aNieto2k (in Spanish about Flash Player version detection with Javascript) I’ve found a web page that tells you not only if you got Flash Player plugin installed but also which version.

I use to browse the Internet with Firefofox and so easy to type in the URL bar:

about:plugins

that I forget it’s no easy on different browsers, so that web page has come useful ’cause it doesn’t matter which browser you use ’cause it detecs quite accurately your installed version. Good job.

Next caprice; sonos

A colleague -quite fanboy BTW- shows me how sonos works… my first impression was positive. As long as days pass through I get more enthusiastic about it.

Few days later I found myself showing sonos video demo to my brother and my brother-in-law. And then I realized how useful it could be, although it cost a little fortune.

So I got it, next caprice at mental list: sonos… but there’s always a but, I want to transfer my whole music library to a home NAS so it can be accesible by sonos and by computers.

By now, I’m having a look onto Synology 210j since it offers two slots with RAID 1 capability among many others things: DLNA, web server, torrent client… it also cost a little fortune, specially if you condider you have to buy hard disk too.