Computers have sucked the life out of me, we have a love hate relationship. Currently running many computers and I was just gonna go through them and make a few notes.
The first one is the smallest one and I got it because I could… it was $4.99 brand new and had the horse power of a late 90’s computer. When I got an idea to use it for a go-pro style camera but it would be connected to a server in the truck/lunch kit. When the poor girl showed her weakness for speech I retired the project on that platform. Now all she does is watch Jasper sit and do nothing – making sure the screen goes off. There is not monitor for the Zero, it only gets shelled into and controlled by web interface.
The next computer we will look at is Jasper. Although that one does not have the camera module he is completely functional software wise to detect motion and listen to speech. This unit is capable of a camera but it is just not connected yet.
When I say ‘listen to speech’ I actually mean it will process speech. It can parse what you say and perform complicated functions. That computer is worth $59.99 not including case and power supply.
Something noteworthy about these little computers I am addicted to – they are manufactured by a non profit foundation to promote cost-effective hardware for lower income countries. When I buy them from the distributor a portion of the proceeds goes to charity. The charity is the foundation whose mandate is to facilitate higher learning regarding technology in the poorer countries; They run Linux since it is free and makes the fekkin awesome.
This is an original model Pi that I have retired but have sentimental attachment to. You can see we have worked long and hard together by the mess of attachments on the connected breadboard. This was my first pi and cost $35 with no support components. Quickly it became my media box connected to my LivingRoom TV. The mods that were made to this: Added IR receiver sensor to facilitate assorted functions. Also added IR transmitter circuitry so the Pi could control the TV. This machine is called Ol’ Pi.
The next Pi I want to show you is the replacement for the monstrosity of my first media player Pi – We call it OSMC. It looks better but I still have to leave the cover off until I figure out active heat control. When she is working hard she likes to overheat.
OSMC stands for Open Source Media Centre and is running on the latest Pi 3. This little baby has integrated Bluetooth, Wifi and stock out of the box HDMI-CEC. For sure you know what Bluetooth and Wifi are but the HDMI-CEC I will explain. Different manufacturers will use different marketing phrases – any way, HDMI Consumer Electronics Control says it all (that is a link). But yeah nice little piece of hardware for barebones price of $60. Does an excellent job driving our 62″ TV with most media.
The next Pi I will show you is the media harvester Pi… it scours the internet for anything I tell it to and is connected to network storage so it has virtually unlimited upgradability for storage. With this little baby I can find and download a 1080p movie in under 2 minutes if sources are right. It does not have a monitor, mouse or keyboard. Again it is operated thru web interfaces for selections and configs and ssh (command prompt) for maintenance.
You can see an example of what this computer does at my sight at SickRage.webhop.me. If you scroll down to the ‘Hello World’ post you will see a bunch of links… Just hold down the ‘shift’ key when clicking on them and it will open the interface in a new window so you won’t get lost. Lemme know if you want help watching TV.
The last Pi I am gonna show you is my TouchPi. It has facial recognition and tracking which is really cool. Makes use of pan and tilt servos controlled directly by the Pi but get power from separate source. Mostly this one is used for a printer server. No word of a lie, our house has printer issues. I used this Pi because it has the touch screen and makes monitoring issues easier.
And the last Pi I don’t even have a picture of and I will limit my description due to the sensitive nature of it’s function. It is a Pi 2 and secures the network and facilitates/interfaces with home automation and security. Other than custom software I have added a Z-Wave module to it. That concludes my collection of small computers with no keyboards or mice.
I have 2 other computers with monitors and keyboards. These other computers interface and control the rest of the computers. The notebook is the one I use most and it runs OSX. Very capable machine and portable. I have pictures of it but it is just a regular looking Asus G75VW that rocks.
The last computer… It is a penetration beast. It is host to 6 fixed disks and one ‘hot swap’ bay with a disk in it for a total of 7 drives. It runs every version of OSX since Tiger and every Windows and every Linux. While I leave it booted to Sierra I can boot anything I have installed for what ever purpose I want. It has a special wifi interface for hacking, with the ability for packet injection. On the inside is 2 SLI Nvidia GPU’s that make code hacking a breeze. Of course this machine only boots to nefarious capable systems after waivers and contracts are signed. It must be made perfectly clear – there are never any illegal doings on my computers… Not even so much as a jiggle as far as porn… This machine is for educational purposes only.
Another thing that is cool about my OSXes… The desktop cube. Most people like one computer doing one thing and they are happy with one desktop. Computers are far to slow for my so while I wait for one task I will just rotate the cube and get a fresh desktop for a new work flow.
Generally if I am hard coring I like to do 15-20 hour shifts… This was not possible in the old days where computers had CRT for displays. Now with LCD I can do 26 hours and not even get a headache. With the old school monitors I would have such a bad headache I would puke after just 10-12 hrs… Leaps and bounds.