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My first Raspberry Pi hardware set up #raspberrypi @raspberry_pi

The keyboard and mouse use a wireless USB dongle. These are not the ones I will use for my vacation, I will purchase a smaller combined one.
The Rasphub is the main “hub” where everything gets plugged into: the pi by USB, USB Portable hard drive, USB keyboard dongle, and USB microSD card reader and adapter. The Raspberry Pi gets it’s power from the RaspHub through USB power. Why I choose the RaspHub was it’s powerful power supply that can power everything up, and it is a cute little raspberry.
What I learned is there is no BIOS. New user struggles. If you power the Raspberry Pi up with no microSD card inserted with a valid OS. Nothing will display on the screen. Once you fulfill that necessary requirement a color palette will display and the OS will boot.
Getting used to Linux is nothing new as I have used Unix in the past (25 years ago) and Mac OS X Unix very sparsely. I am not an expert but I can get by. I thought I will use Raspbian’s File Manger to copy files from the microSD card to the hard drive but the only drive it shows is the boot microSD card. I have to mount the drives first. There is no GUI bard way to acomplish this. Terminal time!
Going through this exercise is a reason why many people won’t flock to Linux, it rely too much on the command line to do simple tasks. Now that I said that I also looked at Puppy Linux and that version does have a mount/unmount utility. So the distro of Linux you choose may not be feature rich through the GUI. That is too bad.
Next I will get the 2.8″ TFT LCD screen plugged in and working. The manufacturers Adafruit are not finished with their Raspberry Pi 2 compatibility code changes. From what I read that LCD only supports Raspbian distro (it comes with the kernel changes prebuilt) so I will use that once it is available.
Onward to learning more about this $45/$35 little computer.

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Building a portable photo copier with Raspberry Pi #raspberrypi @raspberry_pi

I need a device that will be an intermediary between a MicroSD card and a hard drive to save off pictures while on vacation.

During Bing searches (yes, I dumped Google as a search engine) I found many older devices that did this kind of thing. They never took off and were very expensive, plus were limited to just doing that.

Enter Raspberry Pi v2! Quad Core CPU with 1GB of memory.

My project will be pretty simple, but I can get creative and advance it further.

 

Apple’ approach with the iPhone and iPad is they can transfer with a dongle any SD card to their internal storage. I use this for many years with our older camera. The new Sony camera we have uses 64GB memory cards and we can fill four on a week long trip easily.

I could do with Apple technology:

  • Buy both a wifi hard drive and an new iPad Mini 3 with 128GB of flash storage and copy the card to the iPad, then from the iPad Mini 3to an WiFi hard drive. This will be very time consuming.  Cost is about $800 for the iPad Mini 3 and the 2TB WiFi external hard drive.
  • I could also use a MacBook Air 11″ and transfer the files directly from the MicroSD card to a 2TB external hard drive. Cost is about $989 for the MacBook Air and a portable external hard drive.

An alternative solution is to use a credit card sized computer with a small screen with the MicroSD card and hard drive both attached and a small wireless keyboard/mouse. I am exploring this simple solution. Cost should be around:

  • Raspberry Pi Quad Core 1GB model ($45) – From Adafruit
  • Adafruit 2.8″ screen ($35)
  • Case from Adafruit  ($5)
  • PiHub with power adapter ($25)
  • MicroSD card reader ($10) – I already have these bought for my camera.
  • MicroSD Card ($15) for OS
  • External portable hard drive 2TB ($90)
  • Wireless Keyboard/Mouse ($20)
  • Total $245

 

I will keep you posted on my progress.

 

 

 

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Happy 31st birthday Macintosh #apple #macintosh #birthday

Today, 31 years ago Apple launched the first Macintosh personal computer.

Macworld Premier Issue 1984

The Macintosh has been one of Apple’s most game changers. Today most of personal computers use what the Macintosh brought into the forefront of computing: Mice, Graphical User Interface, and Copy/Paste. Without Apple, Microsoft would never of created or released Windows as DOS was the money maker for them.

Xerox was the one who created the mouse and the GUI, but they never thought anyone would use it. Apple’s $1 million dollar gift to Xerox Parc Place changes all of that.

You the consumer is the winner – so show Apple some well deserved love and buy a new Macintosh this year. You too Windows, Android, and Linux fanboys!

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Thank you Google for your iPhone 6 and 6 Plus updates

Yes, Google has done it again by recently updating their apps recently to support the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus screen size. It has only been 3 Months!

Thank goodness Apple let all iPhone apps on the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus run as is.

Updated yesterday on my iPhone 6 Plus was G+ and Google app. Maybe you can wait until 2016 to get your 2015 updates out? Yea, most likely.

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BAN Walmart for not supporting Apple Pay @walmart #paysafely #paysecurely #applepay #ban #walmart

Yes it is time to BAN Walmart for not accepting Apple Pay.   I know I will NEVER shop at Walmart again since they said they will not accept Apple Pay.

Walmart wants you to use their preferred mobile payment method using Merchant Customer Exchange(MCX) CurrentC.

Who is MCX? What have they done to warrant me to surrender my personal account information?

They are a company started by certain stores themselves.  Yea seems fishy to me too. Aren’t these the same stores who have had security breaches in the recent past telling me they don’t know anything about securing my personal data on their servers?  Yes, some of them.

Why don’t I like CurrentC’s approach?

Lets see. It is an unknown group that wants your Checking Account Number, Driver’s License Number, and Social Security Number.

From support.currentc.com – their Support Area:

CurrentC from MCX wanting your driver license, social security, bank account numbers.

MCX you have not earned the right to possess or look at any of my personal information. Apple does not ask me for it for their Apple Pay, nor should you.

 

Source: support.currentc.com, mcx.com

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BAN CVS and Rite-Aid. Only use Walgreens. #applepay @cvs @riteaid @walgreens

Since CVS and Rite-Aid are not supporting Apple Pay, I encourage you to do the same as I – BAN CVS AND RITE-AID!

It is obviously CVS and Rite-Aid don’t support future forward-thinking approaches like Apple Pay that protect MY credit card DATA!

Sorry CVS and Rite-aid.  My personal information is more important than your bottom line. Many retailer’s cash registers are being hacked already and I don’t want my credit card info being stored on retailer’s servers. Apple Pay solves that problem.

 

SUPPORT Walgreens like I am doing. Walgreens you rock for helping keep my credit card data safe!

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Apple Pay is the best thing since sliced bread #applepay @mcdonalds #thefuture #iphone

Apple Pay is here today and it works flawlessly and beautiful!

There I said it. The future of mobile payments is here and I just quickly paid for a quick meal in seconds.

The process is as quick as this when I bought my lunch today (Thanks for the picture McDonalds!):

Apple Pay at McDonalds

The setup was as easy:

  • Install Update iOS 8.1 (US supports Apple Pay).
  • Go to Settings > Passbook & Apple Pay
  • Set up your default settings (Addresses, phone, email)
  • Add you cards with your camera, then manually enter in the CCV2 number.
  • Verify and they are added to PassBook at the top of your SPG, Starbucks gift card, etc.

It could not get any easier than this.

 

I appreciate all of the VISA commercials saying their mobile payments are just as easy. If they were we would of all of been using these already.  Save the confusion and just use Apple Pay as VISA works with Apple Pay.

So places that I will continue to shop at includes: Macys, McDonalds, Subway, Whole Foods, PetCo, Panera Bread

Places I WONT VISIT AGAIN (until they have Apple Pay): Burger King, Taco Bell, Best Buy, Walmart

 

To be continued…

 

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How to move to your new iPhone 6 or 6 Plus #iphone #apple

Hooray! You have a new iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus and need a guide to quickly get your current iPhone content into it. Here you go!

1) Remove anything you don’t need on your current iPhone.

  • Pictures (or backup to iPhoto or your Window Photos directory)
  • Music, Music Videos, iBooks, or Movies – have a few albums you don’t want to listed, use iTunes to not sync them.
  • Applications – Use iTunes to not sync them anymore.

The more clutter you clean up now the faster your transfer time will be to your backup and to your new iPhone.

 

2) Update any apps to iOS 8 compatible on your old iPhone. Many times an update is available but the app will run yet on iOS 7. Update to make sure the older version won’t cause havoc on your new iPhone – this is more of a “better safe than sorry”.

 

3) Backup using iTunes. I think this is the best way as you can enable toe Encrypt iPhone backup option and store all of your passwords in the backup. Then the only password you will need to remember if the one used for this backup and your iCloud password on your new iPhone.

Select your old iPhone and select “This computer” and check “Encrypt iPhone backup”.

Once I did not do this and every app I loaded (and iOS) prompted me for my password. This was very painful so save yourself by using the Encrypt option.

** If you are upgrading from a non-Apple smartphone – then use iTunes to transfer as much as your content as you can. The rest you will have to manually set up.

 

4 ) Plug in your new iPhone and using iTunes restore from that last backup. Proceed with the new setup on the iPhone afterwards and you should be all set.

 

5) Set up TouchID to get ready for ApplePay and other secure passwords.

 

6) Update any apps to take advantage of the new iOS features that were not updated in step 2 above under iOS 7.

 

8) Have fun!!

 

Source: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1386

 

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Using iCloud on Windows made me stay with iPhone and iPad

Let’s face it. My latest PC purchase was not a Mac but a Lenovo Horizon 2 27″ touch screen large table PC. I love the design of a 27″ large tablet enabled with a touch screen. It reminds me of my iPad.

If there was one thing that could of made me thing twice would be the omission of iCloud and iTunes. Without these two knockout punches I may of either left the Apple ecosystem fully or just used the Lenovo as an island.

iCloud and iTunes lets me still share my network resources with the new PC the same way I could with my Macs. Brilliant Apple!

So when I need a new smartphone I will only consider the iPhone because it will still work with what I have. Content – yes. devices – yes.

So Apple saved a customer from leaving and enhanced boring Windows with Apple’s goodness. It is good to be alive with how easy and awesome Apple is making our lives. I cannot wait for the 5.5″ iPhone 6!

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SuperDrive under Windows

Lets say you have an external SuperDrive and you need to get it working under your Windows Bootcamp partition. These drivers may not of been loaded during the install of the Bootcamp drivers if the drive was not plugged in.

How to get it to work

  1. Plug the SuperDrive in (don’t insert a disc yet)
  2. Download the Bootcamp 2.1 Drivers from the Leopard disk or here
  3. If you have a Mac OS X Leopard disk the file is located here D:\Boot Camp\Drivers\Apple (or D:\Boot Camp\Drivers\Apple\x64)
  4. Run AppleODDInstaller.exe and accept all prompts.
  5. Restart Windows.

I tested this under Windows 8.1 in August 2014 on a Lenovo Horizon 2.

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