MiniPC Show #11 – And We Have A Winner!

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Hosted by:

Steve McLaughlin – DoorToDoorGeek

Eric Arduini



Hey Door,  You got me with the no Itunes feed.  I assumed something was wrong with my Pod catcher (Iphone).  I got all the other podnutz shows – must have been  on my end.  I have dual band  and Netgear router (n600).  I have trouble with some devices (Iot) and computers not connecting sometimes.  I think it’s something to do with giving the IP lease’s.   No wonder with Squeeze Box, Wemo devices, Sonos, multiple phones, tablets and computers.  Running DSL with if I’m lucky 5 MBS down.  The Question.   Would I do better to make my own router with PF Sense?   Would I do better with a really expensive router?  Is there a router show?  Thanks, Lyle

LordD Raspberry voicemail
From: Steve Subject: Quickly becoming my favorite show  Message Body: I had no idea how much I enjoyed MiniPC’s until I started listening to the show. Yeah, I was a little MiniPC curious. I played with a few, bought a couple others, but never realized how many were laying around my house until I started listening to the show.  So I do have a question, or maybe it’s more of a challenge. I’m curious about when we are going to hear our first podcast created wholly by MiniPC’s. ie from broadcast, to production, to posting. What better way to show just what is these little machines are capable of.  Anyway, love the show, look forward to it every week. Can’t wait to hear what yall do with the C.H.I.P.  Steve  — This e-mail was sent from a contact form on Podcast Network (

Kaptain Zero
From: Christian Subject: Feedback for the MiniPC show.  Message Body: Hey guys,  I’ve been a long time fan of small form factor computers, but while I appreciate the links you bring, enticing me to buy more stuff, I’m already giving these Minicomputers away as they are cluttering up the place!  I’d like to hear more about novel uses for these things, not just using them as a cheap desktop, cheap Owncloud server or monitoring mundane things like temperatures, whether the garage door closed, or turn the lights on at a given time.  Perhaps I’m asking too much, or not using my brain enough (the latter being highly likely actually), but I’d like to hear more about using these things for *interesting* projects, like brewing beer, controlling quad copters, brewing beer…. oops, said that one already! OK, smoking bacon then…. I don’t know…. just something that ISN’T in every “Top 100 projects for your Raspberry Pi” book that I just seem to flip through and toss away.  The only MiniPC I have in the house that is actually in use, is a Pi 2 running Openelec/Kodi and hooked up to the TV. And on that thought… I suppose it wouldn’t hurt to upgrade it to a Pi 3, would it?  As for useful items, I’d like to suggest the Flirc. It’s a USB device that can be programmed to use *any* remote to send “keyboard” commands to a miniPC through it’s USB connector. They even have linux software for programming it! My media Pi has one, and it works great.    Regards  Christian aka  Kaptain “Pi 2 rich, project and Pi 3 poor” Zero  — This e-mail was sent from a contact form on Podcast Network (

Raspberry Pi 3 Winner
I sent you that other Zwave RPi link — and then wondered what would I do with it.   Now i find opensprinkler. Here is something I do — water the lawn. It bugs me to see sprinklers running in the rain … and wondered about rain sensor integration or just being able to turn them off from my desk at work.  The idea of “open” is very compelling, as I’ve heard you mention.  What other categories could be open?   Open garage door? sure enough  Open lawn mover …  Jump to the “Open House” — where every freakin thing is open source. The open source microwave oven might scorch a few people every year as they tweak the power levels for their custom popcorn button …   and of course somebody already did this  but the point is … the stuff keeps getting better!

From: Tom Subject: Loving the new show!  Message Body: I’ve been a podnutz subscriber for awhile now and have recently started looking for a mini pc podcast and of course Door was already on it. I’m pretty excited to actually get in on this show early on. I like learning and growing with the pods I listen to. Just wanted to say thank you for the hard work you put into it and I’m looking forward to getting as many tips as possible. ive been using linux since 2006 but im clueless on where to start with my pi journey. Have a great weekend and I can’t wait for the next episode.  Tom  — This e-mail was sent from a contact form on Podcast Network (

Hey Door and MiniPC geeks,  Love the show.  Even if you do rag on the Raspberry Pi.  😉  I currently have 2 pi’s and am waiting on the 3 to get here.  As for the ODroid C2, one thing I came across which I find really interesting is the Weatherboard for the C2.  Looks really interesting.  As for me, my Original Pi model B is my D-star Ham Radio DV Hotspot.  With my handheld radio and my phone I can hop on reflectors and talk to hams across the world.  I also have to recommend MCM Electronics for PI and other electronics needs. Every year at the Dayton Hamvention, MCM has a huge booth and are selling and demonstrating the Pi.  Thanks for the show.  Joel

From: fatherfinch Subject: Alternate RaspberryPi Use  Message Body: Hello Gentlemen,    Know that your solicitation for email feedback has not gone unheeded.  I am really enjoying the show.  I am running an i3 for my main Linux workstation at work.  It runs just fine,  it does everything I need it to do.   I thought you might find this use of an old RaspberryPi B+ interesting.  I am currently studying for some Cisco certifications.  I have a hands-on lab.  Rather than moving console cables between devices to access the serial ports, I have added a usb to serial adapter to the Pi.  This particular serial connector allows for 4 connections at a time.  If I couple that with another single usb to serial adapter I can connect to 5 devices at once using gnu-screen.  My very own terminal server.   It is a far more cost effective solution to the official Cisco terminal server setup.  I have the added benefit of also using the Pi as a tftp, scp, and sftp server.  — This e-mail was sent from a contact form on Podcast Network (

Jeff H
Howdy guys.  I’ve been listening to your shows on the Podnutz network for a while and this Mini-PC series hits the spot.  Just a week after my frenzied attempts to order just one of the new Raspberry Pi 3 models from MPC on release day, 2 additional units  arrived at my door. Yes, I had already recieved my 1st one a few days before yet this 2 more surprised me. I reviewed my account with them – yes I have one… I was charged shipping charges of $7.99 each – way too much for 2 units which should have shipped together in a box. I agree with your comments that MCM is not winning customers over as I’m ankle-deep with their catalogs and email.  So on to putting these things to use…  I replaced my Kodi / XBMC media center RPi 2 with a RPi 3 and found excellent performance (running Openelec 6.0.3). The videos and music stream from an old Pentium 4, dual-core, 4GB RAM from USB-3 drives; noisy fans and drives live in another room. There has always been a slight “buffer” experience when choosing a video, but the RPi 3 reduces this by nearly 70% (IMHO).  With these new models in my hands I’m thinking of upgrading some of these old, dusty RPi models working as security cameras, music mpd / gmedia-renderer, and ssh jumpbox (aka a poorman’s VPN using sshuttle). The use of one as garage door controller (episode 10) sounds like a fun build to try, but it absolutely must meet spousal approval factor (SAF). I also carry a RPi with me in my backpack as I like to have one to act as a Sharing server (aka PiRatebox), but mine is runs Arch Linux ARM with gmedia-renderer for playback to external speakers. This hardware upgrade can also show how well Kodi works at my monthly LUG meetings.  … I Just can’t get enough of these things!!!    Keep up the great discussions, guests and reviews.

From: Stephen  Subject: Big ideas, little time  Message Body: Hi Guys, Love the show! Especially the theme tune which makes me smile every time. I bought the the original Raspberry Pi model B 2 years ago with the idea of making it into an internet connected jukebox/radio. My day job includes automating a radio station so I have software skills in that area, but I had so many problems getting the hardware to sound any good. In the end I decided to put it inside a now obsolete DVD player. I gutted the disk reader and control board but kept the power board as it had a nicely labeled 5v output that I could power both the Pi and a USB hub. The slot where the DVD tray used to be needed just a little filing and some Sugru to be used to hold 4 USB ports and I even hooked up some RGB LED strips to the GPIO ports with the idea of doing a poor-man version of Ambilight. Alas, while the Pi was my main HTPC for a long time, I never completed the project to my satisfaction. I could have wired up the original play/pause/etc buttons on the front but I couldn’t be bothered as I’d never use them. I had an IR sensor hooked up and configured to run with the original DVD remote but it was so slow compared to the wireless keyboard so I just pulled it out. Right now it sits in my bedroom with some speakers hooked up to it. It will eventually be a cool alarm clock which can speak the weather and encourage me and the wife to wake up, but so far it just plays The Best of Shaggy to itself as a demo and I never seem to have the time to work on it. To sum up, I love my Pi and would love to have more mini pcs but I just don’t seem to have enough time.  Keep up the good work! Steve


Message Body: I heard on the latest podcast that this website contact form is the place enter your Raspberry Pi Giveaway!  I would like to be added, my name is Crystal Anderson.  I love the show!  Looking forward to getting an Odroid C2, and hopefully do something with Plex Media Server!  I wish they would have better ARM support, rather than having to use the NAS device code.

Message Body: Hey Guys,  If you’re still accepting submissions for the pi3 giveaway, I would like to throw my name in there as well.  Thanks for the great show!  Larry DuPuie

Message Body: On your show today Eric mentioned he wasn’t sure why people would want the Chromecast audio.  The reason it’s compelling is because you can have multiple units hooked up to various sound systems in the house and apparently they will automagically synchronize one stream so you can hear a playlist all over the house.  So e.g.if you have three set up at 45.00 each, for 135.00 you now have functionality that used to be only available for thousands of dollars.  (I think 😉 )

Message Body: Hi Door, Eric and Cable Guy,  I’d like to go in for the giveaway, if I’m not too late that is.  My plan is to combine essentially two projects for home use, but not home automation. The main one is to come up with a Pi-powered doorbell system supplemented with a Pi wi-fi camera system. My old Model B would serve as the motion-sensitive camera, but the Pi 3 would be the brains behind the setup inside the house. Fitted with a suitable LCD screen, this could display the output of the camera upon request.  Anyway, this is the rather ambitious project I have in mind. I think it’s all doable, if quite time-consuming. I’d document it all and present it somewhere should it get off the ground.  As for the show, keep on bringing those recommendations for devices and projects. It’s wonderful what can be achieved with single-board computers these days. Literally, the only limit is the imagination.  Bye for now,  Julian

Welcome to LinuxMCE
Open up some champagne because have we got some news for you!  On 09-10-11 at 20:19 the LinuxMCE-8.10-final.iso was born. She weighs about 3.3 gb and you can download her by clicking the following link:
-256MB of RAM is insufficient to build lmce. MakeRelease and MakeRelease_PrepFiles both fail with out of memory errors due to the limited memory available on the RPi. -Cross-compiling will be required. More notes to follow.

Message Body: Hi everyone, Justin here and I just wanna say Hi. You guys are having a great and educative show.  Don’t have any mini pc’s right now but I am waiting for my Pine 64 unit that I backed on Kickstarter and also thinking on some Pi projects for the summer, like a wheater station. Any suggestions?  I also waiting for the Wio-link Starter kit, is not a mini pc but it’s a simple IoT board for groove sensors.. (  And about the Z-sun, I think it’s a great find! I will totally used for syncing my music between pc, phone and car.  Keep up the good work, Justin

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