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Raspberry Pi Hacks: Tips & Tools for Making Things with the Inexpensive Linux Computer [Paperback]

Ruth Suehle , Tom Callaway
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5 Jan 2014 1449362346 978-1449362348 1

With more than 60 practical and creative hacks, this book helps you turn Raspberry Pi into the centerpiece of some cool electronics projects. Want to create a controller for a camera or a robot? Set up Linux distributions for media centers or PBX phone systems? That’s just the beginning of what you’ll find inside Raspberry Pi Hacks.

If you’re looking to build either a software or hardware project with more computing power than Arduino alone can provide, Raspberry Pi is just the ticket. And the hacks in this book will give you lots of great ideas.

  • Use configuration hacks to get more out of your Pi
  • Build your own web server or remote print server
  • Take the Pi outdoors to monitor your garden or control holiday lights
  • Connect with SETI or construct an awesome Halloween costume
  • Hack the Pi’s Linux OS to support more complex projects
  • Decode audio/video formats or make your own music player
  • Achieve a low-weight payload for aerial photography
  • Build a Pi computer cluster or a solar-powered lab

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  • Paperback: 394 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (5 Jan 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449362346
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449362348
  • Product Dimensions: 22.7 x 16.2 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 241,158 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ruth Suehle works in Red Hat's Open Source and Standards group, which aims to help upstream open source software communities. She also leads the Fedora Project's marketing team. Previously an editor for Red Hat Magazine, she now leads discussions about open source principles as a moderator at opensource.com. Ruth is also a core contributor to Wired's GeekMom blog, where she covers the adventures of motherhood alongside technology and sci-fi.

Tom Callaway is the Fedora Engineering Manager at Red Hat, where he has worked since 2001. He has been active with Fedora since its creation and currently serves as the Fedora Packaging Committee Chair, responsible for defining the standards that Fedora uses to keep its package quality high. He also maintains 300+ packages in Fedora, which may also mean he is legally insane. He enjoys pinball, gaming, sci-fi, frogs, geocaching, traveling, and causing trouble with his wife Pam and son Jimmy.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I have to say that I loved this book from the first moment. Every other pi book spends a significant amount of space telling you how to set your pi up...after a while when you've got the pi distro you want along with the wireless, headless set-up it's time to look for the next step. This book delivers it!

It is one of those books that makes you want to do the stuff they're talking about. I found the final chapters the most inspirational, so now I'm looking for some money to launch a high-altitude pi controlled balloon, to build a supercomputer and I found myself checking out the solar-powered stuff today. While this is under way I'll tinker with the other hacks, FM radio...love it.

All-in-all, a great buy, I'm looking forward to the next in the series....
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3.0 out of 5 stars Another alright book 18 Mar 2014
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It's Another alright book wasn't rubbish and wasn't the best but did have some useful stuff in it in places
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5.0 out of 5 stars 65 Raspberry Pi Hacks From Basic Configuration To A Build-It Yourself Supercomputer 14 Jan 2014
By Ira Laefsky - Published on Amazon.com
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The Raspberry Pi is an inexpensive ($25-$35) general purpose Linux Computer designed for education and which can easily be hooked to your monitor or television a keyboard and Internet Connection. Like some other books this "Hacker's Guide" does not omit the basic (and not so-basic) setup and configuration of your RPi. But, it also fully documents a wide range of projects you can complete with the Pi and perhaps a few accessories. These range from a home music player, to a blog-posting web server, to an intelligent phone hookup, to a file server for your windows machines, to a way of expanding your Lego Mindstorms Robot and making the Brick more intelligent, to hooking up Arduino shields to the Raspberry Pi, all the way to building your own parallel supercomputer. This is an excellent and necessary guide for anyone who has a Raspberry Pi (of which over 2,000,000 single board computers exist); it is useful (unlike some other books long after you get an X Desktop or Python ">>>" prompt running) and will definitely keep your Raspberry Pi from sitting on the shelf. I particularly found Chapter 6 on Extending the Pi especially useful and the use of the Cooking Hacks Arduino adapter and arduPi library to run applications involving Arduino shields.

There is more than a little something for every user of the Raspberry Pi from the "Noob" novice to the most advanced electronics and computer science hacker. I highly recommend this book to anyone who owns or is even considering the RPi.

--Ira Laefsky MS Engineering/MBA IT Consultant and Biosensor Hacker
formerly on the Senior Consulting Staff of Arthur D. Little, Inc. and Digital Equipment Corporation
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "What now" redux 27 Mar 2014
By Brian Connors - Published on Amazon.com
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When I reviewed Raspberry Pi Projects for the Evil Genius a while back, I considered it a necessary addition to any RPi hackers library. This too serves a similar purpose, with a lot more material, presented by two people involved in Fedora Linux. While Pidora seems to lag behind the RPi OS pack overall, this doesn't get in the way of doing a very effective job of giving you many, many projects of both traditional and physical computing natures.

Some of what's in here is pretty oldschool - people have been running Asterisk PBXes for a long time and the process isn't appreciably different on the Pi. Some of the projects do address some needs unique to the RPi and its market space; for example, there's extensive instructions on building a GCC cross-compiler toolchain to get around the long compile times for work done on the Pi itself. It also makes instructions available for some common second-computer uses like arcade emulation and (one of the RPi's most popular uses) media computing.

But what you came for are the things that the Pi is especially good for - portability and physical computing. It delivers quite effectively too; controlling a camera via gphoto, for example, or a car-mounted geocache tracker with an off-the-shelf GPS module, or controlling a 3D printer, or even something as mundane as a plant waterer. There's even some truly off-the-wall stuff like waterproofing the board with a hydrophobic paint from Rustoleum.

It does come up a bit short in some ways, though; while it's largely distro-agnostic and makes some use of Adafruit's Occidentalis distro for some physical computing projects, it pretty much ignores RISCOS entirely. And for some reason the software radio receiver project doesn't have a transmitter companion. Other than that, though, this is a must-purchase for anyone who wants to do more than noodle around in Scratch or Python.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Your Second Raspberry Pi Book 16 Jun 2014
By Brandon - Published on Amazon.com
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I tend to collect books on subjects that I'm interested in, particularly those that have content that I can't find anywhere else, even if it's just a single chapter. This book is chock full of those chapters. My intro Raspberry Pi books were great to get me up and running, but this is the book that taught me a lot more of the lower-level stuff that I needed to know. On top of that, it gives little excerpts about history and how certain names/components came to be. Can't recommend this enough, and if you're looking for your next book, Hacking Electronics by Simon Monk is a surefire bet.
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5.0 out of 5 stars full of great advice and great project ideas for the intermediate Raspberry Pi user 24 April 2014
By Patrick Regan - Published on Amazon.com
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Raspberry Pi Hacks is designed to help the Raspberry Pi user with projects that of of an intermediate to advanced nature. If you know the basics of the Raspberry Pi but are wondering what you can do with it, this book is for you. There are 65 hacks in this book, some are simple, but still important, such as decoding the meaning of the LEDs on your Raspberry Pi, others, such as building a cross compiler keychain are quite involved and span many pages. Each of the hacks I read about, including the above, were clearly and amply explained; I definitely enlarged my understanding of the Raspberry Pi from reading this book. With 65 hacks, which include building a solar powered lab, building a midi controller, and even how to build a Raspberry Pi supercomputer (warning: requires lots of Raspberry Pi's!) the intermediate to advanced user is sure to find something in this book. I recommend this book to anyone who has achieved an introductory understanding of the Raspberry Pi and would like to learn more about this device.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great projects here for tech enthusiasts 20 Mar 2014
By D. Greenbaum - Published on Amazon.com
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For me personally, this was a bit above my head technically. I barely know the difference between a breadbox and a breadboard so these projects were above my head in many respects. However, there were a few dozen ideas and recipes here that didn't involve much hardware but some software ideas.

The descriptions of projects, especially those requiring wiring, had excellent pictures and illustrations on how to do it and I almost got enough nerve up to try them with the confidence this book gave me.
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