April 2013

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This weekend Pascale and I replaced the children’s Ubuntu PC with a Raspberry Pi. Pascale is my oldest daughter, now 4.5 years old.

Pascale with Raspberry Pi

Pascale loves the Raspberry Pi logo, and calls the new computer “Raspberry Pi … Pi Pi Pi!” I installed Raspbian on the SD card the night before. The next morning, we sat down together with all the parts and cables. We watched the video and assembled the enclosure together. Then Pascale figured out all where all the cables go and how they snap in. We’re still waiting for the HDMI-to-DVI cable to connect it to the screen on her table, so we tested it on the TV.

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I run SSHd on my Android phone. This means I can copy files via wireless SFTP, and back it up with BackupPC. It beats using USB or Dropbox. With Android 4.1 and up (Jelly Bean), the default umask for files has changed from “000” (users/programs can write to nearly any file) to “077” (users/programs can only write to files they own). This is better, but meanwhile many Android programs expect the old behaviour. QuickSSHd (a 99p Android dropbear SSH server) is one of them.

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