I recently gave a talk at the Kenton County Public Library (KCPL) on the hardware I used to make my Raspberry Pi Christmas Lights Controller. Below is both the presentation and the hardware needed. If you have questions please feel free to use my contact form or even better ask your questions or comments in the area below this post.
Paspberry Pi Christmas Lights slides
Raspberry Pi Christmas Lights Hardware (from Amazon.com)
Raspberry Pi Christmas Lights Software
Above is not playing videos, the one listed on Google Drive will play the videos.
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I have had my Kindle Fire for a couple of months. I really like it. I use it for general things such as checking my e-mail, facebook, or playing apps. I recommend the Kindle to those who want a tablet and don’t want to shell out the $$ for an iPad.
Here are my likes for the Kindle Fire:
- I like the size. It’s easy to carry in one hand without having to worry about dropping it
- Great battery life. I charge mine maybe once a week and I use mine a lot
- Amazon music cloud. If I purchase something I can listen to it on my Kindle. I can also download it to my Kindle to listen with WIFI isn’t available
- Automatically checks my gmail when connected to the internet
- Netflix!! And of course Amazon prime movies
- Youtube, the mobile version
That being said, there are some minuses IMO:
- Apps are limited, just because it’s on the android marketplace doesn’t mean it will be on the amazon marketplace. No Temple Run! (yet) but there is Draw Something!!
- Facebook is the mobile facebook. It’s a glorified link to your browser.
- Size wise, it’s smaller physically to an iPad, but probably weighs as much as an iPad 2.
- No camera. But hey, it’s a first generation device.
In general I really like my Kindle. I recommend it to anyone who is looking for a tablet device. There are also many children’s games available, so if you’re looking between a Nintendo DS and this it’s going to be a tough choice but I recommend the Kindle. You can put games and more on it. Books, e-readers. I think this device will be a pretty good competitor against the Nintendo DS.
My Kindle Fire in a case with a stylus
Do you have a Kindle Fire? I’d like to hear your thoughts on it in the comments area.