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News Roundup - Spring 2017

News Roundup - Spring 2017

A quick roundup of news highlights from the past few weeks - there’s plenty going on, but as usual I’m terrible at sharing any information!

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Automatically Run a Python Script at Boot in Raspbian

Automatically Run a Python Script at Boot in Raspbian

Here’s a handy reference for auto-running Chrome and Python scripts in Raspbian at boot. I’ve used this technique in the desktop arcade machine Cameron and I are building and it seems to work reliably.

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A Brief Introduction to Transport API

A Brief Introduction to Transport API

I recently implemented Transport API within a project - providing real-time departure data for buses on the X93 route from Robin Hood’s Bay. Here’s how I did it.

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Hide Raspberry Pi Mouse Cursor in Raspbian (Kiosk)

Hide Raspberry Pi Mouse Cursor in Raspbian (Kiosk)

Find out how to permanently hide your mouse cursor in Raspbian using unclutter.

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Podcast RSS Feed Template

Podcast RSS Feed Template

A straight-forward podcast feed template to help you generate an XML podcast feed for iTunes using PHP.

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Pi Zero - Suggestions Please!

Pi Zero - Suggestions Please!

Got any ideas for things to do with a Raspberry Pi Zero? We’d love to hear them!

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Increment the Value of a Number in a .txt File with PHP

Increment the Value of a Number in a .txt File with PHP

I was recently asked to add an order number to a simple online ordering system I built for a client a few years ago. Here’s how I did it - using a plain text file and some PHP.

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Masonry and Infinitescroll with Perch CMS

Masonry and Infinitescroll with Perch CMS

Infinitescroll and Masonry are both widely used Javascript plugins which can add a little bit of UI sparkle to a website. In this post I explain how to get them playing nicely together when loading content from a Perch CMS blog.

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Hackaball - It Was Worth the Wait!

Hackaball - It Was Worth the Wait!

Hackaball was the first project I backed on Kickstarter, about 18 months ago. It finally arrived last week and it’s really good. Here are my first throughts now I’ve used it in the ‘real world’ a couple of times.

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Force Your Website to Use SSL via .htaccess

Force Your Website to Use SSL via .htaccess

More and more websites are turning on SSL connections by default as encrypted connections become both an SEO ranking factor and a symbol of trust recognised by website visitors. If you have an SSL certificate for your hosting package it’s easy to encrypt your entire site via .htaccess and start reaping the benefits today.

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