Category Archives: Computing

OWFS on a Raspberry Pi

I have an old Raspberry in my Stevenson screen and I’d quite like to hook it up to my 1-wire weather sensors rather than running the 1-wire connection into the observatory to my desktop system there. OWFS looks like it … Continue reading

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Powering a Raspberry Pi from a 12V supply

My Stevenson screen has a 12V supply to it for powering the 1-wire hub that has all my weather sensors attached to it. At the moment the main 1-wire connection runs back to the PC in the observatory warm room, … Continue reading

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Geeking out

I’ve put quite a bit of time into oacapture and oalive this year and hopefully they’re the better for it, with a new release coming soon. Github demonstrates the depth of my efforts:

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Missing icons in Kstars and Ekos

After installing Kstars and friends on my Mint 19 desktop from the launchpad PPA, I discovered that none of the buttons in the application had icons. Some were blank, whilst others had text overlaying them. I only actually realised this … Continue reading

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Success with libgphoto2!

Since the last release of oacapture I’ve mostly been working on oalive, an EAA-type application that will share a large amount of code with oacapture. One of the new things I wanted to do with this was to add support … Continue reading

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Linux Mint 19 on an HP EliteDesk 800 G1 Mini

I picked up a couple of these second-hand recently, to use in the observatory. They came with Windows 10 installed, but I don’t care about that. I want to run Linux Mint on them. I tried a couple of times … Continue reading

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The joy of libgphoto2

Whilst I was on holiday I took a bit of a leap into the unknown and decided I’d try to implement support for DSLRs in the camera library I’ve written for oacapture and related applications, the intent being to use … Continue reading

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Ubuntu 64-bit ARM beta missing package niggles

This week I downloaded the Ubuntu 64-bit ARM beta image to try out (and so I could test building oacapture against the 64-bit ARM environment). It booted neatly, but I got a bit stuck when I tried to install the … Continue reading

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DIY egg incubator and hatcher

For some time now I’ve been idly contemplating the possibility of making my own incubator and hatcher for (primarily) chicken eggs as I’ve never been completely happy with the performance of my commercially-produced ones. What I’m thinking of for the … Continue reading

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Logitech Marble Mouse on Ubuntu 18.04 and Mint 19

I love my Logitech Marble Mouse. So much in fact that I have several spares in case my current one dies. It’s always been a little niggly to get to work with Linux though. Every few releases something changes and … Continue reading

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