Monthly Archives: February 2013

Blogging Thoughts

Over the last couple of weeks, I have been reading a lot of blogs. There is a wealth of information out there. While some of them may be biased or true from a certain point of view, I think it it provides a unique chance to read various opinions of products and get a sense of how these products actually handle in the real world. From diapers to strollers to car seats, there is so much to read! There is so much prep that needs to happen and so much research to make sure that we are getting the best thing for our baby.

While reading all of these posts, it made me want to write too. I feel the I can provide a unique perspective as a gadget guy and someone that loves technology. So I would like to add my voice to the large and continually growing group of parent bloggers out there. Maybe, I can help the other dads out there who are reading as well.

That being said, I had some reservations about writing and publishing my thoughts and ideas on the public web. I mean, anything that has been pushed to the web stays there. Even if you take it down, its there… The internet is an elephant, it never forgets. So I had to take some time to think about how I will structure the site and what the boundaries are. While working on the technical aspect of Wired Fatherhood, I think I have come up with a good set of guidelines. I’ll probably need to tweak it every now and then…

There is one ask of you all who are reading this,
If you see me get out of line, don’t be shy and comment!

E

Status – 20130218 – 0054

So I am going to apologize in advance…
:-p

For few things actually,

  • I haven’t had a chance to write and publish posts since the soft opening on Feb 5th. I haven’t really started this site and I already have a back log of posts that I am planning to write. I have started some, but they are all in a draft state. So there will probably be a bunch as I try to catch up.
  • I have been busy tweaking the server here and there, and setting WordPress up. So there might be some changes over the next couple of days too.
  • I tend to be long winded… So my posts may be long, but I’ll try to keep it as concise as possible going forward. :-)
  • These earlier posts will most likely be about technology rather than fatherhood as the bun is still in the oven.

E

Playing with Raspberry Pi

Raspberry Pi BoardThe Raspberry Pi is a credit card sized computer powered by ARM that can be used for a variety ofapplications. In my particular case, it’s running this site!

Everybody has heard of this little computer. For a mere $35, you can be running a Linux computer! This project was started by the Raspberry Pi Foundation in the UK with the intention of teaching basic computer science in schools. It made it big when it hit the usual tech sites, such as Engadget or TechCrunch. At least, I first came across it through those sites. At the time, I hadn’t given it much thought. Cool, it’s a really small computer than ran Linux, but how would I use it? I can see it would be useful in schools as it was intended. But the impact for me was less apparent. I already had a Linux box that I play and experiment with. I have a host of computers, PC and Mac, all of which could be made to run Linux, so it’s nothing really new. I was playing with web servers and just exploring Linux in general.

I didn’t really grasp the benefits until I started playing with one. A friend had ordered a few back when the first Model Bs (256) came out and he had a spare for me to play with. He was using it to as his media centre through xbmc. The nerd in me also wanted to try it out and see how it compares to my current Media Centre setup.

I tried two typical types of configurations. Here are some quick thoughts:

Wheezy
If you have used Ubuntu, this image is probably the closest one to it. Once you boot up for the first time, an old school graphical interface that will allow you configure your rPi. Setting such as Video/System memory split, overclocking speed, expanding the size to maximize the SD card, setting up SSH, locale, timezone, and stuff like that. Once that’s all set up, you can reboot into the graphical interface and run a very bare bones stripped down windowing interface, LXDE. It gives you Midori and some other preloaded stuff. Overall, for me not that interesting.

Raspbmc
Raspbmc, the initial thing that my friend was playing with. I loaded the latest version of it, at the time, I think it was at RC3. It wasn’t bad, but I found it a little slow. It was probably because it had 256mb ram and it hasn’t been overclocked to beyond stock. For those who don’t know, xbmc is an open source Media Centre Software that you can install on various platforms to make your PC into a media centre like a boxee, or an Apple TV (minus the proprietary Apple bits of course). I played with it for a bit, and then moved on as its functionality overlaps with my other devices in my home theater system.

Because of this overlap, I realized that I didn’t really have a use for it, and decided to put it aside for a little bit.

It was around this time that I realized that it would be a good idea to start up a blog about my journey into fatherhood. This prompted me to think and analyze about the different platforms that are available to host this project. I ended up on wanting to host it myself on WordPress and found a perfect use for the Raspberry Pi! The success of running a test WordPress instance on my friend’s rPi is what prompted me to buy my own.

I’ll write more about the set up the Raspberry Pi with WordPress in a later post. If you want to find out more about it here’s the link: http://www.raspberrypi.org

E

Hello World!

Hi there,

Welcome to Wired Fatherhood! My name is Eric. I am a gadget enthusiast, a techie, a foodie, an amateur photographer, a husband, and an expectant dad.

Wired Fatherhood was launched as one of my side projects while playing with a Raspberry Pi. I thought it would be a good combination between the wired (tech and caffeinated) side of my life and the new fatherhood (babies and insights) side that I will soon experience. I will use this as a way to record these new experiences with the hope that other parents (and techies) will find this information useful and that maybe some day, when they are older, my children can look at this and feel embarrassed by the nerdy dad that shares too much…

I hope you enjoy reading this as much as I enjoyed writing it.
Stay tuned for more soon!

E