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Making the most of your Brother laser printer

January 28th, 2016
Tweak Brother printer

Recently, I got my Brother mono printer and made a print server from Raspberry Pi. The printer’s quality is quite OK. I mean the black&white prints are really good. But the problem comes when you print something not from your text editor (poor b&w) but let’s say your flight ticket from a pdf file. Challenges of printing grey shades You […]

DIY print server from RPi

December 9th, 2015
DIY print server from RPi for brother printer

I have bought a Brother HL-2300D mono laser printer which has only an USB connection. Before that, I used a printer accessible through the network and I admit it was very convenient 🙂 So, I started to miss this function … What are the options for printer server? At least in my case, one option is […]

Affordable printer for home office

November 8th, 2015
Choose home printer

To be or not be – to buy or not buy Samsung color printer toner At the moment, I am still using my Samsung color laser printer CPL-320N, which works pretty well and has the network interface, however the toner is a bit costly. The genuine set of the toners costs ~120 Eur. The printer produces […]

Openelec ES9023 (using I2S)

December 28th, 2014
Raspberry Pi ES9023

After reviewing different options for Raspberry Pi soundcards, I was already committed to get a Wolfson Audio Card soundcard, until it appeared that shipping price from Amazon UK was pretty high (I live in Republic of Ireland). So I went for a second choice – ES9023 chip based card from eBay, which arrived after two weeks just before […]

Raspberry Pi Sound card

November 20th, 2014
Upgrade Raspberry Sound card

RPi is a great piece of the hardware (e.g. to run XBMC), however Raspberry Pi sound card is terrible 🙁 There are few reasons for that. The first of them is that Raspberry Pi’s output uses PWM modulation, while the second one – it uses only 11 bits 😉 As you might know, CD format uses 16 bits […]

Streaming webcam from Raspberry Pi

September 2nd, 2014
Linux MJPG streamer

I had been wanting to try this setup for quite a while. Thankfully, I found some time last weekend. Requirements for this project: Raspberry Pi (version B or better) At least 2GB SD card Raspbian (Debian Wheezy) Webcam (in my case, that is Logitech QuickCam for Notebooks) The determination to continue this project, when something […]

Backup SD card

July 28th, 2014

Why would you need a backup SD card? I wanted just to upgrade my SD card to faster one on my Raspberry Pi XBMC, but there could be more good reasons to do this. Copying the files itself can’t be as straightforward as you thought because your SD card may contain few different file system partitions […]

Tweak Raspberry PI XBMC (OpenELEC)

June 8th, 2014
Tweak OpenElec

As it was explained in the post about Raspberry Pi, it has only 700 MHz CPU. Surely, it is not too powerful for a media player running XBMC. The Raspberry Pi’s GPU is shaped in very specific way and as a result, the same under-powered CPU is used for some graphics tasks (e.g. showing XBMC interface, performing the decoding of […]

Raspberry Pi Remote

May 6th, 2014
Raspberry Pi OpenELEC remote

How to get a Raspberry Pi Remote control? We got used to touch or at least control remotely different electronic gadgets. The same wish is strongly expressed to previously described Raspberry Pi XBMC. One of the option (straight out of the box) is to use CEC protocol. Brief recap about this option. You can connect your Raspbbery Pi XBMC […]