NOOBS v1.3

Saturday, The Raspberry Pi Foundation released their new edition of NOOBS (New Out Of Box System) from beta to the world.  It’s exciting!  Now, you can install multiple OSes on a single SD without sharing anything.  I have beta tested this on one of my SD cards, and have found it to be a very handy feature.

There’s more.  There’s now two editions of NOOBS, a network installer and a complete installer.  The network installer is a 20 mb download, anad your Pi – upon installation – downloads the disk images.  Keep in mind that your Pi will have to have ethernet connection to install disk images.  The full installer is exactly what we’re used to: a complete download, and your Pi wi not need internet.

NOOBS v1.3 can be downloaded (or legally tormented – this is the most recommended rout) from the Raspberry Pi Downloads Page.


SSH From iOS

In some projects, I really need quick access to a shell. I have an iPad, and wanted a terminal emulator on it. Bam. vSSH Lite is a universal iOS app available on Apple’s App Store right now for free. It is ad supported, but supports several awesome features, such as bookmarking, password saving, and copy / paste. If you wish to opt for the paid version, you are granted the absence of ads, and a lot of other goodies.

It’s the best SSH app for iOS, bar none.

Check out my screenshot below.


Raspberry Pi AirPrint Server [How-To]

Back in 2012, the Tao of Mac posted a short tutorial on how to make your Raspberry Pi into a gateway for your iOS device, Mac, Windows PC, Linux PC, etc. The possibilities are limitless. You can even do this on any Debian-Linux computer. This has changed a little bit however, when I noticed two entries for each printer I set up. This is why I changed the instructions a little. You can find this very thing on GitHub, but all of the commands you have to issue are right below:

sudo apt-get install cups avahi-daemon python-cups cups-pdf
sudo usermod -a -G lpadmin pi
sudo cupsctl --remote-admin

Simple, right?  After you’re done, just go to http://(your-ip):631 and set up your printers.  Make sure you check “Share this Printer”.

Windows won’t recognize it automatically.  To add it in Windows 7 (and probably Windows 8, but I cannot confirm this), foll0w the isntructions below.

  1. Open Devices & Printers
  2. Click Add A Printer
  3. Click Add a Network, Wireless, or Bluetooth Printer
  4. Click Select a shared printer by name
  5. Type http://(your-ip):631/printer/(printer-name)
  6. Press Enter.

That should do it!  Hope you enjoy your DIY AirPrint