Installing Scratch for the Arduino
A short while ago I raised an article covering the installation of Scratch which is a great developer application for the young but there is another more interesting developers tool equally with the young in mind, it is called "Scratch 4 Arduino" or "S4A" for short.
Multiple Video Outputs
A rather neat way these days to expand the functionality of your Linux Desktop is to spread the Desktop screen itself across several monitors. There are many ways to achieve this and one of the ways we will discuss here in this article. Dual screens are not that uncommon now days even for Ubuntu(Linux), Windows and Mac, this article however will be dealing with the configuration of a Quad Monitor display output.
As its name implies, this section covers the physical nuts and bolts of computing, including changes to the platform itself. From simple upgrades, like adding more memory, DVD players, or hard drives to actually building your own computer. It has close links with the installation of an Operating System (OS) when you need to know the configuration of the platform the OS is going to run on. Maybe you want to run two different operating systems side by side, (dual or multi boot) in which case you will probably need to become familiar with disk partitioning.
The keyboard, sound card, hard drive, mouse are all peripheral devices. In fact anything that is is plugged into an extension slot. Some devices may any be used for specialist applications, such as a graphics tablet, or webcam, others may be essential for accessibility reasons. A Braille reader for example.
How to Build a Desktop Computer
I wanted to upgrade my ten year old desktop but found that what I wanted and what I could afford were two completely different things. Therefore, I decided to look into building my own Desktop and after some considerable research decided to purchase the following as the basic parts for my desktop:-
This tutorial covers connecting a Windows based printer, to Debian 6.00 - Squeeze, the latest Debian version that has been declared stable on 6th February 2011.
Some regular readers may have seen my articles on building a Debian server from scratch.
This has been up and running faultlessly for over a year now, with only the occasional maintenance from me and has proven to be a robust and reliable machine.
So why another; you may ask?
Web Server & Software
So now the server is built and RAID5 configured. You can find the previous article here. I'm slowly beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel. All I have to do now, is select the server software and that's it; or is it?
This project has seen its fair share of setbacks; smoke pouring out - frightening; a failed brand new hard drive - frustrating, to name but two! Surely now, all I had to do to complete the project would be completed in an hour or so, with time for a little self congratulation on a job well done.
This page assumes you have either built your server from my previous page here, or have sufficient knowledge to do so. It also concentrates on why I chose RAID 5 and in particular, how RAID 5 is set-up on the Adaptec 2410SA card.