mad-tinkerer

Planning the box

As you read you will see that it’s not just about the screen itself: it’s more deciding what will be the use-case for the box. On the other hand, the screen is the biggest component in your whole setup. The other parts either have fixed sizes (RFID reader, RPI, etc.) so there is not much flexibility there. The only decision point that you will have is the size of the case and the kind of speakers you would like to use.

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Project Jukebox

The old design

Last year there was this hype around the RFID music player created for elderly people. As usual, I read the article, that the Lazy Tinkerer Me is seemingly not able to find anymore, and I almost forget about it. Then you know Christmas comes and I started thinking about presents for my family members. Now I like to give personalized gifts as I feel like these are nice occasions to remember how important is our family for us. Given my grandma is having issues with using modern electronics (she even have problems tuning in the radio from time to time),...

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Read-only root filesystem on Raspberry PI on Debian Buster

Once I asked a friend if he made his Raspberry PI based media player’s root filesystem read-only. He said that no, I can live with reinstalling it from time to time. Now my experience is that such failures happen the worst time possible: when you just want to watch a movie without wanting to go deep into a debug session or when you feel like your pet project is ready for a prime-time show for your friends. The underlying issue is that whenever you unplug your Raspberry PI, it just interrupts any write to your SD card that is in...

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