Raspberry Pi 3 Chromium Browser with Adobe Flash Player Plugin

October 30, 2016 Leave a comment

Ok, the Raspberry Pi 3 just keeps getting better … especially for kids.

One of the latest updates along with the PIXEL user interface is the new update that added the Chromium browser AND an Adobe Flash Player plugin!  This is better than using Iceweasel which was changed to Firefox recently.  The resulting change drives the processor to a bit above 50% when playing videos, but the bang you get out of these new features is awesome.  Also notice you can easily switch from HDMI or Analog Audio output with the right mouse click on the speaker icon in the system tray.

I tried out the new combinations with YouTube and Starfall (my kids loved this site growing up).

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If you want the flash components to automatically start you need to check this box on the browser plugins setting page, otherwise you have to right mouse click on the flash puzzle icon and say run every time flash is used.

rpi3chromiumflashpluginsetting

Starfall.com interface below … I’m thinking about how our local Montessori school can use some Raspberry Pi 3 computers to start teaching keyboarding and mousing skills earlier since almost all standardized school testing requires computer proficiency now.

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GnuCash Accounting Software on the Raspberry Pi

October 22, 2016 Leave a comment

I’ve recently had the need to use some Accounting software to dive into some Revenue and Expense allocation for a company to understand the business better.  There was the hurdle of downloading and buying Quickbooks desktop version or buying a online version instance for a month maybe more, and I didn’t know the Quickbooks user interface.

At one time, many years ago, looked at GnuCash and thought it had potential but never spent the time.  Now that I had the need and revisited GnuCash, much to my surprise, the open source software had improved and I decided to take the plunge and learn it.

I do have an accounting class under my belt from graduate school, so the whole double entry accounting was not new to me, and I was glad to see how the concept of accounts was implemented in GnuCash.  Long story short, I was able to enter about 10 months of bank account data into GnuCash, then allocate expenses to get a quick picture of where 2 major projects were with respect to their direct costs and indirect costs.

I’m thankful that GnuCash was an option and it took me several hours to get the answers I was looking for about this business.  If I used Quickbooks, it likely would have taken me longer and had a cost to it.

Here are a couple screenshots of the GnuCash application, It’s easy to use and free on Linux, Windows, and Max OSX.  I tried the version on Windows also, the data file (FILENAME.gnucash) can be copied/moved and used on Linux too, I tested editing on both instances of the GnuCash data file.

To install GnuCash on your Raspberry Pi, simply run the following commands from a command line:

  • sudo apt-get update
  • sudo apt-get install gnucash

When GnuCash is installed a new icon will appear under the Office grouping.  The version that was installed was GnuCash 2.6.4, and I copied this icon to the desktop for frequent use.

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Raspberry Pi desktop update PIXEL

October 5, 2016 Leave a comment

I’m finally getting around to playing with the new desktop interface that was released on 9/28 … PIXEL.  If you want to read more on it and how to install, click on this link to see the raspberrypi.org blog.

This is a very NICE update to the previous user interface and I think kids and adults are going to like it.  The other updates are awesome as well like turning on/off the wifi, RealVNC server, and the SenseHAT emulator.

We computer users have become used to a nice user experience via many different products, nice to see the Raspberry Pi Foundation put some effort into this.

Thanks a bunch!

Here are some screenshots of my Raspberry Pi 3:

rpi3desktoppixel

A whole new set of icons throughout the desktop and beautiful photos to set as a background image.

rpi3desktopchromiumbrowser

A new browser based on Chromium vs Epiphany.

rpi3desktopfilebrowser

More icons in the file browser.

Raspberry Pi 101 presentation and hands on station at RRPS NAPAC Meeting

October 1, 2016 1 comment

On Tuesday this week, September 27, 2016, I presented the Raspberry Pi computer to the Rio Rancho Public Schools (RRPS) – Native American Parent Advisory Council meeting.  I had a 15 minute slot to cover this new little computer and show how it can be used as a tool to begin a journey learning about computer science, programming, and how to tinker with electronics.  I passed out two Raspberry Pi 3s and one Raspberry Pi Zero for the show and tell portion.  The audience was enthusiastic and really liked having the four Raspberry Pi 3s in the back of the room to check out and play with.  Here is a link to my presentation and some pictures of the event.  I’m looking forward to taking this talk to some of the local tribes here in New Mexico.

rpi-101-presentation

RPi101 Presentation

RRPS NAPAC Meeting

RPi Kids Station

Raspberry Pi 3 show and tell with RRPS NAPAC

September 27, 2016 Leave a comment

Got several Raspberry Pi 3 computers together to do a show and tell with the Rio Rancho Public Schools (RRPS) Native American Parent Advisory Committee (NAPAC) meeting tonight.  Should be fun!  Look for another post on the results of the meeting.

Apalachicola Bay Oysters in Tampa, FL

June 15, 2016 Leave a comment

While in Tampa, FL try the Apalachicola Bay warm-water Oysters
(if you can find them), very different than any I’ve tried up to now.

Muhammad Ali memorial, my grandfather Homer Yahnozha, and the words of Chief Oren Lyons

June 11, 2016 Leave a comment

Muhammed Ali Memorial

I was in a Houston airport yesterday waiting for my next plane back to New Mexico after teaching a workshop in New York City and I caught the memorial service live broadcast on the local TV in the airport.

One of my vivid childhood memories of my grandfather Homer Yahnozha (Mescalero Apache) was that he very much loved to watch Boxing when it came on the TV in his house in Paguate, New Mexico.  Homer was a survivor of the Bataan Death March and from my perspective (as a child) he was unemotional most of the time I interacted with him, a likely result from his experiences in military combat, survival, and service for this country.  Boxing was one of the few times I saw his face light up in joy while two boxers went at one another.  I’m sure he watched Muhammad Ali a time or two and would have been sad at his passing.

It was heartwarming to see that Muhammad Ali had planned to have a Native American speak at his memorial, one in his Native Language of the Onondaga and the other in English.

The two individuals that spoke were Chief Sydney Hill and Chief Oren Lyons, in attendance on stage was Ernie Stevens, Jr.

I’d like to capture what was spoken by Chief Lyons here because of it’s meaning and that Muhammad Ali had the foresight to provide yet another global and world platform for the Native American community and Indigenous peoples.  I have yet to see a full transcript of what was said at the memorial.

I transcribed the words of Chief Oren Lyons here based on the video below:

“Translation (of the words Chief Sydney Hill just before) … He said, my relatives, it is my responsibility to pick up the words for the (native word of his community) the people of the longhouse, they wish you well, they want you to be at peace of mind.  

Now this great darkness that has happened to us, you must understand, that he who had gathered us here, that his road is straight, peacefully he will arrive at his land (native words) our creator.  

It is the same as you call him Allah, these were the words.  

To the family, relatives, and friends, of Muhammad Ali … Muhammad Ali was a leader among men, and a champion of the people.  He fought for the people of color, yet he was a man of peace and principles.  A man of compassion who used his great gifts for the common good.  

His spirit has a clear path to the creator.  (Native words) Sydney Hill, spiritual leader of the (native words) 6 Nation Iroquois Confederation Onondaga Nation, and myself (native name), faith-keeper, turtle clan, Onondaga Council Of Chiefs, have journeyed here today to add our voice to this congregation of world leaders, in honor of his work, and for the rights and dignity of people of color and the common man.  

He (Muhammad Ali) was always in support of the indigenous people of this hemisphere in our quest for our inherent land rights, self determination, identity, and collective rights that include the natural world.  

We know … we know what he was up against, because we’ve had 524 years of survival training ourselves.

In 1978 a congressman from the state of Washington put a bill into congress to terminate our treaties with the United States, and Indian Nations walked from California to Washington DC in protest.  Muhammad Ali marched into Washington DC with us.

He was a free independent spirit, he stood his ground with great courage and conviction, and he paid a price, and this country did too, we all did.  

Values and principles will determine one’s destiny and the principles of a nation will do the same.

Poor people do not have many options, you fighters know what I’m talking about.

He said that the ring was Ali’s path to destiny.  He said he’d be heavyweight champion of the world, and he was, 3 times, and this 4th time, right here right now.

On his journey in life, he lived and learned the hard way, he brought a life into this world, my world, our world, and that life will shine a long long time.

Peace brother, peace, and on behalf of the (native words referencing his community) my friend Ernie, and the indigenous people everywhere, peace, thank you, (native words of thanks).”

 

Here is the YouTube video this was based on:  https://youtu.be/CdLzviYQh70

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