Hot air ballooning

Wow it was fantastic!

Music video:

Musicless video:

River Bodrog

I was at the Tolcsva Wine Festival this weekend. Yesterday Misa’s father showed us his favorite fishing spots.

Node.js Blueprints

I chose this book because I like Javascript very much, but I’m not familiar with Node.js, so it was an interesting read.

The author chose the best way to teach Node.js (in fact, I think this is the best way to teach anything, and keep the reader’s attention): by real-life examples. These examples are very good, they show the reader how to deal with real-life problems like interacting with a MySQL database, implementing a blog engine, implementing a REST API, and creating desktop apps.

I definitely recommend this book to everyone who know Javascript well, and want to know more about Node.js.

Recently I got another bunch of books to read from Packt Publishing, here’s the first one.

It’s a very nice, but brief book for those who are not used to the a Linux shell, but familiar with IT security techniques. I feel that the chapters on security are too brief, they don’t explain the techniques enough. However, the Bash introduction is very well explained and I can recommend it for everyone who want to try the shell out for the first time.

Here’s another book from Packt Publishing which I’ve read recently. As the title says, it’s about learning using the RPI for various robotic projects. After reading it, I think the title should be modifed as BRIEF INTRODUCTION to Raspberry Pi Robotic Projects (yes, with capital letters) :)

The introduction to the RPI is very good, covers everything including how the hardware works, installing the OS, etc. It’s followed by a short chapter on Python and C++ programming, but it’s really really short, and I don’t understand why the author chose C++ with all those pesky standard library functions. Otherwise, all the chapters are well-written and easily understandable. My biggest problem with the book was that the author assumed that the reader has a Windows PC, and he/she can run all those Windows-based tools. Surprisingly, the book covered not just how to build a moving, speaking, seeing robot, but also has a chapter on how to create a sailing or flying one.

This is what we heard on 11th July in Budapest:

So I got a new book from Packt Publishing to read, I’ve just finished it, and liked it very much.

It covers a lot of fun topics like what peripherals can be used with the board, how to configure LAN or Wi-Fi, how to use the on-chip watchdog and the hardware video decoders (I have to admit I didn’t know, that the Broadcom SoC has a built-in hardware watchdog!), how to install and configure a web server, a game server, a file server, how to use Bittorrent Sync and Bitcoin, and how to stream live HD video.

I think it’s far the best resource for everyone who already have basic Linux skills and want to get familiar not just with the RPI, but also with any other embedded computer which has a Debian-based OS.

As I couldn’t find any information on the web about the heat generated by the new Wouxun KG-UV8D in cross-band repeater mode, I thought I’ll share the information with my precious readers. :)

So, if you use both bands in the low output power (0.5W) mode, the radio gets very hot in about 10 minutes of continuous repeating, but not so much that you can’t touch it – so it works fine.

If you use one of the bands in 5W output power mode, the radio gets so super hot in a few minutes, that you can’t touch the metal parts on it. I didn’t try to run it longer because I was afraid that it’ll catch on fire :)

A few months ago I was asked by Packt Publishing to help reviewing a book called Building a Home Security System with BeagleBone which you can buy and read here.

Now they asked me to write a review of their recently released book titled Raspberry Pi Projects for Kids. I’ve read it on the weekend, and liked it very much. The author knows how to keep the attention of the reader (who is possibly a kid) through the book.

The introduction section is pretty straightforward and well illustrated with photos, so anyone can understand how to power a Raspberry Pi up and install the operating system. The book’s structure is good, it’s nice that the introduction starts with using Scratch which I think is a very good tool to show kids how programming works. Building a simple Angry Birds clone with it is quite simple yet entertaining, and shows a lot of the capabilities of Scratch.

The next chapter is about building a simple controller device and wiring it to the Pi. The author should have included some actual photos of the building process, not just schematic images, but at least those are fine and a crafted kid would be able to build it by reading the book. The Python examples are easily understandable and explain GPIO pin usage clearly. The interactive map chapter shows how to use GUI elements with a nice example using Google Maps API to download map images and displaying it in a self made application window. The chapter also explains how to interact with the window.

I think Raspberry Pi Projects for Kids is a very cool book for a child who is interested in how programming works, and wants to try it out quickly and easily without being bored reading other science books about programming. If you have a child who might be interested, go buy this book (and a Pi)! :)

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