Saturday, 13 October 2012
My son and I have been using this to watch old episodes of the bonkers-but-brilliant 1989 TV game show 'Interceptor' on YouTube. If you have never heard of 'Interceptor' then you are in for a treat. Think 'Treasure Hunt' meets 'Crystal Maze' (it was made by the same production company) with a maniac in a black leather trench coat chasing you around the English countryside in a helicopter while jolly-hockey-sticks Annabel Croft gives you directions to the loot. Unfortunately there were only 8 episodes made before it was cancelled, but they are TV gold.
"Television, the drug of the nation,
Breeding ignorance and feeding radiation."
('Television' - The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy, 1992)
Tuesday, 2 October 2012
All the details are helpfully on this guy's blog -
Now my motivation for looking into this was the desire to use one of the tablets as a front end for a vehicle diagnostics system.
- Cheap Android tablet computers don't have serial or Bluetooth capabilities;
- Without Bluetooth or serial how do you communicate;
- While these can be added, it is complex as the Android ROM has to be altered;
- They do have wi-fi as standard, but Android doesn't like ad-hoc networks, only access points;
So the RPi acts as a proper AP, not an ad-hoc network, complete with DHCP for managing IP addresses automatically and it can run an Apache server, PHP, MySQL and anything else you fancy.
Now I need to find out more about AJAX.