What an incredible week it’s been for Pi Weekly!
On Saturday we were featured on the Raspberry Pi website, and our subscriber count more than doubled in 24 hours – and rocketed from 700 to over 4,000 this week alone. To all the new people – welcome, and we hope you enjoy it! Huge thanks to Liz for her kind words about us and such a strong recommendation.
Ben is off to Berlin on Wednesday for a well deserved and long overdue holiday. When he says “holiday” he really means visiting hackspaces, attending user groups and coding in coffee shops. If there are any Berlin-based Pioneers reading this, please get in touch – he’d love to see what Pi things are going on while he’s there. Meanwhile Ryan will be starting college again and will be holding the Pi Weekly fort.
We’re pleased to announce our first sponsor – Bytemark Hosting. They’ve been great in supporting the Raspberry Pi community by providing hosting for Raspbian, the download centre for the Raspberry Jamboree, sponsoring Jams, hosting our site – and now funding this newsletter to keep it running for such high volume.
As well as all this, we’re introducing a new regular feature to the newsletter – picture of the week! This week we have Manchester girl geek Amy Mather presenting at Campus Party Europe. For each issue we’ll find an interesting Pi-related picture – maybe taken by a Raspberry Pi camera, a photo at a Raspberry Jam, a Raspberry Pi project, or anything! Feel free to submit suggestions the usual way – tweet us @pi_weekly or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks – see you next week
Ben & Ryan
Picture of the week
14 year old Amy Mather speaking about learning to code, attending Manchester Raspberry Jam, speaking at the Jamboree, and teaching teachers – pictured on stage alongside Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales and Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne at Campus Party Europe in London. Watch the video here.
Help fund computing labs for girls in Afghanistan (indiegogo.com)
A fundraiser aiming to establish a computer lab in an Afghan school
Berry Cam Raspberry Pi iPhone Interface (raspberrypi.org)
Control and take pictures using your Raspberry Pi camera using your iPhone
arkOS is a system for securely self-hosting your online life from home
Teachers Welcome at PyConUK 2013 (teachcomputing.wordpress.com)
Special call from Alan O'Donahoe to inspire teachers to attend PyConUK
Making our conference phones secure using Raspberry Pi (blog.bytemark.co.uk)
Nathan from Bytemark on solving a conference phone problem in their new offices
A Go library for controlling PiGlow (with examples) - by Will Jessop
Using Raspberry Pi and xBee (desert-home.com)
Desert Home explains how to use the Raspberry Pi and xBee using Python
Feed Your Pets on Demand (locgt.blogspot.co.uk)
Ben Miller document's his attempts turning a cat feeder into a cat feeder
Bitcoin-Operated Pool Table (libertygames.co.uk)
Pay for a game of pool with your phone using Bitcoin
Articles & more
Interview with Eben Upton (treehugger.com)
Treehugger interviews Eben Upton from the Raspberry Pi Foundation
Teaching, Computing and Education (tecoed.co.uk)
Raspberry Pi Resources for teachers and educators
TheMagPi Issue 16 (themagpi.com)
Issue 16 is out and covers programming languages, the skutter robot and FPGAs
PiAddict Issue 7 (magcloud.com)
Issue 7 covers web servers, Rastrack and building an arcade machine
Keeping Rhinos Safe with Raspberry Pi (techweekeurope.co.uk)
Pi cameras in Kenya’s wildlife parks to help keep rhino poachers at bay
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