zondag 19 juli 2015

amturingpi project cancelled

Raspberry Pi 2B

It's official! the amturingpi project is cancelled!

After some more research I figured out a Beowulf cluster might be a nice research project, but it is not useful for the goal I had in mind.

I'm currently using my Raspberry Pi 2B as a "regular desktop computer", running (a modified version of) Ubuntu MATE (Linux) for Raspberry Pi2.

Thus I bought/used the following additional hardware.

  • 2 additional Raspberry Pi 2B boards;
  • 1 HDMI cable;
  • 1 HDMI to DVI-D converter;
  • 1 Wireless keyboard and mouse set;
  • 1 Euro to USB adapter;
  • 1 USB 4 port HUB;
  • 4 USB to Micro USB cables;
  • 1 Ethernet Switch;
  • 4 CAT6 Twisted pair cables with RJ-45 connectors;
  • 1 Official Raspberry Pi power supply;
  • 1 Raspberry Pi Case (black);
  • 1 32 GB MicroSD card (for experimental Operating Systems);
  • 1 USB Wireless adapter (owned already);
  • 1 1.5 TB USB HDD (owned already).

The next research project is to use the RPI as a client for a Linux Terminal Server. But it doesn't make sense to document this myself, because it already is documented at the Project Homepage.

woensdag 10 juni 2015

First experiences with the Raspberry PI 2B

Screenshot of the amturingpi MU desktop

I received my first Raspberry PI 2B as a birthday present from my sister in law Marij and brother Michel and haven't left it untouched ever since!

However in contrast to the majority of Raspberry Pi Enthusiasts, I am a seasoned Linux user (for 15 years), meaning my first steps with the Raspberry Pi 2B where a piece of cake, hardly a adventure ;-)

The first distribution I tried was Ubuntu MATE, which required only a single tweak.

I edited the /boot/config.txt file

sudo nano /boot/config.txt

to disable the "overscan" and get the correct screen resolution, by "un-commenting" (removing the # character) in line 10 to:


Saving the edited file by pressing:

Ctrl X and Y

Then I rebooted, which solved the annoyance of an incorrect screen resolution. 

After two days, I gave Rasbian a shot and reverted back to Ubuntu MATE, because the former is too minimalistic for my likings.

The plan is to buy another MicroSD card, for "distro hopping" and keep Ubuntu MATE installed on the main MicroSD card, which I also got from Marij and Michel.

Temporarily I'm using the Raspberry Pi 2B in my living room, because of the lack of a decent power supply and HDMI to DVI-D converter, I mostly control the MU (Master Unit) via ssh and VNC.

The plan is to buy the required hardware next week and place the nano cluster computer in my bedroom, with a dedicated flat screen monitor, 2 TB USB HDD (which I own already) and a wireless keyboard and mouse combination.

Needless to say I am extremely excited by the Raspberry Pi 2B and a nano cluster is not the only application I have for the cute little, yet powerful British computer!

donderdag 28 mei 2015

Great news for the amturingpi project

Photo of another Raspberry PI cluster
There is some great news for the #amturingpi project. First of all, I will get the first Raspberry PI 2 B and a 32GB Micro SDcard for my birthday, as a present by brother Michel and sister in law Marij. This will become the "master".
Second, I have decided to go with Ubuntu MATE for the Raspberry PI 2 for the base distribution.

Third, I figured out that PXE doesn't work on arm SOC's and found a work around in Das U-boot.

Looking forward to start the first experiments.

zondag 15 maart 2015

Introducing the A.M TuringPi (nano) computer cluster (update)

The Logo (so far).



Ladies and gentlemen, I am delighted to introduce my next pet project, the A.M TuringPi computer cluster, based on Raspberry Pi 2 boards, using a Linux based Operating System, taking advantage of its scalability and outstanding PXE support.

The project is named in honour of Alan Turing



The goal is to create a "poor man's" 8 node (nano) computer cluster, who everyone - with average computer knowledge - is able to deploy. With the introduction of the powerful, yet energy efficient and cheap Raspberry Pi2, deploying your very own computer cluster, became a reasonable and valid option.

Base System (update April 2 2015).


The base system will be a 3 node system for the first experiments, I will add nodes from time to time.



The A.M TuringPi computer cluster will consist of a MU (Master Unit), while all other units are called nodes.

The MU will have a keyboard, mouse, screen attached and will also provide boot- and disk services. All other nodes will merely provide CPU power and RAM.



Since the A.M TuringPi project is probably too technical, to post on general Social Media, I will keep you up to date with the progress on osg33x.

zaterdag 5 april 2014

Introducing MSXLive!

The past 48 hours, I've been working on my new pet project MSXLive!, which will be a Hybrid CD, thumbdrive or sdcard (ISO9660 (Live) image), providing a out of the box working Virtual MSX2, which requires no configuration at all. Simply boot your PC from it, or mount the .ISO image in a Virtual Machine and you are ready to rock!

MSXLive will be based on:

  • FreeDOS by Jim Hall and the FreeDOS team; 
  • fMSX-DOS by Marcel de Kogel (1);
  • Access Graphical DOS Menu by Ronald Blankendaal.

1. A DOS port of fMSX by Marat Fayzullin.

Actually I seriously doubt it makes any sense. All that matters is that I'm having a lot of fun, doing all this freaky retro geek stuff ;-)


vrijdag 16 augustus 2013

New Album "Hasbara" officially released

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am delighted to announce the official release of my compilation album "Hasbara". Most of the songs are already available from my Soundclick music page, yet here is a link to the complete album in a single .zip file on Media Fire.

The songs are stored in 128 Kbp/s MP3 files. A simple jewel case cover is included in PDF format and a "readme" text file.

As usual, all songs are licensed under Creative Commons 3.0 BY-SA.

Hasbara is dedicated to the people and state of Israel. I hope it is Zionist and Pro Israel Advocacy at its best!

Have fun!

Marti van Lin - Hasbara (the complete album).

woensdag 31 juli 2013

X64 Linux Binary of Ken's Labyrinth LAB3D-SDL-3.32 port

Summary: the LAB3D-SDL-2.32 binary didn't work on my 64-bit machine, so I compiled the source code and it works like a charm on GNU/Linux \o/

Ken's Labyrinth has been my favorite FPS right from the start, because this  is the only FPS I can win *without* cheating.

I purchased Ken's Labyrinth 2.1 via Compuserve's SWREG. And had a lot of fun.
Unfortunately it didn't ran under Windows 9x and above. So I was very surprised and happy to learn about the Official Ken's Labyrinth Page, which provides links to 32-bit ports for "Modern Operating Systems".
The LAB3D-SDL port worked fine on 32-bit machines, yet refuses to run on 64-bit machines.
So I grabbed the source code and compiled it  on my 64-bit machine, running DreamStudio 12.04.3

I simply replaced the original 32-bit binary with the fresh compiled 64-bit version in the ~/ken directory and it works like a charm <3

Enjoy ;-)