PurpleBlu2 – My First Custom Wi-Fi Pi Speaker Build – PART 2 – Test Run

In part 1 of this blog series, I covered the basic design of PurpleBlu2, my first from-scratch Raspberry Pi-powered Wi-Fi speaker. To recap: I designed a speaker system from scratch using some small 2″ full-range drivers (for good quality audio), a Raspberry Pi 3 B+, a small 5 watt amplifier, and a wood box I …

PurpleBlu2 – My First Custom Wi-Fi Pi Speaker Build – PART 1 – Plans

After the success of retrofitting a Raspberry Pi into my old guitar amplifier, I started the design of my next project. This time I didn’t want to reuse old parts. I had the following objectives. Cabinet that could be mounted in the kitchen. Small speaker size. Powered from one replaceable power supply. My long-term goal …

PurpleBlu – My First Pi-Powered Wi-Fi Speaker

It’s been a long time since I last blogged about a technology-related thing I did. I miss that. After talking politics, public policy, and everything else that’s wrong with the world, let’s talk about something cool and exciting – hacking! During my recent trip to Alberta I got to tour some of the maker spaces …

Disconnected – How Politicians Have Overlooked Rural Ontario’s Internet Poverty Crisis

Following the 2018 Ontario election has been like watching someone channel-surf. In mere weeks we’ve covered more issues than prior elections could ever cover in months. The Liberals are trying promise after promise to find an issue that will stick with voters. The PCs have screamed about the Liberals non-stop. The NDP have campaigned on …

Too Much Information?

It’s been entertaining to watch the Cambridge Analytica story over the Iast week. When it broke, you would be forgiven for thinking that it was a scandal of some sort. Basically this company used personal data from Facebook to craft political messages that would all but guarantee the election of Donald Trump. It’s certainly not …

What Should Our Mayor Do?

If you’ve read the London Free Press today, you’ve no doubt found out about the “inappropriate relationship” between Mayor Brown and Deputy Mayor Cassidy. As usual in instances of political affairs, some are calling for the mayor to resign, while others are saying he is fit to lead. What should Mr. Brown do next? Whether …