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Running a WordPress blog locally on a Raspberry Pi with WP-Duplicator

WordPress can do a lot, but requires attention. For a live blog, it’s best to test larger changes (like a WordPress update) on a local version. That’s quite simple with a Raspberry Pi and the WordPress tool Duplicator, which creates a compressed version of the blog. If the changes were sucessfull locally, they can be applied to the live version. For running the website on a Raspberry Pi, it requires the Apache server, PHP, MySQL, PhpMyAdmin and maybe FTP. Continue Reading

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Home automation with rpi-rf_send and rpi-rf_receive for 433MHz rc switches

So far, i’ve used the Python module pi-switch for controlling rc switches, but it is no longer maintained. rpi-rf is a very viable alternative. In this tutorial, you’ll use a 433MHz receiver with rpi-rf_receive for decoding the switching code for a common rc switch, then trigger that switch with a 433MHz sender and rpi-rf_send. Continue Reading

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BRX1000: autonomous RPi solar computer with MoPower for energy management

The small, lightweight, inexpensive and energy efficient Raspberry Pi is a great base for autonomous solar devices. In this tutorial, you’ll learn to build the simple solar computer BRX1000 with a Raspberry Pi, the official touch screen, a MoPower for energy management and an affordable solar setup. This allows for instance setting up an autonomous gaming station with RetroPie. Continue Reading