Issue 4

August 2012


Welcome to Issue 4,

This month the team are very proud to annouce that for the first time  The MagPi has been created entirely using Raspberry Pi computers.

As promised, we bring you our interview with Eben & Liz from the Raspberry Pi Foundation.

We have some new articles as well as our popular series covering hardware projects, programming and other general operating tips.

We have received a good response to our request for volunteers.  There are now a few new additions to the team, however we are still looking for more help, so please do come forth!

Ash Stone
Chief Editor of The Magpi

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Issue Contents

  1. In Control Part 3

    We have already used the Raspberry Pi GPIO outputs to drive light emitting diodes, but it is not possible to directly drive anything larger because of power limitations. In this part we look at using a transistor to control devices that require more power.4
  2. 3-Axis Accelerometer

    Here is a 3-axis accelerometer solution for just a few pounds. Accelerometers measure the force of acceleration, allowing them to sense movement, speed and direction. It’s a great way to get some real world data and opens up a host … Continued8
  3. Kernow Pi Launch

    How Raspberry Pi (and lots of other goodies) are being brought into Cornish classrooms. 12
  4. Eben & Liz: The Interview

    This month Eben and Liz Upton from the Raspberry Pi Foundation kindly put aside some time for an informal interview with the MagPi team. Despite the couple having not eaten and coming directly out of another interview, and after a long day, they were as bouncy, fun and energetic as ever.14
  5. How to Customise your LXDE Menu

    Arranging the menus in LXDE is a little more of a challenge than on Windows...20
  6. Command Line Clinic 3

    In this month's article, we will see how to edit configuration files. Configuration files allow you to change the behaviour of a Linux computer.22
  7. The C Cave: Tutorial 2 – Variables, conditions and loops

    This month we look at variables, conditions and loops24
  8. The Scratch Patch: A simple game

    In this article we will make a very simple game in Scratch.28
  9. The Python Pit: Key Events

    This month's example game demonstrates how to capture and use keydown/keyup events as well as introducing music and sound.30