Issue 5

September 2012


Welcome to Issue 5,

This month we have a collection of hardware projects for you, as well as our usual selection of programming articles and general operating tips.

We are proud to present an article by none other than Mike Cook, who designed several projects for THE MICRO USER magazine.  This magazine had a great influence on many of those who were fortunate to have access to a BBC microcomputer.  Without the efforts of Mike and fellow authors, the young members of the Raspberry Pi foundation may never have thought of building the Raspberry Pi.

We are still looking for volunteers to help with layout as well as authors of new and exciting projects. Contact

Ash Stone
Chief Editor of The Magpi

Issue Contents

  1. Steady Hands

    You don't have to get complicated to get a great deal of fun from an interfacing project. Electrically this is just about as simple as you can get, however it has a very good fun to technology ratio.4
  2. Temperature Sensor

    This article builds on topics from previous issues of The MagPi and shows how to add a temperature sensor to your Pi together with a simple method to record and display the data on the web.7
  3. XBMC Media Center: OpenELEC and Raspbmc

    A low power Raspberry Pi media centre equipped with HDMI and capable of high definition 1080p output.12
  4. Sqeezy or Wheezy? Debian Distro’s Examined

    In this article I look at the differences between the Debian 6 (Squeeze) and Debian 7 (Wheezy) distributions.16
  5. Command Line Clinic – Scripts

    Linux commands can be joined together to create scripts. These scripts allow you to create programs which can be just as powerful as any other programs on the Raspberry Pi.18
  6. The C Cave: Tutorial 3 – Functions, pointers and files

    This time we look at functions, pointers and files20
  7. The Scratch Patch – Simon Says

    This month we are going to use Scratch to make a memory game based on the classic toy: "Simon". If you've never heard of it, ask your parents (or grandparents!).24
  8. RasPiThon 2012: The Story Behind The Marathon

    On Friday 20th July, four teenagers set out on a 48-hour coding marathon, learning Python as they wrote a game called 'Rasperroids', and raising money for the Raspberry Pi Foundation.26
  9. The Python Pit: Gradient fills and circles

    This month we show you a method of creating a gradient fill, to add depth to flat looking rectangles. We also show how to use transparency effects to change the shape of gradient filled surfaces, how to plot points of a circle, as well as some cool examples of why you would want to do so.27