Hack a USB hub, power your Raspberry Pi

Hacked USB HubSo I got my Raspberry Pi, but I’m still waiting for a case before I get going with it. One thing that occurred to me is that if I don’t plan this out well, I’m going to discover a real drawback to becoming a Pi-head: This thing’s gonna be messy.

In a most basic setup, a person would likely need an AC receptacle for the rpi itself, a USB hub, and an external hard disk. That’s three separately powered lumps to do the job of a “normal” tower computer. Then you’ll have cabling all over the place. Well, this hack looks pretty darn easy, and it will at least spare me one power plug.

Hacking the USB Hub, In a Nutshell.

Buy one of those cheap USB hubs with no power supply included for around 3 or 4 bucks. Hardwire a power supply to it, and hardwire a micro-usb lead to power your Pi.

In total, this project, mods and all shouldn’t cost more than about 10 bucks, and you end up with one less thing to plug in.

Thank pihub for a Great Idea!

Check it out: http://pihub.blogspot.ca/2012/06/raspberry-pi-power-supply-and-powered.html

Free Sample Banks from Hardballs Records

Hardballs RecordsLots of full drum kits from consumer and classic keyboards, some original drum kits, sound effects and more.

What caught my attention was the meticulously multisampled “DX21 Fuzz Clavinet” sound, which was one of my favorite presets when I had a Yamaha DX21 back in the day.

Kontakt, EXS24 and WAV format.

Download from the Hardballs Records download page.

All Jack & No Slack 2.1: Boots Boogie

I’m back with an all new ALL JACK NO SLACK mix with almost 2 hours of my favourite bumpin, jackin house tunes new and old. Check out http://www.house-mixes.com/profile/bootsboogie for All jack no slack mixes volumes 1-4 and 2.0 as well as my other sets. Enjoy!

Click for the tracklist!

Old C64 demo “Drum Man”, aka “The Gladiator”

This demo was floating around the Commodore BBS scene in the mid 1980s. I haven’t seen it since then, and just stumbled upon it! All the music was made with a SID chip, and all the graphics were Commodore 64. It’s amazing how that machine turned programmers into artists.

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