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How to set up a Raspberry Pi

I’ve got hold of a Raspberry Pi from a mate and am going to have to fun setting it up and learning some Python to write simple programmes on it.  Hopefully, some time down the line I’ll hook up some basic sensors to it and maybe even make my own Scalextric Lap Counter.

  1. Pick an SD card, I found this page useful and chose a 16GB Class 10 SDHC card made by SanDisk.  I was also chuffed to find my trusty Sony Vaio has a slot for SD cards, so I don’t need an external card reader.
  2. Download the disk image.  
  3. Do not just unzip it onto a fresh SD card and assume you’re good to go.  Instead,  unzip it to extract the .img file then download win32diskimager to do the copying onto the SD card.

Meanwhile, this tutorial on Python was useful.

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The Thesis Whisperer

This post is by Julio Peironcely, founder and editor of the Next Scientist blog. Julio is a PhD student in Metabolomics and Metabolite Identification at Leiden University, The Netherlands and has been blogging and using social media for several years, both for fun and for professional purposes.

This post developed out of a conversation on Twitter about the difficulties of socialising at academic conferences, particularly at the dinner.  I was thrilled when Julio sent me this post which is a comprehensive set of advice which anyone, scientist or not, can benefit from. Take it away Julio!

conference dinnerYou didn’t meet anybody new at the last scientific conference.

You paid high registration fees, travelled to the other side of the world, listened to boring talks, nobody came to your poster.

At least you met interesting people at the conference dinner, didn’t you?

Well, it’s kind of hard when you are…

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