My New Linux Workstation

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This Thanksgiving break I’ve set up my desktop computer to have both a Windows and a Linux OS. I couldn’t get it to dual boot as I couldn’t get GRUB to find the the Windows OS but Windows and Linux are on separate drives and going to the boot menu it is easy to switch between the one I want to open at startup. That being said I wanted to prove the point that Linux is desktop-ready as far as I can tell. I’ve even gotten my XP-Pen drawing tablet and Epson scanner to work with it. Now three of my computers have Linux Mint on them.

Would I still need Windows for a small business or something that requires it like Photoshop? Well, yeah. But if the goal programming or doing small-time projects, Linux is the go-to system of choice for me.

Monday Night Pizza

I’ve decided to give myself one cheat meal per week on Monday nights. Typically this will probably consist of pizza. I can’t help myself. I need something to stave myself over every so often. I haven’t been following my diet as much as I should, so I’m going to also start keeping a food diary in OneNote.

Did I write this blog post after wolfing down most of a pizza? Haha yes I did.

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Installing And Configuring MotionEyeOS

MotionEyeOS

Today I wanted to go over installing and configuring MotionEyeOS using a PC with Linux Mint, an SD card, and a Raspberry Pi. You will also need a camera to use for motion detection, a display of some kind for the Raspberry Pi, an ethernet cable connected to your router, a way to read the SD card on your PC, and a power adapter for the Raspberry Pi (obviously). Let’s begin.

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Programming Station Setup

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The corner of the living room has now been reserved for “tinkering”. From left to right: the workstation table in front of the window is where I set up the Raspberry Pi and play with it.

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To the left of this table is my television set with the router underneath, so if for some reason the wireless doesn’t work I can still grab an ethernet cable and move my Raspberry Pi to the end of it. It’s also in front of a window to get as much daylight as I can while working.

To the right of this is my new shelf.

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Shortly after I ordered this shelf I realized I would need to label all these spots. The bottom middle has nothing in it (yet). I still have four more shelf spaces to attach if I want I just didn’t feel the need to yet. It’s also already a tight squeeze along my wall.

To the right of this is my programming computer.

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This computer is running Linux Mint with Atom and Jupyter Notebook for programming C++ and Python respectively.

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Programming Python

I’ve been thinking about moving to Visual Studio Code but I’m going to get used to this for a while for now. Everything is all ready for me to go except I’m still waiting on the new Raspberry Pi camera to come in. When it does I’ll probably create a home security camera this weekend.