So, I recently purchased an Acer C720 Chromebook for use during my upcoming trip to the big apple as it was cheap and fit the bill for everything I really need a laptop. But, being who I am I had to try and do more with it. The laptop itself is the C720-3404 which comes with an Intel Core i3-4005U processor, 4GB ram, and a 32GB SSD. This is really more than powerful enough for a lot of different application (including some games) and is especially nice since I got it for <$300 USD. The only thing I had to do to get gaming was to use Crouton to install a chrooted install of linux side by side with Chrome OS. Install steam, grab some games, and I am ready to go.
Some time after the first iteration of the Raspberry Pi Laptop, the Raspberry Pi Foundation suddenly released the Raspberry Pi 2, a backwards compatible quad-core upgrade to the original Raspberry Pi. I knew, just by the specs alone, I had to get one and use it as part of my lapdock setup. I believed it would solve all the issues I had with the original RPi model B. See below for the final build and read on for how it came together.
Somewhere around four years ago I had an unfortunate accident with my old HP 510 laptop which resulted in a thumb going through the LCD screen. This left me without a laptop, which was not too bad as I still had a perfectly fine desktop and an iPad. The only problem with this setup is that the desktop isn’t really portable and the iPad leaves a little to be desired in applications and multitasking. I did try sporadically for a while to get by with the iPad alone, following in the footsteps of people like Mark O’Connor, but it really just didn’t work well for me.
I had it in my head for a while during this time to try to do something interesting with the Raspberry Pi as all I had previously done was make it into another media center. I thought a laptop built around it would be great, but really didn’t find any good and cheap ways to achieve it. That was until I found the Lapdock series of netbook-like devices normally powered by smartphones. The lucky part to me is that the lapdock was a commercial flop leaving a lot of stock in the secondary market for cheap. I found a couple examples of people successfully using them with the RPi and figured, why not. I started doing some research and built the parts list for my own build.
In the past six or so months I have been getting more into Mechanical Keyboards and high-quality peripherals. I figure since I am using a keyboard all day I might as well put a little money into one of the biggest tools for my livelyhood. That was when I purchased the Vortex (or KBC, iKBC, and many other brand names) Poker II. It is a 60% keyboard, lacking dedicated function keys, numpad, and arrow key opting for those options being under a function layer. This provides a lot of functionality in a very small package. Along with functionality, the mechanical keyboard world offers a lot of customization if you are willing to do the work or pay the prices. Recently I paid such a price to put a little flair and upgrade on my keyboard. Withough further adeu:
Update (2019): This post was kept mostly because I didn’t want to delete any posts, but the site has since moved to Winston.Milli.ng so this is less relevant now.
Hello and welcome to my new site, W4C dot BE (blog title style shamelessly stolen from WIL WHEATON dot NET). This site has been created with the idea that it will harbor my thoughts, ramblings, projects, and maybe even my music. It was created using the Hexo static blog generator and is therefore the first project to be mentioned here as I created the theme mostly from scratch for this site