Lego Digital Designer

Friday, January 3rd, 2014

The Lego Digital Designer is an awesome tool for designing a new creation on your computer and creating a build guide. You can then use the Lego Pick a Brick site to buy all the bricks you need.  A Raspberry Pi case can be put together for ~$20.

I’ve attached my own design which you can download – I used Biz’s excellent instructions as a template (thank you!).

There are some caveats however:

  • You can’t automatically generate a shopping list from the LDD – you need pick the bricks manually, which can be a tedious exercise.
  • To rub salt into the wound not all the bricks in LDD are available on the Pick a Brick site – so you need to switch back and forth between LDD and the Pick a Brick site to double check you are using bricks that you can actually purchase.

Raspberry Pi useful links and notes

Monday, December 30th, 2013

Links

Notes

  • When creating the image using Win32 Disk Image, initially Win32 Disk Image kept crashing.  The .img file was on my D:\ drive.  Moving it to somewhere on C:\ (e.g. C:\temp) resolved the problem.
  • If the Pi keeps rebooting it is probably due to low power voltage.
  • I had black lines across my screen initially.  Turns out this was due to a faulty HDMI cable.
  • You can run Flash if you install Gnash.  However it is not up to date enough to run Scratch in the Browser.  The Scratch app that comes with Raspbian is cool but appears to lack some of the features – which is a shame as I was hoping my 6 year old who has been learning Scratch would be able to continue on the Raspberry Pi.  But to be honest I have not looked very deeply at this yet.