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The quest for the ideal Mini-PC (second edition)

By martinm, in Reviews and Tiny PC, january 02,2015.

Almost two years ago, we wrote a quick review of some available mini PCs. Since then, new machines have appeared on the market. We tested some of them. Some were used to control some of our friday projects, others were bought just for the fun of playing with them. Here are some thoughts about these mini-PCs we tested...

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Controlling XBMC with a Yocto-Display

By Sébastien Rinsoz, in Tiny PC and Programming, november 12,2014.

We showed you previously how to use a Yoctopuce screen to display information coming from Internet, such as an RSS feed or Google Calendar events. Today, we are going to show you how you can use a Yocto-Display to build an active control panel for an XBMC media center.



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Installing the VirtualHub on a QNAP NAS

By Sébastien Rinsoz, in Tiny PC and Measures, may 21,2014.

Until now, it was possible to run the VirtualHub on a QNAP NAS, but only for the NAS servers using an ARM processor. Moreover, we didn't have a .qpkg file to make installation easier. We are putting this straight by providing you with a QNAP package to easily install the VirtualHub from the NAS web interface. This enables you to easily monitor the temperature of the room hosting your NAS using a simple Yocto-Temperature.

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Using OpenWrt with Yoctopuce USB devices

By mvuilleu, in Tiny PC and Reviews, may 02,2014.

Do you know which is the smallest and cheapest machine, with Ethernet and Wifi network support, and to which we can connect Yoctopuce sensors and actuators? It's neither the Raspberry Pi, nor the BeagleBone. It's an even smaller machine, sold with an enclosure and a power cord, available in chain stores from $35: the TP-Link MR3020. When you take it out of the box, it's only a simple travel Access Point. But with a few clicks, you can install OpenWrt and new opportunities arise...

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Automatic Garden Watering using a BeagleBone Black

By mvuilleu, in DIY, Internet of Things and Tiny PC, april 17,2014.

The sun is back. It is time to start thinking about a good automated watering system for the garden if you need to have it up and running when it's going to get real warm. Do you already have a central garden watering system ? Then let's see how you could make it smarter using a BeagleBone Black and a Yoctopuce device.

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