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so breaking things happens constantly, but never on purpose

LEGO case for Raspberry Pi

COVID-19 outside, autumn is behind the corner and dark comes really fast after the recent time change… That’s why today I would love to present something happy and something completely different that was poking my head since very few weeks. I wanted to pimp my Raspberry Pis with custom cases. All 3 models I possess have the original cases, that are fine, but the look&feel could be improved. I wish to mount an SSD next to the Pi along with much bigger fan. Read more →

Install .NET Core on Raspberry Pi

.NET Core 3.1 for ARM32 Installing .NET Core on Raspberry Pi 4 is a very straightforward process these days. There are plenty descriptions in the wild, so please welcome my own guide on this subject too. Login into Raspberry Pi and upgrade all current modules to latest. sudo apt update sudo apt upgrade Install some dependencies, that .NET Core relies on (as described here). Potentially all of them are already on your system, but let’s be sure. Read more →

Raspberry Pi quick SSH remote access from macOS

Managing a farm of Raspberries can be a difficult task. It becomes even more cumbersome and tiring, if each of them has the ssh-daemon service running on a different port and uses a different administrator account name. So could I login to them quicker / more efficiently without repeating those parameters all the time and most importantly without remembering all their combinations? Like in following command: $> ssh [user]@[hostname.domain] -p [port] user@host's password: . Read more →

Secure access to PostgreSQL on Raspberry Pi

First time this month I thought about doing something right. It’s the end of the year and what about creation of really secured environment for my PostgreSQL database on a Raspberry Pi, that I could expose publicly. What could go wrong here :) ? The goals were clear: Setup a dedicated low-privileged system user, so I could proxy to the database over SSH. Create a new low-privileged PostgreSQL user, so it can access own database only (or ones created in the future). Read more →

HowTo: migrate PostgreSQL 9.6 to 11.5

Recently I have created a post on how to upgrade OS on Raspberry Pi. It worked pretty well until I figured out there is something wired with my PostgreSQL installation. And it turned out I ended up with two instances installed one next to the other. So I had the 9.6 version running with my existing databases and as well a cluster for version 11.5. Let me try then to rephrase the other guide, I found here, explaining, how to upgrade PostgreSQL to latest and migrate the databases. Read more →

Gitea on Raspberry Pi with no heatmap refreshed

In the times before private repositories were available for free on I had my own git-server installed on a NAS using gitolite. But in a long run I stopped liking managing from console and also I don’t like, when some other corporation looks into my own hidden projects and could be able to cut me off. As a result I migrated again, this time installing Gitea on a Raspberry Pi following this marvelous guide. Read more →

HowTo: OS upgrade on Raspberry Pi 4

The process of system upgrade is very easy and was already described here. This is a really great guide. I just want to add few comments, that affected my installation. The main actions to perform to install latest version of Raspbian are: Go to and check the latest OS codename. Verify, if this version is not already installed on the Raspberry using cat /etc/os-release command. Read more →

HowTo: Enable video 4k@60Hz on Raspberry Pi 4

Here I wish to present a quick guide, how to enable 4k video output on Raspberry Pi 4 with 60Hz refresh rate. It’s not hard at all. It just requires to know some facts before, to avoid unnecessary frustration. Let me briefly summarize it: 4k@60Hz is disabled by default on Raspberry Pi 4 (due to a fact of increased memory consumption and device temperature - check docs - that is not needed by most of Pi users). Read more →

SSD over USB 3.0 on Raspberry Pi 4

I wasn’t even surprised, when I plugged-in an SSD via USB 3.0 into Raspberry Pi 4 and it didn’t work at all. That became a killer for my idea of keeping data outside of the Pi’s microSD card. Observed suspicious symptoms were too obvious: booting time increased from 20 seconds to 3 minutes LED light of the drive was constantly blinking some commands took extremely long time to execute (sudo blkid, sudo fdisk -l) and even later mounting finished failing or partition formatting hanged indefinitely. Read more →

Raspberry Pi 3 and QEMU

At first glance, it seemed to me to be a really easy task. Install QEMU for Windows, download latest Raspbian and run! Unfortunately after whole evening of tries I still fail to have it usable anyhow. Maybe it’s not totally not running, but still it’s pretty useless in terms of any further development of application without a device. Simply, at current state (as of 2018-02-18) of QEMU, it doesn’t support emulation of the USB controller, and since the whole network relays on it, there are huge connectivity issues (no network interface at all, so no SSH, no tools installation, no file transfers neither). Read more →