Giving my Pi a Voice

The Rasperry Pi is so small and portable, I like to take it with me so I can do development and play with projects on the go. The Raspberry Pi is nice and small but lugging a monitor around just isn't an option.  What to do?  I have a laptop with me most of the time so using Secure Shell or VNC works but I need to know what IP address the Rasberry is setup on. This becomes an issue if you are using DHCP and not on your own network.  

The solution... Make it talk and tell me the information I need to know. With a talking Raspberry, I only need to travel with ear buds or a small portable speaker. 

WiFi on my Pi

The Raspberry Pi is such a small package it is just a crime to have it teathered to an ethernet interface.  I wanted to make it a little more portable so that I can take my Raspberry Pi with me anywhere.  I also had a USB wireless interface lying around from another project so I figured I could make the Pi detect what networking is available and enable the correct interface.  This is my documentation of who I made this work on the Wheeze Pi Distribution.

Updating your Pi.

There is a lot of development going on in the Linux and Raspberry Pi world.  Bug can run into bug and other issues if you do not periodically check for OS updates.  I try to get in the habit of undating when ever I am adding or reconfiguing new software on my Pi. If your are running The Wheezy distribustion (Debian Linux based) on your Pi then updating the complete OS is very easy, especally if you are familiar with Linux.

Run the following commands to update your system:

# sudo apt-get update
# sudo apt-get upgrade

This may take a while depending on the amount of updates that need to be applied and how fast your network and SD card are.  I usually take this time t ogo grab a beer or a coffee.

Next reboot and you should be running the latest code.