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The Matrix and More – Linux Talk

For those of you who love a silly little thing to do with Ubuntu, read on! For those who are just interested why on earth The Matrix is one of the things being discussed, go ahead and read on! Perhaps you’ll find that Linux isn’t as scary as you might have first thought.


Video Editing on Linux

I’m no professional when it comes to editing videos, although I’ve learned a lot in a short space of time out of necessity. Whether I’m playing an indie title that grabs my attention, or the latest iteration of our popular GeekOut Plays Stonekeep series, I have learned very quickly that the videos that I get from raw recordings aren’t enough. This is where video editing comes in – In this article, I discuss video editing on Linux.


Making YouTube Videos For Free

Are you the creative type who has been urging to create your very own masterpiece to go on YouTube? Perhaps you’re a gamer who has been looking to up the ante a little bit and take to the (small) big screen and go to YouTube? Do you want to learn how to make your own YouTube videos completely for free without fancy software? Then look no further, this is a beginners guide to making YouTube videos. All you require is your creative mind…

A common issue for people who are looking to start their journey on YouTube and other video sharing platforms is starting out. More specifically the finances required to set up a channel with good quality production. I don’t have a fancy computer and I certainly don’t have any high-value products for my recording. Instead, all of the software I got was for free and the equipment I have in today’s market must be worth no more than £100. So what will you need to begin your journey if you’re looking to make YouTube videos? How do I make mine since I’m on Linux? This is a journey into Open Source Software doing what it does best: Surprise people.


Inventive Uses For A Raspberry Pi

There’s no denying it, the Raspberry Pi has been an incredible success story. Some people have used them as a portable computer, but many more people have come up with some of the most inventive uses for this little device.

For those of you who haven’t heard about the clever device, the Raspberry Pi is a low-cost, tiny little machine which is capable of being a fully fledged computer. It’s impressive in that it comes with its own operating system (Raspbian is the default) and this machine is no bigger than a credit card in size. It has found its way to plenty of classrooms to teach children and students how to program, as well as being used in many different offices and departments across the world.



Let’s not beat around the bush with this one, the Picade is a brilliant idea. A microcomputer that allows you to play all of the arcade classics in a really neat and well presented package, it’s a dream come true. It’s all very self explanatory, so it’s worth checking it out, although it does cost £180 for the kit.

Google Calendar


This is one of my personal favourite uses for the Raspberry Pi and it’s incredibly simple. Effective, oh hells yeah, but it certainly is simple. But the best projects usually are. This instructable allows you to create your very own Google Calendar wall screen. You mount the screen, power it up and boom, you’ve got yourself a Google Calendar on the wall!


Yes, this is a homemade R2D2 that responds to voice commands and does quite a few neat little things. Whilst this is on the extremely advanced levels of what the Raspberry Pi can do, this is proof that if you’ve got an idea, a piece of kit like the Pi can really make a difference. The man who made this did it for his girlfriend, which is an adorable level of geeky affection.

If R2D2 isn’t your thing, check out this post about a Raspberry Pi powered K-9!

If you want to get a Raspberry Pi for yourself, the version 2 pi’s cost a little more than £30, making this a tinkerers ideal toy. It’s lightweight and portable, since it is only the size of a credit card, so it’s well worth the small investment if you’re looking to spice up your house with nifty little gadgets and do-dads. Have you seen any particularly clever uses for the Raspberry Pi or any microcomputers? Have you got one of these for yourself and have you done anything cool with yours? Let us know in the comments below, or over on Facebook and Twitter.