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Enable I2C on rPi

sudo nano /etc/modules

To the bottom

If so check blacklist file. It depends on your board type
sudo nano /etc/modprobe.d/raspi-blacklist.conf

Comment out following lines as follows;
#blacklist spi-bcm2708
#blacklist i2c-bcm2708

sudo apt-get install python-smbus
sudo apt-get install i2c-tools

sudo nano /boot/config.txt
Add these line at the bottom of the file

sudo raspi-config

->Advanced options->enable i2c

Do not forget to reboot
sudo reboot

Check whether it works or not
sudo i2cdetect -y 0 (for a Revision 1 board like mine)
sudo i2cdetect -y 1 (for a Revision 2 board)

then you should see output showing any I2C devices that are attached and their addresses

0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 a b c d e f
00: — — — — — — — — — — — — —
10: — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — —
20: — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — —
30: — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — —
40: — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — —
50: — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — —
60: — — — — — — — — 68 — — — — — — —
70: — — — — — — — —

Install Samba Server on Raspberry Pi to access over network

sudo apt-get install samba samba-common-bin

The directory that we will share out will act as a mount point for external storage. So we will need to create the directory and set appropriate permissions to the directory. Using mkdir(/bin/mkdir) we can both create the directory and set the permissions in the one command. The -m option will allow you to set the mode or permissions of the directory.

sudo mkdir -m 1777 /data

From the above command we can see the easy part, creating the directory /data. As it is at the root of the file-system we will need administrative permissions to do this so we run it prefaced with the sudo command. The mode of the directory is set with the -m option:

1: sets the sticky bit. This set on a directory ensures that users can only delete files they own.
7: sets RWX read , write and execute for the user owner
7: sets RWX read , write and execute for the group owner
7: sets RWX read , write and execute for others
This directory will be empty at the moment and, of course, the root file-system is limited in size on the Pi to that available from the SD cards. We can use an external drive connected to the USB ports and have this mounted to the /data directory. This then can provide effective storage for your network

Backup conf file and edit as following;
sudo cp /etc/samba/smb.conf /etc/samba/smb.conf.old
sudo rm /etc/samba/smb.conf
sudo nano /etc/samba/smb.conf

Add the following lines;
workgroup = HOME
netbios name = KINETIC
server string = Kinetic Server %v
map to guest = Bad User
log file = /var/log/samba/log.%m
max log size = 50
socket options = TCP_NODELAY SO_RCVBUF=8192 SO_SNDBUF=8192
preferred master = No
local master = No
dns proxy = No
security = User

wins support = yes

comment= Pi Home
only guest=no
create mask=0777
directory mask=0777

Restart Samba Server
sudo service smbd restart
sudo service nmbd restart

Create users
The last part of this tutorial will involve us creating samba users. These users must represent Linux users but their password can and should be different to the Linux password for security. This is not enforced though. Using the command smbpasswd(/usr/bin/smbpasswd) as the root user we can add new samba users. A user must have a password in samba to access shares.

sudo smbpasswd -a root
sudo smbpasswd -a pi

Restart Samba Server
sudo service smbd restart
sudo service nmbd restart

Access Raspberry Pi over your network

RaspberryPi_Logo1- Plug Raspberry Pi to HDMI, keyboard, network cable (cat5) SD card with the OS

2- connect PU 5 volt 2.1 amp

3- Select Rasbian OS to install

4- Wait for the installation to finish

5- If everything is ok, you should see a screen as follows

16- Now, you can plug off your HDMI cable.

7- Open Terminal in your Mac OS X.

8- Find the ip of your Raspberry Pi from your router’s GUI (Type : 192.168.x.x – whatever yours…Login and find a menu named LAN. Right there, you should see the local ip address of your Raspberry Pi – e.g. Mine is

9- In terminal window type as follows to connect your Raspberry Pi with SSH over network:
ssh pi@

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pi is the default username and raspberry is the default password of your Raspberry Pi. Hit the Return and enter the password.

You should see something like this:

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10- Now, type sudo raspi-config sudo is for administrator

Move the cursor to the Advanced Options hit Return. Then move cursor to SSH hit Return. Enable it.
Screen goes black and the it says “SSH enabled”. Hit OK.

11- If you mind to use your Raspberry Pi as a NAS only, you don’t need much GPU power. So, it’s better to make it lower. Goto Advanced Options->Memory Split. Type the lowest value which is 16 and OK.

12- Few commands to use with your Raspberry Pi over network;
sudo halt – to shutdown
sudo reboot – to restart

How to connect Arduino + 74HC595 + LCD 16×2

I put necessary files at the bottom o f the post.

There are different kinds of 16×2 LCDs on the market. So, the placement of the pins can be varied. There are some tutorials on the web which are showing how to connect Arduino+LCD+74HC595, however I couldn’t make any of them work. Because, my LCD’s pins placements are not same as the tutorials that I found.

I put a note in the Fritzing file. It shows the order of the pins. So, you can make the correct connections using the diagram.

Another issue is the Arduino’s LiquidDisplayLibrary. You need to update it in order to use the LCD library. You need to update or replace it from Aduino library.

Here is the steps how to connect Arduino + 74HC595 + LCD 16×2 together with only 3 pins on Arduino board;

1- Make your connections according to Fritzing file as follows. Click to download
Screen Shot 2014-09-28 at 6.43.16 PM2 – Download the LCD library. And place it into Arduino

– Download and unzip the new LiquidDisplay folder.

– Open Applications folder in Finder

– Right click onto Arduino and select Show package Content. Then goto Contents>Resources>Java>libraries

– Copy/replace the downloaded folder into that folder.

– Close Arduino App.

3- Download the example code. And upload to your Arduino.





How to install packages/extensions/plugins for Sublime Text 2?


Formerly, I was using Coda. It was a nice editor for me. But, I left working with Coda after the last updates. I couldn’t be comfortable with the new UI design. So, I started searching a new editor and came across with Sublime Text 2. I think, it is one of the best code editors that I’ve ever used in terms of app launching speed, smart UI design (actually it’s so minimal, the magic is the key bindings) and opens with your last projects and etc…

I have been working with Sublime Text 2 for two years nearly. After some time, I need to enhance it to save much more time while I’m coding. There will be another post about extension / plugins which I use with Sublime Text 2 in the future by the way…

Anyways, I mean if you’re looking for a new code editor, suggest you to check Sublime Text. It supports every language, scripts that I know.

Installing extensions is an easy process actually. But sometimes it can be hard to find pure and correct information about the context you are searching for. And I don’t understand why So here is the steps for Mac OS X;

1- Download the package/plugin/extension (whatever you say)

2- Unzip it as usual

3- Open Sublime Text 2 and navigate to Sublime Text 2 >Preferences > Browse Packages…

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4- Copy the extracted folder into Packages folder and restart Sublime Text 2. That’s it.

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5- To change settings or define new key bindings goto Sublime Text 2 >Preferences > Page Settings > Downloaded_Package_Folder_Name

Screen Shot 2013-08-13 at 1.04.33 AMIf you want to change setting or key bindings DO NOT edit the default files! There are extra user files for your customizations. By doing this you can avoid yo loose your settings after updates…


For a long time, I couldn’t post anything to my blog. We’re very busy with the works in Filika Design (check out our web site). And I’m trying to gain my coding skills on different coding enviroments like c++, unity and java-Javascript…

I think, I leave actionscript  in web design works. We have to think about mobile devices. And it’s sad for me to say this but, there is no way to use flash on mobile devices. However, action script is still my special power while programming multitouch apps, generative visuals and kinect based applications…

On the flash side, I’m busy with the new Starling Framework which uses gpu instead of system memory and cpu power. You should check it out if flash is your favourite coding platform 🙂

Some works from Filika Design;

– First video is Aqua Koridor : 12 x 8 m led screen,sonar sensors to track viewers’ coordinates, arduino board parses input data and send them to processing to create interactive visuals.

– Second video is floor projection application. However, it’s working with Kinect+Adobe Air. So, it’s very powerful from conventional floor projection techniques. We chose Kinect. Because, it isn’t affected by light sources, it uses infrared ligth to get infromations like depth, x,y and z position of the objects. So, ambient or spotlights in the venue don’t affect our application or calibration values.

openframeworks – Xcode 4 on os x lion

I’m sure there lots of programmers around who don’t know about anything c++, xcode and openframeworks technologies…So, sometimes we loose tons of time in order to get over very small issues like defining folder paths, potting files into correct place, or doing some operations in correct sequence, etc… And the funny part is, most of the time you can’t find any sources on the web in such situations. Don’t know why. May be it’s just related with me 🙂

First of all I need to tell my exact system running on my computer, so you check everything and be sure what’s going wrong..

1- donwload the 007 version release of openframeworks

2- my OS is OS X LION

3- Xcode 4

Installing Xcode4 is the most easy part as you expect… There is nothing tricky parts. After installation, place the “of_preRelease_v007_osx” folder anywhere in your hard drive. Xcode 4 is different then previous Xcode versions in terms of GUI. Don’t know it’s good or bad, but after some days I get used to new GUI. I think, it’s really comfortable to manage things easly…

Anyways, to copile and openframeworks examples;

1- Navigate to of_preRelease_v007_osx-> apps -> examples

2- Select one of the example project that you desire and double click to *.xcodeproj file

3- Here is the tricky part 🙂  “of_preRelease_v007_osx”  was released before Xcode4 so it doesn’t know anything about the osx 10.7 SDK. Firstly, you need to change BASE SDK for the project. To do that click onto project file and set BASE SDK to MAC OS X 10.6 as follows;














4- Hit the Run button to compile and debug the project

In the next tip I’ll explain how to create a new project from scratch..and add addons folders libraries to the header files…

Show Full Path of the Folder in Finder (mac os x 10.5+)



It’s possible to see folder path in Finder with the help of one line of code in terminal. To enable folder path view, copy and paste the as follows;

defaults write _FXShowPosixPathInTitle -bool YES

And to make it work instantly, you should restart or refresh Finder as it follows from Terminal window again;

killall Finder

To revert it back, just type the same codes and change boolean type YES to NO

defaults write _FXShowPosixPathInTitle -bool YES
killall Finder