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Did I just received my UP AI Plus that I backed on Kickstarter?

Did I just received my UP AI Plus that I backed on Kickstarter?

Hi everyone,

Today, I got a package with Up Tape in it:

Up Board Package
Up Board Package

I’ve been expecting to receive my UP AI Plus that I backed on Kickstarter last year. The project got several delays due to Intel CPU shortages, but last week, I received a tracking number from AAEON, which makes the UP Board and this just popped up today. It initially should have been delivered on Thursday.

I’ll be opening the box and seeing if this is definitely the UP AI Plus and I’ll share the photos with you soon!

Raspberry/Orange Pi’s, PINE 64 and Other SBCs are back at crunching tasks!

Raspberry/Orange Pi’s, PINE 64 and Other SBCs are back at crunching tasks!

Hi everyone,

Today has been a busy day, as I’ve been configuring back my Raspberry and Orange Pi’s as well as my PINE 64 to crunch BOINC Distributed Computing tasks again. Also, I moved some of the Intel SBCs to their new place as you can see in the image below:

SBC 1

These SBCs has been offline since the last days of July and now I’ve put them up to work and contribute again.

They are mostly running [email protected] tasks. You can see the tasks here:

SBC 1

That’s all for today!

Website updated to show BOINC tasks from my Raspberry Pi Zero. Also, now shows Suspended tasks correctly!

Website updated to show BOINC tasks from my Raspberry Pi Zero. Also, now shows Suspended tasks correctly!

Hi everyone,

Today, I’ve made some changed to my software code and also added the Raspberry Pi Zero to the website.

BOINC To Web Raspberry Pi Zero

Some changes I made to the software, which is available in GitHub, are the following:

  • Status Log now scrolls to the end.
  • Option to erase the log on each update.
  • Suspended tasks now show correctly on the website as “Suspended”.
  • Password fields are now masked.

You can see that Suspended tasks will now be shown correctly on the website. Previously they were shown as “Running”:

BOINC To Web Suspended Tasks

That’s all.

Remember that I have set the software to update my website every 5 minutes! Check out my BOINC Tasks over here.

Installing Windows 10 Creators Update to the UDOO x86

Installing Windows 10 Creators Update to the UDOO x86

Hi everyone,

Today, I’ll show you a video where I’m installing Windows 10 Creators Update (build 15063) to the UDOO x86. Installing Windows 10 is very easy and while the setup took some time to finish, Windows 10 runs very nice on this board. In fact, I used the UDOO x86 to do the ArduBOINC project you can see by clicking here.

One recommendation is that if you plan on installing big software later, like Visual Studio 2017, I recommend you get an M.2 SSD drive or a 2.5 Hard Disk Drive or SSD, as the 32GB eMMC Storage is not so much and will fill up very fast with the Windows Updates and builds, especially if you participate in the Windows Insider Program as I do. In the video, I’m installing Windows 10 to a 250GB Hard Disk Drive.

Received my UDOO x86 Advanced + Starter Kit!

Received my UDOO x86 Advanced + Starter Kit!

Hi everyone,

Yesterday I forgot to write a post, because I received, finally, my UDOO x86 Advanced and I started playing with it.

This particular board has an Intel Celeron N3160 clocked at 1.60Ghz and can go up to 2.40Ghz. It has Intel Graphics HD 400 with 12 execution units clocked at 640Mhz, comes with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of eMMC storage after upgrading it in my Kickstarter Pledge.

This is how the board looks:

UDOO x86 1

It has 3 USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI and 2 Mini DisplayPort connectors so you can connect 3 displays, it also has a headset jack, a Gigabit Ethernet Port, a SATA connector, and an Arduino 101. You also have a Front Panel connector so you can plug a button and Power and HDD LEDs.

So the next thing I did was to connect a Power button to it using the Front Panel connector, an old 250GB HDD, an Arctic Breeze USB fan to keep the CPU cool and of course, the HDMI, Ethernet, the Mouse and Keyboard Dongle and the Windows 10 Flash Drive to install Windows 10 to it. This board comes with no OS installed, so you have to download and install an OS:

UDOO x86 2

Once Windows 10 was installed, I installed BOINC and added the World Community Grid, Collatz Conjecture, and WUProp projects to keep the CPU busy and do helpful work. You can see the performance here:

UDOO x86 3

Finally, I started playing with the Arduino and wrote the very basic LED Blinking software:

UDOO x86 4
UDOO x86 5

So far I like this board, and I can recommend it since it is a powerful machine with a small form factor. Perfect for daily work and the Intel Celeron CPU is actually very good! It has the following instruction set:

UDOO x86 6

I will be uploading my unboxing video and the Windows 10 installation video guide I made, so stay tuned for the videos!

Tweets I’ve made:

Below are the tweets I’ve made of this device. Feel free to like them and retweet them!
https://twitter.com/moisesmcardona/status/854112017485107206
https://twitter.com/moisesmcardona/status/854123682217766912
https://twitter.com/moisesmcardona/status/854335337396654080
https://twitter.com/moisesmcardona/status/854335918802685953

[4K Videos] Raspberry Pi Zero Unboxing, installing Raspbian, and running BOINC

[4K Videos] Raspberry Pi Zero Unboxing, installing Raspbian, and running BOINC

Hi everyone,

A few months ago, I got the Raspberry Pi Zero. This is a very small computer but it is extremely cheap! I got it just to try it as I was curious to see how will it perform compared to the original Raspberry Pi. It performs really well, I think a little faster than the original Pi, but that could be because of the speed of the MicroSD card I’m using here.

Anyway, here, you’ll see some videos I made about the Raspberry Pi Zero. Hope you like them:

Unboxing video:

Downloading Raspbian for the Raspberry Pi Zero:

Connecting and using the Raspberry Pi Zero:

Installing BOINC:

Size comparison between other Raspberry Pi and Orange Pi

[4K Video] Unboxing the Canakit Raspberry Pi 3 Starter Kit

[4K Video] Unboxing the Canakit Raspberry Pi 3 Starter Kit

Hi everyone,

A few months ago, I got the Canakit Raspberry Pi 3 Starter Kit. This kit comes with everything needed to get your Raspberry Pi 3 up and running. Included are the Raspberry Pi 3, AC Adapter, MicroSD Card with a USB Reader, a Case, HDMI Cable, Heatsinks, and several documentations.

What I’m doing with my Raspberry Pi 3? I’m using it to run the Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computer, or BOINC for short and mining Gridcoin.

So, here is my unboxing video. Hope you like it!

[4K Videos] Kangaroo Mobile Desktop Computer Unboxing and Overview Videos

[4K Videos] Kangaroo Mobile Desktop Computer Unboxing and Overview Videos

Hi everyone,

Today, I’m sharing with all of you my unboxing video and overview of the Kangaroo Mobile Desktop Computer. This is a great mini-computer with has an Intel Atom X5-Z8500 processor, Intel Graphics, 2GB RAM, 32GB eMMC Storage, Dual Band 2Ghz and 5Ghz Wifi, comes with Windows 10 64bit OS, has a USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports, and an HDMI output. It also has a fingerprint reader and also has a battery so you can use it just with the battery instead of plugging in the AC Adapter. However, I recommend taking out the battery if you’ll be doing heavy work on this machine as the battery may swell as it happened to me (see the last video).

Unboxing Video:

First Time Use and Overview:

Swollen Battery video: