Personal cloud storage on the Orange Pi

Set up the personal cloud service

One cool and practical project you can do on an Orange Pi or a Raspberry Pi is to set up a free, personal and “on-premise” version of Dropbox. This will allow you, among other things, to share files between your different devices. Additionally, you can automatically upload any new pictures from your phone to the cloud storage. In this tutorial you will learn to install the private cloud server software, configure it and sync files from a mobile device. I tested these steps on the Orange Pi and I assume this will also work on the Raspberry Pi. We will store the data on and external device, like a USB flash drive or external HDD, connected to the Orange Pi.

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Ultrasonic distance sensor

Connect the ultrasonic sensor to the Orange Pi

In this tutorial we will learn how to connect a HC-SR04 ultrasonic range sensor to the Orange Pi. This sensor measures distance from the sensor to an object by using ultrasounds. This is similar to how animal echolocation works, for example bats navigating in total darkness. Also, it’s how the submarine’s sonar detects objects under the sea.

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Install Hadoop on the Orange Pi

Install Java on Orange Pi

Let’s put the yellow elephant on the Orange Pi! Hadoop is a framework for distributed data storage and processing used in big data applications. We will set up a single node Hadoop cluster on the Orange Pi. This may or may not be practical in a production environment, but it’s a good way to learn to configure Hadoop, load a file on the hdfs and run a MapReduce job.

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Touchscreen display on Raspberry Pi

Attach the display directly to the GPIO pins

So I just got a 5 inch 800×480 HDMI touchscreen display. It comes with a CD with the drivers, a small HDMI connector, a touch pen, and it has a nice back light control switch.

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Remote connect to the Orange Pi

Connect remotely with PuTTY

You can remote connect to an Orange Pi on the same network, from Windows, as soon as you finish installing Armbian. You will need to download PuTTY.

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How to install Armbian on Orange Pi Plus 2e

Armbian on the microSD

You just got your own Orange Pi and you want to start developing your ideas. But before that, you need an operating system. In this post I will show how to install Armbian on the Orange Pi. Armbian is a Debian based operating system which targets the ARM architecture.

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Orange Pi is the new black

Looking for a new Raspberry Pi

So I decided to buy a new Raspberry Pi to use as a web server. I already have a Raspberry Pi 2, but I don’t want to use that as a server, because I am using it as a media center with OpenELEC and it works great. I initially wanted to get the Raspberry Pi 3.

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