We have found the Raspberry Pi to be a cost-effective replacement for the Mac minis that we use in our office to drive TVs that are information radiators. We use these radiators to display the build status of our ci (continuous integration) projects.
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Do you have a wireless network that you want to enable guest access to quickly? Here’s the scenario: your guest is looking perplexedly at the ceiling [because that’s where the gods of wireless evidently dwell] and giving you that ‘srsly?’ look.
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Skype connectivity sometimes drops calls. It is also challenging to schedule with multiple people. We already use Google Apps so it made sense since it would integrate with our other systems so easily.
We having using Google Hangouts and have been very pleased with the results so far.
The setup is more involved than using Skype so I am going to detail the steps involved.
Our New York office's sound system was, frankly, awful. It had a persistent background buzz, a loud hum, which we could not get rid of until we re-engineered our audio cabling.
We switched to shielded cabling and professional-grade connectors, and when we finished we no longer heard the buzz. And we are able to drive our sound system with an iPhone.