Simple countdown timer for events. Birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, vacations, etc.
Extremely small footprint won’t crowd your mirror
- Small, medium or large display options.
Absolute beginner tutorials:
MMM-Cocktails, EARTH, Lottery, Fortune, Events, NASA, NEO, JEOPARDY, EyeCandy, Earthquake,
CARDS, MARS, Astronauts, EasyPix, ATM, Launch, Lunartic, SunRiseSet, WWI, Art, PetFinder
Census, EOL, SORT, AfterShip, LICE, PilotWX, Hello-Lucy, EasyBack, ISS, PC-Stats
Habe you compared the Laptops Power consumption with the raspberries? ;)
For sure it runs way better, but if you use just normal stuff, it is absolute not necessary imho.
Most of us use the mirror on the wall, without tons of cables (execpt Power) viewable. With a Laptop you have to be more tricky.
You’re not just running a raspberry. You’re also powering a display. I have not compared but I am sure there is a nominal difference. If there is a difference, the performance boost outweighs the cost difference.
Normal stuff? There are single modules that the Pi struggles with. I don’t accept stuttering transitions, RAM inadequacies, system overload and heat issues just to use a Pi.
I don’t know how you speak for “most of us”, but ok. Disassemble the laptop. Fits behind mirror as easily as a Pi. Only the power cord showing. How is this different from a Pi mirror? It’s not.
And what are your solutions for GPIO related stuff like temperatur sensor or PIR-Sensor (infrared or radar).
Do you always use the laptop screen or how does this look?
I don’t need a GPIO solution for temperature sensors. My thermostat already tells me that information. PIR sensor for motion? Not necessary. A simple usb webcam will do the trick. You can use the laptop display or you can use an external monitor when the laptop board supports that. I haven’t seen one that doesn’t.
This is not a tutorial. It’s more of a testimonial to the wonderful
working relationship between MagicMirror and UBUNTU.
I don’t know how many people are using MM with UBUNTU, but I am.
All of these are 10+ years old. I’ve had no trouble finding them on eBay
and Craigslist for less than the price of a Pi3.
For whatever reason, ubuntu does not like these two machines. So, I didn’t
bother with them. I use one now as a server machine under Windows 7.
Seriously, once you’ve experienced MagicMirror with UBUNTU you won’t go
back to Raspbian, and once you’ve done the same on a cheap old laptop,
you won’t go back to the Pi.
Because I have ubuntu on so many different machines, with relatively
different specs, I settled on UBUNTU 16.04 LTS for all of them. I did this
because it runs beautifully on every machine, even my i7 dev machine. The
installations are virtually identical, making it exceptionally easy to move
from one machine to another, for any reason.
So, if you’re interested. Go to the ubuntu website and pick up your free
version. Installation is fairly easy. They have a wonderful “how-to” guide
that will help you with the installation.
Install node. I do it this way for version 6
curl -sL https://deb.nodesource.com/setup_6.x | sudo -E bash -
Take your time. Read the directions carefully. They pretty much walk you through the steps. You and your son will be fine. If you get hung up on something you can post here and I’ll lend you a hand. Send your husband out for food and beer in case I get hungry. ;-)
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