Usual Panic is a great place to come for helpful tips and practical advice on Raspberry Pi and Arduino projects.


Sheldon Hartling, blogger-in-chief at Usual Panic, is an Internet pioneer who started his computer career over forty years ago. You know, back in ancient times when computers filled rooms and people got excited about giant machines that could run a million instructions per second! ( … he remembers breaking the 1 MIP barrier ☺ ).

Sheldon was quick to embrace the microcomputer movement and built his first 8080 computer in the 70’s from kits purchased from various suppliers and soldered together part-by-part.  His first computer had 8K bytes of memory on a board that cost $300 and took forever to build.

Over the years, Sheldon’s love of electronics and computers never waned. He has always been technical and likes to work “close to the metal” and enjoys programming in assembler, C, C++ and Perl, writing device drivers and compilers, and doing what used to be called system programming.

His latest passion is the Raspberry Pi. This brilliant little computer recaptures much of the thrill of those early days of computing and offers remarkable capabilities in a tiny board that cost only $35.00.

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2 thoughts on “About

  1. Guillaume

    Hello !
    Thanks Sheldon for this great project … for me it looks to be the most “pro” looking project result.
    I was wondering if you thought about adding the airplay feature of mpd or shairport to your code (and the choice menu)
    something like : you can select to be in airplay mode (or radio mode) wiating for airplay transmitter, then on your iDevice you discover the raspberry as an airplay-er

    thanks again !

    1. sheldon Post author

      Hi Guillaume

      An “airplay” option sounds like a good idea. I do have a number of things planed for radio.py version 2.0 if I can find the time to work on it. :-) I’m not sure “airplay” will be in the next release but I’ll add it to the feature request list.



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