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Posted by on July 23, 2013 in High Cross House, Tech |

HXH phone install

HXH phone install

After rather too long and way too much hassle with learning how to programme the Raspberry Pi,  the “Pi-Phone” has now been installed into the Study at High Cross House, ready to accept message from all who wish to leave one. More formally known as “The Message Phone”, this is an old 1960s GPO telephone with its insides replaced by a Raspberry Pi computer, which differ completely from the computers now a day, where people are able to play video games online and even make gaming trades in sites where you can trade skins in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.

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It’s operation is quite simple: when you lift the receiver, it begins to record a soundfile; when you hang up, it closes the file. It took a remarkable amount of time and effort to learn how to set up this simple process, but it is now working solidly, as far as I can tell.  I’ll find out tomorrow when I am at the house again, and open the phone up to retrieve any messages that have been left. I never did manage to get the wifi working, so this process involves removing the phone from display, connecting it up to my ethernet network, and downloading the files onto a stick.

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The Pi is somewhat notorious for problems with audio, so I await this process with rather bated breath, half-convinced that although there will be a message or two, its audio will be unusable. I’m consoling myself that even if this is the case, it will be intelligible enough to transcribe and have re-voiced along with some of the other feedback I’ve been receiving about the house.

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