An automatic Tensorflow-CUDA-Docker-Jupyter machine on Google Cloud Platform

For a class I'm teaching (on deep learning and art) I had to create a machine that auto starts a jupyter notebook with tensorflow and GPU support. Just create an instance and presto - Jupyter notebook with TF and GPU!
How awesome is that?

Well... building it wasn't that simple.
So for your enjoyment - here's my recipe:
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FFMpeg with Lame MP3 and streaming for the Arduino Yun

So, I've been trying to stream audio off of a USB microphone connected to an Arduino Yun.
Looking into it online I found some examples using ffserver & ffmpeg, which sounded like they could do the trick.
However right from the start I've had many problems with playing the streams on Android and iOS devices.
Seems Android likes a certain list of codecs ( and iOS like a different set of codecs (Link here), but they do have on codec in common - good ol' MP3.
Unfortunately, the OpenWRT on the Arduino Yun has an ffmpeg build which does not provide MP3 encoding... it does have the MP3 muxer/container format, but streaming anything other then MP3 in it (for example MP2, which the Yun-ffmpeg does have) simply doesn't work on the Android/iOS.
From experiments streaming from my PC a ffmpeg/libmp3lame MP3 stream, it looks like the mobile devices are quite happy with it - so I will need to recompile ffmpeg with Lame MP3 support to be able to stream it.
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Push a file to your Smartphone

This is a quick tip. If you need to push a notification to your smartphone, or even send a file, I recently stumbled upon "Pushbullet".
I was looking for a solution to send a file (with automatic download) to my phone, via bash script on my raspberry pi. I've been using pushover for a while, but as far as I know, it doesn't support files

I have read the Pushbullet API, and came to realise that sending a file have 3 steps

1. Getting credentials to send the file
2. Upload the file to a remote server
3. Send a notification of "file" type with the download url

Of course, you can do 1 and 2 youself if you have access to a place which stores the file (I also managed to send a dropbox download link)

You need to sign up for Pushbullet via web, to get the api key, and also install the app on your smartphone (obviously)

So here is the bash script (It's not elegant - but it works)
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Share NFS from Windows

I recently bought a second raspberry pi, for the purpose of making it a "dumb" media center running XBMC (Raspbmc to be exact). I already have a media center PC running XBMC on Windows 7, and I wanted to connect my raspberry pi to the downloaded media, stored remotely on the Win7.

First, of course, I tried SMB (windows share). It worked… ok. But after installing a new HP Wireless printer, it seemed to disconnect a lot. I don't fully understand why, but it appears that the printer publishes itself as SMB master thus disconnecting my other SMB connections (or maybe only Linux ones)

Anyways, I have spent almost two days, understanding how to connect the Raspberry pi to Windows 7 using NFS. It was not easy, because it seems Microsoft has dropped support for it on home OS (even Win7 ultimate) since Windows XP.

I ended up doing it with Cygwin (which gives powerful Linux capabilities to windows machines).

I want to outline what I have done in order for this to work. This process could be very easy and it could be frustrating. I really hope it will help you do it yourself.

So it might do the trick as step-by-step, and you might come some obstacles on the way

The original guide I used can be found in this link, however it did not work at once and I had to tweak a bit. Also, it is referring to Windows XP.

As this is not step-by-step in full, with screenshots, it might help you on your journey. This can also help you with any windows share to be exported to linux

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Tailing the output of multiple files in Linux

This is a quick post to show a trick to tail multiple files, while showing the filename in the beginning of the line

What I needed was a way to grep multiple logs for an exception. But doing "tail -f *.log | grep exception" only let me see the exception, but I didn't know which log file to look in

I have found this guide, and altered the script and added

  1. Printing the file name in the beginning of each line
  2. Padding spaces after the file name (you can alter the minimal length in the ALIGN variable

Anyway - here's the script. Hope you find it useful

# When this exits, exit all back ground process also.
trap 'kill $(jobs -p)' EXIT
# iterate through the each given file names,
for file in "$@"
        LENGTH=`echo ${file} | wc -c`
        PADDING=`expr ${ALIGN} - ${LENGTH}`
        PAD=`perl -e "print ' ' x $PADDING;"`
        # show tails of each in background.
        tail -f $file | sed "s/^/${file}${PAD}:/g"  &
# wait .. until CTRL+C

Using your Raspberry Pi as an SSL Proxy

Not long ago, I have purchased an IP camera for my home. A nice toy I must say. I wanted to expose this camera for outside access. The issue is that this camera's interface does not support SSL.

Well because privacy is involved, the least I could do is add SSL somehow. I googled a bit and came across this article. I decided to use my raspberry pi for that.

The process itself is relatively easy but I had to do some improvisations over the article above. So I decided to make a tutorial for this.

You can use this to add SSL layer on top of every http you have.

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Reading a directory in C++ (Win32 & Posix)

Just a snippet of code if someone out there needs it. I keep coming back to it, so I thought why not share it...

#include <iostream>

#ifndef WIN32
#include <dirent.h>

using namespace std;

void open_imgs_dir(char* dir_name, std::vector<std::string>& file_names) {
	if (dir_name == NULL) {

	string dir_name_ = string(dir_name);
	vector<string> files_;

#ifndef WIN32
//open a directory the POSIX way

	DIR *dp;
	struct dirent *ep;     
	dp = opendir (dir_name);
	if (dp != NULL)
		while (ep = readdir (dp)) {
			if (ep->d_name[0] != '.')
		(void) closedir (dp);
	else {
		cerr << ("Couldn't open the directory");

//open a directory the WIN32 way
	WIN32_FIND_DATA fdata;

	if(dir_name_[dir_name_.size()-1] == '\\' || dir_name_[dir_name_.size()-1] == '/') {
		dir_name_ = dir_name_.substr(0,dir_name_.size()-1);

	hFind = FindFirstFile(string(dir_name_).append("\\*").c_str(), &fdata);	
			if (strcmp(fdata.cFileName, ".") != 0 &&
				strcmp(fdata.cFileName, "..") != 0)
				if (fdata.dwFileAttributes & FILE_ATTRIBUTE_DIRECTORY)
					continue; // a diretory
		while (FindNextFile(hFind, &fdata) != 0);
	} else {
		cerr << "can't open directory\n";

	if (GetLastError() != ERROR_NO_MORE_FILES)
		cerr << "some other error with opening directory: " << GetLastError() << endl;

	file_names = files_;



The Raspberry Pi is Here

A few months back I placed an order for a raspberry pi. For those who don't know what it is, it is a really cool project which is basically a computer for 35$ (Shipping for me almost doubled it, but that's to be expected). It is a board, which as 256MB Ram, SD-Card slot, 2 USB Slots, an RCA Slot for analog video, and a headphone jack for analog audio.

It is originally a project for schools, to help today's kids get started with (python, but not only) programming.

To be exact with what the project guys are describing it:

The Raspberry Pi is a credit-card sized computer board that plugs into a TV and a keyboard. It's a miniature ARM-based PC which can be used for many of the things that a desktop PC does, like spreadsheets, word-processing and games. It also plays High-Definition video.
Here are some FAQs

The OS of this board is stored on an SD Card. I have bought a class 10 16gb SD Card off of eBay for this purpose.

So few days ago, the board arrived! I finally found myself playing with it, and it's so much fun

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Download all your loved tracks in two simple steps

I'm a fan of online radio, and I have a habit of marking every good song that I hear as a "loved track". Over the years I got quite a list, and so I decided to turn it into my jogging playlist. But for that, I need all the songs downloaded to my computer so I can put them on my mobile. While does link to Amazon for downloading all the loved songs for pay, I'm going to walk the fine moral line here and suggest how you can download every song from existing free YouTube videos.
If it really bothers you, think of it as if I created a YouTube playlist and now I'm using my data plan to stream the songs off YT itself..
Moral issues resolved, we can move on to the scripting.

Update (4/27/12): has moved:, and also added a very neat --extract-audio option so you can get the songs in audio right away (it basically does a conversion in a second step).
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