How to format larger SD Cards for Raspberry Pi

How to format larger SD Cards for Raspberry Pi

If you have ever used an SD card with a capacity of over 32GB you may have run into some problems when using it with your Raspberry Pi. The reason for this is that SD cards of larger capacities will by default use a format unsupported by the Raspberry Pi to allow for the use of the full capacity of the SD card.

By default, many SD card formatters will format cards below 32GB as FAT32, and cards that are above 32GB as exFAT (which is not supported by Raspberry Pi). Fortunately, it is relatively easy to work around this problem using a minimal number of steps.

Formatting the SD Card

Before continuing, we’d like to point out that we did not have a larger capacity SD card to test this on, however, the principles remain very much the same. On a secondary note, you will need either a Windows or OS X computer with an SDXC card slot. Also, it is worth bearing in mind that reformatting SD cards will result in the loss of data, so make a backup first if there is anything important you wish to keep.

First, we must download and then use the SD-CARD associations formatter application. This is available to download from the SD-CARD association’s site. After you have this downloaded and installed we can move on to the preliminary formatting of the drive.

How to format larger SD Cards for Raspberry Pi


Strangely enough, the method of formatting SD cards seems to differ whether you are using a Mac or a Windows PC, even though the software is much the same. If you are using OS X ensures that you check “Overwrite Format” and select the “Option” button in which you must then check “Logical Address Adjustment” as yes.


In Windows this is slightly different, simply click the “Option” button and select “FULL (OverWrite)” for the format type drop-down and “On” for the format size adjustment dropdown.

Formatting as FAT32

To finalize formatting our “fat”, if you pardon the pun, SD Card we must reformat it so that it can be recognized by our Raspberry Pi. Thankfully there is a neat little tool we can use to reformat our SD card as FAT32.

The tool can be downloaded from Ridgecrop Consultants Ltd, unfortunately, this is for Windows only but alas OS X provides the Disk Utility application which can also do this for you. You should now be able to successfully use NOOBS off of your Raspberry Pi since the boot loader is now utilizing a recognized format. Take care when using the FAT32 Formatter for Windows by ensuring that you are formatting the correct drive, or else it could become a rather costly error.

How to Install Windows 7 on a USB Flash Drive

How to Install Windows 7 on a USB Flash Drive

Installing Windows 7 Without a Hard Drive

How to install windows 7 in DVD-R (W) /CD-R (W) drives – WME or Easy Install software. Windows Operating System comes free with your PC. Microsoft has bundled the operating system with the hardware so that you can run it without any additional software. But certain software programs are available free on the Internet.

These software programs can be downloaded and then installed by keeping the DVD-R (W) /CD-R (W) drive in the computer’s USB port.

System Requirements

System Requirements for installing a new copy of windows 7 in DVD-R (W) drives – WME requires both Windows XP Home Edition and Windows 7 Ultimate Product. You can check your computer’s requirements for running Windows XP Home Edition first. Windows XP Home Edition and Windows 7 Ultimate Product are different operating systems, but they have similar hardware architecture so that installation of one on the other can be a simple matter.

How to install windows 7 in hard drive partition –

Windows XP Home Edition and Windows 7 Ultimate Product can both be installed in a “barebone” configuration. A barebone configuration means just that, it is a configuration where nothing is pre-installed on the hard drive. In this case, the hard drive is simply formatted and Windows is installed in its default settings. In order to install windows 7 in a complete configuration, you need to include a software package such as Windows Media Player Recovery to repair your media player.

How to install windows 7 in a new partition –

In this case, the computer will not contain an existing partition for the installation of Windows. The only available option is to create a new partition. New partitions can be created using the Disk Partition Wizard. Just like when planning to format a physical drive, you will need to determine the disk formatting options. You can choose from FAT, NTFS, or FAT32 partitions.

How to Install Windows 7 on a USB Flash Drive

How to install windows 7 DVD

You can install windows in a variety of ways. One such way would be to copy your current Windows setup over to a new hard drive, such as a USB drive. Another way would be to boot up the PC, eject the Windows installation disc, and then follow the on-screen instructions. A third method would be to utilize the “recovery” CD that comes with the installation. The recovery CD will boot up your PC and place a bootable Windows DVD in the drive, thus allowing you to install your windows system. Window 7 give you excellent support to web designers and web developers in many ways, learn more about web designing at

If you are planning to install windows by booting up the computer, then you should use the Windows installation tool that was installed with the original installation process. The Windows installation tool will allow you to boot up the computer and then run through the installation process. If your computer has not been turned on, you can boot up the computer and then go to the settings. There, you will find the storage drives tab. Click on the existing disk that has the Windows installation tool on it. Use the browse option to select the drive that corresponds to your USB drive.

How To Create iOS 7 Icons In CSS

How To Create iOS 7 Icons In CSS


With iOS 7 Apple went for a clean yet minimalistic design with their UI. This has allowed for the creation of certain iOS 7 icons through the use of CSS and CSS only. Images are no longer required to replicate the design and function of an iOS icon. Unfortunately, this tutorial or CSS trick poses no real-world value as it doesn’t really have a use for itself, although the end effect is certainly satisfactory.

What we will be creating

As you can see if you hover over either icon it will start to jiggle about a lot like the classic iPhone app animation that we are all familiar with. You can of course view the code from that embedded preview above, which is fine to copy however I will be explaining it all below. You may notice that the CSS animation goes a little wrong in that embedded CodePen, but I can assure you that it does work when tested locally anyway.

The HTML Layout

We will be using a very simple HTML layout as most of the magic is worked through the CSS for website design, not much really needs explaining here as it is pretty self-explanatory.

How To Create iOS 7 Icons In CSS

Here we essentially have two wrappers, one for the weather icon and one for the notes icon. Inside these two wrappers, we have the various components that make up the whole of the icon.

Weather Icon CSS

Although this isn’t necessary to the CSS trick I suggest you set a background other than white to ensure that certain elements of the icons show up more easily. I used #5fadd3 in this example.

The weather icon is deceptively simple to make. The base consists of a single 100 pixel by 100-pixel tile with a border-radius of 20 pixels, this gives an effect close enough to that of a true iOS icon. The sun is quite obviously a relatively small circle using a border radius of 100 per cent and of course the typical yellow colour of the sun. The cloud is the most complex part of the icon consisting of two oval shapes each of which vary in dimension and a small circle.

We will start with the main icon and the sun:


To simulate the icon of weather icon I simply used a gradient ranging from top to bottom specifying the colours shown above. To help with this step I did use a reference image of an iOS device running iOS 7, however, I of course have already done this for you.

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We haven’t quite yet got to implementing the keyframes of the ‘jiggle’ animation so I won’t go into too much detail about that now. The sun is 40 pixels by 40 pixels again this was me trying to get the dimensions right relative to the real icon. We use a 100 per cent border-radius to ensure that we get a perfect circle, next we have to do a little bit of readjustment to get the sun in just the right place.

The reference weather icon image has slight transparency allowing the sun to shine through the cloud. To achieve this effect I applied transparency of 0.9 to the parent object. The following constituents of the cloud could then all have transparencies of 1.0 as they are relative to that of the parent object. Although this part is arguably rather complex there really isn’t too much to explain here as it is all about positioning the objects in just the right place.

Notes Icon CSS

The notes icon is somewhat easier to make as it doesn’t involve any complex shapes, although it can be quite finicky to get the lines in just the right place. For this icon, I set the main background colour as being the golden yellow colour. I then used a second element with a rounded left and right bottom border which overlaps the original gold colour. The lines were mostly made by repeating elements however there were a few exceptions.


The above CSS makes up the top half of the notes icon. Again as before we used a width and height of 100 pixels and a border-radius of 20 pixels. Note that we used the border-box tag on the note element as the border placed at the top of it causes the height of the icon to increase by 3 pixels. However, the border-box tag overrides this.


In the icon, I used three lines to match that of the reference notes icon. However, the final line had to be slightly altered so that it didn’t clip over the edge of the icon and cause it to look a little odd. To fix this we simply specified width of 90 pixels and a border radius of 3 pixels.

The ‘Jiggle’ Animation

The ‘Jiggle’ animation is fairly basic albeit may look slightly complex which is mostly due to the many prefixes that you see such as -WebKit, -mox and -o. Likely there are only really a couple of parts to understand.


The various keyframes are for Internet Explorer, Safari & Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox. As you can see this animation causes the icons to move one degree anti-clockwise and one degree clockwise roughly a couple of times a second. As you saw in the CSS code earlier we simply only have to call this animation. We use the infinite tag to declare that the icon animation should loop when the user has hovered over.


Raspberry Pi

How to make Raspberry Pi use the Full Resolution of your Monitor

When I first used my Raspberry Pi, I wondered why the full 1920×1080 resolution of my monitor was not taken advantage of. In the preferences of the Pi, the resolution was set to the largest available (not 1080p), but after some research, I found you can change a few settings in a configuration file that will remove the black bars (‘overscan’) and enjoy your Raspberry Pi fullscreen.

To change the settings, we need to change a few things in /boot/config.txt. From the Linux command-line interface (without going into the GUI desktop), enter:

sudo nano /boot/config.txt

This will bring up the contents of the config.txt file, where you are free to edit it. As the instructions say, find the line which says #disable_overscan=1 and uncomment it (i.e. remove the #). Normally this should be enough, but if you used NOOBS (New Out Of Box Software) then there are a few more things you need to change.

Raspberry Pi

As you look further down the page, there may be another section with overscan and borders, and yet another disable_overscan=0, all of these which override our disable_overscan=1 above. Therefore, you’ll need to comment (i.e. add a # before each line) that mentions overscan (there are four), and lastly change disable_overscan=0 at the bottom to disable_overscan=1 and make sure it isn’t commented out.

Here is that last block of code as it should look after our changes (note your overscan number values may be different):


Once you’re done, you can press ^X (or Ctrl+X) and follow the instructions on-screen (i.e. typing Y to save) to save your changes. You may need to reboot your Pi for the changes to take effect. If you have any troubles or can’t get this to work, leave a comment below.

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How To Setup up a VPS for WordPress (Introduction)

How To Setup up a VPS for WordPress (Introduction)

In this series we will be going through the steps of setting up and optimising a virtual private server (VPS) for a large capacity WordPress install.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Setting up a new VPS – OS, User Accounts and Security
  • Setting up a firewall – Linux IPTables
  • Adding a Caching Server – Varnish
  • Further Optimisation – CDNs, Cloudflare


Since quite recently we have been posting out quite a bit of content relating to optimising websites and their hosting, we are pleased to announce that over some time in the near future we hope to release a tutorial series on optimising a virtual private server or VPS for a WordPress install. The ensuing series will be aimed at both beginners and intermediates in the field of self hosting a web server.

We hope the series will allow you to firstly set-up and then optimise a linux web server of your own, and then later manage it by applying update and performing general web server maintenance. Throughout the series we will be using a VPS provided by Digital Ocean which means we will also be going through the process of installing and configuring a web server such as Apache.

How To Setup up a VPS for WordPress (Introduction)

Not only will this series cover the set-up of a web server we will also be covering managing and optimising a WordPress install, this will include plugins to speedup WordPress through the use of add ons such as W3C Total Cache and ensuring that a WordPress install is secure from intruders. Next we will discuss the use of caching servers such as Varnish, to serve static pages rather than dynamic pages.

We will be posting the next parts of the series throughout the next few months, and we will try to keep them to a regular schedule, although this will depend on whether or not we have to give time to other commitments. To keep up to date with the series you can follow us on Twitter, Google+ or Facebook or if you’d rather, you can subscribe to our RSS feed.

Verdun: An Online WWI FPS

Verdun: An Online WWI FPS

Verdun is probably one of the only currently available, realistic World War One first person shooters. The game is in early access and is being worked on by M2H Studios, who are an indie game development company based in the Netherlands. The game is running under the Unity engine, which we believe to now be the Unity 5 engine or at least M2H are supposedly planning to release the final game under the latest revision of the Unity engine. The gameplay encapsulates the allied forces against the German forces in good old trench warfare. As Verdun is based in World War One the guns are mainly bolt actions with the exception of some machine guns and semi automatic pistols.

However, Verdun is not your average point and shoot shooter. The game takes on a relatively realistic approach with many body shots from a bolt action rifle being a one shot kill and a couple of shots from a pistol being equally as deadly. This can make the game rather challenging for those accustomed to games such as Call of Duty and Battlefield where kills are often obtained from many shots wounding the body of an enemy.

Verdun: An Online WWI FPS

Overall my impression of the game is rather positive, the maps are great whilst also be historically accurate in terms of design and the gameplay somewhat atmospheric and immersive. My only gripes with the game at this moment in time would be that killing an enemy player seems rather dissatisfying as there appears to be a distinct lack of blood spurts and bullet wound textures emerging from the enemy players.

The rag-dolls whilst proving amusing after you’ve have blown someone sky-high with a grenade do not offer the same experience or immersion as the deaths present in games such as Call of Duty’s World at War. The addition of a few more sound effects mainly in the form of when a player is either killed or hurt would go along way. A few more character animations such as flinching when hit and possibly more “lifeless” deaths would also be a feature that I for one would quite like to see added to the game.

Your Trump Card for Child Safety

An iOS Spy App – Your Trump Card for Child Safety!

Are you ever concerned about the safety of your kid? Kids are so passionate about gadgets and smartphones nowadays that nothing fascinates them more, other than their brand new iPhone handset. In this age where street crime is on the rise, you must ensure that your kids are safe and are where they should be. To get some assurity regarding this, you can be relatively relaxed because an iOS spy app will let you do just that!

What is an iOS spy app?

A phone monitoring app is basically cell phone software that can be installed on any iPhone that you’d like to trace. When it comes to your kids, you have every right to ascertain their security by any means necessary, and using an iOS spy app will make spying on your kids absolutely safe and secure – your kids have no way of finding out that you are tracking their phones.

Which Spy App should you go for?

There are all kinds of tracking apps but not all run on iPhone. An iOS spy app is a technically difficult app to create, so not all software houses venture into that. Xnspy on the whole is a pretty decent app and its geo-tracking feature is what makes it really special. If you suspect that your kids skip classes and hang out with friends instead, or simply want to keep tabs on your kids when they are out on their own, you can simply install Xnspy on their handsets once and after that you can remotely trace their location anytime and anywhere using GPS. The location of your child will be shown in the shape of a pointer on the map.

Your Trump Card for Child Safety

Not only that, Xnspy has an edge – you can also trace the location history of the iPhone user. You can see precisely where your kids went the entire day, and view the route they used to reach that location. So at the end of the day, you can check their location history to get a full picture of where they’ve been, along with time records.

Apart from the tracking features, Xnspy has other handy features including:

  • Spy SMS and e-mail
  • Spy calls
  • Record phone surrounding
  • View pictures and videos
  • Get instant alerts on specific words in SMS, contacts e ail IDs and SIM changes
  • Check web browsing history

Thousands of parents have opted for Xnspy because it not only traces Geo-Location, it also helps spying on other phone content as well. All iPhone models running on iOS 6.0 and higher, including the latest iPhone 6S, are fully compatible with this software. With Xnspy, your worrying days are over. So let your kids be on their own – why restrict them when you can check up on them at anytime? Xnspy is an iOS spy app like no other!

You can find Xnspy on the iOS App Store, the Google Play Store, or find out more on the Xnspy site.

My 6 Favourite Web Design Inspiration Sites

My 6 Favourite Web Design Inspiration Sites

There are all sorts of different websites and magazines people like to use for web design inspiration, but like most people, I have a few favourites. So, just incase you weren’t aware of some of these sites (which is unlikely), I’ll run through 6 of my favourite sites for web design inspiration (in no particular order). If you know any other websites which are particularly good for this sort of thing, please leave a comment at the bottom of this post.

  1. Dribbble

    Seeing as this is probably the most obvious site, I’ll show you this one first. Dribbble is one of the most popular places to find inspiration, not just for web design, but for almost anything: graphic design; fonts; icons; drawings; logos – you name it. It’s on Dribbble. What’s more, you can follow users who create things you like, so your Dribbble homepage shows specifically what you are looking for.

  2. CodePen

    CodePen is another great site for inspiration, although not so much for full page designs. This site is focused more towards CSS / jQuery snippets of code, such as experiments or creations people have made. Nevertheless, it’s fantastic if you’re looking for ways to spice up your site or think of creative ideas for templates.

  3. Design Fridge

    Design Fridge is another good source of inspiration for full site designs and snippets, along with articles, tutorials and other resources to help inspire you and improve your website.My 6 Favourite Web Design Inspiration Sites

  4. Themeforest

    The theme marketplace, Themeforest is another great source of inspiration, with WordPress, HTML, eCommerce and more themes available for purchase. As with most other sources of inspiration, it’s important you don’t just copy these themes (especially if you are looking for inspiration in order to submit to the Themeforest marketplace!), but it can be interesting to see the common trends and what sells well in order to give you some starting ideas.

    Of course, if you like a theme you see on Themeforest a lot you can just buy it! (While you’re there please check out my portfolio: and Taylor’s portfolio:

  5. CSS Winner

    This site is a collection of websites that have been awarded for good design and CSS – so naturally if you’re looking for inspiration from exemplar, highly commended work this is a good place to start.

  6. CSSDeck

    Similar to CodePen, CSSDeck has a vast collection of user submitted CSS3, HTML5, jQuery and more creations, experiments and demos. It’s a great source of inspiration to scroll through the endless pages of items – you’re bound to come across something interesting!

  7. Cliqued Media

Cliqued Media web design agency Ireland is building best website from the last many years for customer across the Globe they have hundreds of customers in the local market (i.e Ireland, Dublin, Galway etc). They are in the market since 2006 thet have helped businesses of various sizes in Ireland ensuring they get the maximum return from their online activities through their services.

And there you have it. 6 of my favourite sources for inspiration. If I ever get “designer’s block” and am struggling for ideas, a quick trip around some of these sites will soon set me back on the right track, even sometimes improving what I was already working on.

I hope you get similar use out of these sites, and if any of you have a Dribbble invite doing nothing… (joking!)

Finally, if you have any other inspiration websites that you feel should be included on this list, leave a comment below and if I like your sites I’ll gladly update this post!

Where to Find Free Images for Your Themes

Where to Find Free Images for Your Themes

It’s a common problem that faces web designers, especially those who sell themes and templates on sites such as Themeforest. Having decent images will definitely help to sell more copies of your design, but that means you need to find royalty-free images which are safe to use in commercial projects. Normally, for better quality images, you’d have to spend money on sites such as iStockphoto, in some cases having to pay even more for extended licenses.

They’re sometimes hard to find, but there are a few sites which offer royalty-free images for free, with a requirements that you either ask for permission from the authors if you are using the images commercially, or attribute them and so on. These can be useful, but if you would rather have images with no hassle and no copyright concerns, then you can visit some sites that offer 100% free images, for use in anything. In this post, I’ll show you some websites from both of these categories.


First of all, let’s take a look at stock.xchng (that’s the name, not it’s web address – see You have to create a free account, but you can download any of over 400,000 free images available. There’s a huge selection of photos available, and they’re all free. Of course, you get similar images from iStockphoto showing up mixed in with the free results, so be careful. Also, you need to be careful to check the licenses for each photo, as the different authors have different requirements and limits on how you use their photos.


Unsplash is a fantastic Tumblr site, offering 10 new photos every 10 days. Unlike Stock.xchng, you don’t need to make an account, and there are absolutely no restrictions on the images. They’re 100% free, suitable for commercial use, or in other words – “do whatever you want” with them. Specifically, their licensed under CC0 which simply confirms that the images are completely free. You can subscribe on Tumblr to make sure you always get the new images, and you can even submit some of your photos.

Where to Find Free Images for Your Themes


Gratisography is a site with a nicer, more modern responsive design. Once again, all the images are completely free for any use, and “free from copyright restrictions”. You don’t need to make an account, and all the images are even high-resolution. In fact, I was going to use an image from this site for the featured image of this post, but the resolution was too high for this WordPress installation to handle!


I often use this site to find images. Technically it’s a wallpaper site, but they are free and very good quality images available in almost any resolution for any device. You don’t need an account to download the images, but it is optional. However, you do need to be careful with copyright and licensing as most images require at least attribution and are not available for use in commercial projects – but I have seen some Themeforest themes use images from this site. Even if you don’t use pictures from this site for your theme, the images still make fantastic wallpapers!

These are the four sites I like to use most often when searching for images. There are endless uses on websites, a good example is fullscreen background images for items such as Under Construction templates. When making themes for commercial sale, you need to be careful. While it’s often fine to use images in the live previews of items, you need to make sure you’re allowed to do this as you are technically ‘selling’ the images although not directly. If you want to be extra careful, I recommend using images from sites such as Unsplash or Gratisography that offer copyright-free images.

Good luck finding images for your themes, and remember to be careful with copyright!

Create a Basic CSS Stitched Effect

Create a Basic CSS Stitched Effect

I know this has been done before lots of times, but this is a quick and easy effect done in CSS, which can help spice up your designs. Although I can’t think of a reason to use it myself in the ‘metro’ and Flat-UI trends of today, but just in case you want to give your DIVs a retro makeover, this is the tutorial for you.


There’s very minimal HTML for this tutorial. All we need is a DIV, with the class stitch. You can put whatever text, inputs, images or anything you like inside the DIV.

<div class=”stitch”>
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Because it is a relatively simple design, there is little CSS needed. Of course, you can customise most of the options, such as the background colour, font styles and more. Also, it’s worth noting that in the featured image of this post and in the downloadable version of this tutorial, a little extra CSS is used to give the paper-styled background image.

Create a Basic CSS Stitched Effect

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.stitch {
width: auto;
display: inline-block;
background-color: white;
padding: 25px;
margin: 10px;
color: #CCC;
font-size: 21px;
border: 2px dashed rgba(204,204,204,0.5);
border-radius: 10px;
box-shadow: 0px 0px 0px 6px white;
font-weight: normal;


And that’s it! As I mentioned earlier, it’s a very simple but effective technique. If you wanted to be more adventurous, you could make this effect look much more realistic and ‘retro’, but if you want it to look minimal and keep things simple, this is the best option for you. Enjoy!

You can download this completed tutorial from Dropbox.