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SpillPass works rather nicely!

In a previous post I wrote about giving SpillPass a try. Well, on New Years Eve I got a chance to replace my Raspberry Pi (B model) with a Raspberry Pi (B+ model). The B+ model is now used as a media centre and performs this job quite nicely.

With the old B model I gave SpillPass a try. I downloaded the image, dd’ed it to a spare 8GB SD card and booted up the Pi. It went up quite nicely, apart from the fact that it would choke on the first two USB wifi cards I tried to use. (Both the Edimax EW-7811UN as well as the Netgear G54 do not work with SpillPass.) The one card that did the trick was the Netgear WNA1100. (This, by the way, is the only card that will work with the Lego Mindstorms EV3 brick. You might wish to keep that in mind, too.)

Raspberry Pi B with Netgear WNA1100
Raspberry Pi B with Netgear WNA1100


A few minutes later I got the Eon-ticket for Pokemon Alpha Sapphire!
Yay me! 😉

Nintendo Zone/Streetpass

One really cool thing about the Nintendo 3DS is Streetpass. It’s an exchange of game items, avatars and more with other 3DS users playing the same games. Your game console just needs to have wifi turned on and be in sleep mode for the magic to happen. Ideally you pass a lot of other owners and collect lots of goddies that way.

In truth, however, things look a bit different. On my commute as well as at my job, I’m the only 3DS owner. If I were in a rural area, this would be extremely devastating as I had no chance of collecting certain game items. (Hello, Eon-ticket in Pokemon ORAS!)

Nintendo Zone

Enter the option to use the Nintendo Zone in certain McDonalds fast food joints. But checking those frequently is both not a good choice for your wallet and neither for your health.

Some smart people have found a solution for both problems: Homezone. In short, you create your own Nintendo Zone right at home and welcome Streetpass visitors this way. You can use your computer to do this, or, even better, use a spare Raspberry Pi for it: SpillPass!

In totally unrelated news, I just ordered a second Raspberry Pi.