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馃挕 Software ideas to make Little Printer print again #26

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mungle opened this Issue Jul 25, 2016 · 58 comments

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mungle commented Jul 25, 2016

Finally I get my LP working again...!!!
As I love it, I was wondering if it will be a way to make an "Open sirius" website like http://alpha.littleprinter.com where developers like us could add open source apps in a easy way improving the features of the site (actually limited to send only messages)! 馃帀
To much? 馃槂

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benpawle commented Jul 25, 2016

Hi Mungle. I've been thinking about something similar via IFTTT.

My idea is that you could save am IFTTT phone number in your contacts as 'Little Printer' and send an SMS which would be sent via webhook to a server which would take the sms text and style as HTML and rendered into an image (via PIL or similar) that LP could print - like in the nice Poster script style. Even better if it could encompass images! The bridge already renders HTML I think but I'm no developer so haven't explored this fully...

The nice thing about this approach is you wouldn't need an internet connection to be able to send messages to your LP; I always thought Berg's method of having to load a webpage in a browser in order to configure a message was kind of clunky.

I'd be interested to see what you or other LP users/developers think of this.

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mungle commented Jul 26, 2016

That's an awesome input I think... But I'm not interest to send messages only...
I'm more interest in other features like instagram photos from hashtag, tweets and news of the days... Dynamic content...! I think the way IFTTT works is great but I don't know from where to start developing something!

Anyway, all the dynamic content should be packed in a simple html and sent as a message to the printer... We just need to automate this process...

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pixelwiese commented Jul 26, 2016

I think you would like to rebuild the original Littleprinter website.
When we knew that littleprinter is shutting down, there were a lot of people who said they would like to give some money (monthly or annualy) for the littleprinter service.
It's nonsense to rebuild an existing Application (in my opionion). Maybe genmon would accept this idea.

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johndietrich commented Aug 1, 2016

I have no knowledge to back this up, but it always sounded like there might be some intellectual-property issues around the original back-end code that have made it impossible for genmon to make that available to anyone. (I'm making this up, but here's a hypothetical scenario -- you create a company, hire some developers to build code, end up liquidating the company and can't afford to pay off their full contract, so who owns the code? Or the codebase is one of the assets of the company and gets sold off to someone else, etc. Not at all saying that's the situation here -- but there are many ways that the code could no longer belong to genmon after shutting down BERG.)

That said, we are getting close to having a lot of cool things available to us again -- someone has posted a way to dither and print images, another person has a template for better-looking messages, someone else had an idea for IFTTT integration, and so on.

If we had someone with the right level of programming expertise, it wouldn't be too terribly hard to put together something fairly functional that could even recreate some of the original capabilities, like being able to select a weather forecast or a horoscope or stock quotes from XML feeds on the web and render those in a scheduled (cron, anyone?) process that runs every day (hour, half-day, whatever you choose).

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mungle commented Aug 1, 2016

I was wondering the same about code copyright...

Anyway, there are a lot of people that love LP and it's a shame to let id die...

Anyway, unlikely I'm not an expert programmer, but I hope someone very cool will hear our voice and help us give a new life to the lovely LP.

I hope @awfk2long could give us an hint sharing his code that print a sudoku everyday... And if I could understand it, I hope to be able to share something interesting...

Actually we already understand that LP can print without problem an HTML also with images... We just need a code that can grab informations, format them in html (I can help for this) and send to our printer... @genmon , do you have any useful example to start with?

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mungle commented Aug 12, 2016

Hei @awfk2long!
Do you have time to post your code to crawl some sudoku and print it everyday? I need to build a project but I need an hint to start with and your code could help me a lot I think!
Thank you! 馃槃

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awfk2long commented Aug 15, 2016

Hi @mungle , sorry for the delay, but I was travelling.
Here is the code: https://github.com/littleprinter/puzzle_str8t
it is not perfect, but was running perfectly before the server went down. I copied an old example (and did not care too much about documentation, sorry!)
I had it running in my dropbox and the little printer server pointed directly there.
Curious if you get it working. I still have not got my printer running again :(

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mungle commented Aug 15, 2016

Thank you @awfk2long !
Actually your link pointed to a empty rep... Anyway, I tried to visit php or python version linked in the readme file but I'm not sure the code will run with sirius... I will try on these days and in the meantime @genmon could maybe know more about compatibility and better address us! 馃槣

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awfk2long commented Aug 16, 2016

sorry, @mungle , i think there went something wrong with the upload. please try again & let me know.

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mungle commented Aug 29, 2016

I've uploaded PHP version on my server but I can't find any way to address the script to my printer. The examples has been made for the old Berg Cloud "Appstore" not for this sirius version... My LP is getting dust... @genmon could you light us up?

At the moment I would love to find a way to print latest instagram pictures based on hashtag!

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awfk2long commented Sep 2, 2016

U are looking for a sirus version. Now it makes sense... ;) have not seen one, but would love to get my old sudoku running again :(

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I've uploaded PHP version on my server but I can't find any way to address the script to my printer. The examples has been made for the old Berg Cloud "Appstore" not for this sirius version... My LP is getting dust... @genmon could you light us up?


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pixelwiese commented Oct 29, 2017

Is anything happening here or is the Littleprinter now dead forever? 馃槩

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mungle commented Oct 29, 2017

I suppose it鈥檚 dead but I hope it鈥檚 not...

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dspalton commented Apr 3, 2018

Anything happening?

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dspalton commented Apr 3, 2018

Yep the same here.

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dspalton commented Apr 3, 2018

My bridge doesn鈥檛 seam to be booking up to the Ethernet :(

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dspalton commented Apr 3, 2018

Full disclosure, I鈥檝e not looked into this for two years or so.
Trying to catch up now as have a practical use to try get it working.
Got a spare Pi so that would be cool.
Anyone have the full guide some where to install?

Appreciate the help

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benpawle commented Apr 3, 2018

Hi all,

Glad you're as keen as us to get your printers working. We're actually working on a platform for this as a side project in our studio. It's based on the Sirius backend by @genmon but with a few extra features. There will be an accompanying iOS app so you can message your printers with styled templates, as well as IFTTT integrations for other types of content you're into.

We're up and running with the few printers we have but we need to finish some last bits before we release. If you're interested in trying it out let us know! You'll still need to do Joe's firmware flash but everything else will be taken care of by our new platform.

Cheers,

Ben

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dspalton commented Apr 3, 2018

im in as well.
Not sure i can flash my bridge myself, bit lacking the skills to be honest' but based in the UK

Reason i want to get it going, basically going to be working away from home for 21days a month, so want it to send messages to the wife soppy bugger that i am

If you need any other testers or anything more than happy to help

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tom-hat commented Apr 3, 2018

Hi guys, Tom here I work with @benpawle and @joerick - we've just been speaking about flashing peoples bridges as a service and we reckon it's definitely something we could do. As Ben mentioned earlier we've got an iOS app which is almost ready to roll out. The dev version we are playing around with works a treat. There's a bit of tidying up to do and we're fairly busy with projects at the moment so might not be ready to do this for a few months.

But yes without putting any firm dates down just yet would anyone be interested in paying 拢55 exc return postage to get your little printers up and running? We would do them in batches, most probably at the end of May / June. We're based in Hackney Wick, London and would be happy to do drop ins if anyone's local..

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dspalton commented Apr 3, 2018

Looking amazing
Definitely interested

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cyndyphillips commented Apr 18, 2018

Also very interested @tom-hat . I make him origami hats, it's so sad. He needs purpose.

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stevekennedyuk commented Apr 23, 2018

I could pp down to Hackney Wick (quite often go to Here East or drinking at Crate/etc)

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cubeghost commented Apr 23, 2018

I'm interested in trying, although I think I'll flash mine myself. Will the backend be open source? I'd love to build a web interface for it since I'm on Android.

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Dayvehillman commented Apr 23, 2018

Hi guys, I live round the corner in Bow and would pay 拢55 happily to get LP running again! I work away an awful lot with work and my wife used to absolutely love her LP. It was such a nice way to stay in touch!

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benpawle commented Apr 23, 2018

No worries! We'll keep you all posted. @cubeghost nice idea! Happy to share some UI files once we're ready.

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vincent-bidaux commented Apr 23, 2018

@benpawle @tom-hat those are great news!

As @Dayvehillman, I'm willing to sponsor too.

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johnfkent commented Apr 28, 2018

I've always wanted to get my LP printing again, but lack the experience (and equipment) for rooting the bridge. I'd also happily pay the 拢55 and p&p too. Count me in!

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PieterDiepenmaat commented May 3, 2018

@tom-hat I am very much interested in getting my little friend up and running again with your service. At the same time I share @nickehsmith's concern.

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raphaelmartin commented Aug 14, 2018

@tom-hat any news?

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harrilewis commented Aug 25, 2018

@tom-hat another interested person here!

Also nearby.

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karlparton commented Aug 28, 2018

@tom-hat Ditto!

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cyndyphillips commented Aug 31, 2018

@tom-hat same here. I was working with a app development company just for my own use but I'll sponsor development over here :)

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tom-hat commented Sep 14, 2018

Hello guys!

Sorry all for the leave of absence! In the past few months @joerick and @michaelcolville have been perfecting the dithering and its now possible to send images using their new app. Which is pretty ace. Its been running flawlessly in the studio over the summer and they expect to roll it out on the App Store very soon. Or they mentioned something about sharing via TestFlight in the meantime. The app works via their custom server (nord-sirius) which is hosted at http://littleprinter.nordprojects.co.

We鈥檝e compiled a technical a user guide of how to do this manually, but it requires some know how, with the risk of bricking it. For anyone thats still keen for me do it for you, for 拢55 (exc return postage), I鈥檒l set aside a day on Friday November 5th to flash your bridges, and then hopefully another day on the 19th. Drops offs are very welcome at the studio, - with notice! We are based in Hackney Wick, E9 5EN. There are plenty of places to hang out while I do the necessary. eg. Crate Brewery, Howling Hops or Pearl Coffee Shop.

Please email me at: tom_hatton@outlook(dot)com to arrange or for further info!

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cyndyphillips commented Sep 14, 2018

(fist pumping into the air) BEST NEWS ALL MONTH!! Thank you so much- I know what I'm doing this weekend!

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tom-hat commented Sep 14, 2018

Thanks @nickehsmith ! One for the wall! 馃槈

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oschrenk commented Sep 14, 2018

Thanks for the hard work. http://littleprinter.nordprojects.co/ brought my printer back to life!

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ptitb commented Sep 17, 2018

Thank you guys! My little printer is alive again!

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mguth commented Oct 5, 2018

Hi everyone!

I am super excited about what you did, @tom-hat, but sadly my bridge seems to have died since I last (successfully) used it a couple of years ago.

Long story short:

Does anyone still happen to have a spare bridge lying around they would be willing to sell?馃

I'd really love to bring my printer back to life.

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tomassp commented Oct 10, 2018

This is great! I don't have an iOS device though. I see in the instructions the app is Part 8, is it crucial to getting the little guy printing?
Thanks

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olliez0r commented Oct 15, 2018

@tom-hat getting 404 on app store link :(

Also is there any likelihood of an Android app or comparable web functionality for non IOS devices?

Thanks,
Ollie

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danhodkinson commented Nov 13, 2018

@tom-hat I was just looking to see if it was worth stillholding on to the little printer and then I find this! How much would the flash cost if I brought it down to Hackney Wick and treated you to a pint at the same time?

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jon11a commented Dec 17, 2018

Hello - wanted to say thank you so much for your hard work getting the little printer working once more.

I have just finished updating mine and have managed to send some new messages successfully. Very happy ;)

I just wanted to know if the iOS app is still available? Would love to give this a go but it does not appear to be available in the App Store anymore?

Thanks again for getting it to work guys. Nice to have him online, along with my Nabaztag 馃憤

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joerick commented Dec 18, 2018

馃憤 thanks @jon11a! The iOS app is still working, it's just in beta, we've just been busy with other stuff recently. Drop me your email and I'll see if I can get you in the TestFlight!

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jon11a commented Dec 18, 2018

馃憤 thanks @jon11a! The iOS app is still working, it's just in beta, we've just been busy with other stuff recently. Drop me your email and I'll see if I can get you in the TestFlight!

Excellent, I will send you a message with my email - would be great to test this out. Thanks!

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Dzinlife commented Dec 20, 2018

I just followed this guide to root my little printer, but after set the new password then reboot, I stucked here:

VFP support v0.3: not present
uncorrectable error : 
mtd->read(0x1f95c bytes from 0x8606a4) returned ECC error
Empty flash at 0x011b6734 ends at 0x011b6800
VFS: Mounted root (jffs2 filesystem) on device 31:6.
Freeing init memory: 116K
Empty flash at 0x000000e8 ends at 0x00000800
JFFS2 error: (381) jffs2_build_inode_pass1: child dir "updates" (ino #1663) of dir ino #476 appears to be a hard link
uncorrectable error : 
mtd->read(0x6e0 bytes from 0x86f120) returned ECC error
JFFS2 notice: (384) read_dnode: wrong data CRC in data node at 0x0086f120: read 0x3112c2e6, calculated 0x67903b42.
Starting logging: OK
Segmentation fault
Starting BERG Cloud linkd...
WARNING: could not read from /sys/class/net/eth0/carrier
Initializing random number generator... done.
Starting network...
WARNING: could not read from /sys/class/net/eth0/carrier
udhcpc (v1.21.0) started
Sending discover...
Sending discover...
Sending discover...
No lease, failing
Sat Sep  1 12:00:00 UTC 2012
Getting initial time via ntp.
Starting network time protocol daemon: ntpd.
Finished BERG Cloud bridge
Making package download directory
Finished updates

Welcome to Linux (BERG Cloud Bridge)
(none) login: Running compiled BERG Cloud daemon
Segmentation fault
Unclean exit. Remaining daemon restart count is now 4
Finished updates
Running compiled BERG Cloud daemon
Segmentation fault
Unclean exit. Remaining daemon restart count is now 3
Finished updates
Running compiled BERG Cloud daemon
Segmentation fault
Unclean exit. Remaining daemon restart count is now 2
Finished updates
Running compiled BERG Cloud daemon
Segmentation fault
Unclean exit. Remaining daemon restart count is now 1
Finished updates
Running compiled BERG Cloud daemon
Segmentation fault
Unclean exit. Remaining daemon restart count is now 0
Rebooting!
Restarting system.
...
...
...

Is there anyone can help me about this issue? thanks:)

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anselmogz commented Jan 9, 2019

Hi all, I found my beloved Little Printer today and I'm looking to sell it. It's in the original box, I actually still have extra thermal paper rolls branded as Berg's. If anyone is interested in it, please let me know. Price is negotiable, make your best offer. I'm based in the US. Glad to read there's still a way to keep these alive.

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vincent-bidaux commented Feb 11, 2019

Hello Group.

This is with an immense sadness that I just wrapped back my complete LP in the original box and that I am about to sell it. I head some here are looking for an extra unit, so mine is functional, I believe, and Genmon at the time confirmed to me that my bridge was flashed.

I'm a bit bitter I have to admit. I tried everything, read all the documentations but I fell short of succeeding. I reached many for help, I enrolled for the 拢55 thing, but never had any helpful answer, let alone an answer.

I belive I had the only blog about LP, two tumblr pages actually, I was invested in producing content for it, I never lost faith in reviving mine. When I bought it, I had guanratee from Berg that if Berg was failing, there will be a backup plan. But the plan is just above my skills, it seems.

I believe my bridge is flashed, but I really don't know what to do with that, Twice a year I try everything from the beginning but the infos are just a hard path to follow, with missing steps, at least one step.

So, I give up. Here's my LP, in its glorious packaging, I added a sealed pack of 5 rolls of BPA Free paper, I drew a sad face with a crayon at the end of the current roll, because I'm very sad to give up on it.

I'd still pay anyone for helping me to revive it, but I tried this way many time and I have to face the reality :)

So my lp is to grab, make an offer to vincent.bidaux@gmail.com

All the best and have great success with your LP's!

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