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Easy calendar instructions

Simple Steps:

Get a Raspberry Pi. I recommend the Zero for this project and I strongly recommend getting the Adafruit kit that has the adapters you need.

You'll need a wifi dongle too if you want to do wifi.

- Get a dakboard account and private url

- Download image

- Use Etcher to install image on micro SD card

- Boot

- Change user password

- insert your dakboard private url into a file. Notice I have obstructed my private url for security. You need the whole link.

- Get a dakboard account and configure the page they way you like it.

- Download a program called Etcher. It will write your OS image to your SD card. No typing in any long command in a terminal. Insert card. Download raspberry pi image, burn it.

- Download my image file. It will immediately download. Double click to extract the .img file. That is what you tell etcher to burn. Sadly the compressed image is 2GB in size, however this is WAY easier than configuring everything yourself.

Navigate to that .img file in etcher, insert a micro sd card into your computer and click "Flash!"

Once complete, place the micro SD card into the Pi. Ensure that the Pi is connected to ethernet for now at a minimum. It may be very beneficial for the first boot to hook a keyboard, and mouse up, and of course the TV you are going to install to via HDMI.

You can also Download a program called VNC Viewer. This will allow you to remotely view and control the desktop.

The hostname of the computer = pizerocalendar

The user name = pi

The password = calendar

You must know your IP address if you use VNC Viewer. Use an app called Fing on IOS or Android to find it. There are Windows, Mac, and Linux programs as well. If you are using a keyboard, monitor and mouse. Open the terminal and type


You can see my address under eth0 is

Now you can use VNC Viewer

Okay now open a terminal and type:

sudo nano ~/.config/lxsession/LXDE-pi/autostart

You'll see the following code

@lxpanel --profile LXDE-pi

@pcmanfm --desktop --profile LXDE-pi

@xscreensaver -no-splash


@xset s off

@xset -dpms

@xset s noblank

#@chromium-browser --noerrdialogs --incognito --kiosk

On the very last line you'll see Remove that part only and cut and paste in your dakboard private address from configuring dakboard.

Then hit the CTL + X key. It will ask you Y or N to save. Hit Y and then enter.

While you are in the terminal type this (I forgot to do it in my image file). Unclutter makes the mouse disappear after a few seconds.

sudo apt-get install unclutter

Now type

sudo raspi-config

Expand the Filesystem and change the user password. (Items 1 and 2) Please. Just do it.

Now reboot your computer. It should boot directly into a full screen Chromium browser with your dakboard page displayed.

While you have a keyboard, monitor and mouse hooked up you can add a wifi dongle and configure your wifi on your desktop as well. Same as Windows, click the icon, select your SSID and input your wifi password.