Caught The Raspberry Pi Bug!

I’ve recently caught the Raspberry Pi bug when I walked into Fry’s Electronics and started looking at all the awesome “Maker” gadgets on sale. I have always wanted to pick up a Pi and find a purpose for one in the household, and I’ve recently fallen in love with Raspbian and Kali Linux.

Photo Credit Brennen Bearnes

My first Raspberry Pi 3 Model B I picked up at Fry’s electronics came bundled with a breadboard, LED lights, and basic resistors for learning. Unfortunately the documentation that’s supposed to be coupled with the kit wasn’t the best. I might revisit this in the future after finding the “Freenove RFID Starter Kit” with a link to a fairly up-to-date Github repository with thorough documentation.

Currently I am using the Raspberry Pi as a motivational piece of hardware to keep tinkering away with Linux based operating systems. I am currently using both Raspbian / Debian and Kali Linux on a single Pi. At the moment, I am only using the Pi as a sandbox I can easily SSH or VPN into and not have to worry about juggling VM’s locally. I also want to continue working with the hardware to get into more advanced adventures like setting up security cameras, lasers, perhaps load Docker onto a Pi!

With the announcement of Raspberry Pi 3+ I decided to purchase second board and have begin thinking about what I could possibly do with two… or more! I certainly would like to be apart of the #MakerRevolution!

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I recently was asked to take a look at a Litecoin miner logs due to stability issues, I had no idea how deep this rabbit hole would go. After many struggles with Xubuntu and AMD drivers, I found BAMT. BAMT aka “Big Ass Miner Thing” is a fork of the original BAMT project that was aborted, picked up by Bee on – I’ve since rebuilt a miner and built 2 personal litecoin mining rigs. If you are in Bellingham, Whatcom, Skagit, Snohomish, or Vancouver Lower Mainland and need technical assistance with Bitcoin / Litecoin miners, feel free to reach out. I do it for the Dogecoin!

Repository can be found here:

Download BAMT from Bee’s maintained thread:

How To Get TP-LINK TL-WN725N on BAMT 1.5

I wanted to use a USB Wifi dongle on BAMT for my dogecoin mining rigs so that I can relocate them into my garage. I randomly ordered a cheap $9 Wifi USB dongle on Amazon and figured making the leap of faith would be fun. Here’s how I got it running on BAMT.

I referenced for the appropriate repository to clone. I had the v2 of this Nano USB.

The repository is in the sidebar, I laughed audibly when I figured out BAMT has git natively, thank you Bee or whoever put that there! If you’re version of BAMT doesn’t have git, in Root Terminal type: apt-get install git

If you’ve never compiled from source before, open up Root Terminal:

cd ~/
git clone
cd rtl8188eu
sudo make install

These steps may vary, make sure you’re using the correct repository. If you’re not using a TP-LINK Google around or look around for your hardware.

I got frustrated when passphrase didn’t save. Posted to /r/bamt – after a bit I made an edit:

johnislarry wrote:
So I managed to find a solution to my problem. I don't know if it will help anybody else, but maybe it will. I changed two things. The first was creating a file
and writing the following lines to it:


That can also be found here … ermissions and it allows users in the group "network" to use nm-applet functionalities. The second > thing I changed was commenting out a "no-auto-default" line in /etc/NetworkManager/NetworkManager.conf.
After these changes I am able to use nm-applet as a regular user for connecting to both secured and unsecured networks.

Also note: when saving the wifi passphrase check “Available for all users” before clicking Apply!

Got my TL-WN725N to work on Bee’s BAMT 1.5 and now I can relocate the box into the garage without running a 50 ft cat6 across the house. 🙂 hope this helps.

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