Switching from iPhone to Android

Photo of a OnePlus 5 phone in an opened retail box.

After about 10 years in the iPhone camp i did the switch - I replaced my iPhone 6S Plus with a OnePlus 5.

It was a simple and painless process and my only regret is not having done it sooner.

For years, I have been following how Android phones have been catching up with the iPhone but chose to stick with the iPhone because I had put quite a lot of money into iPhone applications and considered myself stuck in the Apple ecosystem.

I recently realized two things:

Using Google Drive to sync content on one or more RetroPie/Raspberry Pi

Image of a shell windows performing a Google Drive sync.

If you are running RetroPie on Raspberry Pi to play retro games you have probably spent more time setting it up and configuring it than actually playing. And if you have two or more...

Wouldn't it be nice to manage the roms folder on a Google Drive folder and let it sync to one or more RetroPies? And if you spent time scraping metadata and box art on one RetroPie that would sync to the others without additional work.

It's kind of possible. But it is slow and you will have to initialize the syncing and choose sync direction manually.

Improving the Picade arcade

Picade retro arcade with a Commodore 64 start screen

The Picade is a great little device that pretty much anyone can put together with nothing but a screwdriver.

It does, however, have a few shortcomings and room for improvements.

The most obvious shortcoming is the 8 inch screen shipped with the Picade. It's good, but it's only 8 inches. The cabinet is designed to take a 12.1 inch screen with a 4:3 aspect ratio but such screens are hard to come by these days.

The Elusive Retro Arcade Cabinet

Picade retro game arcade running Pac Man.

I have been looking for a good arcade cabinet for years and finally found the Picade. It's small with a maximum screen size of 12 inch but being small means you don't need a man-cave in order to find a place for it. It is typically powered by a Raspberry Pi 2 or 3 running RetroPie but there are mounting holes for a Mini-ITX mainboard as well if you prefere a more powerfull solution.