Tekkit Classic with Minecraft 1.6.2

Note: This post was originally published on iamianwright.com it’s been moved here for archival purposes.

Following on from my previous post I wanted to write a little more about the issues I found trying to get all of the Tekkit Classic mods working with Minecraft 1.6.2.

Having discussed everyone’s requirements, my friends and I agreed that we wanted all the features of Tekkit Classic with the additions of Stargate, Twilight Forest, Archimedes Ships, Useful Foods, Treecapitator and a few others. I read a lot of guides and figured out how to set up a custom Forge server for Minecraft 1.6.2.

Now we can install any mods we want but there are some caveats. Firstly not all mods work with Minecraft 1.6.2 and secondly not all mods work with each other. This is where we hit the first problem, Tekkit Classic is built on Minecraft 1.2.5 so all of the mods that come with it are designed for that. Some of them have been updated to 1.6.2 but unfortunately not all.

Mod Name 1.6.2 Download
Balkon’s Weapon Mod Yes Here
BuildCraft Yes Here
BuildCraft Additional Pipes No
ccSensors No  
ComputerCraft Yes Here
IC2 Charging Bench Yes Here
Dimensional Anchors Yes Here
Equivalent Exchange 2 No
Ender Storage Yes Here
Industrial Craft 2 Yes Here
IC2 Advanced Machines Yes Here
IC2 Compact Solars Yes Here
IC2 Nuclear Control Yes Here
Immibis Core Yes Here
Inventory Tweaks Yes Here
Iron Chests Yes Here
MAtmos Yes Here
Modular Force Field System Yes Here
Not Enough Items Yes Here
Nether Ores No  
Power Converters Yes Here
Railcraft Yes Here
Red Power No  
Rei’s Minimap Yes Here
Tube Stuff Yes Here
Wireless Redstone WR-CBE Yes Here

Of the modules missing the Additional Pipes for Buildcraft and the Sensors for ComputerCraft were no big deal as I don’t think any of us have ever used them.  Equivalent Exchange 2 not being available is a bigger problem as one of my friends is very keen on that mod.  EE3 is available for 1.6.2 but it is arguably not as good (or perhaps it’s just more balanced). Nether Ores are no big loss either as none of us really mine in the nether.

Red Power is an issue though as it includes so many features. There are some modders working on creating similar mods for 1.6.2, Immibis has RedLogic and I came across a few others.

Unfortunately I was unable to get RedLogic or Equivalent Exchange 3 to install with the other mods on my server.  I’m hoping there will be some updates that may resolve that in the near future as they make up a large chunk of the features of Tekkit Classic.

This is my final set of mods, including what I could from Tekkit Classic and the additional ones that we wanted.

  • Advanced Repulsion Systems 56.0.0
  • Advanced Machines 56.0.0
  • Arhimede’s Ships 1.6.2
  • BuildCraft 4.0.2
  • ChickenChunks
  • CodeChickenCore
  • ComputerCraft 1.5.6
  • Dimensional Anchor 56.0.1
  • Dyeable Beds 1.6.2
  • EnderStorage
  • Greg’s SG Craft Mod 1.6.2
  • Immibis Core 56.0.5
  • Immibis MicroBlocks 56.0.5
  • Industrial Craft 2
  • Infinitubes 56.0.1
  • Iron Chests 1.6.2
  • IC2 Charging Bench 1.90
  • Not Enough Items
  • Teleport Pipes Mod 1.6.2
  • Timber! 1.6.2
  • Twilight Forst 1.19.3
  • Useful Food 1.6.2
  • Weapon Mod

Raspberry Pi as a Car PC?

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A few years back, before the iPad was announced, I installed a Mac Mini in my car.  It worked fairly well but it was limited by the available technology at the time.  The touchscreen was purely a touchscreen so you couldn’t use gestures, no flicking to scroll for example. See the video at the end for a demonstration.

It just occurred to me that the Raspberry Pi might be the ideal small scale PC for a car install.  With XBMC available for the Pi it is clearly capable of delivering all of the audio and video you could want although the interface would need rethinking for in-car use.  Although perhaps the idea of a car pc had become redundant considering the plethora of ever more advanced headunits on the market and the abundance of tablets available.

UPDATE 01/10/13: Looks like someone has been working on it after all and a nice job too.

GPS Quadcopter Servers

Note: This post was originally published on iamianwright.com it’s been moved here for archival purposes.

Wow. Hack a Day made mention of The Pirate Bay’s suggestion that they were going to turn to Low Orbit Server Stations as a way to avoid being shutdown in future.

With the development of GPS controlled drones, far-reaching cheap radio equipment and tiny new computers like the Raspberry Pi, we’re going to experiment with sending out some small drones that will float some kilometers up in the air.

Linked from the comments on The Pirate Bay’s blog was a project that created temporary filesharing networks in public spaces using a swarm of GPS quadcopters.

It’s fascinating to me how far we have come in such a short space of time.  They made it clear that The Pirate Bay’s project is at it’s very beginning but what an amazing concept.  I’ve been wanting to build a GPS Quadcopter for a while, with a view to shooting video and stills but this really intrigues me.

I presume that similar things could be achieved, albeit over a much shorter distance, using an Arduino with a wireless shield and an SD card for storage. There is already a very active community building copters and gliders powered by arduinos so adding on the ability to run a simplistic fileserver would presumably not be beyond the realms of possibility.

The problem, as ever, is powering the device.  Being airborne the logical choice would be solar power but as far as I understand it we are not yet at a place where high efficiency solar panels are plentiful or affordable.  There is an interesting article from DIY Drones which was published two years ago and concludes.

Considering these factors, building a bigger solar airplane is probably harder than building a small solar airplane. Based on the successes referenced above, I must conclude that it is possible, but not easy (or cheap).

Hopefully I’ll have some time to research this further and find out how the technology has progressed over the last couple of years.

Photo Credit: Mad Props UK Aerial Photography and Aerial Video