Moe Long

Moe Long is an editor, writer, and tech buff with a particular appreciation for Linux, Raspberry Pis, and retro gaming. Writing online since 2013, Moe has bylines at MakeUseOf, TechBeacon, DZone, SmartHomeBeginner, DEV.to, DVD Netflix, and Electropages. You can read his writings on film and pop culture at Cup of Moe, check out his tech reviews, guides, and tutorials at Tech Up Your Life, and hear his thoughts on movies on the Celluloid Fiends podcast. Aside from writing and editing, Moe has an online course, the Beginner's Guide to Affiliate Blogging From Scratch. When he's not hammering away at his keyboard, he enjoys running, reading, watching cinema, listening to vinyl, and playing with his dog Sebastian

Make a DIY Nintendo 64 Classic: Odroid XU4 N64 Build

Make a DIY Nintendo 64 Classic: Odroid XU4 N64 Build

The Odroid XU4 is among my favorite Raspberry Pi alternatives. With its octa-core processing, eMMC module support, and operating system (OS) compatibility, the Odroid XU4 is a versatile single-board computer. Though the XU4 is well-suited to use for a bevy of projects, one of the most enjoyable and fun endeavors is making a DIY Nintendo 64 Classic with an OGST Gaming Console Kit for XU4. 
8 Best DIY Halloween Projects for Makers

8 Best DIY Halloween Projects for Makers

With October comes the usual slew of pumpkin-flavored coffee, popcorn, cereal, and virtually anything mildly food-related. What better way to celebrate than with a fun, seasonal maker project? Whether you're looking for a seasonal creation for adults, a family-friendly endeavor, or something in between, there's an option for you. Check out the best DIY Halloween projects for makers!
System76 Prepares for New Open-source Desktop Launch

System76 Prepares for New Open-source Desktop Launch

System76 might not be the only Linux PC manufacturer on the market, but it's certainly one, if not the, top Linux PC companies around. Offering pre-built Linux laptops, servers, and desktops, System76 made the foray into the operating system space with its Pop!_OS, an Ubuntu derivative which concentrates on makers and do-it-yourself (DIY) fanatics. However, System76 isn't just providing a customized Linux distro. Now, the Denver, Colorado-based company prepares to launch a set of open-source desktops.
Best OSes for the Libre Computer ROC-RK3328-CC

Best OSes for the Libre Computer ROC-RK3328-CC

The Libre Computer ROC-RK3328-CC Renegade is a nifty Raspberry Pi competitor. This single-board computer features tons of case options since it's compatible with many Raspberry Pi cases. Plus, it's capable of running a variety of applications, from home theatre PC (HTPC) and gaming apps to media server software. Check out the best Libre Computer ROC-RK3328-CC operating systems (OSes) you can find!
Maker Faire Rome Hits October 12-14 2018

Maker Faire Rome Hits October 12-14 2018

Maker Faire Rome, the European Edition hits on October 12-14, 2018. In typical Maker Faire fashion, this event will focus on the maker space. More specifically, Maker Faire Rome promises an onus on robotics, artificial intelligence (AI), and spaceflight. Packed with innovators, makers, and visionaries, Maker Faire Rome - The European Edition will take place at Fiera di Roma. Boasting seven pavillions, it's a wide-spanning event with tons of coverage. Learn more about Maker Faire Rome 2018!
Picroft Migrates to Raspbian Stretch: Picroft Now Available for Raspberry Pi 3 B+

Picroft Migrates to Raspbian Stretch: Picroft Now Available for Raspberry Pi 3 B+

Mycroft on the Raspberry Pi is a neat artificial intelligence (AI) project. This do-it-yourself (DIY) virtual assistant provides an open-source alternative to the likes of Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, and Cortana. You can spin up Mycroft on the Raspberry Pi, or purchase a Mycroft device such as the Mark I or Mark II that's ready to go out-of-the-box. When the Raspberry Pi 3 B+ launched, compatibility with Mycroft for the Pi, or Picroft, broke. However, with an update to Raspbian Stretch, Picroft now works on the Raspberry Pi 3 B+.
Best ASUS Tinker Board Case Options

Best ASUS Tinker Board Case Options

ASUS scored a major hit with its Tinker Board. The credit card-sized single-board computer sports a Rochchip RK3328 Cortex-A17 quad-core system-on-chip (SoC), 4K video support, 2GB of DDR3 RAM, and an ARM Mali-T764 GPU. There are loads of ASUS Tinker Board operating system (OS) options, from the Debian-based TinkerOS to Laka, Android, and Flint OS. While you can get started with the ASUS Tinker Board using merely the board itseslf, a power supply, and microSD card, you'll likely want a case as well. Check out the best ASUS Tinker Board case options you can buy!
Getting Started with Station OS on the Libre Computer ROC-RK3328-CC

Getting Started with Station OS on the Libre Computer ROC-RK3328-CC

A tiny, credit card-sized maker board, the Libre Computer ROC-RK3328-CC has tons of uses. Similarly, many operating systems (OSes) run on the Libre Computer ROC Renegade. Station OS runs on the Roc-RK3328-CCC and Firefly-RK3399 for an Android-based media center operating system. Running Station OS provides an excellent home theatre PC (HTPC) foundation. With its emphasis on retro gaming and streaming media, it's a DIY Android TV box option. Learn about getting started with Station OS on the Libre Computer ROC-RK3328-CC!
Orange Pi Prime Best OS Options: Top Orange Pi Prime Operating Systems

Orange Pi Prime Best OS Options: Top Orange Pi Prime Operating Systems

The Orange Pi Prime is, as the name suggests, a Raspberry Pi competitor. Aside from the fruit-filled name, the Orange Pi Prime shares much in common with the Raspberry Pi. Notably, both maker boards boast an impressive roster of compatible operating systems. From Linux to Android, these are the Orange Pi Prime best OS options available!
Best Odroid XU4 Projects

Best Odroid XU4 Projects

While there are tons of maker boards, the Raspberry Pi remains the most popular single-board computer (SBC) on the market. It's a versatile board that's capable of running anything from a basic Linux desktop to a retro arcade and robotics. Still, it's far from the only option around. Plenty of SBCs provide viable Raspberry Pi alternatives. Among these, the Odroid XU4 is a top choice. Packed with computing power, tons of operating system (OS) compatibility, and featuring many case options, the Odroid XU4 is an awesome maker board. Check out the best Odroid XU4 projects you can make!
Best Libre Computer Cases: ROC-RK3328-CC Case Options

Best Libre Computer Cases: ROC-RK3328-CC Case Options

There are tons of single-board computer (SBC) devices on the market. Though the Raspberry Pi is probably the most popular, competing maker boards such as the Odroid XU4 provide stellar functionality. The Libre Computer ROC-RK3328-CC is a neat SBC powered by a Rockchip RK3328 system on chip (SoC). For both protection and cooling, you'll want to consider what case to use for your Libre Computer Renegade. Check out the best Libre Computer cases for the ROC-RK3328-CC!
Lakka Raspberry Pi 3 B+ Image: Testing the Lakka 3B+ Release

Lakka Raspberry Pi 3 B+ Image: Testing the Lakka 3B+ Release

The Raspberry Pi is a utilitarian single-board computer (SBC) with loads of uses. While it's suited to tasks such as running a web server or media server, robotics, and smart home automation, one of the top Raspberry Pi projects for beginners and hardcore makers alike is a retro game console. There are several options for retro gaming on the Raspberry Pi including RetroPie, Recalbox, and Lakka. With the debut of the Raspberry Pi 3 B+ board, support for several operating systems (OS) broke. However, Lakka 2.1.1 ushered in Raspberry Pi 3 B+ support. Learn about the Lakka Raspberry Pi 3 B+ image runs!
Best ASUS Tinker Board OS Options

Best ASUS Tinker Board OS Options

The single-board computer (SBC) space is heavily populated. While the Raspberry Pi generally benefits from the most attention, there are plenty of Raspberry Pi alternatives. The Libre Computer ROC-RK3328-CC, Orange Prime Pi, and UDOO x86 are all solid competitors. The ASUS Tinker Board is an excellent SBC which boasts powerful performance, decent community support, and tons of project ideas. You can run a bevy of operating systems (OSes) on the nifty development board. Check out the best ASUS Tinker Board OS options!
SuperPi RetroFlag Cases Announced: Two Raspberry Pi SNES Cases Revealed

SuperPi RetroFlag Cases Announced: Two Raspberry Pi SNES Cases Revealed

The Raspberry Pi is arguably the most popular single-board computer (SBC) on the market. Largely, the Pi reigns supreme despite numerous Raspberry Pi alternatives because of fantastic software and hardware support. Notably, there are countless Raspberry Pi case options available. One of my favorite cases is the NESPi enclosure from RetroFlag. As the name suggests, its a NES shell for the Raspberry Pi, allowing you to create your own do-it-yourself NES Classic Mini. Now, RetroFlag plans to offer two Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) cases in the SuperPi!
Orange Pi Review: Orange Pi Prime Set Up and Hands-on Look

Orange Pi Review: Orange Pi Prime Set Up and Hands-on Look

The Raspberry Pi stands out as the single-board computer (SBC) standard. Yet plenty of Raspberry Pi alternatives exist, including the Odroid XU4, Libre Computer Renegade, and ASUS Tinker Board. The Orange Pi Prime is a capable maker board that competes with similar devices such as the Raspberry Pi and ASUS Tinker Board. Learn more in this Orange Pi review with a look at the Orange Pi Prime, from what it is to initial set up!
6 Best UDOO Projects

6 Best UDOO Projects

The Raspberry Pi is argualby the most popular single-board computer (SBC) on the market. However, the SBC space is ripe with a plethora of Raspberry Pi alternatives. Notably, the Odroid XU4, ASUS Tinker Board, and Libre Computer ROC Renegade are superb Raspberry Pi competitors. The UDOO x86 is a powerful single-board computer which boasts tons of uses. Check out the top six best UDOO projects!
Lakka Raspberry Pi 3 B+ Support Arrives With Lakka 2.1.1

Lakka Raspberry Pi 3 B+ Support Arrives With Lakka 2.1.1

When I ordered a Raspberry Pi 2 back in 2015, one of my first projects was spinning up a Raspberry Pi retro game console with RetroPie. Since then, I've experimented with Recalbox and Lakka for old-school gaming on the Raspberry Pi, as well as upgraded to a Raspberry Pi 3 B+. On March 14, 2018, not coincidentally Pi day, the Raspberry Pi foundation debuted its Raspberry Pi 3 B+ board. Basically an overclocked Raspberry Pi 3, the B+ proved a worthy pick up. However, at launch compatibility with most existing operating systems (OSes) was temporarily broken. RetroPie 4.4 brought Raspberry Pi B+ support. Now, there's Lakka Raspberry Pi 3 B+ compatibility via Lakka 2.1.1.
10 Best Arduino Projects

10 Best Arduino Projects

The Arduino is a programmable circuit board, or microcontroller. It's open-source, and may be used for a variety of neat maker projects. Notably, it differs from single-board computers (SBCs) such as the Raspberry Pi in that the Arduino focuses on interfacing with software which interacts with the physical board. As such, Arduino projects are more maker-oriented, whereas SBC projects range from basic Linux desktops and retro gaming machines to advanced robotics. Nevertheless, there are loads of Arduino projects which you can make. Check out the 10 best Arduino projects!