I received a raspberry pi 2 for valentines day, so I set off on a new project. I found a Bentley Compu-vision at good will. Used this as the case for my original raspberry pi, usb hub, usb hard drive, and new raspberry pi 2.

2014 running miles

January 3rd, 2015 | Posted by tonyscha in Personal - (0 Comments)

Wow, what a year 2014 has been for running for me.

I have keep track of my miles per month over the last several year, you can see the last 3 below. I finished 2014 with 216 runs with a total distance of 1,360 miles.



Raspberry Pi uptime

December 18th, 2014 | Posted by tonyscha in Raspberry Pi - (0 Comments)

Took a screenshot before I had to reboot.

pi uptime


Ice Age 50k registration

December 14th, 2014 | Posted by tonyscha in Fitiness | Personal | Running - (0 Comments)

Just registered for my first 50k (31 miles) ultra marathon…. nervous, check, excited, check, ready to train, check! Only 145 days until Ice Age Trail 50 race day!

Chicago Marathon

October 14th, 2014 | Posted by tonyscha in Fitiness | Personal | Running - (0 Comments)

Been a while since I posted, but I finished the Chicago Marathon this last weekend in 4:13:49. My wife made a video, so make sure to take a look.

FlatPi v2

March 28th, 2014 | Posted by tonyscha in Raspberry Pi | Technology - (0 Comments)

Just wanted to provide an update from my previous post (http://akschaefer.com/2013/08/11/flatpi/ ). I did a new layout which allows me to easily access the Power, Ethernet, and HDMI without any issues. The previous layout I had to get my hand in the middle to unplug the device. I also added a USB hard drive, the connector I used is from an xbox 360 transfer kit, I just removed the plastic cover.

DIY Steam Machine aka Blackbox

December 20th, 2013 | Posted by tonyscha in Technology - (2 Comments)

Alright, so while I love the title steam machine, its not a steam machine from valve, its more like a Windows machine that runs Steam Big Picture.

Lets start off with the parts list

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2lc0n

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor  $129.99
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard $49.99
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory $52.99
Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5″ Solid State Disk $79.99
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5″ 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $39.99
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card $199.99
Case: Lian-Li PC-V351B MicroATX Desktop Case $89.99
Power Supply: Antec TruePower Classic 550W 80+ Gold Certified ATX Power Supply  $49.99
Total: $692.92 (post rebate prices)


All the parts


Side view did my best to organize the cables


Ah video card!


Hard to see, but I had to cut part of the case so the video card heat pipes could fit.


Motherboard came this way, the northbridge heatsink was not latched down, I found the clip and spring, and attached it. No problems so far.


Final product


3d Mark Benchmark





Des Moines Marathon

November 1st, 2013 | Posted by tonyscha in Fitiness | Personal | Running - (0 Comments)

Finished my first marathon in 4 hours, 40 minutes, and 37 seconds.

Before the race ready to go!

Me pushing through at mile 26, almost to the finish

Official results



The training took dedication, but overall the experience was fun. Now I just need to figure out what to do next year.


August 11th, 2013 | Posted by tonyscha in Personal | Raspberry Pi | Technology - (1 Comments)

I have been working on my raspberry pi for a little while now, but finally completed the case for the project. I was originally going to use a pico-itx case I acquired, but with the layout of the raspberry pi board, it just didn’t work out. When I was looking online, I noticed some of the DIY plexiglass projects that I really liked. Due to the layout of my entertainment center and that is when I decided I was going to make my “FlatPi” project. One of the other things that bothered me with some of the cases I have seen is you are almost always required to use a USB Hub, so people create beautiful cases for just the pi, but then have a wiring nightmare when they add their hub. My goal was to make it all in one.

Required Parts

  • Raspberry Pi
  • Pluggable Technologies USB Hub
  • 8×10 Plexiglass / Lexan .093 (2 pieces)
  • USB Cables (Monoprice is your friend)
  • Screws ( I used 1 1/4″ screws)
  • Spaces between boards ( I found some at the local hardware store)


First time mounting the boards to the lexan.

Working on the case

Got the Pi and USB Hub mounted.

The screws I used were from PC builds. I drilled small holes that would allow me to use the screws and make new thread in the plexi glass. Its not shock proof, but it holds the Pi and Hub in place.

I had to make some countersunk holes where I mounted the hub due to the solder leads. I was having problems getting the hub to sit parallel with the plexi glass, once I drilled those holes I was able to get it to sit parallel.

Took a few pictures to show the layout I chose for the boards. Back side the FlatPi.

Bottom side of the FlatPi.

Front side of the FlatPi.

I listed USB cables above, I did buy 1.5ft cables to reduce the cable management. Plus you can’t go wrong with monoprice when cables are less then a dollar.

The top cable is the power core (USB to USB Micro)

The bottom cable is the hub connector, the hub did come with a cable, but it was 6ft long, so the 1.5ft cable worked out well.

The middle cable is the USB Hub power connector

Backside of the Flatpi.


Wanted to show how much light the Pi/Hub produced.

This is the side that sit against the wall, but here is the lights.

Same picture just with the flash on.

Due to limited space, I wanted this to mount vertically, here is where I am going to install it in my entertainment center.



August 3rd, 2013 | Posted by tonyscha in Personal - (0 Comments)

I had the opportunity to attend Black Hat 2013, so while in Vegas, I took a few pictures, thought I would share.

First picture, always the most important, registration area of Caesars Palace.



Harley Davidson Cafe, BBQ wasn’t that good.

Biggest chain link flag I have ever seen!


Pool at Caesars Palace


Customized Room keys, awesome!


I found Alan from the Hangover!


View from hotel room

Bunch of pictures from Caesar’s Forum Shops







Random beerfest sign, of course I had to stop and take a picture.





Eiffel tower, Vegas style

Creep clown sign at Circus Circus



Wedding Chapel from the movie Hangover.

Gold and Silver Pawn aka Pawn stars




A store for just M&Ms, are you kidding me?








Um…. watch out for mountain goats!


Hoover dam photos
















360 view from the hoover dam

Protestors at the Cosmopolitan.

Protestors and law enforcement with horses!





My only food picture… Fat Burger!



Stone Art Street Performer

Ballagio Water Show