Resizing RetroPie (Raspbian) SD Card Images in Windows

I bought a MicroCenter brand SD card, and despite it being 16GB, just like the SanDisk 16 GB SD card, the cards had technically different capacities, so I was unable to write the image to the MicroCenter card using Win32DiskImager. I used a program [INSERT NAME OF ACTUAL PROGRAM HERE] to shrink the Ext4 partition on the original SD card by 500 MB (overkill, to be sure to accommodate even the smallest of 16 GB cards), and then another program to extract the SD card’s contents to an image file, and then use that same program [INSERT NAME OF ACTUAL PROGRAM HERE] to write the image file to the new MicroCenter SD card. This whole process was super annoying, tedious and time-consuming, but now that I have a minimzed 16 GB images, I should be able to write that image to any 16 GB SD card now. I could also use the same process to shrink the Ext4 partiton by ~8 GB to fit the image onto an 8 GB card. (I think the smallest card usable with RetroPie is 4 GB.)

Custom Decal Skins for Raspberry Pi Case (RetroPie Project)

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Linux Laptop for a Child

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Which Linux OS to use? Some are geared specifically towards children, but are often feature-limited.

Also, use OpenDNS to block all sites, and whitelist only select websites. Then assign the OpenDNS servers to just the Linux laptop (not your router, which would block websites from all networked devices.)

Visual Calendar

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I’ve been frustrated with calendar applications since forever, and always wanted one that worked with the way my brain works: how do all of these future events/goals/tasks affect me TODAY? So I came up with my own calendar “app”, called Visual Day. It shows you all future obligations in the context of today, visually. It would be a bar chart with bars that grow horizontally (length of the bar is determined by time remaining), colored by category or some other grouping. The bars would be sorted by importance, a value which would be calculated by the formula: (time to complete task (duration)) / (time remaining).

The time scale is logarithmic, so even events that occur in the distant future can be in the same view.

Idea: invert the scale so that 4.5y is on the left and 3h is on the right, so that the most urgent tasks have the longest bars.