The Internet of Things (IoT) is the inter-networking of embedded electronic devices, with sensors and/or actuators, that exchange information to achieve a greater value or service. These devices are expected to led to a massive growth in automation development and use across all fields.

Microsoft is encouraging developers to join its’ Internet of Things (IoT) community with their new free Windows 10 IoT Core operating system, available for several embedded platforms including the Raspberry Pi 2.

This post is based on the Windows 10 IoT Core for Raspberry Pi 2 Insider Preview Build released 12/05/2015.
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Lego Simpsons Minifigures Series 2

The cast of the Lego Simpsons Minifigures Series 2 (2015)

Item Number 71009
Theme The Simpsons™
Series 2
Minifigures 16
Release Date 1st May 2015
Ages 5+
Price AU$4.99 / US$3.99

The new Lego Simpsons series 2 minifigures are out and I have added all 16 to my collection!

First we have the return of six Lego Simpsons favourites from the first series:

  • Homer and Marge, all ready for their Date Night;
  • Lisa and Maggie along with the family pets, cat Snowball II, and dog Santa’s Little Helper; and
  • Bart and Milhouse ready for cosplay as Bartman and Fallout Boy!

Then we have ten Lego Simpsons newcomers added for the second series:

  • Comic Book Guy – Sarcastic, overweight, and geeky proprietor of the comic book store;
  • Martin Prince – Nerd, teacher’s pet, and favourite target of Springfield’s bullies.
  • Professor Frink – Springfield’s own brilliant scientist and inventor;
  • Hans Moleman – Senior citizen, and former Mayor of Springfield!
  • Patty and Selma – Marge’s chain-smoking twin sisters, both of which work at the Springfield DMV, and have a strong dislike for their brother-in-law, Homer.
  • Groundskeeper Willie – Everyone’s favourite rough and tough Scottish janitor;
  • Edna Krabappel – Bart’s 4th Grade Teacher at Springfield Elementary, and recently married to Ned Flanders.
  • Waylon Smithers – Personal Assistant and self-proclaimed best friend to Mr Burns, and owner of the world’s largest Malibu Stacy collection.
  • Dr. Hibbert – Springfield’s happiest, most competent and highest charging doctor.

I’ve included the bag codes to help you find any minifigures you might still be looking for, but be aware that the codes vary depending on the batch number.

Let me know what you think of the Lego Simpsons Series 2 in the comments section below!

Date Night Homer
Date Night HomerHomer Simpson may not be the most attentive husband around, but he sure loves his wife Marge. So when an important occasion or anniversary arrives (and by some miracle he remembers it), Homer dresses to the nines and acts the proper gentleman for her benefit. On rare occasions, he’s even been known to say “please” and “thank you.” What a guy Date Night Homer is!

  • Homer wore this outfit in the episode Some Enchanted Evening.
Name Homer Simpson
Style Dark blue suit top, white shirt with pink tie, light blue pants
Accessories Heart-shaped gift
Parts 5
Reference S01E13
Episode Some Enchanted Evening
Date Night Homer code (107B5)

Date Night Homer (107B5)

Date Night Homer (307B5)

Date Night Homer (307B5)

Date Night Homer (407B5)

Date Night Homer (407B5)

Date Night Marge
Date Night MargeDeep down, Marge knows that every Date Night with Homer will probably end in chaos, disaster, and minor criminal charges. But she’s still happy to wear her Sunday best, do up her hair to its very tallest, and step out for a romantic night on the town with her beloved Homie. Hey, at least the guy tries, and that’s why she loves him!

  • Marge wore this outfit in the episode Some Enchanted Evening.
  • This minifigure doesn’t appear to be wearing shoes.
Name Marge Simpson
Style Orange formal dress with cloth skirt, and white gloves
Accessories Navy blue designer purse and red flowers
Parts 8
Reference S01E13
Episode Some Enchanted Evening
Date Night Marge (307B5)

Date Night Marge (307B5)

Lisa and Snowball II
Lisa and Snowball IISometimes, Snowball II can be a hard cat to love. Fortunately, Lisa Simpson doesn’t mind if her beloved pet drinks out of cereal bowls, deposits hairballs on the carpet, or even uses Lisa’s prized bookshelves as a scratching post. As far as Lisa is concerned, her cat is the finest, most noble feline who ever lived. Even Snowball II wonders where on Earth Lisa got that crazy idea.

  • Lisa wore this outfit in the episode I Love Lisa.
Name Lisa Simpson
Style Pink short sleeve dress with cloth skirt, pink shoes, and ribbon in hair
Accessories Snowball II
Parts 6
Reference S04E15
Episode I Love Lisa
Lisa and Snowball II (107B5)

Lisa and Snowball II (107B5)

Maggie and Santa's Little Helper
Maggie and Santa's Little HelperA former racing dog, Santa’s Little Helper’s last-place losing streak finally ended when he was adopted by the Simpsons. Ever since, he’s been an integral part of the family: fetching the morning paper off Flanders’s driveway, digging holes in the yard (whether or not he has anything to bury in them), and devouring any people-food within reach. Oh yeah, and Maggie’s here, too!

Name Maggie Simpson
Style Blue baby jumpsuit with ribbon in hair
Accessories Santa’s Little Helper
Parts 4
Reference
Episode
Maggie and Santa's Little Helper (307B5)

Maggie and Santa’s Little Helper (307B5)

Maggie and Santa's Little Helper (407B5)

Maggie and Santa’s Little Helper (407B5)

Bartman
BartmanWho is this masked avenger of the night? It’s Bartman, the mysterious four-and-a-half-foot crime fighter who guards Springfield’s streets. No one is beyond the reach of his trusty slingshot, be they supervillains or tin cans placed on fenceposts. Very few know (or care) that Bartman is secretly none other than Bart Simpson, wearing a homemade costume. But hey, every show needs a superhero, and this is the best we’ve got!

  • Bart wore this outfit in the episode Three Men and a Comic Book.
Name Bart Simpson
Style Bartman! Purple mask and cape over Barts’ regular orange T-shirt, blue shorts and shoes
Accessories Slingshot
Parts 6
Reference S02E21
Episode Three Men and a Comic Book
Bartman (207B5)

Bartman (207B5)

Bartman (407B5)

Bartman (407B5)

Fallout Boy Milhouse
Fallout Boy MilhouseSidekick to the superhero Radioactive Man, Fallout Boy is much less powerful (and slightly less radioactive) than his mighty mentor. And when it comes to being ineffectual, nobody’s more effective than Milhouse! That’s why he’s the perfect fit to play Fallout Boy in the big-screen movie based on Bart and Milhouse’s favorite comic book. Will fame and fortune change our young hero? Probably…but you can bet he’ll be back to normal by next week!

  • Milhouse wore this outfit in the episode Radioactive Man.
Name Milhouse Van Houten
Style Fallout Boy! Blue top, pants and shoes with a green mask, cape, belt and gloves. Plus Milhouse’s trademark glasses!
Accessories Buzz Cola
Parts 6
Reference S07E02
Episode Radioactive Man
Fallout Boy Milhouse (107B5)

Fallout Boy Milhouse (107B5)

Comic Book Guy
Comic Book GuyThe Comic Book Guy is the owner of The Android’s Dungeon, Springfield’s finest proprietor of comic books and other stuff no one really needs. Unfriendly, unshaven and generally un-nice, he has little patience or fondness for his store’s customers, especially kids. He enjoys binge-watching, binge-eating, binge-snarking, and overcharging for rare collectibles. Truly, his is the Best. Minifigure. Ever.

  • The comic Everyman, written by Comic Book Guy, is from the episode Homer the Whopper.
Name Jeffrey Albertson
Style Blue T-shirt, red shorts and blue shoes.
Accessories Everyman Comic and green Squishee frozen drink
Parts 6
Reference S21E01
Episode Homer the Whopper
Comic Book Guy (107B5)

Comic Book Guy (107B5)

 

Comic Book Guy (307B5)

Comic Book Guy (307B5)

Martin Prince
Martin PrinceA lute-playing, tattle-telling teacher’s pet, Martin Prince is the smartest kid in Bart’s class, a fact that he proudly mentions whenever possible. Perhaps not coincidentally, he is disliked by most of his classmates at school, as well as many of the teachers. Martin is the leader of the Super Friends, a group of misfit brainiac kids who meet secretly in the school’s deserted boiler room, where they can do extra-credit projects without fear of reprisal from their fellow students.
Name Martin Prince
Style White shirt with orange shorts and shoes
Accessories Book: Coping with a High IQ
Parts 5
Reference
Episode
Martin Prince (207B5)

Martin Prince (207B5)

 

Martin Prince (407B5)

Martin Prince (407B5)

Professor Frink
Professor FrinkThe brilliant Professor Jonathan Frink is Springfield’s resident scientist and the inventor of such revolutionary devices as the flying motorcycle and the hamburger earmuffs. If you’ve ever used the Frinkulation Process, or a Magnetic Frinkometer, or enjoyed the labor-saving benefits of a Frinkonium-powered Reverse Frinkulator, you have Professor Frink to thank.
Name Jonathan Frink
Style White lab coat, blue bow tie, magenta pants and shoes
Accessories Chemical flask containing green liquid
Parts 5
Reference
Episode
Professor Frink (207B5)

Professor Frink (207B5)

Hans Moleman
Hans MolemanEverything goes wrong for poor Hans Moleman. Stooped, wrinkly, and nearly sightless, he is constantly stumbling, getting run over, or exploding in a brilliant pyrotechnic display. But nothing can slow this guy down! Because he was going so slowly to begin with, you see.
Name Hans Moleman
Style White shirt, grey tie, green pants and shoes
Accessories Revoked Drivers License
Parts 5
Reference
Episode
Hans Moleman (107B5)

Hans Moleman (107B5)

Selma
SelmaSelma Bouvier Terwilliger Hutz McClure is Marge Simpson’s older sister and Patty’s identical twin. Like Patty, she clerks at the Springfield DMV and hates Homer Simpson with a passion. Although a desperate desire for companionship has led her into several ill-fated marriages over the years, even Selma has her limits. From now on, she has vowed to marry only for love. Or possibly for money. Or out of boredom. Or any combination of the three.

  • This minifigure doesn’t appear to be wearing shoes.
Name Selma Bouvier
Style Short sleeve blue dress with cloth skirt
Accessories Eyechart
Parts 6
Reference
Episode
Selma (207B5)

Selma (207B5)

Patty
PattyOne of Marge Simpson’s pair of older sisters, Patty Bouvier works as a clerk at Springfield’s Department of Motor Vehicles. She loves her job, since it allows her to negatively affect the lives of so many: forcing them to wait in endless lines, fill out pointless paperwork, and smile while listening to her gravel-voiced insults. Like her twin, Selma, Patty strongly disapproves of Homer and doesn’t understand what Marge sees in her offish husband.

  • This minifigure doesn’t appear to be wearing shoes.
Name Patty Bouvier
Style Short sleeve pink dress with cloth skirt
Accessories Blue handbag
Parts 6
Reference
Episode
Patty (407B5)

Patty (407B5)

Groundskeeper Willie
Groundskeeper WillieHot-tempered Scotsman Groundskeeper Willie knows that manners are for weak-kneed, bath-taking lily-huggers! The groundskeeper and janitor at Springfield Elementary, Willie is proud to call his tractor, Willy, his best friend. This makes his floor buffer, Willy, very jealous.
Name William  MacDougal
Style Beige short sleeve shirt with green overalls and shoes
Accessories Plunger
Parts 6
Reference
Episode
Groundskeeper Willie (107B5)

Groundskeeper Willie (107B5)

 

Groundskeeper Willie (207B5)

Groundskeeper Willie (207B5)

 

Groundskeeper Willie (407B5)

Groundskeeper Willie (407B5)

Edna Krabappel
Edna KrabappelSpringfield Elementary fourth-grade teacher Edna Krabappel works diligently to provide her students with precisely the minimum education required by law. At first glance, she may seem unenthusiastic. And she is. Enthusiastically so! But underneath her hard shell, Bart’s teacher is a woman who deeply loves having her summers off. Why give that up just because of some aggravating kids?

  • The photo of Woodrow Wilson is from the episode Bart the Lover.
  • This minifigure doesn’t appear to be wearing shoes.
Name Edna Krabappel
Style Green cardigan, and green dress with cloth skirt
Accessories Framed photo of “Woodrow Wilson” and pink coffee mug
Parts 7
Reference S03E16
Episode Bart the Lover
Edna Krabappel (207B5)

Edna Krabappel (207B5)

Waylon Smithers
Waylon SmithersAs executive assistant to evil billionaire Mr. Burns, Waylon Smithers’s duties include coordinating Mr. Burns’s evil schedule, overseeing his evil non-profits, tucking him in at night, moistening his eyeballs, helping him chew and swallow, lying to Congress, and an occasional bit of light typing. It’s a good thing Mr. Smithers is so devoted to his employer, or he might have to ask for a raise someday!

  • The Malibu Stacy with New Hat! box is from the episode Lisa vs. Malibu Stacy.
Name Waylon Smithers
Style Mustard jacket, white shirt with purple bow tie, blue pants and shoes
Accessories Malibu Stacy box
Parts 6
Reference S05E14
Episode Lisa vs. Malibu Stacy
Waylan Smithers (307B5)

Waylan Smithers (307B5)

Dr. Hibbert
Dr. HibbertThat rarest of rare doctors, the general practitioner-surgeon-pediatrician-anesthesiologist-orthopedist-E.N.T-allergist, Dr. Julius Hibbert is Springfield’s only competent physician. Then he lets out one of his trademark jolly chuckles moments after delivering bad news to a patient, and you have to wonder if maybe Springfield has ZERO good doctors.

  • The X-ray of Homer’s skull showing an object lodged in his brain is from the episode HOMЯ.
Name Dr. Julius Hibbert
Style White doctor’s coat, lilac shirt, green tie, blue pants and shoes
Accessories Homer Skull X-ray
Parts 5
Reference S12E09
Episode HOMЯ
Dr. Hibbert (107B5)

Dr. Hibbert (107B5)

Lego Simpsons Series 2 (Box)

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Although these instructions are written specifically for Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard and Datacenter editions, they are also suitable for the Foundation, Essentials, and Hyper-V editions with just minor variations.

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This article provides instructions for upgrading Raspbian Wheezy to Raspbian Jessie on the Raspberry Pi. The entire process can be performed remotely using SSH.
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This post describes how to install and configure WordPress on Raspberry Pi, with close attention to the limited resources of the Pi.

This site is run using the exact configuration described in this post – on a Raspberry Pi 2 Model B.
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