Charles Brown

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PS:53 – Becoming a fan of Pi

For my birthday, I got a Raspberry Pi 2. It’s a $35 computer which runs Linux and can do some pretty awesome things. Youtube search, and you’ll find a slew of videos where folks have made it into all sorts of servers! Home Automation, Classic Arcade Game Station, Entertainment System, the list goes on and on.

I personally, however, am using it for the following things:

  • Internet Checkup – Does a speed test on the hour and saves the results to an excel file.
  • LAMP – Allows me to setup websites on my local network to build/design.
  • Ad-Blocker – Ad-Free Internet Browsing!

For $35, you can pack a lot into this little bugger.

As a Linux Guy it does allow me to do a lot of linuxy work stuff on a simple platform and long-term I want to try some projects which I can control things like a touch screen, etc.

They recently for the same price released the Raspberry Pi 3 which now includes WiFi and Bluetooth, mine came with a Wifi dongle in the pack, but with wifi built in, it should make things a lot easier for folks to deploy (and less bulk).

Here’s a screenshot of the ad-blocking interface, and results of my internet checkup. Quite handy indeed!

PS:39 – Raspberry Pi 2

Well got an early birthday present of a Raspberry Pi 2. I’ve looked at some projects including a NAS for projects. Currently, I’ve got it set up as a LAMP setup to do some web dev.

I have been looking at though making a smart mirror! There are some projects using the Pi as a brain for a delightful display that shines through the mirror – super cool idea and who knows may make a nice gig to sell on Etsy or something similar.

Loving it so far, have it running headless in the other room, but lovely to have a low footprint for a system and next to nothing in power, even runs on battery power so may make a storage system for the truck! Lots of options!