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Raspberry Pi fun

Raspberry Pi logo

I got my Raspberry Pi three days ago, and I’ve been so busy “playing” with it, that I’m only writing this post now.

If you’re living under a rock, let me tell you that the Raspberry Pi is an awesome credit-card sized computer that costs $35. But the Raspberry Pi website puts it better:

The Raspberry Pi is a credit-card sized computer that plugs into your TV and a keyboard. It’s a capable little PC which can be used for many of the things that your desktop PC does, like spreadsheets, word-processing and games. It also plays high-definition video. We want to see it being used by kids all over the world to learn programming.

Yep, that’s right: kids. And guess what? All the grown ups are loving it :)

It’s mind-blowing the tons of cool things you can do with this little computer. The first thing I did with it was to install Raspbian Wheezy image on the SD card (Debian for the RPi, available in the Downloads section of the RPi website) and put a Node server running on it. The performance is pretty acceptable.

And there’s also the community around the RPi. All kinds of people from experienced programmers to beginners are showing off everyday new things that can be done. It’s a nice way to learn about the lower level stuff that goes on in your computer, and you can use it to control other stuff too, like robots, leds etc.

I’ll be writing here some of my experiences with the RPi as I get to know it better.

Meanwhile, here’s a photo of the unboxing:

Raspberry Pi unboxing

And a photo of the RPi running headless and being configured through SSH:

Raspberry Pi up and running

I bought it from InMotion, a portuguese online store. So if you are in Portugal, I highly recommend buying your Rpi from this store. It costs about 42€ and the service is very fast (ordered on a thursday and had it on monday).

So go get one, and feed your inner geek :)