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My New Raspberry Pi

Raspberry Pi

Given that I spent most of my free time for the last three months of 2012 playing with Python, my husband got me the most logical Christmas present: a Raspberry Pi. This little computer is giving me so many ideas.

It started the evening after I got it, when I successfully installed a Linux OS onto an SD card. This is my first foray into Linux, and it takes me back to the days when my brother and I had a computer with MS-DOS. I used to be so good at navigating that system! So now I’m slowly pulling out and dusting off those memories (and exploring the Raspbian Wheezy GUI, too).

While I relearn the command-line interface and improve my skills with Tkinter for Python, I am pausing my actual work on the Raspberry Pi. This is also because I’m waiting for a slightly bigger SD card and an HDMI-DVI adapter to be delivered. (No, my monitor does not have an HDMI input. Yes, this can be frustrating. Yes, I have done things like stealing my husband’s workspace or plugging into our TV in the meantime.)

Oh, the things you can do with a tiny computer! I am thinking about how this could be turned into a mini gaming system for the Python games I am working on, or as a music player that does music visualization on our TV, or how I heard that you can set up an iPhone to work as a remote control, or …


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