atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#5811: Raspberry Pi is pretty nifty

So, this afternoon, after finishing with the computer room closet, I dug out the Rasperry Pi kit Mrs. Fungus got me for Christmas and put it together. Not sure if it's a 2 or a 3, but it's nice, even so.

Hooked it up downstairs to the monitor on my PC tinkering desk. It booted right up. Installed Debian Linux per the instructions and--to my delight--had little trouble getting it to connect to our WiFi. I was able to read the Fungus using a computer the size of a deck of cards.

I'm going to experiment more with it, of course. One thing I'd like to do is to try running the Pi off the USB charger I've installed in the Jeep. That should work; and if it did, I could then find a way to mount a monitor and really get nuts.

The one bit of trouble I had with getting the thing to connect to our network? When I typed our password I used the shift key for the capital letters, and for some reason that didn't work; but when I used shift-lock, those capital letters worked fine. Probably some weirdness with the keyboard settings that I'll have to work out, but it shouldn't be too much of a problem.

Did not have a lot of time to fool with it as Mrs. Fungus came home about the time the OS install was 90% completed. But now the Pi awaits me having some free time to fiddle with it...which means I may actually get to tinker with it again in October, or maybe January. But it comes with a full suite of productivity applications (word processor, spreadsheet, etc) and it seems like it'd be fast enough to do word processing on. The Pi has four USB ports so I can hook up an external hard- or thumb drive to transfer files. I could conceivably use the Pi as the "Monk's Cell" computer, the machine on which I can only write.

Understand, this little computer is a bit less powerful than El-Hazard, the mini-ITX computer I built for $160 in October of 2011. It's got a quad-core processor but 1 GB of RAM, with a 32 GB Micro SD card for nonvolatile storage. But El-Hazard works great for torrents or word processing; and I bet this little gizmo will, as well. I can't wait to try it out.

Gonna have to come up with a name for it, though. Another anime world name--it'll come to me. No rush.

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