Raspberry Pi


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February 2012 was the start of a new computer revolution. The Raspberry Pi came out. Initially only 10,000 were produced in the hope they could sell them all. That was a big mistake! The Raspberry Pi proved to be a bigger hit than the creators had dared to dream of. It exceeded their wildest expectations. They could have sold 100,000 in the first batch easily! Therefore I had to wait quite a long time for my order to be delivered.

The Raspberry Pi proved to be great fun for me. I already was a full time Linux user. And now I had access to a low cost computer which could run Linux and all my beloved open source software.
OK, it's not very fast compared to modern computers, but that doesn't matter to me, because up until now all my applications are headless, without a graphical user interface. And since I don't need a graphical user interface, the thing is more than fast enough for me.

In the mean time a couple of improvements have been made on the original design. The Pi gradually got more memory, mounting holes, more USB ports and even a faster processor if you want to.
I still have some unused model B's on stock, so I'm not going to buy a faster Pi any time soon. Unless I have a real need for it.

My Minions

All my computers are named after famous Cartoon characters. That's why I've named my Raspberry Pis after Minions. Currently Dave and Stuart are on 24/7 duty. But when the time comes when they need more help I'm sure more Minions will join in.

Current Tasks

Currently I have 2 Raspberry Pis on 24/7 duty. Combined they replace my previous power hungry server, saving me about some €120 a year on my electricity bill. Their combined tasks are:

  • Be educational (Main task)
  • Control my SB-Bus
  • Serve some web pages
  • I Edit my Web Sites on Dave
  • Database server
  • Lighting control
  • Backup tasks
  • Reminder service
  • SSH access and tunneling

And this list will certainly be expanded as time goes by.

Future Tasks

It is difficult to say what future tasks my Minions are going to perform. It all depends on the time I can spend on the projects. Here's a short list of things I'm planning to teach my Minions in the nearby future. The list is by no means complete, or in any particular order of priority."

  • Monitor my refrigerator and freezer
  • Guard my door bell
  • Standby backup for my VPS
  • Become a portable data logger
  • Security camera
  • Become a weather station


Oh and by the way, did I tell you that the Raspberry Pi can run my SB-Assembler Version 3 without any modifications? And on top of that it even supports avrdude (installable from the Debian repository). Now you can even use the Raspberry Pi to develop your 8-bit micro controller projects!