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Posted: 2013-07-12 11:49
Has anyone first-hand experience with the Raspberry Pi ? I came across it in connection with RetroArch (see also RetroPie Setup) and wonder whether it would make a nice toy to bring back memories long past (beyond what I have already) Smiley.

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Posted: 2013-07-12 12:58
I have one - I bought it with the aim of doing some hardware tinkering but alas no tuits to do so as yet. I've ended up using it as a cheap low power linux machine on my home network.

For example, running a VPN server on my home network so I can connect from elsewhere and pretend to be in the UK. I'd also like to set up an apple airprint service on it since I have an old printer that doesn't support it natively.

The bigger project I had in mind was to have it send wireless control signals to home easy light switches.


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Posted: 2013-07-15 18:26
I have one and use it as my home media center with raspmc installed on it. I'd say it works reasonably alright, overall though I'd say it feels hacked together. I'll probably just end up picking up an Apple TV at some point to supplement where it's lacking (lack of itunes support, no netflix).

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Posted: 2013-07-16 13:42
if you're into retrocomputing then for raspi is definitely your thing.


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Posted: 2013-07-16 22:34
I have a mk802 which is inspired by the pi its ok for simple stuff (browsing), overtime I hope the processor etc will improve.

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Posted: 2013-07-16 23:47
We have one, but it is more for the kids than for me. They have really gotten into Scratch, which is a lot of fun, but obviously can be run on any PC.

From my experience, it will bring back memories -- of when computers were really slow and painful to use!

I have actually had more fun building a case for it out of LEGO bricks.

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Posted: 2013-07-17 08:59
Thanks curvefitter. That looks indeed nice. I was even thinking about getting an old Spectrum ZX81 case (not as big as the C64) for the "proper" feeling Smiley.

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Posted: 2013-07-20 19:10
Huh. The things people do...


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Posted: 2019-02-22 21:32
I've been playing with a Pi 3b+ and have built a media centre for my home. There are a number of digital-analog add-on cards you can buy and I've added a HiFiBerry+ to the board, which appeared to be the marginal preference for a number of technical reasons. Also because I have an external amp it negated the need for a second power source for the DAC.

The Pi runs a small distro of Debian called OSMC which includes Kodi. This is connected to a 10TB HDD (yes 10TB!) of 1080 aka 4K movies and music. I mean to get a second HDD to in effect RAID 1 the pair.

I have a couple of cheap Chinese made Android 4K TV boxes running Kodi for the TVs. These have been flashed and hacked for WiFi 5Ghz channel optimization, which gave a massive bandwidth boost.

I can watch/listen on my phone/Amazon/TV/PC anywhere and have some functions with the iPad but that's another story...

The DAC's connected to Cambridge Audio kit.

Put another way for £200 I have built exactly what I want and couldn't have off the shelf. I can stream 3 movies at once and music without issue.

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Posted: 2019-02-23 22:51
@Kitno - brilliant

is anything in this?
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Posted: 2019-02-24 00:37
FWIIW I built a L0 NTP server out of one and a GPS dot. Was a good experience.

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Posted: 2019-02-25 23:16
@nikol - thank you. I'm afraid AR/VR is not my domain. I have a deep hobby interest in AV and video though. My lack of interest is my lack of Stereopsis!

The last remaining issue I have is housing the physical Pi & DAC. There are many boxes you can buy but they don't include the DAC physical requirements and heatsink/fan. So I am going to get x3 boxes made with a 3D printer. I am presently researching 3D printer material and CAD software to provide the specs.

@jslade - there's lots of fun uses you can make with Pis but my focus has been on things I will use on going and have benefit from - when you think about it there's not that much and usually Pis are just for a hobby play. That said we have a holiday house and chalet and I am going to create a Pi setup in each which monitors temperature, photographs visitors, and monitors physical changes to the (external) snail mail mailboxes reporting out all to a secure web page. I may setup local copies of the HDD media centre as trying to use London home as a streaming service has too many holes/failure points and contention ratios make it problematic.

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Posted: 2019-03-13 23:07
Kitno, that's impressive. I've managed to only build the fart detector with my son for a school science fair project.
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