Since the first model was released almost a decade ago, raspberry Pi I have been tempted and tortured equally.
almost as someone with no programming expertise and equally some engineering skill, the elaborate creations that come with people (like this raspberry pi pip-boy or this glados voice assistant) has made the Pi feel completely inaccessible.
I’m also paralyzed by the possibilities these tiny single-board computers open up to. As a journalist, I know all too well the tyranny of the white page and blinking cursor, and the Raspberry Pi is the technologist’s equivalent: a blank canvas.
Not even at the peak of the lockdown, when I had nothing else to do with my evenings but my thumbs, could I have found the courage to take the plunge. The question was always: Where do I even begin?
However, with the help of a few online resources, a little advice and a can-do attitude, 2022 will be the year I conquer the Raspberry Pi.
But which Raspberry Pi?
Unfortunately, I’ve chosen to buy a Raspberry Pi at the worst possible time, between the global chip shortage and the post-Christmas period.
In late December, we reported that the latest Pi models are seriously difficult to come by at the moment, something retailers anticipate they’ll be unable to ship. Raspberry Pi 4B With 4GB of RAM (one of the most popular SKUs) by 2023.
A combination of chip shortages and supply chain bottlenecks limited production to seven million units last year, and the Raspberry Pi was even forced to implement its first price hike, with a 2GB Raspberry Pi 4 costing around $30 million. 35 to $45.
However, I will not allow myself to use cost nor availability as an excuse. An excessive, second-hand pie will suffice (though we’d recommend readers only buy first-hand ones from approved resellers).
I have no need for an integrated keyboard, so the Raspberry Pi 400 is out of contention, and I’m after more oomph than the Pi Zero. I also like the option of hooking up multiple monitors, making the Raspberry Pi 4B the only sensible option.
As a beginner, I’m not after the top-spec model with 8GB of RAM. So that means I am going for the 4GB or 2GB model, whichever is available soonest and at a reasonable price.
i will need one too micro SD card To load Raspbian, NOOBS or other OS, a compatible power supply and a Micro-HDMI to HDMI cable. But everything else, I’m already equipped with: a display, Mice, keyboard And pc With SD card reader.
what am i going to do with it?
Once I’ve equipped myself with the necessary hardware, the toughest question I’ll have to deal with is: What should I do with my new Raspberry Pi? After all, it’s easy to get lost in the world of possibilities.
Although Raspberry Pi can be used as the foundation for all kinds of weird and wonderful creations, a simple first project would be to create a personal Cloud, Web Server, vpn or In System. This sort of thing would be my first port of call.
The beauty of turning a Raspberry Pi into a VPN server or NAS is that no actual coding is required, just some command line prompts (and a Hard Drive, in the latter case) which can be easily found online. Pie to a. The same can be said for using as retro game console or voice assistant,
However, there’s only so much I can go on without getting my hands dirty Python, the programming language behind many custom Pie projects. All Raspberry Pis come with a built-in IDE for Python, so they are a perfect tool for the learner (this is where the concept originated).
of course i don’t need A pie to learn to code in Python; It’s a cross-platform language, so any computer will do. But sometimes a new gadget provides the right inspiration, and usually a low-cost pie is ideal for this purpose.
Once one becomes proficient in Python, the possibilities are almost no end, especially when combined with a little electrical engineering knowledge. Lots of fun surrounds the Pi’s GPIO pins, which can be used to incorporate sensors, motors, switches, lights, and other peripherals into custom builds.
Using Python to program these pins, the Pi can be turned into an LED clock, smart home control system, pirate radio station, and hundreds of other useful (and not-so-useful) creations.
In the worst case, the technology can be exclusive and intentionally esoteric. If you’re not a part of the club, you don’t get a chance to play.
The whole point of the Raspberry Pi was to counteract this effect and make programming more accessible. Ironically, this mission has been hijacked by a handful of hobbyists and computing enthusiasts (through no fault of their own), whose spooky creations have turned some people off.
It says a lot that even I, a so-called technology journalist, have taken so long to build up the courage to jump in. If you’ve been gifted a Raspberry Pi in the past, or recently over the Christmas break, you’ve probably found yourself in the same boat.
However, it is high time we all remembered what the Raspberry Pi was originally. it doesn’t matter that much What I do with it, but more than what I have to go into doing Anything,
I don’t expect my first Raspberry project to win any praise, or even work as intended, but we all have to start somewhere.