Raspberry Pi Addiction!

I think it’s fair to say that I’ve got a little attraction for the Raspberry Pi.  I got my first in early 2013 at a time when I wasn’t able to play with it straight away due to other commitments (it was bushfire season and I was volunteering for the Tasmanian Fire Service. Since then I’ve got a small collection! they have been used for different things and at one point I was hosting this blog until after six months of MySql queries finally killed the sdcard (thank you backups!) so I no longer self host this blog but the experiment proved that it can be done however it’s better to not rely on SDCard media as there’s a limit to the amount of read/write cycles and eventually it will fail! so back up, back up back up if you are keeping anything important.

So I currently have the following Raspberry Pi’s, 1x Pi1 Model B, 1x Pi1 Model B+, 1x Pi1 Model A+, 2x Pi2 Model B and 1x Pi Zero and the current arrangement for the Pi’s is as follows…

  • Pi1 Model B being used as my APRS T2 server (amateur radio)
  • Pi1 Model B+ uploading weather data from a Lacrosse ws-2310 to Weather UnderGround.
  • Pi2 Model B using a RTL2832u DVB for Flight Radar 24 uploading ADS-B aircraft data.
  • Pi Zero setup with Transmission for seeding the current Noobs/lite and Raspbian/lite images.
  • Pi1 Model A+ has a PiNoIR and I’ve been occasionally using it to monitor things in the dark!
  • The others are currently resting (for now!)

So I’ve gone a bit link crazy but at least if you don’t know about something I’ve linked it to save your google foo! 😉

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Raspberry PiZero

I managed to get my hands on the much sought after Raspberry PiZero the smallest of the Raspberry Pi line. The PiZero was release with edition number 40 of the MagPi Magazine that included the PiZero board for free! (well you had to buy the magazine!) but now 3rd party distributors have limited stock and I managed to get mine from my favourite electronics supply Little Bird Electronics.

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I was not quite sure what to do with the PiZero and then it struck me that it’s the perfect thing to host the current official OS Raspbian & the NOOBs bootloader. so it’s currently running Transmission-daemon and is seeding four files.

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Obviously this won’t be it’s only role but until I find something better this will do!