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poispois

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Hello everyone, in this thread i'm going to share with everyone what I've been doing at home with a simple Raspberry pi (up until recently, it was the smallest pc possible to get, and super cheap)

First of all about the raspberry pi. I got the new version of it, Raspberry PI 2 model B.
  • Broadcom BCM2836 ARMv7 Quad Core Processor powered Single Board Computer running at 900MHz
  • 1GB RAM so you can now run bigger and more powerful applications
  • Identical board layout and footprint as the Model B+, so all cases and 3rd party add-on boards designed for the Model B+ will be fully compatible.
  • Fully HAT compatible
  • 40pin extended GPIO to enhance your "real world" projects
  • 10/100 Ethernet Port to quickly connect the Raspberry Pi to the Internet
In terms of operating system I installed the RASPBIAN.

Prices and things to consider about the PI:
  • I got my PI for 40€ but as long as you are not living in Portugal you could get for less than that.
  • besides the PI I also got a small case to protect it a bit more and a power supply. this 2 things were an additional 20€ (10€ each).
  • Another thing that you also have to get is an micro SD card. I already had an 8gb one so I saved one there.
Now, you guys might ask: "yea ok, but what for?"
well my first idea was to get a simple way to share my external HD in my local network. This way I could have all my media accessible in my laptop or wherever.

then I thought, "why not start to use the raspberry to do nice things online?"
well sure, I haven't had that much time to do all I wanted but in the last month I've installed some stuff on the PI and so far I already have:
  • first of all I got a free DDNS pointing to my home network. for everyone that doesn't know what a DDNS does... usually your home IP is dynamic, meaning that every so often it will change. The DDNS gives you a domain that is always "pointing" to your home, that way you don't need to change everything whenever your IP changes. My DDNS: poispois.no-ip.org
  • My personal cloud file with owncloud, it's basically my personal dropbox, I've already shared this with some of you. With this I have all my HDs online.
  • mysql database
  • my personal website (something just for fun, why not?) poispois.no-ip.org
  • my personal spotify with subsonic. with this I can listen to all my music everywhere. it also has a mobile app so thats another plus.
So far thats pretty much what I have. I'll be doing more stuff with it, when i get new idea or time hahaha

Opinions? what should I do next with my so dear PI?
(if anyone in interested in this I can share some tutorials on how to do this things ;))
 

RivaCom

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#2
I've been trying to come up with something i'd use a Pi or similar for, but can't really think of anything. I already have a NAS. And was going to say also, most ISP's do not allow web sites hosted from a ISP connection. If too many requests for port 80 show up, they will contact you. That being said, the only thing I may look at down the road is to complete my basement with some ambient sound/automated items like lights and doors.
 
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poispois

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#3
some ambient sound/automated items like lights and doors.
can you imagine? SUPER COOL!

about the website, I did it more like "sets see how easy to host it....", I basically installed wordpress and then threw a theme on it and done. haven't done a single thing more. right now it has a forum theme and I have no need for a personal forum, obviously lol
 

RivaCom

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can you imagine? SUPER COOL!

about the website, I did it more like "sets see how easy to host it....", I basically installed wordpress and then threw a theme on it and done. haven't done a single thing more. right now it has a forum theme and I have no need for a personal forum, obviously lol
So eventually I will be finishing my basement. And thought it would be cool to kinda do a replica of a star wars door kinda that automatically opened.
 
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poispois

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#5
Make it with a voice, like "user identify, access granted. Welcome riva" with voice recognition or just a simple tumb reader. Super cool!
 

RivaCom

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#9
Pi wouldn't be bad but it's $35 for the computer, and $7 for the adapter. So I'm already up to $45 dollars. I wouldn't expect this to be more then $25 for it to be a neat project.
 
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poispois

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Pi wouldn't be bad but it's $35 for the computer, and $7 for the adapter. So I'm already up to $45 dollars. I wouldn't expect this to be more then $25 for it to be a neat project.
i'm hole system in total was pretty big and expensive in the end
the list of things that I got since beginning this project is:
  • PI - 40€
  • PI adapter - 10€
  • PI case - 10€
  • memory card for the PI - already add it (8gb)
  • hub - already had it
  • ethernet cables - bought some but it pretty cheap
  • NAS - 75€
  • 3TB HD - 100€
and has it usually happens with me it not done yet, meaning there is still ways to improve it and expand it (money pit lol)
to start you would only need the PI. you can use a pen drive to substitute the memory card, for the adapter any micro-usb charger will do the job and the case you can make it on your own too, if you have that type of skills.
 

RivaCom

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#11
Granted I'd have to wait until next year, The Chip is $25 with hdmi spot and has built in HD. So it going to be way cheaper, but a little slower.
 
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NSH4RPY

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#12
The Pi's fantastic, i had a go on my brothers a few weeks back hes added a Arduino IDE onto his and been using it to control stuff around the house
 
#15
I have a PI myself and have been looking to do various projects. If I get the time, it may be an idea to look at expanding is into its own area, potentially showcasing some really small games.
 
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