Why am I interested in the Pi

raspberry_pi_cardMore than one person has asked me why or have given me the “evil eye” when they find out that I spend time working on a Raspberry Pi. I wish to clarify my interest in this entry.

When I was growing up, my parents always supported and induced me to play and learn electronics and software development. I recall clearly that my mother used to call Computer Science (term non-existent at the time) Cybernetics (a more encompassing term at this day and age). If it was not for that support I might be doing something less interesting. STEM is an important carrier for future generations. It is good for our society and way of life. Now and then I get a chance to promote to a child Computer Science. Using a Raspberry Pi (looks like a toy) is simpler and less intimidating than using a pedestal computer with several monitors and multiple processors and cores. Continue reading “Why am I interested in the Pi”

Book and Hub

indiana_bicentennialMy wife and I spent the past four days visiting my son in Indiana. It is always nice to get away from the routine to think and reflect on things. That said; I am happy returning home and back on my routine.

Over the long weekend I received some items I ordered from Amazon.com. I received an AmazonBasics 7 Port USB 2.0 Hub amazonbasics_7port_usb_hubwhich I have not opened yet. Will open the box and connect it to my Raspberry Pi next weekend. On a separate package I should also have received a SD card with the Raspberry OS. It must be with the mail that my neighbor collected while we were out of town. My wife will check with them later today. Continue reading “Book and Hub”


canakitIt’s a gloomy Sunday morning in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. I believe it will stop raining mid morning. Have a three hour on-line class to attend at 10:00 AM CDT. While I wait for the start of the class I decided to check out my CanaKit™ Raspberry Pi B+ Ultimate Starter Kit (Black Case) RSP-BP-C2-BLK which I purchase from Amazon.com about a year ago (have been experimenting with Arduino). I have noticed that the price of the kit has almost doubled since I purchased mine. Continue reading “CanaKit”

Raspberry Pi

computer_class_childrenFor decades I have been interested in education at all levels and for all ages.  Some time ago my oldest got a Raspberry Pi (from now on Pi for short) kit and worked on a couple projects. Lately my youngest (I have two sons) purchased a Pi to experiment with Linux. As far as I can remember I have been experimenting with different hardware for different applications. My parents promoted such type of learning and I have carried on with my sons and hopefully will continue with new and future generations. This set of blog entries are aimed at describing my steps experimenting, learning and having fun with the Pi. Continue reading “Raspberry Pi”